25 FREE Issues to do in Vancouver

We’ve lived in Vancouver for over 15 years and, throughout this time, we’ve hosted many first time guests to the town. We’re usually requested the query, “what are the preferred issues to do in Vancouver?” 

Our responses are inclined to fluctuate relying on the time of 12 months, however there are a number of locations in Vancouver that we at all times suggest to first time guests. The should see points of interest that make Vancouver an superior metropolis.

Final summer season, we wrote an in depth put up that highlights 25 Superior Day Journeys from Vancouver. It’s develop into a well-liked put up on this journey weblog and we’ve been getting quite a lot of inquiries about Vancouver ever since.

We don’t usually write about our hometown as a result of it feels so acquainted. Nonetheless, to non-residents of Vancouver, this lovely waterfront metropolis that we name house is commonly thought-about to be a world class journey vacation spot.

Right here’s your Native’s Information to the Finest Issues to do in Vancouver.

Vancouver will not be low-cost, so this put up will deal with the cheaper facet of Vancouver. We love this metropolis and attempt to get exterior and revel in it as a lot as we will. The listing under highlights the issues we like do in Vancouver when we have now time to get exterior and play.

**Word – a few of these Vancouver points of interest could also be closed because of COVID-19. Do your analysis previous to visiting to keep away from disappointment. Go to this web site to find out about COVID-19 security measures in Vancouver.

You’ll not have sufficient time for all of those 25 points of interest and actions, so we’re going to start out with the should see points of interest. If you happen to solely have just a few days, begin with these first.

1. Discover Stanley Park and The Seawall

Stanley Park is arguably Vancouver’s prime vacationer attraction. It’s Vancouver’s first, largest, and most beloved city park. You possibly can simply spend a whole day on this 1,000 acre public park. Stanley Park is sort of totally surrounded by the waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay.

To get the total Stanley Park expertise, we suggest you stroll or bike across the Stanley Park Seawall, a ten km loop round Vancouver’s most celebrated out of doors area. It takes about 2 to three hours to stroll across the Stanley Park Seawall and about 1 hour to bike round it (assuming a leisurely tempo).

Finest issues to do in Stanley Park:

    • Totem Poles at Stanley Park
    • Take within the spectacular views at Prospect Level
    • The legendary Siwash Rock
    • Brockton Level Lighthouse
    • Chook watching at Misplaced Lagoon
    • Stroll below the long-lasting Lions Gate Bridge
    • Discover 27 kilometres of forest trails
    • Second Seashore Pool – heated, out of doors pool (extra information right here)
    • Vancouver Aquarium (briefly closed – extra information right here)
    • Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Excursions (extra information right here)
    • Experience the Stanley Park Prepare
    • Bike journey across the Seawall (you may hire bikes right here)
    • Stanley Park Pitch & Putt (extra information right here)

Right here’s a downloadable map of Stanley Park in Vancouver.

If in case you have a car and plan to park at Stanley Park, know that your entire park is pay parking. Right here’s a weblog put up about parking at Stanley Park.

Above is the Stanley Park Seawall. On the prime of the cliff is Prospect Level Lookout.

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2. Go to Granville Island

Granville Island is one among Vancouver’s hottest vacationer points of interest, particularly for first time guests. You are able to do Granville Island on a budget by merely wandering across the market and absorbing the gorgeous waterfront views of False Creek and the Burrard Bridge.

The Granville Island Public Market is open every day from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and is house to over 50 retailers promoting quite a lot of meals. If you happen to’re visiting on a sunny day, you’re certain to come back throughout a stay busker efficiency. Take a look at the schedule of Granville Island Busker performances.

There are many Granville Island eating places to select from, together with the favored patio at Bridges Restaurant (pictured above) and the upscale Sandbar Seafood Restaurant.

Nonetheless, on condition that we’re specializing in doing Vancouver on a budget, we’d suggest you seize meals from the Public Market Meals Court docket and take it exterior to get pleasure from on the waterfront (be conscious of the birds, they’re sneaky!).

Right here’s a downloadable Granville Island map.

If you happen to like beer, we suggest a go to to Granville Island Brewing. It was based in 1984 and calls itself “Canada’s first microbrewery”. Brewery excursions and tastings happen every day.

A enjoyable strategy to get to Granville Island is to hop on an Aquabus, pictured under. The Aquabus is a small water taxi that travels round False Creek. The Granville Island ferry runs each quarter-hour. Schedules, worth and dock places might be discovered right here.

Right here’s details about get to Granville Island.

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3. Granville Avenue Leisure District

When you’ve completed wandering round Granville Island, stroll throughout the Granville Avenue Bridge and proceed north in the direction of Vancouver’s Leisure District. Regardless of the time of day, there’s at all times one thing occurring on Granville Avenue.

Granville is the place to be in the event you’re in search of the most effective nightlife in Vancouver. It’s additionally an ideal place to individuals watch. The Leisure District is house to the Commodore Ballroom (famend music venue), Orpheum Theatre (house of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra) and the legendary Roxy Cabaret (long-standing membership with stay bands).

Enjoyable truth – The Granville Avenue strip was as soon as believed to have the best focus of neon on this planet behind solely Shanghai, China.

When you’re within the neighbourhood, try Robson Sq. and the Vancouver Artwork Gallery. If the climate in Vancouver is wet throughout your go to (extremely possible from November to April), you may take shelter within the large Pacific Centre Mall. Right here’s a map of Pacific Centre.

4. Grouse Mountain and the Grouse Grind

Considered one of Vancouver’s prime points of interest is Grouse Mountain, self-described as The Peak of Vancouver.

The FREE strategy to attain the summit of Grouse Mountain is to hike up the Grouse Grind, also called Mom Nature’s Stairmaster. Be forewarned, the Grouse Grind is difficult and the path can get very busy in the summertime months, particularly on the weekends.

This Grouse Mountain hike is 3 kilometers straight up, with an elevation acquire of two,800 ft (853 metres), so it’s not advisable for novice hikers or informal sightseers. We’ve witnessed numerous vacationers trying to hike the Grouse Grind in denims and costume footwear, with no water or snacks. Don’t do this. It is a legit hike.

Word – The Grouse Grind is closed through the winter months.

The Grouse Mountain Skyride

The opposite strategy to attain the summit is to take the Grouse Mountain gondola (the Skyride). The Skyride operates 12 months a 12 months, departing each quarter-hour from 8:45 am to 10:00 pm. Grouse Mountain tickets will fluctuate relying on the season. Verify this web site for costs.

To get off the mountain, you’ll both have to take the Skyride (it prices $15 per particular person as of 2018) or stroll again down mountain. Quite than return down the steep Grouse Grind, take the BCMC path as a substitute.

Grouse Mountain Eating places

The principle Grouse Mountain restaurant is Altitudes Bistro. It has top-of-the-line patios in Vancouver with infinite views of Vancouver and the Decrease Mainland. The Observatory Restaurant is a extra upscale, advantageous eating restaurant that’s solely open within the evenings for dinner.

Sticking with the theme of protecting issues low-cost, we suggest you pack a lunch as a substitute of eating at one of many Grouse Mountain eating places. There are many spots to take a seat again and benefit from the views without cost.

Grouse Mountain climate might be unpredictable (it’s a mountain, in any case), so it’s finest to examine the forecast forward of time. Right here’s the Grouse Mountain climate report and Grouse Mountain hours of operation.

5. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

To not be confused with the favored Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is a pedestrian bridge positioned inside Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver. Not like Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Lynn Canyon Park is free to enter and discover.

The free-to-access suspension bridge is 160 ft (50 meters) excessive from the underside of the canyon. It’s a slender bridge that may get fairly bouncy if you attain the middle.

Whereas the bridge is the star attraction of Lynn Canyon Park, we favor to spend our time mountaineering the park’s intensive community of forest trails. The park encompasses over 600 acres of temperate rainforest.

You possibly can stroll the paths close to Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge or the 50 kilometres (31 miles) of roads and trails in close by Decrease Seymour Conservation Reserve, together with the tougher Lynn Peak hike and the better Twin Falls hike.

Parking at Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge might be difficult on the weekends, so it’s finest to reach early. Earlier than you cross the bridge, take a second to take a look at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre.

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Mountaineering in Lynn Canyon Park is a good household exercise for all ages.

6. Mountaineering and Kayaking in Deep Cove

We love Deep Cove. It’s a quaint group within the easternmost a part of North Vancouver, positioned on the entrance of Indian Arm. There’s a bit of village with a eating places, outlets and the notorious Honey’s Doughnuts (Cautious – these donuts are extremely addictive).

Deep Cove is understood for its marina and kayaking. If you happen to don’t have your personal gear you may hire kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and surf-skis from Deep Cove Kayak. This store will get very busy in the summertime, particularly on the weekends. You’re finest to make a reservation for gear leases.

It’s a couple of 25 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. Deep Cove parking might be difficult, so it’s sensible to reach early (earlier than 8:30 AM). You too can take public transit from Vancouver to Deep Cove.

One other standard exercise in Deep Cove is the Quarry Rock hike. It’s a simple hike that takes about 1.5 hours spherical journey. The views from the highest of Quarry Rock are superior (see photograph under).

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7. Discover Cypress Provincial Park

The season and climate situations will resolve what you do in Cypress Provincial Park.

Throughout the summer season, you may entry quite a lot of mountaineering trails with unimaginable views of Howe Sound and the North Shore Mountains. Within the winter, you may go snowshoeing, snowboarding, snowboarding, tubing and cross-country snowboarding on the Cypress Mountain Ski Space.

The mountaineering and snowshoe trails in Cypress Provincial Park are free to entry. Nonetheless, in the event you plan to ski or snowboard, you’ll have to buy a day move to make use of the chair lifts. Right here’s the Cypress Mountain ticket costs.

Situated in North Vancouver, Cypress Mountain co-hosted occasions for the 2010 Winter Olympics. It’s truly the venue the place Canada gained it’s first Winter Olympics Gold Medal on house soil.

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Views from the Eagle Bluffs hike that begins on the Cypress Mountain car parking zone.

8. Mountain biking in North Vancouver

The North Shore mountains provide world-class mountain bike trials for all talent ranges. You could have entry to simple cross-country trails and extra technical trails with obstacles like bridges, ladders, and teeter-totters.

Mount Seymour has essentially the most intensive community of trails on the North Shore. One of the standard mountain biking trails is the CBC path, a 2 kilometre path that begins on the prime of Seymour Parkway.

If you happen to don’t have a mountain bike you may hire one at Lynn Valley Bikes or Limitless Biking. Charges will fluctuate relying on the mannequin and size of rental.

Right here’s a map of Mount Seymour Biking Trails.

Photograph credit score to qasic on Flickr

9. Gastown Steam Clock

Situated close to Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver, the long-lasting Gastown Steam Clock has been attracting vacationers for many years. Initially in-built 1977, this working steam clock is without doubt one of the solely functioning steam-powered clocks on this planet.

The Gastown Steam Clock whistles and blows its steam each quarter-hour, to the delight of onlookers. It’s a tacky touristy factor to do, however you’ll be glad you took a couple of minutes to test it out.

Whereas in Gastown, admire its previous cobblestone roads and distinctive structure earlier than wandering inside the various outlets, artwork galleries and eating places in Gastown. We prefer to seize a pint of craft beer at Steamworks Brew Pub. It’s one among our favorite eating places in Vancouver.

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10. Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza

The Olympic Cauldron from the 2010 Winter Olympics is positioned at Jack Poole Plaza, which is positioned beside the Vancouver Conference Centre, one among Canada’s largest conference centres.

The plaza affords gorgeous views of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains. From right here you may witness dozens of float planes departing and arriving at Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre (see photograph under).

You’ll additionally discover a number of public items of artwork right here, together with the Digital Orca and The Drop.

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Above – the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza.

11. Canada Place

Canada Place is house to the long-lasting white sails that dominate Vancouver’s skyline (see above photograph). From right here, guests are handled to unobstructed views of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains.

It’s positioned beside the Vancouver Conference Centre and Jack Poole Plaza (to the west) and Gastown (to the East), so you may embrace all of those Vancouver points of interest in your sightseeing tour. You possibly can stroll from Coal Harbour to Gastown in lower than an hour (at a average tempo).

Canada Place can be house to the Vancouver Cruise Ship Terminal, so it will get fairly busy through the summer season months. This cruise ship terminal can maintain as much as 4 luxurious cruise ships at one time. It’s the house port for lots of the Alaska cruises that depart from Vancouver.

Inside Canada Place is the favored digital flight journey FlyOver Canada. The whole FlyOver Canada expertise lasts roughly 25 minutes. FlyOver Canada is NOT free. Verify costs and hours right here.

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12. Horse Racing at Hastings Racecourse

Hastings Racecourse, also called Hastings Park, is a classic race monitor that has been round since 1947. We’re not huge gamblers however we love spending a sunny afternoon at Hastings Park due to the spectacular views of the North Shore Mountains and its entertaining environment.

It’s free to enter, so we don’t thoughts placing just a few {dollars} on the ponies, which provides to the thrill of the Hastings expertise. Verify the race schedule right here.

It’s simple to get to Hastings Park by public transit. There’s additionally loads of parking at Hastings Racecourse.

Hastings Racecourse is positioned beside the Vancouver Coliseum and Playland, Vancouver’s historic amusement park. Word – Playland is simply open in the summertime and there’s an entrance price.

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13. Stroll, run or cycle the Vancouver Seawall

Do you know Vancouver has the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path? This Seaside Greenway stretches 28 km in size, connecting Coal Harbour to English Bay to Kitsilano.

Earlier on this put up, we talked about you need to stroll the Stanley Park Seawall. We extremely suggest you do this part first, in the event you’re restricted on time. Nonetheless, in case you have just a few days in Vancouver we suggest you discover different sections of the Vancouver Seawall.

Strolling or biking the Seawall may have you move a lot of Vancouver’s well-known landmarks, together with the Lions Gate Bridge, Siwash Rock, A-maze-ing Laughter public artwork show, Science World (image above), BC Place (Soccer and soccer stadium), Rogers Enviornment (NHL hockey stadium), Olympic Village, Granville Island, Burrard Bridge and Kitsilano Seashore.

Right here’s a printable map of the Seawall.

Vibrant autumn timber on the Seawall in Yaletown, a downtown Vancouver neighbourhood.

14. Stroll throughout the Lions Gate Bridge

Strolling throughout the Lions Gate Bridge is a distinct strategy to expertise the town. Lions Gate Bridge connects Stanley Park and Downtown Vancouver with the North Shore, together with the town of North Vancouver and West Vancouver.

Lions Gate Bridge has biking and strolling lanes on either side of the bridge. We suggest you stroll north on one facet of the bridge, and south on the alternative facet. This offers you quite a lot of photograph alternatives.

If in case you have a car, plan to park at Prospect Level in Stanley Park. From right here its a brief stroll to the south facet of the bridge. You too can park your car at Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver in the event you plan to start out from the north facet of the bridge.

Above – south facet of the Lions Gate Bridge.

15. Ambleside Seashore in West Vancouver

There are a number of city seashores in Vancouver. The preferred Vancouver seashores are positioned in both Stanley Park or English Bay. All of those seashores are free to entry, however you’ll have to pay for parking.

Ambleside Park is positioned in West Vancouver, throughout the Burrard Inlet from Stanley Park. We chosen Ambleside Seashore as a result of it’s a substitute for the principle Vancouver seashores. The park has over 8 km (5 miles) of strolling trails and the west dealing with views are excellent for sundown watching.

Extra standard Vancouver Seashores

  • English Bay Seashore – positioned on Seashore Ave in downtown Vancouver’s West Finish
  • Second Seashore – positioned on the Stanley Park Seawall, west of Misplaced Lagoon
  • Third Seashore – additionally positioned in Stanley Park
  • Kitsilano Seashore – positioned within the Kitsilano Seashore Park
  • Jericho Seashore – positioned west of Kitsilano in Jericho Seashore Park
  • Spanish Banks Seashore – positioned within the West Level Gray neighbourhood
  • Wreck Seashore – clothing-optional seaside positioned close to the UBC campus

Are you able to swim in Vancouver seashores?

Sure, you may swim within the Vancouver seashores. Nonetheless, we wouldn’t suggest you spend quite a lot of time within the water. As with all metropolis seashores, there’s threat of sewage and air pollution from boat/ship site visitors.

Common swimming seashores, together with Kitsilano Seashore, Jericho Seashore and English Bay, had been closed in the summertime of 2018 to unsafe ranges of E. coli micro organism.

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16. Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver

When you’re in West Vancouver, we suggest you make a go to to Lighthouse Park, a Nationwide Historic Website of Canada. To view the well-known Level Atkinson Lighthouse, you’ll take a simple forest hike on the Lighthouse Park path, passing a few of the largest Douglas Fir timber in Higher Vancouver.

There are a number of well-marked mountaineering trails within the park, that are open year-round. Plan to spend 2 hours within the park. We suggest you carry a light-weight picnic and benefit from the gorgeous ocean views.

Right here’s a map of Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.

17. Lonsdale Quay Market in North Vancouver

One other excellent place to view the spectacular Vancouver skyline is the Lonsdale Quay Market in North Vancouver. The market has quite a lot of outlets promoting every little thing from recent produce to craft beer to souvenirs. Right here’s an inventory of distributors within the Lonsdale Quay Market.

We suggest you seize a bowl of freshly made soup on the Soup Meister, a neighborhood favorite, and revel in it exterior on the boardwalk (pictured under). After lunch, stroll to The Pier and historic Shipyards and take a look at the town views. In the summertime, the Shipyards hosts a Evening Market on Friday evenings.

For the most effective sundown views, climb to the highest of the lookout tower at Lonsdale Quay (see above image – below the massive Q) or stroll to close by Waterfront Park.

To get from Vancouver to the Lonsdale Quay Market, hop on the 15 minute Seabus ferry at Waterfront Station. Right here’s the Seabus schedule.

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18. Cleveland Dam and Capilano Lake

The Cleveland Dam, positioned within the Capilano River Regional Park, is a well-liked free vacationer attraction in North Vancouver. There are a number of mountaineering trails within the park that result in views of the dam and Capilano Lake (pictured under). We frequently hike these trails with our boys and they’re advantageous with the terrain.

The Capilano Salmon Hatchery is one other standard free attraction. It’s a brief stroll from the Cleveland Dam to the Hatchery or you may drive down Capilano Street to get there. The hatchery is open 12 months spherical, however late August by means of to November offers good alternatives to view returning salmon, leaping up the river.

If you happen to’re driving, there’s parking on the Cleveland Dam car parking zone on Capilano Street. You too can take public transit from the Lonsdale Quay Market or Park Royal Mall. Extra transit information right here.

Right here’s a downloadable map of Capilano River Regional Park.

Views of Grouse Mountain and Capilano Lake from the Cleveland Dam.

19. Kitsilano Seashore Park

Kitsilano Seashore Park, usually known as ‘Kits’, is without doubt one of the hottest seashores in Vancouver, for each locals and guests. Situated on the north fringe of the Kitsilano neighbourhood, the seaside faces English Bay, downtown Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains (pictured above).

Kitsilano can be house to the out of doors Kitsilano Pool, the longest swimming pool in Canada and Vancouver’s solely saltwater swimming pool. The pool is open yearly from Could to September.

For the most effective metropolis views, head to Elsje Level. You possibly can entry Kitsilano Seashore on foot or bike through the Seawall. Whereas there, try the close by Vancouver Maritime Museum (grownup admission is $13.50) and H.R. MacMillan House Centre (grownup admission is $19.50).

Right here’s extra information about Kitsilano Seashore Park.

20. Richmond Evening Market

** Please word – the Richmond Evening Market is briefly closed. It’s unclear if it’ll open for the 2021 summer season season. Verify this web site for updates.

Between Could and September, a enjoyable night exercise is visiting the Richmond Evening Market. It’s develop into an annual summer season custom for a lot of Vancouverites. Whereas it’s technically not free for adults to enter the night time market, it solely prices $3.00 to enter. Youngsters below 8 years previous and seniors over 60 years previous are free.

The Richmond Evening Market is impressed by the bustling night time markets present in Asia. It hosts over 100 meals stalls and over 200 retail distributors. We get pleasure from sampling quite a lot of avenue meals, like twister potatoes (pictured above), grilled meat on a stick (see under), takoyaki, steamed dumplings, blooming onions and candy mango desserts. Costs vary between $2-$10 per merchandise.

Richmond Evening Market parking is free however it may well get fairly full on the weekends. We suggest you are taking the SkyTrain’s Canada Line to Bridgeport Station. Then stroll west on River Street. The market is simply a pair blocks from the station. Right here’s a map of the Canada Line stations.

The night time market hours of operation are from 7:00 PM to 12:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday’s the market closes at 11:00 PM.

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21. Discover the historic Vancouver Chinatown

Vancouver’s Chinatown is definitely the third largest in North America by inhabitants (behind San Francisco and New York). Vancouver Chinatown is positioned east of the downtown core. It’s house to many historic websites, retail shops, specialty grocery shops and cafes.

Vancouver Chinatown points of interest embrace the ornate Chinatown Millennium Gate on Pender Avenue and the Solar Yat-Sen Park, which is the free different to the favored Dr. Solar Yat-Sen Classical Chinese language Backyard (admission is $14 per grownup in the summertime).

There are many Chinatown eating places to select from. Our favorite eating places in Chinatown are Phnom Penh, Ramen Butcher and Sai Woo.

Right here’s a map of Vancouver Chinatown.

Photograph credit score: Scout Journal

22. New Westminster Quay and Boardwalk

If you wish to get exterior the massive metropolis, the New Westminster Quay and boardwalk is a enjoyable day journey from Vancouver. The River Market is house to a number of outlets and eating places. New Westminster Pier Park is a scenic riverfront park that connects guests to the Waterfront Esplanade Boardwalk.

Different issues to do in New Westminster embrace visiting the Fraser River Discovery Centre and Samson V Museum, or you may take a Paddle-wheeler Riverboat Tour on the historic Fraser River.

To get to New Westminster Quay, take the Skytrain Expo Line from downtown Vancouver to New Westminster (right here’s a map of the Expo Line stations). The prepare takes about 25 minutes. The River Market is positioned one block south of the New Westminster Skytrain station.

Photograph credit score – Dedos / Day by day Hive

23. {Photograph} the Murals of East Vancouver

If you happen to like avenue artwork, you’ll get pleasure from exploring the backstreets of East Vancouver, particularly the Mount Nice neighbourhood on Principal Avenue (between 4th and 14th Avenue). That is the place you will discover the most effective avenue artwork in Vancouver.

In early August, the town hosts the Vancouver Mural Pageant, the most important annual free public artwork celebration. 

This interactive map reveals each murals from the Vancouver Mural Pageant, together with these made in previous years. Listed here are pictures of Vancouver murals from just a few years in the past.

Right here’s a map of the mural places in Vancouver.

24. Free Vancouver  Strolling Excursions

You possibly can be part of free strolling excursions in Vancouver that go to lots of the points of interest talked about on this put up. These excursions are a enjoyable strategy to meet different guests and get the backstory behind the points of interest.

Right here’s an inventory of free strolling excursions in Vancouver.

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25. Drive the Sea to Sky Freeway to Shannon Falls

Mockingly, top-of-the-line issues to do in Vancouver is to truly depart Vancouver. The spectacular Sea to Sky Freeway is commonly ranked as top-of-the-line drives on this planet. We agree.

Forgive me for stating the plain, however you’ll want a car to drive the Sea to Sky Freeway. Guests can choose up a automobile rental from the Vancouver airport. Ebook on-line and save as much as 35% on automobile leases right here.

Departing from downtown Vancouver, your drive begins by passing by means of Stanley Park and crossing the Lions Gate Bridge. Proceed by means of West Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay. Cease in Horseshoe Bay Village and seize a espresso. Stroll across the village and watch the BC Ferries ships depart from the marina.

Proceed your drive to Porteau Cove Provincial Park. Stroll to the top of the pier and absorb the views of Howe Sound. Get again within the automobile and drive previous Furry Creek in the direction of Britannia Seashore. Cease right here if you wish to go to the Britannia Mine Museum. In any other case, proceed driving to Squamish.

Shannon Falls and Sea to Sky Gondola

Earlier than you attain the city of Squamish, cease at Shannon Falls Provincial Park. Take a look at the spectacular waterfalls and close by Sea to Sky Gondola. You too can hike the Stamamus Chief path. It’s a difficult hike however the views on the prime are unimaginable.

The drive from Vancouver to Squamish takes about one hour with no stops. Plan for about 4 hours spherical journey, with just a few stops alongside the way in which.

At this level, you may flip round and drive again to Vancouver. Or, relying on how a lot time you will have, you may proceed to Whistler. The drive from Squamish to Whistler is about 45 minutes. We suggest you cease on the Tantalus Lookout if the skies are clear.

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The place to remain in Vancouver

There are many inns in Vancouver to select from, starting from upscale 5 star inns to backpacker hostels and every little thing in between.

  • Seek for Vancouver inns right here.
  • Many of the standard Vancouver vacationer points of interest are positioned within the downtown space. Contemplate this when deciding on the place to remain in Vancouver.
  • Downtown inns usually require further charges for in a single day parking – typically as excessive as $40 per night time. Contemplate this when reserving inns and automobile leases.
  • If you happen to favor to remain nearer to the mountains, take into account staying on the Lonsdale Quay Resort or the Vacation Inn North Vancouver.

Vancouver journey suggestions and issues to know

  • Decide up & return automobile leases at Vancouver airport. Save 15% on Vancouver automobile leases right here.
  • If you happen to go to throughout winter, be sure to have snow tires for mountain drives.
  • Save money and time by using the Skytrain from Vancouver Worldwide Airport to downtown Vancouver. It solely takes 25 minutes. Learn to take the Vancouver Airport Skytrain.
  • Bike sharing is an affordable strategy to get round Vancouver. Study Vancouver’s public bike share system right here.
  • Verify the Vancouver climate forecast earlier than you begin your day. The climate in Vancouver might be unpredictable. Plan for rain within the winter months.
  • Right here’s an inventory of issues to do in Vancouver at night time and through the winter.
  • If you happen to like onerous copy journey guides, order a duplicate of Lonely Planet Vancouver.
  • Right here’s an interactive map of Vancouver points of interest.

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