Dining on Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
Looking for a uniquely Vancouver or Whistler experience? Try a culinary adventure, mixing the best of dining and outdoor activities. Join a chef-led tour or a gourmet kayak trip in Vancouver, or travel to Whistler to combine rafting and flight-seeing with tasty meals.
Sip and snack around Vancouver’s most intriguing foody neighbourhoods with a culinary... Read more professional from Edible Canada. Sample barbecue pork buns and jasmine tea, followed by a dim sum lunch, in the markets and eateries of Canada’s biggest Chinatown. Or meet the vendors at the Granville Island Public Market, where dozens of stalls sell everything from artisanal cheese to chocolate, bagels to burritos. After the tour, a short walk from Granville Island leads to Les Amis du Fromage, one of Vancouver’s top cheese shops and Patisserie Lebeau, makers of luscious Belgian waffles.
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.
Stroll your day away in Whistler Village, lunching al fresco at a village patio (try the upbeat... Read more Caramba! or the organic-leaning Ciao-Thyme Bistro). Want more action? Ride a zipline, hike through a wildflower meadow, or soar like an eagle on the PEAK 2 PEAK. On summer weekends, ride the Whistler Village Gondola or the PEAK 2 PEAK to the top of Whistler Mountain for burgers, live music and sweeping views at the Roundhouse Lodge’s Mountain Top Barbecue. Head back to town by floatplane, flying over glaciers and waterfalls en route.
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.
Looking for BC wines? If you can’t make it to the wineries, a VQA wine store is the... Read more next best place. BC VQA, which stands for British Columbia Vintners Quality Alliance, guarantees both the origin of the wine and a standard of quality. VQA shops carry a wide selection of exclusively BC wines, and the staff members know their stuff. They’ve done the legwork, visited the wineries and got to know each vintage. Watch for tastings and special events too.
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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.
The 90-minute trip on the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistle is one of the most scenic... Read more drives in the province. Coaches and narrated tours run frequently from Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport directly to Whistler Village. Or you can take the train: the Rocky Mountaineer’s Whistler Sea to Sky Climb leaves daily from May to September. Floatplanes are another option: Harbour Air can whisk you from downtown Vancouver to Whistler’s Green Lake in about 30 minutes. Even better, combine the train and plane for an unforgettable round trip. Once in Whistler, it’s easy to get around by foot, bus or bike.
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.
See Vancouver from a new point of view with a breathtaking seaplane adventure. Enjoy a 20 minute Vancouver panorama flight featuring spectacular...
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