Vancouver first stops
Blend in like a local as you sip craft beer and browse retro records in Vancouver's vibrant Mount Pleasant. Hops are aplenty in this area, with numerous microbreweries lining the streets. If the idea of visiting them all is a little daunting, ask a local for recommendations. Beyond beer, you'll find a colourful collection of shopping options including niche graphic novel book stores, vintage clothing boutiques and grungy vinyl stores.
From multi-course Chinese feasts and the best sushi outside of Japan to farm-to-table and molecular gastronomy, believe the hype when we tell you Vancouver's culinary scene really has it all. For the latest 'it' restaurants head to Gastown or join the beautiful people in one of Yaletown's many trendy eateries. Or jump a ferry to Granville Island for its fresh-from-the-market casual eateries. Chinatown lives up to its name in more ways than one, with everything from cutting-edge fusion cuisine to traditional dim sum.
Vancouver offers so many drinking options it is hard to know where to start, but start you must. For an experimental cocktail head to Chinatown's The Keefer, a patio bar famous for its apothecary-inspired cocktails. Another good option is Pourhouse in Gastown, which offers a mix of old and new cocktails in a converted warehouse setting. If it's a beer session you want, grab yourself a booth at Yaletown's legendary Yaletown Brewing where you can enjoy hand crafted beers and a casual meal by the fireplace.
Strap on your comfy shoes for an experience that combines a spectacular harbour view with an abundance of colourful fauna at the world-renowned Stanley Park. The Stanley Park seawall is the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path at 28 kilometres. In the park itself you can explore rose and rhododendron gardens. Across the harbour a serene 31,000 km² island paradise is just a ferry ride away. From rainforest walks to whale watching, Vancouver Island is a nature-lover's dream come true.
Canada has long been synonymous with skiing, but Vancouver is one of the few destinations where you can go from city to slope in under an hour. Cypress, Grouse and Seymour are the three imposing mountains gazing down on Vancouver city, providing skiing and snow activities within an easy commute of downtown. For something even bigger, world famous Whistler Blackcomb is only a 90-minute drive from Vancouver along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway.
A visit to Vancouver wouldn't be complete without seeing the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This historic and picture-perfect bridge was originally constructed from ropes and planks in 1889. With a fair bit of modernisation, it has stood the test of time. Winter visitors get to see the bridge at its most glamorous during the Canyon Lights Festival, when the bridge and the canyon below sparkle with thousands of lights.