Vancouver is one of the top places to visit in Canada, and with good reason. The city is a mix of cultures nestled into the coast with picturesque views of water and mountains. This combination makes it the perfect spot to find a wide range of cuisines and outdoor adventures suited for every fitness level.
There are plenty of things to do in Vancouver. If you only have the weekend to visit, these are the must-dos.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
The suspension bridge stretches 137 metres across the Capilano River and provides beautiful views of 100-year-old trees and the rushing river. The 27-acre park has also added more attractions to put you in touch with nature. The Cliffwalk extends out over the forest on suspended walkways with some spots made of glass so you can see straight below you.
The Treetop Adventures lets you walk in the trees, 110 feet above the forest floor. If you visit around Christmas, the bridge will be decorated with sparkling lights, making for Instagram-worthy shots. There are free shuttles from the city centre to the park.
Granville Island is foodie heaven on an island in the middle of the city. Hop on the ferry and take to the aisles of the market, where you’ll find only the freshest ingredients. Farmers, butchers, artisans, and even buskers pop up in the market to deliver sweet tastes and entertainment. It’s best to stop here to buy some picnic supplies and to then head to the next recommended spot below.
Do your best to find a hotel around Stanley Park because you’re going to want to visit the park often. Grab yourself a tandem bike and explore the park’s many gardens, beaches, and art. You’ll even find some First Nations totem poles and other sculptures around the park. It’s bigger than you think, so give yourself at least an afternoon to explore.
Grouse Mountain is the most hiked peak in the world, and it’s known as Mother Nature’s Stairmaster. It’s a difficult climb up wooden steps, but you can always opt for the easier way and take the Skyride for epic views without the sweat. You can dine at the top and enjoy other activities such as snowshoeing, skiing, and snowboarding in the winter.
Eat International Cuisine
Thanks to the large Asian population in Vancouver, the city is packed with the cheapest sushi in North America. Get your chopsticks ready and be prepared to taste only the freshest ingredients. Since Vancouver is on the coast, the sushi is almost as good as it is in Japan! You can also get your hands on lobster and oysters and dive into dumplings in Chinatown.
Vancouver surrounds you with nature while still being in a city setting. Climb a mountain, taste local ingredients, and experience cultures from around the world in Canada’s most loved West Coast city. A weekend in Vancouver will make for an unforgettable getaway.
This is a post written in collaboration with Hotel Planner. All thoughts and opinions are my own.