Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) is arguably one of the most diverse cities in the world, with a rapid growth rate. Here you’ll find something to do for everyone (we promise), with tons of emphasis on the gorgeous surrounding nature and bordering cities. This Travel Tuesday is sure to not disappoint, as we guarantee you’ll be eager to travel again after checking out all the amazing spots!
If you visit Vancouver during the winter, Grouse mountain is a great place to enjoy some skiing and snowboarding, while overlooking the city below. The weather in Vancouver doesn’t get too cold either, so this is perfect for fairweather skiers and boarders!
If you’re stopping by in the warmer months, you can challenge yourself to the Grouse Grind, which is a 2.9km trail straight up the face of Grouse Mountain. According to Google, the average completion time is under one hour, however, we beg to differ. Don’t worry though, there's a bar and restaurant at the top of the hill with tons of water and local eats.
Whether you’re keen for some shopping, or wanting to explore the downtown area — you won’t be disappointed. From upscale fashion brands, to the Pacific Center, shopping in the downtown area is dangerous (but only for our wallets!). If you plan on driving from any one of the surrounding cities, make sure you leave early as traffic can be horrendous.
Some restaurants we recommend trying out are:
The Templeton: for a trip back in time to the 80s, with some killer food and music, the Templeton is a must try!
Meet: for a to-die-for vegan meal.
Gotham Steakhouse and Bar: if you’re seeking a fancier night out, stop by Gotham for high-end steaks and a never-ending wine list.
Marcello Pizzeria: one of the most acclaimed italian restaurants in the city, stop by Marcello for a trip back to Italy.
For any Riverdale fans reading, be sure you check out Fort Langley. Located outside of the downtown Vancouver area, Fort Langley is home to boutiques, local restaurants, Wendle’s bookstore and cafe, and more.
The area is gorgeous any time of year, and we recommend stopping by even if you aren’t a fan of one of the multiple TV shows or movies that has been filmed here.
Vancouver’s Stanley Park is the Canadian equivalent to New York’s Central Park. Visitors are able to cycle around the park, visit ancient Aboriginal sites, tan at the beach, and get up close to sea lions and dolphins.
Popular for its creative artisan stores and boutiques, as well as the infamous Granville Island Brewery, you need to stop here! Granville Island is a great spot to spend afternoons, eating fresh seafood by the water, admiring local artist’s work, and indulging at the market where you’ll find freshly baked goods, one-of-a-kind finds, and so much more!
If you ever wanted to be up close and personal with some of the world’s biggest mammals, you need to stop by. Perfect for families, couples, and everyone else; we guarantee you’ll be amazed. The Vancouver Aquarium showcases rotating exhibits where you can see Beluga whales, learn about the Coastal ecosystem, and spot what lives in the Amazonian rainforests.
We could go on forever about everything there is in Vancouver, but we’ll save the rest for another Travel Tuesday. Stay tuned to our social media for new Travel Tuesday features, travel and lifestyle content, and business tips for the wandering souls.