24 November 2017
Travel to Vancouver and you’ll find a new experience around every corner, as it’s one of North America’s most diverse melting pots. Helping you make the most of this fast-paced city where you’re perched on the edge of nature, here are seven #VeryVancouver attractions to tick off your bucket list.
Vancouver’s trendiest district, Gastown is well worth a visit. Marvel at the area’s quaint Victorian architecture and visit its iconic whistling steam clock, which billows out steam at the top of the hour. While away the hours in one of Gastown’s indie art galleries such as the Choboter Fine Art space, where you view the works of painter Donald Choboter. Sample sweet desserts at joints like Mosquito, where you can try creamy pastry Dark Chocolate Crémeux while sipping champagne!
The city’s standout attraction, Stanley Park is a must for your Vancouver bucket list. Spot the wildlife which calls this vast green space home including beavers, bald eagles and northern flying squirrels, or view its array of flora like western red cedar trees and bigleaf maples. Take your partner for a romantic stroll through its Rose Garden, which features over 3,500 rose bushes, or along Stanley Park’s iconic Seawall, where you can find unparalleled views of the Pacific. With attractions such as Beaver Lake, the Hollow Tree, Siwash Rock and the Lost Lagoon, there’s so much to see and do here.
Thrill-seekers, Grouse Mountain should appear at the top of your list of things to do in Vancouver. Do something unique by signing up to the ‘Breakfast with Bears’ excursion, so you can observe Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzlies in their natural habitat, while learning about bear conservation. Raise your heart rate with activities like skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and ziplining. Get a bird’s eye view of this scenic region by climbing ‘The Eye of the Wind’ – the only wind turbine on Earth with a viewing platform on top, or by taking a ride on Grouse Mountain’s sky train aerial tram.
Delve into Vancouver’s sushi scene by booking a table at Tojo’s restaurant. This popular Japanese eatery was founded by the legendary Hidekazu Tojo who invented the California Roll and it serves various other dishes like B.C. sushi rolls – which are made with grilled local salmon skin. There are a range of other seafood to try here like local delicacy gooseneck barnacles – which are served at spots like the Blue Water Café in Yaletown, which is often named Vancouver’s best seafood venue.
Immerse yourself in the delights of the Far East by exploring Vancouver’s Chinatown. It’s home to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden; stroll along this relaxing space’s serene paths while gazing out at jade green ponds and ornate pavilions. Make sure to stop by one of Chinatown’s Asian bakeries and visit its authentic apothecaries, where you can pick up Chinese herbal remedies. These apothecaries are famed for selling British Columbia-grown ginseng, which is prized for its quality! Top tip – come in August so you can attend the Vancouver Chinatown Festival; a massive multicultural celebration with stage performances, food stalls, DJ sets and more!
Shopaholics, Granville Island is the must-visit Vancouver destination for you. Here you’ll find the iconic Granville Island Public Market, where you can pick up local treats such as speciality Canadian cheeses, salmon candy – a hot-smoked, maple syrup-glazed local delicacy – and natural honeys. Running down from the Island you’ll discover the city’s main shopping district, Granville Street, where you can visit popular stores at the Pacific Centre Mall.
Find panoramic views of Vancouver by standing on one of the suspension bridges in the aptly named Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Feel your adrenaline levels spike as you walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is suspended 230 ft. above the Capilano River. Look down at lush rainforests and crystal clear pools as you stroll along the wooden Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. Come here in summer and you may be able to spot fascinating raptor birds such as hawks!