For a land-locked Albertan, a 20-minute Harbour Air floatplane tour checks a lot of bucket list boxes, taking off from Coal Harbour to offer spectacular aerial views of Vancouver’s downtown skyline and iconic landmarks such as Stanley Park, English Bay, Canada Place, and the North Shore Mountains.
To keep the blood flowing, opt for a zipline rush across the peaks and canyons of Grouse and Dam mountains. Or, for a more grounding experience, Indigenous-owned Takaya Tours offers two-hour interpretive tours from the North Shore in replica ocean-going canoes similar to those traditionally used by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. It’s a great way to work up an appetite.
You can build your own Dine Around experience by sampling some of the outstanding restaurants listed on Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants. Kissa Tanto, Hawksworth, Boulevard, Botanist, L’Abattoir all made the top 50; French-themed St. Lawrence claimed third place. When it’s time for bed, put a bow on the day with a nightcap (and an overnight) at the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s celebrated Botanist Bar—home of Canada’s coolest cocktails.