10 things to do in Vancouver
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Vancouver has been
described as one of the most convivial cities to live in.
Natasha Blair recommends 10 things to do in Vancouver.
Hop on, Hop off Coach Tour
Familiarise yourself with the City’s different districts
which includes the City Centre
where shopping malls are hidden underground; Gastown, for its historic
buildings dating back to the city’s beginnings in the late 1800s; and Yaletown,
Vancouver’s trendiest neighbourhood where you can climb aboard one of Canada’s
first steam locomotive.
Designated bike lanes and greenways make cycling safe, and easy
to get around. A network of shared bikes Mobi are available for short-term use.
Helmets are obligatory, supplied with the bikes, and included in the cost. Some
hotels, such as the one I stayed in, the Opus lend out bikes for free. Ride the
28km greenway, the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path.
Vancouver’s Urban Winery and Ale Trail
British Columbia is a wine-producing region but for a brief
visit there are no vineyards easily accessible. To compensate, the Urban Winery in Railtown
produces 36 hand-crafted wines, all from local grapes as well as having a
brewery on site. Vancouver prides itself on its craft beers with more than 24
breweries. The majority of these can be found in East Vancouver with many of
them also serving food. Each one has its own character. Steamworks, for example,
is named after the central steam system that not only powers its brewhouse but
also Gastown’s Steam Clock.
Towering 4,100ft, Grouse Mountain is a year-round
destination, easily accessible from Central Vancouver, with numerous activities
depending on the time of the year. This includes adrenalin sports such as
paragliding and zip lining. The 80+ person Skyride gondola has space on its top
where the more adventurous can stand while being whisked up the mountain. A
chairlift takes those who want to reach the 4,100ft summit. Two orphan grizzly
bears Coola and Grinder live on the mountain. The bears aren’t around in the
winter months as they hibernate.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Based in the 27acre Capilano Park, the bridge stretches 450ft across and 230ft above the Capilano River. Seven suspension bridges through the evergreen take visitors up to 100ft above the forest. Visitors can also walk along the cantilevered walkway that clings to a granite cliff, above Capilano Canyon. Enjoy complimentary guided tours on both history and nature.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
An oasis of peace hidden away in Chinatown, and forming part
of the Chinese Cultural Centre, the gardens are modelled on private gardens in
Suzhou, China. The gardens are designed to embody the Taoist philosophy of yin
and yang where every element of light, texture and vegetation is balanced and
symbolic. The architecture of the buildings is an authentic representation of
the Ming Dynasty era.
Take a Seaplane/Visit Vancouver Island
View Vancouver from the air, with its backdrop of mountains,
rainforest, water from the Pacific Ocean, and acres of green spaces. A quick
way to hop over to Vancouver Island to visit British Columbia’s capital
Victoria or the ski resort of Whistler.
Covering a space of 400 hectares that includes a portion of
the city’s seawall, the park includes a rainforest, sports fields, manicured
lawns and gardens, and three beaches. A display of First Nations, the local
indigenous people, Totem Poles commemorates the area’s history and people who
lived there. If visiting between March and November, explore the park in a horse
Hop on an aquabus to the man-made Granville Island, once an
industrial site, and now an arts and crafts cultural hub. A great place for
finding presents with a large indoor market with stalls selling local produce
of all descriptions. Accredited
buskers provide entertainment. Three large silos, to commemorate the origins of
the site, have had their fascias painted.
Explore the Origins of the first Jewish Settlers
The Fraser Valley Gold Rush attracted many people to the
area. Among those were Jewish people including David Oppenheimer who was
instrumental in establishing accessible transportation. The Jewish Museum
organises walks for people interested in learning about these first settlers,
starting from what used to be Vancouver’s first synagogue at the turn of the
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