Vancouver is a popular filming location and a beautiful coastal City in British Columbia surrounded by Mountains. The vibe, the charm and the nature itself makes you instantly fall in love with this place. Even without a pre-planning, we had a wonderful vacation of 9 days.
For those staying in the US can fly to Seattle and take a train or drive down, as it just takes about 2.5hrs by car and 4hrs by train.
Flight: WestJet from Toronto
Stay: We stayed in Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, its at a walking distance to Canada Place, bus stop and restaurants.
Places we Visited:
Capilano Suspension Bridge and Cliff Walk: Though it looks like a normal suspension bridge crossing the rive Capilano, it surely qualifies for a trilling walk and for me it was one of the scariest too as the bridge swings. Other side of the bridge gives you an opportunity to go trekking, so make sure to wear your sneakers.
Getting there: From Downtown, there are a lot of buses which offers free shuttle service.
Grouse Mountain: Mountain of the Pacific ranges in North Vancouver, It is a ski resort in winter but in the summers, there are a lot of activities that take place, like Lumberjack show (do not miss this), Birds in Motion, Breakfast with the bears, Mountain Ziplines and not to forget the Mountain Sky ride.
Getting there: There are public transit every 30min from Downtown
Stanley Park: If you have just a day to spend, then visit Stanley Park. Its spread over a 1000acre in the heart of Vancouver. It caters to everybody and not just for kids. Take a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride, rent a bike (available near the park) and ride the sea wall path, take a hike through the paths (trust me it is so surreal), it takes you to Lions Head Bridge or just relax on the beach. There are also some amazing restaurants around, we loved eating in Fish house.
Getting There: Check Translink for bus information.
Vancouver Aquarium: You definitely cannot cover Stanley Park in a day so we visited again to just for the Aquarium and we are glad, we did not miss it. Its Canada’s largest aquarium and the best one.
Whale Watching: Visiting Vancouver and not going for a Whale Watching tour is just not cool. It was our first Whale watching experience and one of the most fascinating one too.We booked our tour with www.vancouverwhalewatch.com, make sure to carry lot of water and food, you get dehydrated on the boat as it takes about 4hours looking for the whales and its totally worth the experience.
Vancouver Down Town, Gas Town, Canada Place: Make sure to take an evening to explore the Gas town for shopping, food and Steam clock. It’s a historic site and the oldest neighborhood. Canada place is located in the Vancouver’s Waterfront, we could just sit around for hours and watch the cruises take off from this location. The night view is just out of the place.
Whistlers: We hired a car and drove to Whistlers and that was one of our best decision in the trip. We regret not spending a night there, which is surrounded by mountains with a beautiful view. Its about 2 hours drive from Vancouver but account for about 4 hours as you will be forced to stop at many beautiful locations.
Granville Island: If you are a foodie, this is the place to visit in Vancouver. I personally loved this place for shopping and food. Its crowded with tourist and why wouldn’t it be, it has unique and interesting shops, beautiful park for kids. Getting there: We took a public transport.
If you have more time, Victoria is something that we missed visiting because of time crunch. There are ferries you can take, if you have more time or else take a sea plane, which is expensive but surely looks worth splurging.