We’ve visited over two hundred cities and have yet to find a city that competes with Vancouver for awesomeness. It’s a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a chilled out West Coast attitude that’s all about health, the outdoors and enjoying the simple things in life.
Best things to do in Vancouver? The list of what to do in Vancouver is endless. As a new visitor, some of the top attractions are:
Walk or cycle around the picturesque Stanley Park seawall.
Visit Granville Island Market to sample a variety of cuisine and shop for arts and crafts.
Catch some sunshine and play beach volleyball at Kits Beach or Spanish Banks.
Wander the cobblestone streets of historical Gastown and check out the iconic Steam Clock.
See beluga and orca whales at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park.
Take the tram to Grouse Mountain, the peak of Vancouver (or hike the Grouse Grind if you’re the adventurous type).
Catch a Vancouver Canucks hockey game at Rogers Arena (season is from October to April).
Eat dim sum and shop for exotic treats in Vancouver’s lively Chinatown.
Shop for designer clothes on Robson Street, one of the world’s most famous shopping districts.
Vancouver has a lot of neighbourhoods worth visiting, each with its own distinct vibe. If you’ve got the time, we recommend visiting:
Commercial Drive in East Vancouver – dozens of eclectic restaurants, bars and cafes. Known for its trendy stores and character homes.
Kitsilano in Vancouver’s West Side – Vancouver’s sexiest beach with kilometers of waterfront trails for walking, running and cycling. Lots of shopping and restaurants on popular 4th Avenue.
Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver – visit Lonsdale Quay Market for a variety of shops, restaurants and fantastic views of Vancouver’s city skyline.
South Main in East Van – trendy and bohemian neighbourhood with great cafes and restaurants.
Deep Cove in North Vancouver – rent a kayak or hike the Baden Powell trail, then treat yourself to fresh honey donuts and coffee on the peaceful beach.
Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver –small marina surrounded by picturesque mountains. Rent a motor boat and explore Howe Sound, then enjoy fresh seafood and oyster burgers on a patio while you watch the passing BC Ferries.