Vancouver Travel Guide
Vancouver is without a doubt one of our top destinations with its beautiful snow-capped mountains framed by deep blue sea and an abundance of mind-blowing views.
Most famous on the to do list here is Stanley Park where you will find multiple attractions on offer, many of which are enjoyed by the locals. The park is famed for the Seawall, which is a paved path that runs along the rugged coastline and is popular for running, bike rides, walking and even rollerblading! It loops 5.5 miles around Stanley Park and has the most breath-taking views you can imagine so if you’re into running or just want to take a walk around this scenic route then we can assure you it won’t disappoint. Not forgetting though there is the Stanley Park hop on, hop off bus if you didn’t fancy walking the whole way!
Some say that Vancouver is actually the real culinary capital of Canada and we would have to agree. The seafood is incredible as it’s so freshly caught and there is a vast amount of restaurants for various levels of appetites and budgets. The Black Frog Eatery is a relaxed sports bar that serves fantastic food at great prices. If you wanted more of a fine dining experience, make sure you try the Botanist as the Fairmount Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver and treat yourself to one of their cocktails as they are ‘Poetry in Motion’ – that’s our favourite cocktail on the menu by the way!
Craft beer is hugely popular here and there’s a large number of microbreweries in Gastown that have tasting rooms for you to stop by and sup a sample of the expertly made ale’s. The Steamworks is our personal favourite as it’s created something very rare and that’s a steam generated brewery plus it’s the only one in Canada! There are 8 of their own beers on tap so you can enjoy a pint or two whilst relaxing on the expansive patio that looks out to the spectacular views of the North Shore.
There really is a choice of every kind of sport and adventure experience in Vancouver so if you’re a thrill seeker you will be in your element. Mountain ziplining is a fantastic way to see the landscape when you visit Whistler Mountains. Fun for all the family, you will get the chance to feel like a bird soaring over forests, creeks and wildlife or there’s the Grouse Mountain Skyride if you preferred to see the views with a little more shelter. Grouse Mountain is a year-round resort located 15 minutes north of downtown Vancouver and it’s packed with activities so make sure it’s on your to do list.
The 137m long, 70m high Capilano Suspension Bridge has thrilled visitors for well over 100 years offering an all round experience of history, culture and nature. There’s a more recent Cliffwalk here too that follows a precipice along Capilano River on a maze of narrow cantilevered bridges – it’s not for the faint hearted but is definitely a must do for any adrenalin seekers. If you’re visiting Vancouver anytime from late November to late January then we can thoroughly recommend the Winter Festival at the Capilano Bridge. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights - it’s truly enchanting.