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Three days in Vancouver

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Vancouver and the surrounding area has so much to offer tourists, even if it's just a quick weekend getaway. This is my list of favorite things to see and do in Vancouver on my stay-cations!

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

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17 Places

Day 1

Spokes Bicycle Rentals

Equipment Hire

Vancouver Seawall

Geologic Formations

Stanley Park

Parks

Vancouver Aquarium

Aquariums, Educational sites

English Bay Beach

Beaches

The Aquabus

Ferries

Cactus Club Cafe

Restaurants

Day 2

Granville Island

Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Granville Island Brewing

Breweries

Gastown

Neighbourhoods

Purebread

Restaurants

Tuc Craft Kitchen

Restaurants

Day 3

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

Bridges

Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre

Natural History Museums

Deep Cove Fish & Chips

Restaurants

Deep Cove Kayak

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Equipment Hire, Kayaking & Canoeing

The Lobby Restaurant and Lounge

Restaurants

    Day 1
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    Spokes Bicycle Rentals
    Equipment Hire
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    HatRez Says:

    The best way to see the Vancouver waterfront up close and personal is on a bicycle. Rent one for the day on Denman Street and from there, you can see everything! The seawall wraps around Stanley Park, passes along English Bay, under the downtown bridges along False Creek, all the way to the Telus World of Science and ending up at Granville Island.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The nicer the day, the busier the seawall. Start early to avoid two-wheeled traffic jams.
    • For families, tandem bicycles or child seat/trailer options are available.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 144 Outdoor Activities in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Did the job 09/01/2018
    • Bikes 29/12/2017
    • Spokes Bicycle Rentals
    Address:
    1798 Georgia St W
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2V7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-688-5141
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Vancouver Seawall
    Geologic Formations
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    HatRez Says:

    How you want to ride the seawall is up to you. You can meander through Stanley Park first and then do the sea wall. You can bike just around the Park or all the way around False Creek. It's up to your time constraints, energy level, physical limitations or weather. It's all up to you!

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a lane for cyclists and one for pedestrians. Watch out for possible collisions.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 364 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great ride path, but beware the wind! 23/02/2018
    • Best seawall 18/02/2018
    • Vancouver Seawall
    Address:
    Stanley Park
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 3E2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 902-837-7415
    Other:
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    Stanley Park
    Parks
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    HatRez Says:

    Stanley Park is the gem of Vancouver. You'll probably already be well aware of the highlights everyone wants to see, like Prospect Point, the Seawall, the Vancouver Aquarium, the hollow tree, Lost Lagoon, or the several beaches. On an especially warm day there's an amazing pool at Second Beach. What you choose to see depends on your idea of a good time.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 364 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A big beautiful park 24/02/2018
    • Beautiful 24/02/2018
    • Stanley Park
    Phone:
    +1 604-681-5115
    Other:
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    Vancouver Aquarium
    Aquariums, Educational sites
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    HatRez Says:

    You don't need to have children in tow to appreciate the Vancouver Aquarium. It has an amazing variety of sea creatures indoors and out, as well as a tropical habitat with butterflies, sloths and other species. This would be a nice place to stop during the heat of the day or a rainy period to grab a hot dog, stroll through the exhibits and watch the beluga show.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 364 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spendy but loved 24/02/2018
    • You must visit! 23/02/2018
    • Vancouver Aquarium
    Address:
    845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3X8
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-659-3400
    Price range:
    US$ 25 - US$ 25
    Hours:
    Thu - Fri
    09:30 - 17:00
    Sat - Wed
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    English Bay Beach
    Beaches
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    HatRez Says:

    You don't need to spend a lot of time at English Bay but it's a nice place to pull your bicycles over, grab a log and catch your breath for a few minutes. There's always a lot of quality people-watching and if you head back here at sunset, you won't be disappointed. After a quick rest, hop back on your bikes and hit false creek!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 364 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • English Bay at Sunset is a sparkling gem 04/02/2018
    • busy but delightful beach 08/01/2018
    • English Bay Beach
    Address:
    1795 Beach Ave
    West End
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1Y9
    Canada
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    The Aquabus
    Ferries
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    HatRez Says:

    The Aquabus runs from several points along False Creek. If you tire out on your bicycle and want a short cut back to Denman street at any point along your travels, find an Aquabus station. If you make it all the way around False Creek to Granville Island, grab an ice cream or donut and sail back across the inlet in just a few minutes. At day's end, just ride down Denman and you'll be back to the rental place in 10 minutes. No need to backtrack the entire seawall.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Aquabus is about $4 and saves you about 30-45 minutes on your return trip.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 364 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Friendly staff on these quaint boats 23/02/2018
    • Cute and Efficient But...... 19/02/2018
    • The Aquabus
    Phone:
    +1 604-689-5858
    Price range:
    US$ 2 - US$ 2
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:30 - 21:30
    Other:
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    Cactus Club Cafe
    Restaurants (Bar, Fusion, Canadian)
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    HatRez Says:

    End the day with dinner at Cactus Club. It's a local favourite with delicious appetizers, entrees and cocktails. The new location at Canada Place is right on the water and has amazing views of the North Shore mountains, landing float planes, departing cruise ships and a fabulous sunset.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 2,944 restaurants in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Baby Shower at Cactus Club (1530 W Broadway) 21/02/2018
    • Rocket!! 21/02/2018
    • Cactus Club Cafe
    Address:
    575 Broadway W
    Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 1E6
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-714-6000
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    11:00 - 00:00
    Thu - Sat
    11:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Granville Island
    Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    HatRez Says:

    What's not to love about Granville Island? Hop on transit or walk to the Aquabus and arrive at Granville nice and early to beat the crowds. Wandering through the shops and markets will take hours if you let it. There are so many local artists and handcrafted products, an area dedicated to children, and plenty of outdoor spaces to kick back in the sun and enjoy a latte. Buy a broom, tip a busker, grab a large bouquet of flowers and watch for dive-bombing seagulls along the water. The food court has an awesome selection of items from around the world for when all that window shopping takes its toll on your tummies.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Plan to spend three to four hours here. Maps throughout the area show you where you are. Parking can get crazy so if you can take transit, you'll save on stress.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 364 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a look 24/02/2018
    • Boat trip to Granville island 23/02/2018
    • 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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    Granville Island Brewing
    Breweries
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    HatRez Says:

    Just before you leave Granville Island, make sure to stop here for a tour and sampling of their beers. Seasonal beers include Raspberry ale!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 364 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brewery Tour 24/02/2018
    • Flights and charcuterie 17/02/2018
    • Granville Island Brewing
    Address:
    1441 Cartwright St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3R7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-687-2739
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Gastown
    Neighbourhoods
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    HatRez Says:

    Back downtown, walk the two blocks east of the Waterfront transit station and you're in Gastown, named one of the most stylish neighborhoods in the world. Take advantage of the shopping and city streets because tomorrow is all about nature. Clothing boutiques, souvenir stores, cafes and more line the Gastown neighborhood. Make sure to take your photo at the iconic steam clock and enjoy the historic architecture. Head on back down here at day's end for tons of nightlife!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 364 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice area to amble around, suberb souvenir / tourist tat shops 24/02/2018
    • Loved Gastown 23/02/2018
    • 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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    Purebread
    Restaurants (Cafe, Canadian)
    HatRez Says:

    If you're a bakery fanatic, this place is your mecca. Don't worry if it takes you half an hour to decide what to choose. Everything looks amazing and you really can't go wrong with anything. So get one of each and call it a day!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 2,944 restaurants in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic selection and the friendliest service ever. 19/02/2018
    • AMAZING 15/02/2018
    • Purebread
    Address:
    159 Hastings St W
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1H4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-563-8060
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Tuc Craft Kitchen
    Restaurants (Canadian)
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    HatRez Says:

    Make sure to head to Tuc for dinner. This place is must when you're looking for simply scrumptious food mixed with a fun atmosphere. You'll love it. The crispy bacon and egg will change your life.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #102 of 2,944 restaurants in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent brunch in a nice space.. 18/02/2018
    • Nearly very good 09/02/2018
    • Tuc Craft Kitchen
    Address:
    60 Cordova St W
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1C9
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-559-8999
    Price range:
    US$ 8 - US$ 24
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:00 - 23:00
    Wed - Fri
    11:30 - 14:30
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 14:30
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
    Bridges
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    HatRez Says:

    Today is all about nature and what the North Shore has to offer. Take the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay directly from the Vancouver Waterfront Station downtown. From there, buses will take you where you need to go. This suspension bridge, as opposed to the more popular Capilano Suspension Bridge, is free to the public and has an extensive trail system. So grab your hiking shoes and spend the morning exploring this rainforest-like climate and foliage.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 76 things to do in North Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Views 24/02/2018
    • Great treat! 04/02/2018
    • Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
    Address:
    3663 Park Rd
    North Vancouver, British Columbia V7J 3G3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-990-3755
    Other:
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    Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
    Natural History Museums
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    HatRez Says:

    Just up the road from the suspension bridge is the Ecology Centre. It's informative and worth a quick visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 76 things to do in North Vancouver
    • Never knew this existed 18/10/2017
    • So much information in a small building! 13/10/2017
    • Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
    Address:
    3663 Park Rd.
    North Vancouver, British Columbia V7J 3G3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-990-3755
    Other:
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    Deep Cove Fish & Chips
    Restaurants (Seafood)
    HatRez Says:

    Head back to the bus and make your way to Deep Cove. This part of the North Shore will knock your socks off. You're probably hungry from your hike so grab some fish and chips, eat them on the beach and enjoy the view before your next adventure of the day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Yummy fish and chips 12/07/2017
    • Worth the trip out 01/11/2015
    • Deep Cove Fish & Chips
    Address:
    4369 Gallant Ave
    North Vancouver, British Columbia V7G 1L1
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-929-4877
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    Deep Cove Kayak
    Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Equipment Hire, Kayaking & Canoeing
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    HatRez Says:

    Renting a kayak or canoe is the best way to see Deep Cove and all of the natural wonders it has to offer. From your perch just above the water you'll likely spot harbor seals, sea otters, purple starfish along the shorelines, jellyfish and crab. From the departure point, you'll see an old barge off to the far left of the cove. Here female harbor seals like to chill out and nurse their babies. Dads can get territorial so stay silent and watch from a distance. The trailhead directly across the cove from your departure point is a great place to aim for. It offers beautiful views and a pebbled beach to stretch your legs. This is seriously the most calming way to spend your afternoon. If you still have energy after all this action, try the Quarry Rock hike in Deep Cove for spectacular views before heading back to Lonsdale Quay.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make sure to book ahead, especially in high season!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 16 Tours in North Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well-run, professional, fun... 09/11/2017
    • Renting a paddleboard 30/10/2017
    • Deep Cove Kayak
    Address:
    2156 Banbury Rd
    North Vancouver, British Columbia V7G 2T1
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-929-2268
    Other:
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    The Lobby Restaurant and Lounge
    Restaurants (Canadian, International, Contemporary)
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    HatRez Says:

    This hidden gem of a restaurant is right in the lobby of the Pinnacle Hotel, just a block from the seabus terminal. You won't regret ending your day of adventure with dinner here. Everything is tasty and service is efficient. It will give you plenty of time to reminisce on all of the fun you packed in to just three days in Vancouver!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 319 restaurants in North Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Always solid! 24/02/2018
    • Valentines Surprise 20/02/2018
    • The Lobby Restaurant and Lounge
    Address:
    138 Victory Ship Way
    Pinnacle Hotel At The Pier
    North Vancouver, British Columbia V7L 0B1
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-973-8000
    Price range:
    US$ 8 - US$ 24
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:30 - 23:30
    Other:
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