1. Stanley Park – Not only does Vancouver have a vibrant city with plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes and things to do, but it also offers city-dwellers a perfect oasis made of lush rainforest and trails to venture on. Located in downtown Vancouver, it’s convenient, cheap and offers breathtaking views of the North Shore. Take full advantage of the many bike shops around and go for a ride along the Seawall.
2. Grouse Mountain – Known as “Nature’s Stairmaster”, Grouse has something for everyone all year round. During the winter people can ski, snowboard, snowshoe, skate or simply frolic in the white chilly powder. In the summer months, people get in shape by going up the Grouse Grind. If working up a sweat isn’t your thing, the gondola ride is a lovely way to get a bird’s eye view of Vancouver.
3. Granville Island – Whether you’re looking for fresh seafood, a new scarf, a bottle of local BC wine or blown glass pieces of art, Granville Island has it all. Locals and tourists take advantage of what the Island offers year round.
4. The Vancouver Aquarium – Located in Stanley Park is entertaining for both adults and children. The Vancouver Aquarium started the Ocean Wise program that promotes eating seafood that is good for the environment and promotes sustainability.
5. Gastown – Packed with edgy boutiques and intriguing art galleries, Gastown is Vancouver’s original downtown. Grab a bite or something cold to drink at one of the many restaurants, bars or lounges. The cobbled stone streets and old buildings give Gastown a wonderful sense of charm.
6. English Bay – Grab a picnic from a grocery store on Davie Street, or take-out from any of the quaint restaurants and head down to English Bay. The Bay opens up to the Pacific Ocean, which makes it the best place to watch the sun set. During the summer, enjoy the Festival of Lights and on New Year’s Day, take part in the Polar Bear Swim.
7. Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden – Nestled in Chinatown, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a lovely, enchanted garden to spend an afternoon in. After your visit at the garden, make sure to take a stroll through Chinatown.
8. Capilano Suspension Bridge – Head over to the North Shore and test your wits on this jiggling bridge. The lush foliage, crisp air and beautiful views make for a perfect escape from the city.
9. Telus World of Science – Home of Expo 86, Science World in Vancouver will keep adults and children entertained for many hours. The IMAX Theater in Science World is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon and learn something new.
10. Light House Park – Perched on the edge of West Vancouver, Light House Park is an excellent place to hike. The trails are easy to moderate and there are many spots to stop and have a picnic, while taking in the breath taking views of the ocean and mountains.