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Eat sushi on a mountain with a bear.

There’s no shortage of things to do and see when the weather is warm and the city is in bloom. Here are our top picks for what to do when you are in Vancouver for the weekend in summer.

WEEKEND SUMMER ITINERARY

day one

Stanley Park

When the sun shines in Vancouver, it’s hard to think of a better place to be! Set off towards the foot of Stanley Park to rent bicycles from Spokes Bicycle Rentals. Once you’re on two-wheels, head to the seawall and into the park. This is Vancouver’s most popular green space, and at 400 hectares, it’s bigger than New York’s Central Park! Plan on photo-stops at places such as the totem poles, Prospect Point lookout, and the beaches. Continue along the seawall past scenic English Bay, then head over the bridge to Granville Island.
Pip
Pip

Granville Island

Granville Island was once industrial land, reclaimed and transformed into an arts and cultural district in the late 1970s. Park your bikes and stroll the island’s streets, exploring the many galleries, theatres, studios and workshops. Grab a bite for lunch at one of the vendors inside the much-loved Granville Island Public Market, or opt for something more formal at one of the many excellent restaurants on the island.
Stanley Park
Stanley Park

Explore by water

Head over to Ecomarine Paddlesports Centre to take your summer adventure to the water. They offer tours, lessons and straight rentals of both kayaks and paddleboards, and can accommodate everyone from absolute beginners to advanced experts. Afterwards, on your bike, head back over to the downtown peninsula aboard a False Creek or Aquabus ferry to Yaletown.
Explore by water
Explore by water

Sea Vancouver

Make the short walk over to the marina in Coal Harbour in time for an early evening Sea Vancouver tour. These are fast, fun zodiac tours of the waters around the downtown peninsula. They’ll definitely get your heart racing as your skipper takes you towards the North Shore, under the Lions Gate Bridge, around Stanley Park and down False Creek.
Sea Vancouver
Sea Vancouver

Theatre under the stars

Grab a picnic dinner and eat al fresco this evening, taking in either an outdoor movie, or Theatre Under the Stars—a nightly musical performed in the heart of Stanley Park.
Theatre under the stars
Theatre under the stars

day two

Capilano Suspension Bridge

First stop is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, where you’ll make your way along the namesake bridge swaying 450 ft (135 m) above the Capilano River. The park is also home to the CliffWalk cantilevered walkway jutting out over the canyon, and Treetops Adventure, a canopy-walk of seven small suspension bridges anchored high-up among the Douglas firs.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Salmon Hatchery

Next, you’ll learn about the lifecycle of salmon with a visit to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, before making your way to the base of Grouse Mountain.
Capilano Salmon Hatchery
Capilano Salmon Hatchery

Skyride Gondola

Take the scenic Skyride gondola to the peak. For many, the highlight is a visit with the mountain’s two resident grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, watching them in their habitat as they sleep, hunt, eat and play. The hilarious lumberjack show is a demonstration of both athleticism and classic Canadian humour, while the many hiking paths offer a chance to explore the mountaintop environment. You’ll also have time for a casual lunch at Altitudes Bistro or Lupins cafeteria before returning downtown.
Skyride
Skyride

Gastown

Tonight, enjoy a relaxed evening with dinner in Vancouver’s most historic neighbourhood, Gastown. Water Street offers lots of popular stores and souvenir shops, as well as respected galleries, especially those representing Indigenous artists. Side streets are home to independent local boutiques and some of the city’s coolest restaurants. Tuc Craft Kitchen, Nicli Antica Pizzeria and Pidgin are all great choices.
Gas Town
Gas Town

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