see + do
Vancouver see + do
Activities in Vancouver reflect the city's vigorous outdoor spirit. Set on the wild Pacific Ocean and embraced by the Coast Mountains, Vancouver has a temperate year-round climate and attractions that exploit its geographic advantages. Visitors come to Vancouver to climb mountains, comb beaches, hunt and peck through the farmers markets, and enjoy pristine local seafood. Downtown Vancouver gently contours into the blue of English Bay, with the monumental rain forest of Stanley Park at its head. Cycling and walking trails weave through groves of fir, cedar, and hemlock, connecting inland lakes with ocean beaches, a variety of sports facilities, and the Vancouver Aquarium.
Hop a ferry to Granville Island for lunch in the Public Market before heading to the Museum of Anthropology for a jaw-dropping impression of First Nations artifacts. Close to the museum, down a winding cliffside staircase, is the clothing-optional Wreck Beach. Take a half-day to discover the North Shore: Start with a drive across the stunning Lions Gate Bridge to traverse two death-defying canyons on suspended bridges. About 15 minutes away is Grouse Mountain, where you can climb or ride a gondola to the top for superb vistas of the city and Washington State's San Juan Islands to the south. In the winter, you can night ski on Grouse, snowboard at Cypress Mountain, or take the kids for lessons at Mount Seymour.