Vancouver is the perfect city trip. This west side Canadian city has an extensive food scene, beaches for summer, mountains for winter, and that ridiculously big free park! Read on as Gemma and Craig share with us some of the main things to do in Vancouver.


Visit Stanley Park and Seawall

Vancouver’s Seawall is a popular tourist attraction well used by locals too. Part of Vancouver’s 1,000 acred lungs of the city, Stanley Park, visitors can enjoy strolling, running, biking, and even blading along the section closest to Vancouver’s Aquarium. However, the Seawall does not end there. One of the nicest ways to pass through many of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and past its numerous beaches is by cycling along the False Creek Seawall. This easy bike trail covers Yaletown (past the Science Centre and handbag dogs), through Stanley Park and onto Kitsilano, Vancouver’s yummy mummy/yoga ‘hood.

Flock To Granville Island

Granville Island is where the foodies flock to. The Public Market is home to casual restaurants, cafes, and food stalls. Do not bypass Stuart’s Bakery, the cakes are calling, will you answer?

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Surrounding the Public Market are more restaurants, bars, comedy clubs and theatres. Also check out the graffiti by the  Brazilian street artists, OSGEMEOS on the silos.

Address: 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver

Feel Like You’re in Asia in Chinatown/Gardens

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Take a few streets off Gastown (where the steaming clock is located) and you can’t miss Chinatown with its dual language signs and dragon statue lamp posts. If you are looking for some green space in the city pop into the free  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and check out the coy fish in the pond.

Address: 578 Carrall St, Vancouver

Be All Sporty in Kitsilano

Vancouver has nine beaches and Kitsilano is one of the more popular ones for young locals who like to play volleyball and tennis. The neighbourhood of Kitsilano (affectionately known as ‘Kits’) has lots of restaurants, cafes, a couple of bars, and excellent thrift shops for those on a tight budget. Kitsilano beach is also home to a 138-metre heated saltwater pool for those afraid of sharks, jokes, waves.

Address: 1499 Arbutus St, Vancouver


Join The Cool Kids On Commercial Drive and Main Street

Commercial Drive is where all the cool kids hang and also home to Vancouver’s unofficial craft beer tour. The Drive also has every type of food imaginable, cute craft shops, and more expensive vintage shops (in comparison to Kitsilano’s Salvation Army). Main Street is the less in-your-face hipster but is definitely up there and recently named one of North America’s coolest streets. Watch out for the cheeky tiki bar, blink and you will miss it.

Have a Day Out in Grouse Mountain

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A trip to the North Shore Mountain, Grouse Mountain, is not one of the cheapest things you’ll do in Vancouver but it is a fun day out for all of the family. To get to the summit which is 4,100 feet above sea level you can either take the Mountain Skyride or work those buns of steel on The Grouse Grind, all 2,830 stairs of it. At Grouse Mountain you can visit meet the residential grizzlies,  Grinder and Coola and watch the slightly cringe lumberjack show.

Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver,

Get Out! 

One of the must do things in Vancouver is to leave. There are a plethora of day trip opportunities to suit every type of traveller in British Columbia. Visitors who like to hike should check out Bowen Island. Those who want to jump off rocks and swim in lakes should take the glorious forty-minute ferry ride to BC’s Sunshine Coast.

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Visiting in winter? Head up to Whistler and hit the slopes at one of the world’s best ski resorts. Don’t ski? Check out snowshoeing at Joffre Lakes.

The Authors: Gemma and Craig, full-time workers with a life-long travel habit. Flirting with 30 and let loose on the world! Check in at Two Scots Abroad for travel tips, quips, and pics that please. Go on, MAKE TRAVEL HAPPEN. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

All photos by Two Scots Abroad. Feature photo: (CC BY-NC 2.0)


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3 Responses

  1. Adrenaline Romance

    Beautiful sites indeed. Now I understand why some of my relatives recently migrated to Canada. 🙂 We hope to climb Grouse Mountain, and hike the natural places around Vancouver soon. 🙂


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