The Ultimate Guide to Vancouver, Canada

Our experience in Vancouver was definitely an unforgettable one.  Even in such a big city, it was easy to find place of serene escape from the craziness. It was also easy to find something to do, from riding bikes through Stanley Park to having a picnic at English Bay Beach.  This city is also something incredible after the sun sets. Gastown and other hip districts light up with live music and amazing atmospheres.  Here are my favorite things to do in Vancouver:

What to Do:

For the warmer days:

Granville Island

Located beneath the Granville Bridge, this area is perfect for great shopping and eating!. Granville Island is home to the popular Public Market, as well as artsy theaters, craft studios, and artisan workshops. The Public Market is the go-to place for finding delectable treats, while the rest of the “island” is ideal for finding unique souvenirs.

Stanley Park

One of my favorite things to do in Vancouver during the summer is riding a bike through Stanley Park.  This park is massive (over 1,00 acres!) and has many spots to pull over for a picnic or to just enjoy the view of the water.  As you bike along the famous Seawall, make sure to stop and admire the views of Lionsgate Bridge and Siwash Rock.

English Bay Beach

What is there not to do at English Bay? From skating/biking the Seawall, to renting a kayak, to sunbathing, or my personal favorite- watching the sunset, this spot has everything to make for a great day.


Gastown was one of my favorite places to explore in Vancouver. It is hard to resist this neighborhood’s historic charm with its cobblestone streets, beautiful buildings, and streets full of lights.  The most popular landmark around is the Steam Clock (not the most impressive tbh) but there are plenty of shops and bars in this hip area.

Shop my Vancouver style:

For the rainy days:

Vancouver Art Museum

Located in downtown Vancouver, this museum is home to over 10,000 art pieces from around the world.

Science World

Not just the architecture of this building is incredible, the inside of Science World is an enjoyable experience for any age group.  It is home permanent science displays and fascinating exhibits, many of which are interactive!

Museum of Vancouver

If you are looking for a mega history lesson about this beautiful city, look no further than the Museum of Vancouver,  Visitors can learn all about the history of Vancouver from the ancient times of the Musqueam people all the way up to present day life in the city.

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For the photographers:

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Looking for a way to see the good ol’ outdoors without really leaving the city? These series of bridges are suspended over 100 feet in the air and tower over thousands of evergreens and a few waterfalls! Insider tip: for those who do not want to shell out the hefty price for the Capilano Bridge, check out the free alternative in Lynn Canyon Park.  

False Creek

I would highly recommend the False Creek seawall walk from Science World to Granville Island to capture some great photos, especially in the nighttime.  It works as the perfect vantage point for capturing the popular city landmarks such as Science World, BC Place, and Yaletown.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Dr Sun Yat-Sen’s Chinese Garden is a serene escape from the crowds in Downtown and a great opportunity for photos.  It is home to picturesque gazebos, koi ponds, and beautiful architecture.

Queen Elizabeth Park

If you doubt getting amazing shots in a park, ask the many locals who get their wedding and prom pictures taken here. Not only is the park itself incredible, but it also offers amazing views of the skyline and the North Shore mountains!

Where to Eat:

Craft Brewery

After a long drive, this was our first stop in Vancouver and were loved this place! It’s home to weekly rotating local “Around the World” beer flights and offers more than 100 beers on tap! Craft Brewery has a very lively atmosphere, a full menu of delicious comfort food, and great views of Vancouver.

Guilt & Co.

This bar located in Gastown is amazing if you are looking for a place with live entertainment, great food& drinks, and upbeat atmosphere. The service here was awesome and we hope to visit this place again when we return to Vancouver!


Vancouver has so many different districts and sides to explore.  I loved walking through the old cobblestone streets in Gastown and then being able to sit in the sand at English Bay Beach.  The different hidden gems in the city like the Chinese Garden also make the city so much cooler.  I left feeling like there was so much more to be uncovered in the city.

I hope this post gave you some travel inspiration for your own visit to Vancouver. Let me know if there is anything I missed that you loved!

Also, if you haven’t already, check out part 2 of road trip video here:

Happy travels,

L x


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