Day 1: West Coast Seafood on Robson Street to English Bay for Some Tranquility
On your first day in Vancouver, take a nice long walk in the morning and head to Robson Street for some shopping. After visiting shops such as Roots Canada and American Eagle Outfitters, try out Joe Forte’s for some famous and fabulous BC fresh seafood. They feature steaks, award-winning oysters, and all types of fish. They also have a beer, spirits, and wines for those who want a little refreshment.
Then take a walk down to English Bay and work off that excellent filling lunch. Take a blanket with you and hang out and people watch for the afternoon. English bay is packed with people in the summer and you can also catch firework competitions in the week. It is an awesome experience to sit on English Bay beach in the evening and watch the sunset as well. Relax and breathe in the ocean air as you enjoy your first night in the beautiful and scenic Vancouver, British Columbia.
Day 2: Take a Trip out of the City and Head to North Vancouver
It’s good to explore outside the downtown core of Vancouver and go to laid-back North Vancouver. Start your journey at Grouse Mountain which is only a 15-minute drive from downtown and if you’re feeling up to it, then try the steep hike called the Grouse Grind. If you’re not up for that, then try the gondola which will take you up to Altitudes Bistro and see the entire city 4,000 feet below you. If you are a couple and you feel like doing something romantic, then visit the Observatory restaurant which is a restaurant for people who do not have a fear of heights. Check it out for a fabulous lunch.
Next stop is the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This is the oldest tourist spot in Vancouver and the 450 bridge rests about 230 feet above the river and was built in the 1800s. The park includes 27 acres of sights to see and sounds to hear, as well as rainforest tours and totem parks.
Now that it’s the afternoon, take the sea bus back to the city core. It’s a relaxing ride that takes about 15-20 minutes or so. Visit famous Stanley Park where you can look at totem poles, wildlife and 1,000 acres of trees. If you still have some energy after these activities, then go for a scenic walk around the seawall. Now that you probably need a rest, go to the Vancouver Aquarium which is in the center of Stanley Park and has some amazing dolphins, sea otters, and beluga whales.
Getting ready for dinner? Head to Le Crocodile, one of Vancouver’s top French cuisine restaurants. Head Chef Michel Jacob whips up amazing French flavor dishes, while you enjoy a West Coast atmosphere.
After dinner, try out one of Vancouver’s most popular beaches that lie just across the Burrard Bridge from downtown. Take a walk over the Bridge and turn to the right to find Kitsilano Beach.
Day 3: Sports, Jazz and Gardens! Oh My!
On your last day you might want to start your day off with a little beach volleyball on English Bay Beach or one of the other beaches, or perhaps some golf at the Mayfair Lakes Gold and Country Club. They have 18 holes, refreshments, nearby wildlife, mountains to view, and also over 6,500 yards of greenery. Try to spend your last day checking out the cultural aspects of Vancouver. Take a walk to Chinatown, one of the largest in Canada. Then head to historic Gastown only a few minutes away and see Gassy Jack and the Steam Clock. If you’re hungry for lunch try out Steam Works for some tasty grub and drinks. Now take a visit to the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens which has over 7,000 plants and a 55-acre park.
After the lush gardens, take a taxi to Commercial Drive and eat at some of the finest Italian Restaurants. Wrap up your Vancouver vacation by heading to Stella’s Tap and Tapas Bar for a Belgian atmosphere. With over a dozen Belgian beers on tap and yummy mussels, you are sure to be delighted. If your looking for an evening coffee then head to Joe’s Café across the street for some fabulous cappuccino’s.
Now it’s time for some jazz! Check out the Cellar Jazz Club located on Vancouver West Side and enjoy some of the best live music from local jazz talents. It’s a perfect way to end your mini-vacation and to give you a taste of Vancouver, British Columbia.