Vancouver is strategically located on the westernmost Pacific shores of Canada, in the British Columbia region. While it’s a densely populated city with high-rise buildings, it doesn’t fall short of the natural environment. Vancouver is known for its locals who also love and respect nature such that a visit to its site will send you into a frenzy of excitement with beautiful locations and places to enjoy.
There’s something for every traveler to Vancouver. If you’re a foodie, Vancouver isn’t without a myriad of restaurants you can choose from. If you love outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and other nature-related fun, there’s a lot to behold as well. For shoppers, there’s a wide selection of retail to choose from. So, it makes sense why Vancouver continues to make it on the top bucket list of travelers globally. Vancouver is also accessible to and from various cities, with trips from YVR to Whistler and others, so it can serve as your stop to connect to other places.
You can kickstart your holiday plans to Vancouver by making sure you include these activities, so you can make the most out of your trip:
1. Explore The Grouse Mountain
If you’re the type of traveler who loves to go on a hike, it’s worth visiting and exploring the Grouse Mountain. It’s probably one of Vancouver’s top outdoor attractions, so it gives all the more reasons for you to see what it has to offer.
If you’re going to Vancouver during the winter, you can opt to go skiing and snowboarding. For the other seasons, a hike is more than a good experience in itself.
2. Experience Vancouver’s Chinatown
Even if you aren’t Chinese, there are still good reasons for you to visit and experience Vancouver’s Chinatown. It holds the record of being one of the largest Chinatowns in Canada, and the top two as well in the whole of America.
There’s a lot to see and do in Vancouver’s Chinatown apart from just eat. For instance, you’ll find one of the world’s most narrow buildings, the Sam Kee Building, at only six feet wide. For many Chinese travelers, Vancouver’s Chinatown also holds the record of having some of the best Chinese dishes as if you’re enjoying it in mainland China or Hong Kong.
3. Visit The Stanley Park
If you’re traveling as a family and you have kids in tow, an afternoon at Stanley Park will also be called for. This park, with a massive expanse of 1,000 acres, sits right at the tip of Vancouver’s thumb. This makes it the perfect home to a lot of the city’s natural attractions.
If you’re not up for the long walk, you can also go for the park’s bike rentals to go around the park with ease. You can bike towards the South Creek Trail, which will also lead you to Beaver Lake. There are also guided tours for those who wish to know more about the park from the viewpoint of local history.
4. Walk The Capilano Suspension Bridge
Are you afraid of heights? Perhaps you’d like to test how far your fear takes you by walking through the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This is an experience worth remembering as it’s not just the walk itself that’ll take you through a roller coaster of excitement and emotions. The forest views surrounding the Capilano Suspension Bridge are simply majestic.
The suspension bridge isn’t for the faint of heart. It wobbles and shakes at a length of 450 feet long and a height of 230 feet above the Capilano River.
5. Spend An Afternoon At The English Bay
For those of you who love the beach and enjoy being by the ocean, spending an afternoon at the English Bay is another good way to cap off your relaxing holiday. There’s a beach area known as Sunset Beach, which is famous for its beautiful, postcard-like sunsets. Whether you’re off for a swim or you just love to look at the sun, the English Bay is a must-visit.
Has the list of things you can do for your Vancouver holiday kept you excited for your vacation? To keep the traveling excitement high, the list above isn’t even yet exhaustive. As you start planning your vacation, you may even come across more ways for you to have the best time in Vancouver. Whatever your plans are, you ought to know that Vancouver is meant to be experienced outdoors. It’s up to you now to tailor your plans and schedule to be able to insert all activities you desire to enjoy.