Top things to do in Vancouver

We were recently asked for our top things to do in Vancouver. I thought it would be a good thing to share. You’re invited to add your own list too. 

  1. Ski and snowboard at Cypress Bowl where the 2010 Olympics will be.
  2. Bike or roller blade around Stanley Park.
  3. Visit the aquarium and see the whales.
  4. See a show at Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
  5. Get some cultural kudos and see Bard on the Beach at Vanier Park in Kits.
  6. Catch a Canucks game or concert at GM Place.
  7. Take a sea taxi to Granville Island to visit the market and see an improv show or theatre in the evening, then have a cocktail overlooking False Creek and watch the boats go by.
  8. Go whale watching or hire a boat from Horseshoe Bay.
  9. Watch the International Firework Competition at English bay.
  10. Go up Grouse Mountain to see the lumberjack show and visit the Grizzlies (summer), snowshoe or ski (winter). Admire the view from the Observatory restaurant afterwards.
  11. Take a dog sled ride on Seymour mountain, especially if you have visitors from the UK they will be blown away by the Canadian Experience.
  12. Zip line down Grouse Mountain (new attraction this year).
  13. Visit Naam on W 4th for brunch and shop at the trendy boutiques afterwards.
  14. Meet friends for brunch at Teresa’s pancake house (West end) or Juliets Café (Kits) or The Boathouse in Horseshoe Bay and watch the ferries arrive.
  15. Meet friends for a drink at a favourite pub – Wolf and Hound (Kits), The Mill (Coal Harbour) or the Raven in Deep Cove.
  16. Window shop at the expensive shops in South Granville and have lunch at Rangolis afterwards.
  17. Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery, followed by tea or cocktails on the terrace.
  18. Splurge on a fine dining experience – Sandbar on Granville Island, Water Street Café in Gas town or Vijs in South Granville.
  19. Watch dragon boat racing on False Creek or the Cruise ships arriving at Canada Place.
  20. Wear red and adorn your face with Maple Leaves on Canada Day and join in the parades and festivals.
  21. Watch the veterans parade on Remembrance Day and wear your poppy as everyone else is!
  22. Hike up to Eagle Lake and admire the view or attempt the Grouse Grind (you get a free ride down again)
  23. Dog walk in Lynn Valley canyon and visit the ecology centre and walk over the suspension bridge.
  24. Dog walk at Spanish Banks and watch kids wakeboarding on Jericho beach and play volleyball afterwards.
  25. Take the ferry over to Bowen Island for the day.
  26. Want some European food – eat your way up Commercial Drive and take the skytrain back afterwards.
  27. Catch the seabus over to North Vancouver and have lunch at Burgoos in Lower Lonsdale.
  28. Shop for vintage clothing on Granville or Davie St.
  29. People watch at your favourite coffee shop, after admiring the latte art! Favourite coffee shops – Café Artigiano (Downtown) Crema at Ambleside, Delaneys at Lynn Valley, 49th Parallel (Kits) or Blenz at HorseshoeBay.
  30. Go to the Richmond night market and soak up the asian sights, sounds and smells.
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