In an ideal world, you would have a few weeks to spend in Vancouver to soak up all the flavor the city has to offer. However, if you find yourself with just one day in the city, here are a few things that you should take into consideration when planning your 24 hour itinerary:
Stanley Park – Between the Aquarium, pitch and putt, beaches, water parks, restaurants, lawn bowling, hikes, horse drawn tours and the Seawall, you could easily spend the entire day here. The views of the North Shore mountains from Stanley Park’s Seawall sum up what Vancouver is all about; nature and city co-existing.
Chinatown – The second largest in North America, with San Fransisco taking the lead, the sights, smells and flavors of Chinatown transport you to a different culture. Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden is located in Chinatown and if you need a little zen in your trip, it’s worth checking out. Not to mention, Chinatown is a great place to find a number of souvenirs to take back home. How about some green tea, home decor items or fun stationary?
Lighthouse Park – Quite possible one of the most scenic and easy nature walks on the North Shore. Find a spot to sit down and soak up the view, while the salty ocean air cools you down. With lighthouses being shut down at a sad rate, this functioning lighthouse is worth a look.
Domain de Chaberton – You may not be able to escape to the Okanagan while you’re in BC, but a short drive out to Langley will bring you to this local winery. Take a tour of the vineyard, see how the wine is made and enjoy a tasty lunch in their bistro. Be sure to make a reservation though, as space fills up very quickly.
Take a bus tour – The Vancouver Trolley Company and Big Bus are the best way to see most of Vancouver’s main tourist attractions in a day. If you want to fit it all in, this may be one of the better options for you. You can get off at the stops you would like to explore more of, or stay on and make your way to the next location. Some notable stops include Granville Island, Yaletown, the West End, English Bay, Chinatown, Gastown and Stanley Park.
Granville Island – One of the most popular tourist attractions that both locals and visitors flock to. There you will find beautiful flowers, local art, jewelry, clothing, fresh seafood and meat, exquisite cheeses, decadent artisan chocolate and almost anything else edible and drinkable you can think of. You can get their by foot, bus or water taxi, and if the place you call home isn’t on the water, take advantage of the boat ride and use the water taxi. If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous about getting onto the water, you can hire a boat to take out for a few hours and enjoy the open waters.