Vancouver and its neighbour, North Vancouver, make a great team, with Vancouver’s urban buzz balancing North Vancouver’s forests and peaks. Do like the locals and enjoy the downtown shops and eateries, then head across the picturesque Lions Gate Bridge for some high altitude adventure in the mountains of North Vancouver.
Drive or take the SeaBus ferry to explore North Vancouver (or, as the locals call it, North... Read more Van). Start with a latte and some shopping at Lonsdale Quay, a public market on the waterfront, and then tackle some more active pursuits. Admire the view from Capilano Suspension Bridge, go for a seaside hike at Lighthouse Park, or explore the trails and forest at Lynn Canyon Park. At day’s end, get above it all at Grouse Mountain. Ride to the top on North America’s largest aerial tramway then take in the views from the deck of Altitudes Bistro, 1,128m/3,700ft above the city.
Jog, bike or just walk the scenic Stanley Park seawall and take in views of the city and English... Read more Bay. Next, hop on a foot passenger ferry to Granville Island, just south of downtown. Lunch at a waterfront restaurant (or there are lots of options within the public market), check out the island’s many craft studios and galleries, and shop for organic fruits and veggies at the lively public market.
Fine food meets sweeping views in North and West Vancouver, known locally as the North Shore.... Read more Enjoy stunning vistas across the inlet and city, at West Vancouver’s Salmon House on the Hill or try mile-high dining atop Grouse Mountain. Back at sea level, sample West Coast fare with sunset scenes at Dundarave Pier, or French cuisine at La Régalade. If you’re heading to Whistler, stop at Horseshoe Bay for a casual lunch at the Olive & Anchor. For desert, treat yourself to some Chocolate Sparkle cookies at Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates and Patisserie, or a maple glaze doughnut at Honey Doughnuts and Goodies in Deep Cove.
Independent boutiques, popular chains and famous designer names keep treasure hunters happy in... Read more Vancouver’s many shopping neighbourhoods. International chains and homegrown favourites, plus cafés and restaurants galore, line Robson Street, Vancouver’s main shopping district. Other popular areas include Main Street around 25th Avenue, Yaletown, a historic former warehouse district downtown, and South Granville (between 5th and 16th Avenues). For one-of-a-kind jewelry, housewares and craft items, head to Granville Island, where you can pick up handmade treasures at any of dozens of galleries and boutiques.
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When flying in to Vancouver, book a window seat – the approach offers great views of the... Read more mountains, the Fraser River and distant Vancouver Island. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just a short drive from downtown, or ride the rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to the city centre. The city is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane. A full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental options are also available.
You can get just about anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver on the city’s TransLink... Read more system, which includes buses; three rapid transit lines, known as the SkyTrain; and the SeaBus, a passenger ferry serving North Vancouver. SkyTrain is a great way to travel to and from Vancouver International Airport, and to explore Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. The SeaBus makes regular crossings between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike paths including the car-free Seawall Path, which runs more than 20 km (12 mi) along Vancouver’s waterfront.
All aboard! The Amtak Cascades train service runs daily from Eugene, Oregon, via Portland and... Read more Seattle, to downtown Vancouver. With meal service,bike racks, on board Wifi and scenery galore, it's one of the most relaxing ways to reach Vancouver.
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