Top 10 Vancouver Sightseeing Recommendations
- Rent a bike and cycle the Stanley Park Seawall. After cycling the 10 km Stanley Park seawall (about 1 hour), keep cycling. You can bike all of Vancouver’s waterfront on a paved, separated bike path.
- Granville Island. Hop one of the mini ferries in False Creek over to Granville Island for some artisan shopping and eating.
- Vancouver Aquarium. Seals, sea otters and rescued dolphins await you and this educational venue in Stanley Park.
- Grouse Mountain. Get an aerial view of the city from the top of Grouse Mountain. Take the tram to the top or brave the famous Grouse Grind hike.
- Capilano Suspension Bridge & Park. Dare to cross the swinging, swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge, originally built some 100 years ago. Also experience the treetops adventure and Cliffhanger walk.
- Food Trucks. Vancouver is one of North America’s top food truck cities. Get the Street Food Vancouver app to locate options or peruse the options that gather at the Vancouver Art Gallery over lunch-hour Monday to Friday.
- FlyOver Canada. This 30 minute 4-D “flightseeing” experience gives you the experience of soaring across Canada from East to West. Located at Canada Place. A great ride!
- Walking Tour. Vancouver has a number of fabulous walking tours. Check out Vancouver Foodie Tours, ToursByLocals, Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours and The Tour Guys.
- Visit Deep Cove and go for a hike. Drive to the quaint village of Deep Cove (45 mins from downtown) to enjoy the ocean-side setting, have lunch and window shop.
- Taste BC Wine, craft beer, eat seafood, sushi and dim sum. Sample BC’s world-famous cuisine during an evening out at one of Vancouver’s acclaimed restaurants. Check out WestCostFood.ca for inspiration.
Short Trips from Vancouver
90 minute drive, or 45 minute seaplane flight, from Vancouver. Suggested stay: at least one night.
The scenic “Sea to Sky Highway” connects Vancouver and four-season resort of Whistler. Known best as a winter ski destination (Whistler is Consistently named North America’s top ski resort), Whistler is equally fun in the summer boasting fine dining, chic hotels and outdoor adventure. Experiences include hiking, swimming in Whistler’s five alpine lakes, dining, shopping and cultural experiences. Be sure to visit the Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre to learn about the First Nations groups from the region and the new Audain Art Museum – a modern-art gallery known equally for its amazing collections and its stunning modern architecture. www.tourismwhistler.com
Victoria & Vancouver Island
3.5 hour drive/ferry, or a 30 minute flight by float plane/helicopter between Vancouver and Victoria. Suggested stay: minimum one night in Victoria. Mimimm three nights if you want to see more sites on Vancouver Island.
Vancouver Island is situated approximately 60 miles to the west of Vancouver. But don’t be fooled… this is not a small island you can see all of in one day. Vancouver Island is 32,000 square kilometres – comparable in size to The Netherlands! The jewel of Vancouver Island is the city of Victoria featuring a quaint and walkable downtown, fine restaurants, a great craft-beer scene and local shopping. Other Vancouver Island highlights are Tofino (a trendy surf town), the Butchart Gardens, and whale watching excursions. www.tourismvictoria.com www.tourismvi.ca
Kelowna & Okanagan Valley Wine Tasting
3.5 hours drive from Vancouver to Kelowna or a 1 hour flight. Suggested stay: two to three nights.
Boasting more than 200 wineries, the Okanagan Valley is fast becoming a world-famous wine destination. This is a region that has something for everyone: foodies flock to the area’s renowned orchards and vineyards; families can’t get enough of the many sandy, lakeside beaches; and outdoor enthusiasts come for the golfing, hiking, biking and skiing (in winter). Kelowna is the central city in the region but also worth visiting are Penticton, Naramata and OK Falls. The region features a range of accommodation from B&Bs to luxury hotels. Destination BC Thompson Okanagan Region
Cruising in the Gulf Islands and Southern BC
Suggested time: one week
Southern BC is a sailing and cruising paradise. There are numerous sailing regions but the nearest to Vancouver are Howe Sound (including Bowen Island and the Sunshine Coast) and the Gulf Islands (a group of over 200 islands include Salt Spring Island, Galiano Island and Gabriola Island). Desolation Sound, further north, is also a stunninly beautiful and popular cruising area. For information about yacht charters and itineraries we suggest you contact Cooper Boating (located on Granville Island) or contact the 6M organizing committee and we will connect you with someone how can answer your questions. The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club has seven outstations in Howe Sound, the Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound that reciprocal members can have access to. For more information, visit AhoyBC or Cooper Boating.