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One Day in Vancouver

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Vancouver is known for its scenic outdoors, urban lifestyle, fresh air and beautiful landscape. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or a city dweller, there's always something for you to do. The following are a few ideas for you to get the most out of your short stay in this beautiful city.

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

11 Places

8 City Tips

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11 Places

Stanley Park

Parks

Vancouver Seawall

Hiking Trails

English Bay

Bodies of Water

Robson Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Canada Place

Architectural Buildings, Conference & Convention Centres, Piers & Boardwalks, Theatres

Gastown

Neighbourhoods

Vancouver Chinatown

Neighbourhoods

Granville Island

Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Yaletown

Historic Sites, Neighbourhoods

Commercial Drive

Neighbourhoods

Vancouver Art Gallery

Art Galleries, Art Museums

Susan S's City Tips

  • Pack a small umbrella with you wherever you go. With the exception of July and August, it rains most of the year in Vancouver.
  • Bring two pieces of identification with you if you plan to go to a bar or restaurant for an alcoholic drink.
  • Looking for lunch or dinner plans? Be sure to have sushi while you're in Vancouver. Vancouver is known for its fresh, delicious and inexpensive sushi dishes.
  • Be sure to try Vancouver's food trucks. The food trucks are mostly situated in downtown and offer a variety of choices. Japanese, Mexican, Canadian — you name it!
  • A tip of at least 15% is recommend for restaurants and at bars. You are also encouraged to tip for taxi rides.
  • Vancouver's buses only take exact change, so carry plenty of Canadian coins with you.
  • Single bus fares are valid for travel within Vancouver for 90 minutes. For trips to the suburbs from Vancouver, different fares apply depending on whether you're traveling across two or three zones.
  • Be sure to check out the street festivals while you're in Vancouver. A few of the key festivals include Car Free Day (June), Vancouver Dyke March (August) and The Parade of the Lost Souls (October).
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    Stanley Park
    Parks
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    Susan S Says:

    Stanley Park is a must-see for visitors of all ages, being one of Vancouver's largest and most popular attractions. With so many activities on offer, ranging from beautiful west coast beaches to Canada's largest aquarium, plan to spend at least three hours here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park is easy to get to by bus. The #19 Stanley Park bus will take you directly there. If you are already in downtown, you can also take the #5 or #6 bus, which will take you to the entrance of the park on Denman and Davie.
    • An easy way to get around the park is to rent a bike for a few hours from one of the bike shops along Denman Street. Don't forget to wear your helmet!
    • The best time to visit the park is during the summer. If you happen to be visiting Vancouver during the fall, winter or spring, be sure to wear a rain jacket and pack a small umbrella.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Exactly what I wanted to see in Vancouver! 18/11/2017
    • A must do! 17/11/2017
    • Stanley Park
    Phone:
    +1 604-681-5115
    Other:
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    Vancouver Seawall
    Hiking Trails
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    Susan S Says:

    The seawall is one of city's most scenic attractions and covers 22km of Vancouver's waterfront. Whether it be walking, jogging, cycling or rollerblading, be sure to include the seawall in your travel plans. You will be mesmerized by the mountains, ocean and rock sculptures here — perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, beach goers and also a smart option for those traveling on a budget.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The fastest way to cover the seawall is by bike, which takes about an hour. If you have extra time, you can walk the entire length of the seawall, which takes about 3.5 to 4 hours.
    • Get here early: The seawall is packed during the summer so plan to get there early in the morning to avoid the crowds, especially if you plan on biking.
    • Don't forget your camera to take pictures of Vancouver's breathtaking waterfront.
    • Plan a picnic: A great way to relax along the seawall is to have a picnic with your friends on a sunny day.
    • Pack snacks and a bottle of water in your bag to stay hydrated and energized.
    • There are a few concession stands but these have limited food choices. Most of the restaurants are located at the entrance of English Bay along Denman Street, where you can find many great local restaurants and pubs.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Take your time and enjoy the views and experience. 15/11/2017
    • Our Favourite Place in Vancouver! 15/11/2017
    • Vancouver Seawall
    Address:
    Stanley Park
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 3E2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 902-837-7415
    Other:
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    English Bay
    Bodies of Water
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    Susan S Says:

    English Bay is easy to get to and conveniently located in the West End. Whether it be for a light stroll or a game of beach volleyball, English Bay is a great place to relax and unwind. The beach is also conveniently located near restaurants and bars along Denman and Davie Street.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The beach is easily accessible by bus. If you are already downtown, take the #5 or #6 bus to the Denman and Davie entrance, or you can easily walk to the beach from the center of downtown.
    • Watch or participate in the Polar Bear Swim. This is an annual event on January 1st, where participants plunge into the freezing water in celebration of the new year.
    • Be sure to catch the Celebration of Lights Festival if you happen to be in Vancouver the last week of July or early August. This festival is a must-see international fireworks competition, and is one of Vancouver's largest public events.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Place 16/11/2017
    • lot of history 10/11/2017
    • English Bay
    Address:
    1795 Beach Ave
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1Y9
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-358-4259
    Other:
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    Robson Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Susan S Says:

    Robson Street is the place to go to if you're a shopaholic. This street is mostly populated with big brand names and intersects with Burrard Street, which is home to many upscale international brands.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you're looking for something to do aside from shopping, check out the Robson Square Ice Rink. This outdoor rink is open to everyone during the winter.
    • The best way to get to Robson Street is to take the SkyTrain to Granville Station or Vancouver City Center Station. From there, it is a short five minute walk to Robson Street. You can also take the #5 bus.
    • Looking for dinner ideas? Walk further along Robson towards Denman Street. This area is a hub for Asian cuisine with many options, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Malaysian food.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Shopping 13/11/2017
    • great for window shopping 13/11/2017
    • Robson Street
    Address:
    Robson Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-880-5419
    Other:
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    Canada Place
    Architectural Buildings, Conference & Convention Centres, Piers & Boardwalks, Theatres
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    Susan S Says:

    Enjoy a relaxing stroll at Canada Place, which is beautifully situated on the Burrard Inlet waterfront. Canada Place is a major tourist attraction and is easy to get to by the SkyTrain and SeaBus. Watch cruise ships, boats, helicopters, and float planes take off while enjoying your leisurely walk.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The easiest way to get to Canada Place is to take the SkyTrain to Waterfront Station. There is an exit from the train station that takes you directly to Canada Place.
    • If you happen to be in Vancouver on Canada Day, be sure to check out the lively festivities at Canada Place.
    • Make sure to take a picture with the Olympic Cauldron. The cauldron pillars are also lit up in blue at night, making it a spectacular landmark to visit after dinner.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cruise Port 15/11/2017
    • Port big and bright 07/11/2017
    • Canada Place
    Address:
    Canada Place Building 780-999 Canada Pl
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3C1
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-775-7200
    Other:
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    Gastown
    Neighbourhoods
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    Susan S Says:

    Gastown is one of Vancouver's lively historical districts and is home to many great pubs and restaurants. This district is vastly different from other areas in Vancouver with its heritage architecture, cobblestone roads, and historical landmarks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Take a photo with the Gastown Steam Clock. This steam-powered clock is a major tourist attraction in Vancouver.
    • Gastown is home to many great local coffee shops. Treat yourself to a cup of java while you're in the neighborhood.
    • Looking for boutique clothing stores? Gastown has many unique fashion lines that you would not find in the mall or along Robson Street. Be sure to take a look at the boutique shops while you're there.
    • Interested in art? If you're looking for an alternative to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gastown has several local art galleries for you to check out.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gastown 18/11/2017
    • A nice quaint town in Vancouver 16/11/2017
    • Gastown
    Address:
    Waterfront between Granville and Main Sts.
    North of Hastings St.
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-683-5650
    Other:
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    Vancouver Chinatown
    Neighbourhoods
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    Susan S Says:

    Plan an afternoon stroll around Chinatown to learn about the Chinese-Canadian heritage in Vancouver. Don't forget to try the local dim sum and delicious Chinese bakeries while you're there!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • While this neighborhood is improving, it is not the safest in Vancouver. Avoid the Hastings and Main area at night.
    • Be sure to check out the Chinese New Year parade if you happen to be in Vancouver during that time. It is a family friendly event and filled with dance performances, music, and other festivities.
    • There are plenty of ways to get to Chinatown from downtown and other parts of the city. If you plan on taking the train, get off at Stadium-Chinatown station, which is a couple of blocks away from the heart of Chinatown.
    • Which dim sum items should you order? Tasty dim sum dishes include spring dumplings ("har gow"), pork dumplings ("siu mai"), and BBQ pork buns.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #224 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
    • Nice times. 07/11/2017
    • Not worth visiting. 04/11/2017
    • Vancouver Chinatown
    Address:
    106 Keefer St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1X4
    Canada
    Other:
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    Granville Island
    Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Susan S Says:

    Granville Island is one of Vancouver's most popular tourist attractions. This is a great place for a light stroll after a long bike ride or kayaking trip along False Creek. Enjoy a nice walk and explore its artisan shops, public market, and street performances.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Restaurants tend to be a bit more expensive here as it is a tourist attraction. If you are on a budget, head along Broadway or West 4th Avenue for more reasonably priced meals.
    • Parking can be hard to find during the summer and at weekends. If you are coming from downtown, the easiest and fastest way to get to Granville Island is by the False Creek Ferry. The ferry leaves every few minutes from the Aquatic Center.
    • If you are looking for evening entertainment but don't want to head downtown, check out the improv show or live music offerings on Granville Island.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best place to visit in Vancouver 16/11/2017
    • Super Granville 16/11/2017
    • Granville Island
    Address:
    1661 Duranleau Street
    (Underneath the Granville Street Bridge)
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3S3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-666-6655
    Other:
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    Yaletown
    Historic Sites, Neighbourhoods
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    Susan S Says:

    Yaletown is one of Vancouver's trendiest and most stylish neighborhoods. Once a heavily industrialized area with warehouses and railways, today this neighborhood is characterized by its combination of old and new architecture. Packed with boutique shops, spas and local restaurants, this district is the place to be for trendsetters!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The most convenient way to get here is to take the Canada Line train to Yaletown-Roundhouse Station.
    • Yaletown is a very dog friendly neighborhood. There are several nearby parks where you can walk your dog while enjoying Vancouver's scenic views.
    • I don't recommend driving as parking is expensive and difficult to find in this neighborhood. Plus, the roads along Hamilton and Mainland are quite narrow and busy with pedestrians on the weekends.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yaletown 16/11/2017
    • Happening and Hip Yaletown 13/11/2017
    • Yaletown
    Address:
    Yaletown Business Bldg. 1152 Mainland St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4X2
    Canada
    Other:
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    Commercial Drive
    Neighbourhoods
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    Susan S Says:

    Known as Vancouver's 'hippie' neighborhood, Commercial Drive (also known as 'The Drive') is the place to go if you love coffee, art and music. This neighborhood is a hub for delicious ethnic cuisine and is home to many talented artists, writers, musicians and performers. This best way to get here is by SkyTrain, bus or bike.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you plan on taking the SkyTrain, get off at Broadway Station, which brings you directly to Commercial Drive. The #9, #99 and #20 buses also take you directly here.
    • If you're traveling on a budget, check out the pizza places along Commercial Drive that offer a great deal on two tasty pizza slices and a soda.
    • Try Italian food while you're here. Commercial Drive, formerly known as "Little Italy," has a vibrant Italian community and is known for its delicious Italian food.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hipster mix 11/11/2017
    • Little Italy and More 11/10/2017
    • Commercial Drive
    Address:
    1661 Napier St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 4X4
    Canada
    Other:
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    Vancouver Art Gallery
    Art Galleries, Art Museums
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    Susan S Says:

    The Vancouver Art Gallery is a must-see attraction for art lovers and history buffs. Located in Downtown Vancouver, the gallery is easily accessible by transit. Perfect for a rainy day.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you're on a budget, plan your visit to the gallery on a Tuesday between 5 and 9 pm. Admission on Tuesday evenings is by donation.
    • No food or drinks. Be sure to finish your snacks and beverages before you enter the gallery.
    • If you do plan to go on a Tuesday, be sure to get there early. It can get crowded as most people are coming from work.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 359 things to do in Vancouver
    • Centerpiece of Vancouver! 17/11/2017
    • Great 10/11/2017
    • Vancouver Art Gallery
    Address:
    750 Hornby St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2H7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-662-4700
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:00 - 21:00
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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