This brief Vancouver guide for visitors details what to do, where to stay and where to eat when you visit Vancouver.
Things to do in Vancouver
For familiarisation we took a hop-on hop-off bus tour. The first time we hopped off was at The Stanley Park Teahouse for lunch.The bus pass also gave us a one way pass on a small ferry to Granville Island to see Vancouver from the water and peruse the markets.
We had a window shopping wander down Robson Street and then Laura took us along the waterfront from Canada Place and into Stanley Park for sea and mountain vistas. We passed Seaplanes, the grassy Convention Centre, houseboats, and the Light Shed artwork and totem poles.
Places to stay in Vancouver
I booked Riviera Hotel, which is amongst a bunch of dated highrise hotels before the Korean end of Robson Street. Our first floor room was not cheap averaging $330 per night and it looked out over a carpark. Key Learning – pictures on websites such as Expedia are not necessarily to be believed as they are obviously promoting the hotel in best possible light. When our three nights were up we moved to The Sheraton at Vancouver Wall Centre for the next three – an upgrade of two stars for very little extra money.
Where to eat in Vancouver
Where to go in North Vancouver
Free shuttles run regularly from the city to Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver both of which I recommend visiting.
At the top we saw bears, a bald eagle and a (really cheesy) lumberjack show and recovered with peach cider and a salmon burger. It was cloudy so the promised view of Vancouver was absent.
After 5 days in Vancouver we were ready to move on and see more of Canada. Let me know in the comments if this brief Vancouver guide for visitors was useful for you!
🙂 Vancouver is home for me! Glad you enjoyed it, it’s a great city to explore
Oh what a cool city to call home Miranda! It just seems to have everything – city, sea and hills. Much like my home city of Wellington 🙂
Agreed 🙂 Wish I could say I lived right in the city (if only) but my home’s about an hour or so out of the city. Hopefully the housing market craziness settles down someday, I would LOVE to live right in the heart of Vancouver without selling my soul to cover rent 😉
Sounds close enough to me! Selling your soul to pay the bills is just not worth it though.
Hey Sarah! Nice post. I love Craft! That and nearby Tap and Barrel are regular haunts. I’m impressed that you did the Grouse Grind – we haven’t worked our way up to this yet!
~ Elise x
Thanks Elise! I actually loved Vancouver and Canada) so much so am grateful that with a New Zealand passport you can apply for a ‘youth’ working holiday Visa there up until age 35. Something I hope to take advantage of before my time is up. I hope you work your way up to doing the Grouse Grind soon! So worth the feeling of reaching the top!
You should definitely do it! We moved here a year ago and haven’t looked back!
I’ll work my way up to Grouse Grind – don’t want to embarrass myself half way up! hehe