This year we vowed to explore more of Canada. We usually always have opted for far off places, until we realized how much beauty was in our own backyard. It’s easy to take your surroundings for granted and not appreciate all the beauty that is around you. What we have discovered so far this year, is that Canada really can be that dream vacation you’re looking for.
Our favourite Canadian city, hands down, is Vancouver.
In all fairness, Vancouver is home, but we couldn’t picture having our roots anywhere else. We are so in love with the city and feeling like we never run out of incredible things to discover. It is one of the few places where you can go golfing, snowboarding and play on the water all in the same day. We also love how close of a drive it is to so many great places around Vancouver for a day trip, while you’re still able to not have to move to different hotels.
Here are our top eight picks of what to do when visiting Vancouver:
1. The Aquabus
A recommendation we always make to visitors is to get out on the water. A great way to explore Vancouver and get out on the water at the same time is to hop on a water taxi that provides frequent, daily service between the popular destinations along False Creek. All routes are wheelchair, stroller, bicycle and pet accessible, which is fabulous as we need a stroller, when possible, to make life easier on outings with our girls.
2. Granville Island
One of the most popular stops on the Aquabus route is Granville Island. There’s so much history within Granville Island, along with a colourful artistic community and it really adds to its intrigue. No visit to Vancouver is complete without spending some time at Granville Island. One of the biggest draws to Granville Island is the Public Market, featuring a mixture of a farmers’ market, day vendors, and artists offering local Vancouver goods. Waking around the market, your senses will be in overdrive as you see just how delicious everything looks and how amazing the handmade crafts are.
3. Kayak False Creek
Getting out on the Aquabus just isn’t enough. We love experiencing Vancouver from a kayak as well. We love staying active when we travel, and we love that even on easy waters, like those in False Creek, paddling improves your flexibility and strength, but at the same time is mentally relaxing. When you’re in the water, it gives you a sense of peace and openness in a busy, bustling and condensed city.
4. The Seawall
The Seawall is one of the top attractions in Vancouver. Even a short walk along the Seawall and you’ll understand why it is so popular. In 2014, Vancouver’s Stanley Park was named best park in the world by TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. Stanley Park even beat out New York’s Central Park and was the only Canadian park to make the Top 10 list. You’ll find joggers, rollerbladers, bikers and walkers all taking in the 8.8km of scenic beauty you’ll find along the seawall path.
5. Grouse Mountain
Busy all year around, there’s plenty to keep you occupied at Grouse Mountain regardless of the time of year. There’s a Birds in Motion Demonstration, Grizzly Bear Habitat, the World Famous Lumberjack Show and Ziplines, to name a few of the activities. You can ride the Gondola up the mountain, inside of it, or on top of it (yes, you read that right). However, in the summer months, our favourite way to get to the top is to do the Grouse Grind, otherwise known as “Mother Nature’s Stair Master”, a challenging 2.9 Kilometer trail (2,830 stairs) up the face of Grouse Mountain. Snowboarding and skiing are huge in the winter months, as are the mountaintop ice skating pond and sleigh rides.
Whistler is a town north of Vancouver, that’s home to Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. It is a short two and a half hour drive from Vancouver, making it easily accessible for a day trip (though a day trip will leave you wanting more). There is so much to do in Whistler, that no matter how many times we go, we always find something new to do “next time” while we are there. It’s a charming and compact, chalet-style pedestrian village at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Whistler is an adventure lovers paradise and we suggest you take the scenic drive along the Sea To Sky Highway and spend the day in Whistler before returning to your hotel in Vancouver. It’s more than worth the drive.
7. Vancouver Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium is located in Stanley Park, just off of the famous Seawall we mentioned above. It is one of top 10 Aquariums around the world that both successfully entertains and educates. Though we aren’t fond in any animals or marine life being kept in captivity, the kids really learn a lot when you go to the Vancouver Aquarium, and so do you.
Gastown is a national historic site in downtown Vancouver. There’s great quirky shops to browse, a myriad of restaurants and bars to discover, and the famous Steam Clock to admire. One of the best ways to take in the sights of Gastown is to take advantage of one of the walking tours in the neighbourhood.
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- Winner will be announced October 4, 2016
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