WEEKEND SUMMER ITINERARY
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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