AND I was only there for 2 days and 1 full day was for work!
The Capilano Suspension bridge
The city reminds me of NYC, Portland, and San Francisco all mixed together (and a little cleaner than all of them).
The closeness of the city, the ocean, and the mountains was pretty ideal if you ask me.
I stayed in Downtown Vancouver at the Marriott Pinnacle which was walkable to Gastown and Stanley Park.
Here’s some of the things I did! I’ve also added a list of recommendations that I’ve gotten from people who live in Vancouver and others who just plain love it!
Things to do:
Explore Granville Island – public market, small shops, and docks to stroll around on
Bike around Stanley Park– This is a MUST do. Rent a bike and tour the whole thing. Views are incredible and I especially love the totem poles. Apparently there are hidden swimming areas too, so bring a suit!
Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge – about $37 to get in. Unsure it’s worth that because it’s mainly forest and views are so-so, but fun to see anyway!
Wander around Gastown
Robson Street – for downtown shopping, restaurants, and nightlife
Historic Chinatown – there are some great old school shops, but also a growth of trendy craft roasters and eateries
Richmond – the new Chinatown, great bakeries and restaurants, and shopping centers
Lion’s Gate Bridge
Watch the sea planes and grab a beer by Canada Place – great place to sit by the water downtown
Day Trip to Vancouver Island – visit Victoria and Butchart Gardens
Welcome to the Traveling Spud! I’m Katie, a 30 something from Idaho who quit her marketing job in San Francisco, California to travel the world for a year. After a trip around the world, my heart chose Idaho. I'm addicted to outdoor adventures, photography, and inspiring others to get out of their comfort zones and cross experiences off of their bucket lists. Let's explore together! Read more here.