Downtown Vancouver skyline and False Creek.
Merging the laid back vibe of the Pacific Northwest with the urban energy of the Pacific Rim. Explore neighbourhoods that range from historic to beachside, cruise world-renowned Stanley Park or take to the North Shore mountains for a day of adventure.
Wander through Victorian nooks, crannies and hidden courtyards in Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. One of the city’s trendiest districts, Gastown’s cobbled streets are alive with hip nightclubs and chic restaurants. There’s also a wealth of independent interior design and fashion boutiques to check out.
Some of Vancouver tastiest globally-inspired treats are sold on street corners from the... Read more city’s many food trucks. You’ll find them parked downtown any noon hour from spring through fall; some even operate year-round. Just look for the queue of hungry locals. Local favourites include offbeat Pan-Asian creations at The Roaming Dragon; made-from-scratch Tex-Mex fare at Tacofino and fresh, local seafood at Feastro the Rolling Bistro. Locations are subject to change, check websites or get updates through Facebook or Twitter for current locations and hours.
Jog, bike or just walk the scenic Stanley Park seawall, and take in views of the downtown skyline, the North Shore mountains and English Bay. Stop at the Vancouver Aquarium to see otters, penguins, beluga and dolphins, plus a re-created tropical rainforest.Cool down at Second Beach Pool, or the Variety Kids Water Park or take a horse-drawn carriage tour through Stanley Park.
As you stroll along the Stanley Park Seawall, watch for Siwash Rock just north of Third Beach. Also known by its Squamish name, Skalsh or Slhx̱i7lsh, this 15-metre tall, 32-million-year-old, sea stack just offshore is the focus of a Squamish legend about a young man transformed into stone as a reward for unselfishness.
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This lush park in North Vancouver is a fantastic place for a hike in the forest. Well-marked trails lead to swimming holes, waterfalls, and to the park’s well-known 1912 suspension bridge, which swings 50m/164ft above Lynn Creek’s thickly forested mountain gorge. Visit the Ecology Centre to learn about the park’s history.
Suspend your breath at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, swinging and swaying 70m/230ft above the raging Capilano River. Want more excitement? Stroll high above the river on Cliffwalk, a series of cantilevered platforms attached to the canyon wall, or explore the Treetops Adventure, a network of walkways in the forest canopy. All three, plus historic displays and First Nations art and culture, are at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
Vancouver's dining scene is famous for fresh seafood, top Asian cuisine and a wealth of locally... Read more sourced fare (the 100 Mile Diet was invented right here). Indulge in West Coast cuisine at West or Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar. For legendary sushi, grab a seat at Tojo’s. Chinese food is serious business in a city where a third of the population can claim Asian roots. Kirin Restaurant and Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant are top Vancouver choices, or enjoy a taste of Hong Kong cuisine in Richmond, the heart of BC’s Asian food scene. For cheap eats sample some global street food from a thriving downtown food cart scene.
On Robson Street, cafés and people-watching mix with boutiques and chain stores. For local... Read more designs and great deals, fashionistas like Main Street around King Edward Avenue. For designer goods and art galleries try Granville Street between 5th and 16th avenues. Don't miss the indie culture of Commercial Drive, north of Broadway. The city’s original Italian neighbourhood, the “Drive” is a great spot for eclectic shops, Italian and Latin American imports, coffee shops and globe-spanning eateries.
When flying in to Vancouver, book a window seat – the approach offers great views of the... Read more mountains, the Fraser River and distant Vancouver Island. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just a short drive from downtown, or ride the rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to the city centre. The city is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane. A full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental options are also available.
You can get just about anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver on the city’s TransLink... Read more system, which includes buses; three rapid transit lines, known as the SkyTrain; and the SeaBus, a passenger ferry serving North Vancouver. SkyTrain is a great way to travel to and from Vancouver International Airport, and to explore Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. The SeaBus makes regular crossings between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike paths including the car-free Seawall Path, which runs more than 20 km (12 mi) along Vancouver’s waterfront.
All aboard! The Amtrak Cascades train service runs daily from Eugene, Oregon, via Portland and... Read more Seattle, to downtown Vancouver. With meal service,bike racks, on-board Wifi and scenery galore, it's one of the most relaxing ways to reach Vancouver.
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