1. Take a Tour of the Famous Stanley Park
Touted as one of the world’s greatest inner-city, seaside recreational parks, Stanley Park is a must see for anyone visiting, or moving to Vancouver. With over 1000 acres of forested land, 3 beaches, and aquarium, and an 8.8km seawall for joggers, bikers, and rollerbladers, this is a must see for any type of outdoor enthusiast.
2. Visit Granville Island
Located on an island originally used for warehousing, manufacturing, and shipping, Granville Island has since been transformed into one of the most iconic markets in the world. With hundreds of shops hosting local produce, crafts, one-of-a-kind art, and even housewares, Granville Island has it all. Be sure to grab a coffee and head outside to listen to some live music, and watch the local and international street performers.
3. Suntan at English Bay
A little less English, and a little more California… you’ll see when you get there. The beach is packed with beautiful people suntanning, eating, drinking, and of course… rollerblading. If hanging out on the beach isn’t really your thing, then pack up a bag and take a walk along the bay. There is tons to see and do, and every weekend, all summer long, merchants are out in the bay selling their local merchandise.
Driveway, 2012 by John Ogilvy
4. Hit the Slopes, Olympic Style
Are you visiting in the winter? Great! As host to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, this city has it all. Head up to Cypress mountain to take a ski/snowboard lesson, ride the slopes, and if you are feeling really courageous, test out the Olympic half-pipe. Looking for a weekend getaway? Head up to Whistler where the Olympic festivities and energy will never die. Packed full of fantastic skiing, high-end retail, clubs, pubs and amazing restaurants, this is one place you don’t want to miss. And best of all, both mountains can be accessed by car, or bus, and both are under 2 hours fromt he downtown core.
5. Eat, Pray, Love in Gastown
Gastown really does have it all. From some of the finest local restaurants, to the most captivating boutique retail shops; from hot yoga, to extremely overpriced art, this is one stop you don’t want to miss. Be sure to drop by the Steamworks pub and sample one of their delicious home-brewed craft beers, or stop by the Guilt & Co. for a game of Janga (the only pub in town that rents out Janga!). Just don’t meander to far down the Gastown Strip, it can get a bit dodgy as you get closer to Hastings Street. Rule of thumb, if there is more graffiti than you could hope to read in an hour, best turn back.
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