5 Unexpectedly Awesome Things To Do In Vancouver
Clearly, we are partial, but there’s no better place to experience Autumn and all it’s glory than Vancouver, Canada. From the inner busy heart of Downtown, to the serene outer edges, Vancouver will surely take your breath away. We love being adventurous, discovering new places, and restaurants, and that we did. With only 72 hours to explore, we packed in 5 unexpectedly awesome things to do in the beautiful city.
With over 400 acres of natural rainforest, scenic views of water, majestic mountains, and the Seawall, there is plenty to explore in Stanley Park. You could easily spend a whole day riding your bike, walking, and taking photos throughout the park. Our noses were filled with crisp, fresh air, and the scent of dewey leaves and wet Earth. We seriously had one of the best views of the Lions Gate Bridge from within the park. Since we were pressed for time, we were only able to drive the outer edge of Stanley Park, but one day I would love to go back and spend more time in the heart of the park exploring all of the hiking trails, aquarium and light house.
Lions Gate Bridge
The Lions Gate Bridge, officially known as the First Narrows Bridge is a suspension bridge that connects the Burrard inlet and the City of Vancouver, British Columbia. The bridge spans in length over 5,000 feet! It was pretty incredible to stand above it and look down upon all the cars rushing by. We ended up driving across the bridge to hike at the Lynn Canyon Park. It was completely foggy around us, so we could barely see where we were going, making it such a surreal experience.
This is a MUST see if you ever spend some time in Vancouver, British Columbia. We walked about 10 minutes from our hotel, The Burrard to the ferry dock and waited for a water taxi to take across the water. The first place we headed to was the Granville Island Public Market to browse the indoor farmers market filled with fresh produce, bread and seafood. We were blown away by how delicious and fresh everything looked! Artisans intermixed the food stalls selling their handmade crafts. After grabbing a bite to eat, we wandered the streets popping in and out of all the interesting shops – handmade musical instruments, beads, children’s toys and more. There was so much to do and see, we couldn’t possible have fit it all into the few hours we spent there. We will definitely be going back one day.
Explore The City
All we have to say is, this city is amazing! Our hotel, The Burrard had several free Brodie bikes for us to borrow and explore the city. First we cruised down Robson street, lined with some our favorite brands – Lululemon, Nordstrom, Zara and hundreds more. We weren’t really looking to shop, so we headed towards Yaletown to check out the harbor and grab a bite to eat. We ended up finding a place called Homer Street Cafe & Bar to sit down and have breakfast. To say it was delicious, is an understatement, the food blew our taste buds minds! We ended up going back again for dinner that evening, it was that good. Our last day in Vancouver, we took the bikes to a place everyone raved about called Cafe Medina. Their waffles were definitely worth the hype!
Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
This was the last place we managed to fit into our tight schedule, and it was incredible! I am terrified of heights, but Josh convinced me to make my way across the bridge. In all honestly, it wasn’t even that bad. Partly because I had a death grip on the railing and refused to look down! We both made it to the other side though and I managed to put my arms in the air just long enough for him to take a picture. It was absolutely worth it though. The smell alone was amazing. If there was a way to bottle up the scent of all the trees and share it with you, I would.
Vancouver, British Columbia, you stole our hearts, and we will definitely be back to explore your beauty further in the future. For now, I have our photos to savor the memories we created in just four days there.
Have you ever been to Vancouver? What is your favorite thing to do there?