3 Things to Do in Vancouver

Vancouver is a vibrant coastal city located on the Pacific coast. The city is known for its mild climate, one of the best in Canada, compared to other cities. Vancouver has a diverse mix of cultures and ethnicities, with a large Asian population, particularly Chinese and Indian.  

The city is also a cultural hub, with many museums, galleries, theaters, festivals, and events throughout the year. Depending on what time of the year you are visiting you can find different activities to do.   

What is for sure, is that foodies will appreciate the diverse range of culinary offerings from around the world, with a particular focus on seafood, Asian cuisine, and craft beer.  

  1. Day 1 – Explore Downtown and its gastronomy 

Start your day off with a leisurely walk around Coal Harbour, a waterfront area that offers stunning views of the North Shore Mountains and Stanley Park. Grab breakfast at one of the many cafes in the area, and let all that nature sink in.   

After breakfast, head over to Robson Street, Vancouver’s premier shopping destination, for some retail therapy. The street is lined with boutiques, department stores, and specialty shops, offering a range of options for all tastes and budgets.  

Once you had enough, you’ll probably need more fuel, head to Granville Island, a vibrant public market located just across the Granville Street Bridge from downtown where you can have lunch. The market offers a wide variety of fresh produce, artisanal food products, and unique souvenirs.   

After lunch, take a short walk to the Vancouver Art Gallery in the heart of downtown. The gallery features an impressive collection of contemporary and historical Canadian art and temporary exhibitions from around the world.  

For dinner, head to Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood, known for its charming cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and trendy restaurants. There are many dining options to choose from, like La Casita. I’m all in for Mexican food and thank me later, this is the best Mexican food I’ve had outside of Mexico.   

After dinner, if you haven’t, go check out the famous steam clock, the first steam-powered clock in the world. Hard to miss it, to be honest!   

If you prefer a less touristy or crowded place, go for dinner instead to Yaletown, where you can also end the night at a cocktail bar in the area or you can have ice cream at Mister.   

  1. Day 2 – Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge 

Also known as just Capilano, it is located in North Vancouver, just a short distance from downtown Vancouver. The park is home to the famous Suspension Bridge, a 460-foot (140m) long suspension bridge that stretches over the Capilano River. The park also has a treetop adventure course, a cliff walk, and various exhibits and activities that showcase the history and culture of the region.  

Capilano is open year-round, with hours varying depending on the season. Admission fees apply, and tickets can be purchased online or at the park entrance. The park is a popular attraction, particularly during the summer months, so it’s recommended to arrive early to avoid crowds and long wait times.  

To get to Capilano from Vancouver, there are several options. One option is to take public transit, such as the bus or SkyTrain, to the park. Take the Seabus across the harbor from downtown Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay, then transfer to bus 236, which will take you directly to the park. Another option is to take a shuttle bus, which departs from several locations in downtown Vancouver and drops you off directly at the park.  

Another alternative is visiting Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. Entrance is by donation and it’s very close to Capilano.   

  1. Day 3 – Visit Stanley Park

Stanley Park is home to a variety of natural and cultural attractions, including scenic beaches, walking and biking trails, and landmarks such as the Totem Poles and the Seawall. The Seawall is a 5-6 mile (9km) paved path that circles the park’s perimeter and offers unique views of the ocean and downtown Vancouver.  

/span>Stanley Park is also home to several man-made attractions, including the Vancouver Aquarium, the Stanley Park Miniature Train, and the Rose Garden.   

Consider renting a bike to get the most out of this Park, it’s worth spending a day here. If you are visiting during the summer months, you can also rest at one of the park’s beaches; English Bay, Second Beach, or Third Beach. Every Tuesday, on Third Beach during the warmer months, there is a drum circle, where people gather to dance and watch the sunset.   


Although Vancouver is one of Canada’s most expensive cities, with high costs for traveling there, there are still affordable neighborhoods and budget-friendly activities to explore.  

Vancouver has an extensive public transportation system, including buses, trains, and ferries. The city is also bike-friendly, with dedicated bike lanes and bike-sharing programs.   

What nature has to offer here is worth every penny you will invest in coming here. Don’t forget, also that gastronomy here is exquisite, and you can have meals for all budgets, so don’t be discouraged. You’ll eat top foods from everywhere you can imagine.   

Vancouver is a place everyone must visit at least once in their lifetime!  


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