48 Hours In Vancouver

by Travelbag on 09 April 2015, 11:04AM

As the third largest city in Canada, Vancouver truly embodies the essence of North America – metropolitan sophistication mixed with an abundance of wildlife and an outdoor lifestyle.  Continuously ranked as one of the most liveable cities, Vancouver captivates visitors with its unparalleled natural beauty, multi-cultural character and laid-back atmosphere. 

With stunning seascapes, dense forests, snow-capped mountains and a diverse collection of museums, gardens, beaches, parks, shopping centres and restaurants – this West Coast city thrives on abundance and variety. Equipped with a car, good walking shoes, plenty of energy, a sense of adventure and a strong appetite, you’ll be ready to explore all that this majestic city has to offer, even if it is just for a weekend.

Intro1 

Day 1

Natural Beauty

Wake up early and get a strong start to a busy day at one of the many cafes along Robson Street. Medina café is a particular favourite among locals with its inventive use of fresh, flavourful and healthy ingredients. 

Start by taking a light stroll or bike ride through Stanley Park. The 1,000-plus acre public park just outside downtown is one of the largest and best in North America. Check out the large outdoor swimming pool, totem poles, gardens and beaches. The seawall, which circumvents the park, offers stunning ocean views. Choosing to walk the entire 10km stretch will take about three hours. As you make your way through the park, head to the city’s well-curated aquarium. Those who are interested can tour, but viewing the beluga whales is free thanks to the glass wall facing the park. 

Intro2

Lunch

Head to the public Market in Granville Island. The former industrial plant is now the city’s artistic centre. Spend some time perusing the various shops and galleries then take a short tour of Granville Island Brewing – one of Canada’s oldest microbreweries. For lunch, grab some food at one of the numerous restaurants nearby. Foodies will enjoy the fine selection of meats at Oyama Sausage Co., especially the Belgian truffle pâté. 

From there, check out the shops and boutiques in Kitsilano. The friendly neighbourhood, now geared toward modern-day hipsters and yuppies was once a self-proclaimed mecca for hippies in the 1960s and 70s. 

Intro3

Cultural Cues

Next, make your way to the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Museum of Anthropology. The extraordinary structure houses an extensive collection of artefacts from the Pacific Northwest First Nations. Totem poles, canoes, ceramics and masks are just some of the many on display. The University’s campus is worth exploring, especially the garden’s canopy walkway. Meanwhile, the nearby Nitobe Memorial Garden is a beautiful Japanese-inspired garden. 

Intro4

Dinner

After all that walking, why not relax with a pre-dinner beer. Main Street runs through the city’s new and trendy neighbourhood. Down there you’ll find several high-end shops, upscale eateries and the Brassneck Brewery. Dinner at Tojo’s is an absolute must. With access to fresh fish, Vancouver is a sushi and seafood paradise, and nobody prepares the sushi like the restaurant’s acclaimed chef. Alternatively, go back to Robson Street and dine at Forage. A champion of the farm-to-table movement, the restaurant’s menu offers a tasting flight of local goods and flavours.

If you have some leftover energy, check out the vibrant nightlife. Yaletown features trendy cocktail bars and lounges while Granville has nightclubs for the younger crowd. The swanky hotels like the Rosewood Hotel Georgia are great for celebrity spotting and people watching.

Day 2

An Early Start Head back to Granville Island for a quick breakfast, the earlier, the better. Indulge in the world-renowned pastries at Beaucoup Bakery & Café or the Montreal-inspired bagels at Siegel’s. 

Mountain Escape

Next, hop in the car and take the 25-minute drive to Cypress Mountain. The North Shore resort is a year-round outdoor playground. Nearby, you will find the iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain, which contains beautiful hiking trails and a grizzly bear enclosure. If you don’t mind a longer drive, head to the resort town of Whistler. The host of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games boasts great runs during the winter and incredible excursions in the warmer months.

Intro5

History Lessons

Make your way back down to the city to explore Gastown. This charming, historic town is where Vancouver originated during the 1860s. It is home to several boutiques, cocktail bars, restaurants and the whistling steam clock – one of the world’s few remaining steam-powered clocks – which is worth a quick viewing. The nearby Chinatown is one of the oldest in North America. The market serves as a reminder of Vancouver’s prominence during the 1800s as a railway hub. 

Intro6

Dinner

Vancouver’s ties to Asia, and more specifically China, are strong. Sample some of the traditional Chinese and Chinese fusion food in the market. Or, stay in Gastown and enjoy one of the many upscale eateries like L’Abbitoir (located on the site of the city’s first jail), a popular French restaurant. The Salt Tasting Room encourages guest to create their own tasting menu with a fine selection of meats, cheeses, and condiments and drinks. For more seafood, try the Cannery or Fish House in Stanley Park, while Vij’s serves amazing South Asian food. 

Click here to read more about Vancouver


Top Tips for Driving Australia’s Great Ocean Road

Read More

Introducing Rixos Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi

Read More

Best Holiday Destinations for 2019

Read More

10 Reasons to Book a Holiday to Sri Lanka

Read More
Post of the month
by Tourism Australia More

Email sign up

Register to receive holiday offers, cheap flights deals, hotel offers and more.

Travelbag Travel/Leisure London

01 Jan 00:00 Read More
Travelbag's Twitter
Common Tags
48 hours in 5 Reasons abseiling Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi UAE Activities Adventure Holiday Africa Alaska America Antigua Architecture Argentina asia Atlantis The Palm Auckland Australasia Australia bahamas Bahrain Bali Bangkok Barbados Beach Holidays Beaches Birdwatching Bora Bora Brazil bungee jumping Byron Bay Caibbean California Cambodia Canada Cancun Cape Town Caribbean celebrity Celebrity Holidays Chicago Chile China City Breaks Coffee Competition Corfu Cruise Holidays Cruises Cuba culture cycling Days Out Dining Dining Abroad Dominican Republic Dubai Dubai Hotels EdgeWalk Europe Events Exotic Holidays Explorers Way Family Holidays Festivals Fiji Fishing Florida food Girlie holidays Gold Coast Greece Hanoi Hawaii Ho Chi Minh City holiday reading holidays Honeymoon Hong Kong Hua Hin India Indian Ocean Indian Ocean Luxury Holidays Indonesia Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Journey Jumeriah Beach Kenya Khao Lak Kiwi Koh Samui Krabi kuala lumpur Laos las vegas last minute Legendary Pacific Coast Literature los angeles Luxury Holidays Macau Majorca Malaysia Maldives Mauritius Mauritius Hotels Melbourne Mexico Miami Middle East money Montreal motorhome holidays museums music Myanmar Nature New York New Zealand Northen Territory Oman Orlando Patong Pattaya Perth Perth Beaches Phuket Qatar Quebec Queensland Queenstown quiz Rail Rail Travel Reading on holiday Relaxing on holiday rollercoaster Royal Jubilee Safari Samoa Samoa Hotels scenic Scuba Diving Self-Drive Seychelles Shopping Sightseeing Trip South Africa South America Southern Spirit Spain Sports Sri Lanka St Lucia sun city Surfing survey Sydney Tahiti Tasmania Texas Thailand Things To Do Tips Tokyo Top 10 Top 5 Things to Do Toronto Toronto Dining tour Train Travel Travelbag Trip of a lifetime UAE UK United States USA USA Roadtrip Vancouver Vietnam Vietnam Beaches Virginia Wellington west coast Western Australia whale watching whales Wildlife Winter Sun
Archive
  • 2018
  • 2017
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • March
    • February
  • 2016
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2015
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2014
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2013
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
  • 2012
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
Please Wait...


We use cookies Read more

Cookies: We use cookies to improve your experience on this website. By continuing to browse our website, you are agreeing to use our site cookies. See our cookie policy for more information on cookies and how to manage them.

Great Deals

X
Just pop your email in below to subscribe

Please enter a valid email address

An error has occurred please try again later


Follow us on

Call us on

By choosing to subscribe, you will receive emails only from Travelbag.co.uk. We will not share your data with any third parties.Please read our Privacy Policy for all newsletter sign-up information.