Known for being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver offers a lot of activities to experience. From mainland Vancouver to magical Vancouver Island, the list is endless, but this article will get you started with five must-do activities to consider on your next trip to Vancouver.
Take a Stroll Through Stanley Park
Stanley Park gets mentioned very often and for good reason—it’s convenient, beautiful, and free. Plus, it’s a great place to take in the beauty of the coast while getting some exercise, witnessing some of the best views of the Vancouver skyline, relaxing on the beach, or visiting one of the star attractions such as the Vancouver Aquarium. Whatever you choose to do in this tranquil, inner-city paradise, a trip to Vancouver wouldn’t be complete without a day at Stanley Park.
Go Whale Watching
Watching whales is always a great activity, but Vancouver is one of the few places where you can see the majestic killer whales and their long, black dorsal fins stretch out of the water. Most people only see these massive creatures at aquariums, which doesn’t even begin to compare to watching them play around in their natural habitat. There are a number of tour operators that offer this activity from both Vancouver and Vancouver Island and although nature can never be guaranteed, there’s a good chance this will go down as one of your best memories.
Visit Majestic Vancouver Island
Just a ferry-hop away, Vancouver Island is full of mystical natural surroundings and adventures. Whether you explore the “Garden City” of Victoria, surf in laid-back Tofino, or head out into the rainforest to go hiking among some of the biggest trees in the world. This might be one place you never want to leave.
Take a Hike up Grouse Mountain
The Grouse Grind hiking trail is a two-hour, 853-metre climb to the top of the mountain, which will reward you with expansive views of mountains and sea. You’ll also have the opportunity to grab a cold beer at Peak Chalet and buy a gondola ticket for a scenic and easy ride back to the bottom. If you feel like you don’t have the physical ability for such a steep climb, you can still enjoy the view by purchasing a round-trip ticket on the gondola.
Brave a Suspension Bridge
With two popular suspension bridges to tremble your way across, Vancouver is a great place to test your vertigo while enjoying nature at the same time. One of the most popular tourist attractions is Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is 140 metres in length and 70 metres in height and has numerous hiking trails to enjoy as well. For a similar experience without the cost, head to Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, which sits at a height of 50 meters and, due to its narrower construction, offers much more of the wobble to make the experience slightly more nerve-wracking.
This article was written as part of the hipmunk #CityLOVE project. As a paid writer for hipmunk.com, I have written extensively about cheap hotels in Vancouver as well as Edmonton and Victoria.