05 January 2018
Vancouver is a must-visit destination for any intrepid traveller. Visually arresting natural attractions, intriguing cultural sites, tantalising cuisine, exciting adventure sports, world class shopping; this seductive cultural melting pot has them all, so you’ll enjoy amazing holidays in Vancouver…
Vancouver is a top long-haul destination, with a milder climate than most of Canada and a bucket list’s worth of must-see sights. A highlight for your itinerary is Stanley Park, with its vast green spaces and iconic Seawall which hugs the Pacific Ocean. Head to nearby Grouse Mountain and stand on ‘The Eye of the Wind’ – one of the world’s only wind turbines with a viewing platform – and gaze down at the cityscape. Sample world-class sushi at the legendary Tojo’s restaurant, meet intriguing marine life at the Vancouver Aquarium or stroll through the manicured gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park.
Fill your itinerary with Vancouver’s fascinating hidden gems for a unique getaway. While you’re in Stanley Park, tour idyllic sites like Beaver Lake and Siwash Rock, or spot the intriguing creatures which call this area home including northern flying squirrels. Sip delicious cappuccinos at Cardero Bottega, a popular coffee house with the locals, or taste craft beers at out-of-the-way haunt The Boxcar. A must for families is Town N’ Country Bowl on Marine Drive which features proper old school bowling alleys, while cultural enthusiasts should go to see a show at the Vancouver Playhouse, which hosts everything from elegant ballet performances to classical recitals.
Get your heart pumping by trying the exciting activities Vancouver offers. One top spot for adventure lovers is Grouse Mountain which offers world-class skiing in winter. You can also fly over Grouse Mountain’s landscape with ziplining and enjoy the ‘Breakfast with bears’ experience, which is available from May to October, where you’ll observe grizzlies and learn about bear conservation. Another must-visit for adrenaline junkies is Capilano Suspension Bridge Park where you can walk along a 230-foot high bridge and trek up imposing cliff-faces. Water sports enthusiasts should travel to the idyllic Deep Cove in the ‘Indian Arm’ glacial fjord where you can try kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and even surf-skiing!
Glorious natural sites are all around you in Vancouver. Find spectacular views in VanDusen Botanical Gardens with its breathtaking 8-acre ‘Sino-Himalayan Garden’ and ornate stone sculptures. There’s also a hedge maze for your kids to wander through while if you visit the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in spring you can watch as cherry blossoms blanket these spaces in a sea of vivid pink. You may also want to visit Mount Seymour and enjoy its world-famous mountain biking trails, while this is also a great spot for deep sea fishing and walking. For a relaxing beach escape check out English Bay, based alongside the Seawall, where you’ll encounter smooth sandy stretches with volleyball courts.
There are several intriguing districts you should visit in Vancouver. Explore the city’s trendy side by wandering through Gastown which is known for its Victorian architecture, whistling steam clock, indie art galleries and hidden culinary gems like minimalist sandwich shop Meat & Bread. Discover Vancouver’s multi-cultural heritage in China Town with its traditional apothecaries and Asian bakeries, as well as the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden where you’ll encounter jade green ponds and intricate pavilions. The must-visit places for foodies are Robson and Denman streets where you can sample light chicken and vegetable ramen dishes, as well as other Asian delicacies.
Many culinary delights await in Vancouver. This city is renowned for its seafood restaurants like downtown’s Coast Restaurant where you can savour Kushi, Kumamoto and Fanny Bay oyster varieties. Include the legendary ‘JapaDog’ street food cart on your itinerary so you can sample its signature butter and soy ‘shaked fries’. Brush up on your culinary skills by enrolling in the Dirty Apron Cooking School where you’ll learn how to prepare local favourites. For something luxurious trek out to Northern Divine aquafarm, North America’s first certified organic caviar provider.
See a new side of Vancouver by signing up to one of these signature experiences. Learn more about the region’s natural heritage with the ‘Sea Safari in the How Sound Fjord’ tour where you'll soar above the water's surface while watching seals play at Pam Rocks. Let a passionate Vancouver Foodie Tour guide lead you through to the artisanal food stalls at the iconic Granville Island Market, pointing out where you can find local delicacies and arranging tastings of some of the best items in the market.
Cap off your trip by taking 'The Ultimate Day Tour' offered by the Prince of Whales. Departing from Vancouver, you'll head to Victoria while watching magnificent whales as they peer up above the water, before heading back to Vancouver!