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First time in Vancouver, what should I do?

I'm in my mid-twenties visiting Vancouver on a business trip. I will have a free weekend, so I'm wondering what Vancouver has to offer! I'm into museums, the outdoors, and anything active. Have any suggestions? 

7 Answers

top answer by
Pamela from New Canaan, Connecticut

If you have a car, don't miss the Capilano Suspension Bridge - it's not far from Vancouver city, and it's a fun outdoor excursion.  The bridge hangs about 200 ft over the Capilano River, and the views are breathtaking.  Once you get across the suspension bridge, there are trails leading to smaller bridges that swag from tree to tree, and take you to a curved, cantilevered, platform that hangs off the side of a cliff, with a view over the ravine below.  

Side note:  If you're afraid of heights, it might not be your thing!

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answered by
Pam from Vancouver

Hi Dea,

I assume you coming in November or December 2014. 

If the weather is good (i.e it's not raining), I recommend renting a bicycle at Spokes Bicycle Rentals and bicycling along the Sea Wall around Stanley Park. There are many picturesque stops along the Sea Wall where you can stop to take in the ocean breeze and get a sense of the natural beauty of the Pacific northwest This should work out a good appetite! 

There are plenty of neighbourhood restaurants on Denman and Robson to try out. My favourite ramen place is Motomachi Shokudo. The best place to have dumplings outside of Shanghai is Dinesty Chinese Restaurant. There are many good Korean and Japanese restaurants in this area also.

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answered first by
Taylor from Calgary, Alberta

If you want something active its a no-brainer - start with the seawall walk -  do it Kitsilano Beach and follow it as far as you can go - all the way around Stanley Park - should take IDK - 5 to 6 hours - and depends how long you spend at Granville Island...  I'd bike it to half that time...  its the best way to see Vancouver.  Of course you cant do any variation of the seawall to shorten the trip...

Tip - you can take a aquabus to short cut from Granville Island to the West End -- but you will miss the a lot around the Science Center.

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answered by
Cassandra from Aldergrove, British Columbia

For hiking, many here love The Grouse GrindEnglish Bay is a nice area to walk and if the weather is nice, there should be a lot of people about to people watch. Robson Street is very popular for tourists and locals alike to shop, and there are higher end shops a few blocks off Robson. Kitsilano is also lovely if the weather is great. If you can, venture over to Granville Island! Shops and restaurants along the waterfront.

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answered by
Klim from Vancouver

Renting a bike and biking the Seawall or the many bike lanes throughout Vancouver is a great way to start. 

If you have time to rent a car, driving up to Whistler is nice (particularly if it's summer or during a snowfall in winter). Whistler offers a variety of outdoor activities.

Very touristy but a lot of people enjoy seeing Vancouver lit up at night from Grouse Mountain Skyride

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answered by
Shaun from Vancouver

The Museum of Anthropology is great if you are looking for indoor activites in case of rain. Otherwise Stanley Park the seawall, Granville Island are all great. If you have a car and the weather cooperates take a ride up the sea to sky highway - one of the best drives in the world.

If it is rainy head to Mnt. Pleasant area for great coffee shops and craft breweries!

Welcome to Vancouver!


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answered by
Ja from Canada

Go to Stanley Park. Rent a cruiser bike and ride around and enjoy the scenery. Also if it's raining go to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Check out restaurants and shopping in Yaletown

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