Travel Guide – Vancouver, Canada
Author: Alison Delaney | Last Updated: 14 Apr 2018
Unlike most other North American cities, large brick buildings and classical architecture take a backseat in Canada. Vancouver’s suburbs and CBD in particular feature glass-clad super tall high-rises in beautiful blue and green hues. It’s the true definition of an ultra-modern metropolis.
Adding to the city’s diverse attraction offering are the snow-covered mountains in the distance, which are just 30 minutes drive away. A second amazing perk of Vancouver’s unique location is that tourists can quite literally go snowboarding at brunch and sunbake at the beach in the afternoon.
Without a doubt, Vancouver’s beaches, vast pine forest, unrivalled architecture, seawall bike lanes and kayaking opportunities make it by far Canada’s leading city for travellers.
Stanley Park Seawall
Spending over half a century under construction from 1917 through to 1980, the 8.8km Stanley Park Seawall is an integral part of Vancouver’s day to day culture. Its a favourite place for locals to hang out, bike ride, rollerblade and simply go for jobs. The seawall is right on the waterfront, as its name suggests, and offers some of the best views of Vancouver’s massive glass-clad CBD buildings.
There are a few rules that tourists using the seawall have to follow if you’re riding a bike or rollerblading, and that is once you begin you must travel counterclockwise for the entire length of the seawall, there’s no turning around once you start.
On top of the amazing Stanley Park Seawall, there are more than 20km of paths on the inside of the park itself and these have some of the most relaxing and tranquil places to sit and read or book or browse Instagram in peace.
Museum of Anthropology
By far the city’s best museum, the Museum of Anthropology is filled with artefacts from cultures all around the world as well as the from the native peoples of Canada. Boasting some of the oldest totem poles as well as plenty of European ceramics and art, any history lover will be right at home here.
The museum building is also a great sight for travellers looking to experience some great Canadian architecture. A blend of neo-futuristic and brutalist design come together to create the buildings unique glass-on-concrete design.
The centre is open from 10 to 5 every day except Mondays and is open until 9 pm on Thursdays. Admission is just $10 per person, making it a striking deal for tourists on a budget.
If you’re a plant and nature lover, then there is one pinnacle site you must see when visiting Vancouver and that is the gigantic sprawling Bloedel Conservatory. Home to more than 500 individual plant species including tropical ones, and over 100 species of birds, the conservatory is a diverse and enjoyable centre for every traveller.
Even on cold and gloomy days, the conservatory is kept perfectly warm and climate controlled, so if you’re looking for a great place to have a tea or coffee at a cafe and the day just happens to be a gloomy and rainy one, then the conservatory is the perfect spot.
Admission to the conservatory is just $6.50 for adults and $4.35 for kids. Opening times are from 10 am to 5 pm every day of the week.
Granville Island Public Market
The best part of Granville Island is certainly the markets. A few of the things you’ll find in the Public Market are the endless supply of fresh fish, cheese and even fruit and baked goods. Paired with the Public Market is Vanier Park, the perfect place to sit, relax and eat the delicious foods and sweets you may have bought at the market.
The best time to visit the market is from June to September as there are countless outdoor alfresco market stalls as well as plenty of seasonal fruits like cherries, blueberries, and peaches. Tourists will find navigating the market and find it a breeze thanks to it being located just off the Granville Bridge.
The markets are open every day of the week from 9 am to 7 pm, and admission is totally free.
One of the city’s highest peaks, and nicknamed the Peak of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is a snowcapped playground offering unparalleled views of Vancouver’s sprawling suburbs and central business district.
In the summertime, Skyride offers awesome gondola rides up the mountain and there are countless activities and other events happening, like lumberjack shows as well as hiking and even grizzly bear watching and refuge area tours. There is even zip lining as well as a 20 story turbine tower that you can choose to take an elevator up to the top of for some of the greatest views of the surrounds you’ll ever see.
Along with all of the fun activities on the mountaintop, there are also a number of restaurants and dining options to choose from, making the entire day upon the peak filled with food and great snacks. Finally, in the winter time, everything is about skiing and snowboarding.
Prices for all of the activities vary through the year, so be sure to check online for pricing before you arrive.
The glistening metropolis that is Vancouver CBD is just the beginning of all the amazing attractions and sites the city has to offer. Just taking an uber drive or a walk through the endless suburbs is sure to leave you finding a great cafe or store to check out. The best time to visit is during the summer months of June through to September when the weather in Vancouver is at its best.
In the city, you’ll find plenty of bars, dining options and places to buy souvenirs and other gifts. A thing to remember is that Vancouver is home to some of the worlds best oysters and seafood options, so be sure to head down to the various waterfronts and check out some seaside restaurants.
As we all know, sometimes talking to locals can be daunting as you won’t know the type of response. This isn’t an issue in Vancouver. The locals love to boast about their city, and will normally be happy to give you directions or even suggest some great places to visit.
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