Top 5 Things to Do in Vancouver

As a coastal seaport city, Vancouver is best known for its urbanity surrounded by nature. This makes Vancouver one of the top destinations in Canada for its beautiful scenery and vast diversity. With so much to see and enjoy within the city, it can be easy to miss some of the best attractions. Here is a list of the top five things to do while visiting Vancouver to ensure you get the most of your vacation.

1) Stanley Park 

At nearly 1,000 acres, this park has something for everyone. This park serves as a getaway from the urban city with a path along the waterfront for jogging, cycling or walking. Bike rentals are available near the park to allow you to explore even more of the park on your own. With 14 miles along the waterfront and more than 17 miles of forest trails, you can see nature from all angles. There are also hop-on, hop-off trolleys and horse-drawn carriages if you’re not up for walking or biking. If you brought your children along, there are many activities designed specifically with them in mind. An outdoor water park and multiple playgrounds will keep everyone entertained for the day.

2) Granville Island

While Granville Island boasts many trendy restaurants and galleries, the most impressive site to visit is the Granville Island Public Market. This open-air market is comprised of aisles and aisles of fresh produce, local crafts, baked goods, ethnic foods and everything in between. With the market right on the English Bay, you can also rent a kayak to discover more of the marinas. Canada’s first microbrewery is also housed here, offering tastings and tours.

3) Queen Elizabeth Park

With Vancouver being known for its nature, there’s bound to be multiple parks on the list. Queen Elizabeth Park is known for its beautiful rose garden, quarry garden and arboretum with a large variety of native and exotic trees. This park also has the Bloedel Conservatory with more than 200 free-flying exotic birds. Fountains, sculptures and the best views of the city skyline, mountains and shoreline makes Queen Elizabeth Park a wonderful attraction.

4) Kitsilano Beach

More than just a beach, this Vancouver hotspot offers a variety of activities. Whether you prefer to simply relax on the sand and enjoy the breathtaking views of the skyline or show off your skills in volleyball or tennis, Kitsilano Beach is a must-see for all visitors and locals alike. The heated saltwater Kitsilano Pool is a perfect alternative if you think the bay water is a little too chilly for you.

5) Spanish Banks Beach

This beach is less crowded and quieter than the Kitsilano Beach and gives visitors a perfect view of the skyline. The low tidal conditions allow for plenty of beach space, especially for those who like to try skimboarding or other shoreline activities. Volleyball courts are also available for pick-up games along the beach.

About the Author: Lauren is a guest contributor for America By Rail, providers of train tours across North America, including Canadian train tours.

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