10 Must do Activities Vancouver
The city of Vancouver should be a model community for many of the cities across America. The buildings in the city center feature green roofs that save electricity and cut down on heat islands, they have recycling and composting in almost every trash receptacle. They have bike paths and walking routes everywhere, large parks for enjoying nature and a ton of activities for all ages. Whatever you end up doing in Vancouver here are 10 activities you shouldn’t miss.
1. Capilano Suspension Bridge
There are few people I have met that have gone on vacation to Vancouver and not visited Capilano Suspension Bridge. Originally strung in 1888 over the Capilano River it quickly became a tourist attraction for adventurous people wanting to stay at Mckay’s cabin and walk across the swaying bridge.
The bridge itself is one of the most instagrammable places in Vancouver. Guests can also experience tree top adventures and the cliff walk which winds its way on the outskirt of tall trees over the river.
Tickets: Adults $42.95 Children 6-12 $14.95 More Details
Travel Tips: Visit on weekdays or prior to 10am in summer to avoid the lines.
Getting There: Hop on the free shuttle from several Downtown Vancouver locations
2. Capilano Salmon Hatchery
Travel Tips: Best time to see Adult salmon is October – November
Getting There: 4500 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
3. Bike to Stanley Park & The Aquarium
Vancouver Aquarium is located within Stanley Park. They have many Pacific Northwest creatures like otters, urchins, dolphins and even some northerly creatures like Beluga Whales.
Travel Tips: Rent your bike near your hotel and avoid extra transit costs
The SeaWall in Stanley Park
4. The Grouse Grind
Grouse Grind Trail
From the top you can grab a coffee at the lodge, see bears playing in some outdoor enclosures and wander around in the wildflowers.
There is also a gondola that goes up Grouse Mountain which you can take down for a nominal fee. The view is stunning and I would highly recommend it. Available Year Round.
Travel Tip: Located just up the road from Capilano Suspension Bridge head out early hit the bridge and end your day with this hike.
Sky Tram on Grouse Mountain C: Grouse Mountain
5. Grab a Paddle and hit the water for Kayak or SUP
Rates: Starting at $39 for 2 hours
6. Head to Vancouver Island
Getting There: Take the Ferry or Fly from Vancouver
Tips: Save the car ferry cost and explore the island by bike.
7. Go on a whale watch
Steveston Sea Breeze Adventures operates out of the quaint town of Steveston which is a great choice with guaranteed sightings of whales. There are many great restaurants for a pre or post whale watch as well. Try some amazing fish n chips, or you can pick up fresh seafood straight from the fisherman’s boats at the docks.
Tickets: Adults $130 for a 3-4 hour trip
Tips: Leave extra time to walk around town.
Getting There: Hotel pick up offered, drive or take the metro and a taxi.
8. Rock Climb or Hike at the Stawamus Chief
Rock Climbing Companies: Squamish Rock Guides
More Information on Hiking from Outdoor Vancouver
9. Public Markets on Granville Island
Open: Daily 9am – 7pm
Tips: Go during the week, and avoid some of the crowds.
10. Visit the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens
If you aren’t a Bonsai tree fanatic there are still a lot of reasons to love these Classical Chinese Gardens. Located in Chinatown it is the first “Scholars” garden built outside China. Enclosed behind a pagoda this serene space is filled with rocks, trees and plants arranged with Taoist principles. You can practice your animal photography skills on the sunbathing turtles in the pond, or just let your imagination wander as you look at the Lilly pads. The gardens are beautiful, and inside one of the back pagodas you can view some old and very well manicured Bonsai trees of all different varieties. Stay for tea, or make a day out of it and head to the Science Center which is just down the street.
Tickets: $14 High Season $12 Low Season
Address: 578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2, Canada
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