Weekend in Vancouver

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Weekend in Vancouver

Take a couple days to explore the cultural and cosmopolitan city! See the highlights and local favorites using this itinerary.

DAY 1

Take a sea taxi to Granville Island (Granville Island is open 7 days a week, 9am-7pm). Both, False Creek Ferries and Aquabus (Vancouver's two sea taxi companies) have docks at Yaletown, David Lam Park, and Aquatic Centre/West End, which are great starting points.

At Granville Island, check out the Granville Island Public Market, the Net Loft (artisan stores), and the stores along Duranleau Street. Granville Island has lots of options for lunch and gifts/souvenirs. The Granville Island website is great for making further recommendation based on your interests.

Walk from Granville Island along the seawall to Kitsilano Beach/Pool.

Option to continue walking past the Kitsilano Pool until you get to Volunteer Park (one of my favorite walks with a coffee in hand). 

Then, walk back the way you came to Vanier Park/Maritime Museum, where you can take the False Creek Ferry to return to downtown or a local bus (the 2 or 22 goes from the Kitsilano area to downtown).

Relax at your accommodation or a park (David Lam Park is great in nice weather) before an evening walk down Robson Street and around Coal Harbour.

 

DAY 2

Make your way to Spokes bike rentals on West Georgia and Denman to rent a bike and complete an epic bike ride of the city. The city also has a bike rental option, Mobi, which is a cheaper option, but it is built more as a mode of transportation (a 24 hour pass with the Mobi bike costs $10 where Spokes costs $30 for a 3-6 hour rental, but with Mobi, you have to check in the bike to the nearest station every 30 minutes). Mobi is also not as good for photos.

If you want to make the ride shorter than what is shown on the map (and only do Stanley Park), you would finish your ride after reaching the Stanley Park Pool and take Lagoon Drive to get back to where you started (the cross streets of Denman and West Georgia).

A great spot to stop during the ride for a snack/picnic is Third Beach. There is a drum circle here on Tuesday nights during the summer if it's not raining.

An epic shot can be taken of the seawall (from above) by biking part of the Lions Gate Bridge. Either before or after your bike ride, continue West along West Georgia Street (towards Stanley Park) and over the bridge until you see the shot you like. 

End the night in Yaletown, a cool Vancouver neighborhood, packed with restaurants and shops. 

CanadaMikaela Gregory