Welcome to the city of Vancouver, a place where locals watch WAY too much hockey and drink Tim Hortons coffee. Sadly, we don’t live in igloos or use polar bears as public transport. As a Vancouverite myself, I have spent my entire life growing up in this city. I know the ins and outs as well as everything that this place has to offer.
If craft beer, outdoor hikes, consistent temperature, patio afternoons and food trucks all sound appealing to you, then it might be worth visiting Vancouver!
Where is Vancouver located?
West coast, best coast. This major Canadian port city can be found in the province of British Columbia. It neighbors the Pacific Ocean and Alberta (as well as the US to the south). As a result, the Port of Vancouver is the biggest port in Canada, shipping wood and minerals to other provinces in the country.
What type of weather should I expect?
If there is one thing that you can count on seeing in Vancouver, it’s that it is going to RAIN. As an annual average, there are 165.1 rainfall days and approximately 1153.1 mm of accumulated precipitation. But that said, we have an extremely consistent temperature (always hovering around 10°C – 15°C).
Vancouver is a temperate rainforest, and the only one of its kind in Canada. Did you know… approximately 25% of the world’s temperate rainforest is in BC! This means that we have some of the most amazing forests and wildlife.
What are the locals like?
The stereotype is true, Vancouverites are definitely some of the politest people on this planet. From thanking the bus driver after getting off at a stop to accidentally apologizing to inanimate objects, expect a population that throws out the word “sorry” everywhere.
Which sports are popular in Vancouver?
Hockey, duh. But don’t ask a Vancouverite about how our team is doing, we have not been doing too great lately. The Vancouver Canucks traded Cory Schneider and received Bo Horvat seven years ago. It was a move that changed the franchise forever.
With the ocean right at our doorsteps, you can also try a variety of water sports: kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing and much more.
Here are the top ten places that you would recommend for you to visit.
A 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest, this park has a lot to offer There is an amazing walkway that loops around the park for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy the beautiful ocean views. It is an approximate 8.8km walk that offers some amazing views of our city’s wildlife.
VanDusen Botanical Gardens
This is my favorite place to visit during the holiday season. It is a 44-acre botanical garden with over 7500 plant species and varieties from around the world. In December, the gardens hold a spectacular light festival. There is a water feature that lights up, plays music and shoots water into the air. It’s also a great place to grab a hot chocolate and enjoy the fresh air.
Travel False Creek by kayak
False creek is a small inlet in Vancouver that separates Downtown from the rest of the city. Kayaking is a great way to explore this part of the city! You might even be able to see seals or killer whales.
Dine on a patio in Granville Island
Granville Island is best known for its local market open 9am – 5pm everyday. It is a peninsula and shopping center in the heart of the city.
There are also some great restaurants in Granville Island. Many of these local dining spots offer local fish or seafood on their menus. The fish and chips here is mouth-watering!
Go on a self-guided tour of Vancouver’s craft breweries
Not only are we known for our Tim Hortons coffee, but also make some amazing craft beer. Visit Craft Beer Vancouver to find some of the best breweries and distilleries.
Visit Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park is only 15 minutes by public transit or car from downtown. It is a 52-hectare park and home to the stunning Bloedel Conservatory. The views here are breathtaking and worth checking out!
Capilano Suspension Bridge
This is a major tourist attraction. Although you might not find too many locals here, it is definitely a great site to visit!
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a 140 metres long bridge that is 70 metres above the river. There are also some amazing forest trails / camping spots in the area.
Visit the local mountains
Are you a skier or mountain biker? We have mountains that are equipped for you. If not, do not worry. All ski resorts offer lessons for both sports.
Even if you aren’t interested in skiing, it may be worth visiting the Whistler Village. There are some great shops and restaurants that are worth visiting.
Shop on Robson Street
Downtown is a great shopping district to find some of the best clothes and local restaurants. Robson Street is the main street that spans through downtown and West End of Vancouver. Its principal commercial blocks are from Burrard Street to Jervis, also known as Robsonstrasse. There is also a movie theater nearby and a skating rink to spend time with friends.
Visit Gastown & eat at a local restaurant
Have you ever seen the steam clock? Gastown is known for its iconic working steam clock, one of only a few in the world. This part of Vancouver is known for its mix of souvenir shops, indie art galleries and decor stores in Victorian buildings. It is a place that is definitely worth checking out!
I hope you enjoyed this guide of my hometown and favorite city in the world, Vancouver. I highly recommend travelling to Canada and visiting this beautiful, breathtaking city. I promise, you will not be bored! Comment below if you would like to learn more about what this city has to offer.
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