The Perfect Weekend in Vancouver
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
One of British Columbia's best-known cities, Vancouver's star has been on the rise in recent years. From dining in award-winning restaurants to skiing at Grouse Mountain and the chance to watch sea otters play and orcas breach, the city spills over with delights. No matter how you focus your weekend in Vancouver, you can't go wrong. Want to spend it touring microdistilleries and craft breweries? No problem. Want to shop locally-made crafts and clothing designs? The city offers that all up as well. Prefer a mix with plenty of time outdoors in Stanley Park throws in? We've got the perfect plan for you.
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Wander into the vivid green forest of Stanley Park and walk amongst the Red Cedars and soaring Douglas Firs on an interpretive walk with a First Nations guide from Talaysay Tours. Learn about the forest and the way of life of First Nations people...
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
In Vancouver, B.C., on business this fall, I spent one morning zipping around Stanley Park on a bike I borrowed from my hotel. These totems, which were carved and painted by people from the Squamish Nation, stand to honor the original residents of...
8501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
Vancouver has two really fabulous outdoor, public, beachside swimming pools, which are great places to cool off in the summer. I love Second Beach Pool in Stanley Park becuase of the views of English Bay and all the kids it attracts. The pool is...
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
The Vancouver Art Gallery is always the first, or last, place I visit when I stop in the West Coast city. This image was taken during one of its best international exhibits—the Surrealism exhibit with classic works by Dali, Ernst, Breton,...
849 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L9, Canada
You’ll find a few branches of Cafe Milano around the city, but my go-to is the one on Denman Street in the West End where I stock up on beans to take home, and also treat myself to one of their smooth, velvety lattes. Their master roaster is a...
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7, Canada
On the Howe St side of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, look for the red velvet rope and head downstairs to this gloriously grown-up cocktail bar with live music and some of the most creative cocktails in town. Take, for instance, the Inception...
413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2P8, Canada
Masters of the art of chocolate and cream puffs, the international award-winning team at BETA5 inspire deep devotion from their fans and one bite of their lighter than-air puffs will show you why. Tucked away in an industrial estate by the railway...
1059 Alberni St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A3, Canada
I went to Thierry for my birthday and fell in love with it. First of all, it has the best location, right in the heart of the downtown shopping area. The café is small and buzzing with life. We order desserts and tea and quickly grab a table in...
1070 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y2, Canada
Established in Singapore, this luxury brand opened its first North American tea salon in December 2016, taking over a gorgeous retail space on West Georgia Street. Here, elegant tins of more than 800 single-estate blends flank the walls, ranging...
1725 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1H6, Canada
Tucked away in East Van’s brewery district, Odd Society make some of the city’s most interesting small batch spirits, such as their truly mouth watering Bittersweet Vermouth and their popular Crème de Cassis made with local blackcurrents. From...
11220 Horseshoe Way, Richmond, BC V7A 4V5, Canada
Geek-chic abounds at this Richmond brewery, which vows to “keep beer weird.” Swing by the Ironwood taproom—just 1.25 miles northwest of the BC Ferries terminal—for a retro video game battle, sweetened by a Last...
Okanagan-Similkameen, BC, Canada
More than 130 wineries cluster in this valley 240 miles east of Vancouver. Here, Okanagan Lake moistens a semi-arid, shrub-steppe landscape, creating the ideal environment for growing world-class grapes. Microclimates produce 60-plus...
54 E 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1E8, Canada
Today, the area around Mount Pleasant houses a growing concentration of craft breweries. It all began in 1888, when Charles Doering dammed the waterway to drive a grain mill and launched Vancouver’s second brewery. Prohibition set the suds...
578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2, Canada
Geese protecting their eggs upon an island rock in the centre of a pond rife with koi awaiting bread crumbs or a fat fly to come within rippling sight of the surface. Bamboo and flowers hanging overhead like chandeliers to the winding trailed...
1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
When I was in Vancouver, sometimes I 'm fed up my homestay's meal. When I felt like that, I went to Granvile Island. I loved public market. If somebody said "stay there from morning till night", absolutely I would do that :) Anyway, Granvile...
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The city's very own mountain soars above the Downtown core, just 20 minutes drive away from town. If you're feeling active try the 'Grouse Grind', a punishing 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother...
15 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C8, Canada
This urban icon started as a hippie food truck housed in a surf shop parking lot on Vancouver Island. It has since blossomed into two restaurants, two burrito bars, a taco joint, and two food trucks, located everywhere from...
200 Granville St #70, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4, Canada
Vancouver is home to some of the best sushi outside of Japan, and this waterfront restaurant is no exception. Opened in 2008, Miku introduced the city to Aburi-style cuisine, which involves nigiri with grilled fish. Start your meal with the salmon...
31 West Pender, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3, Canada
Canada’s first aboriginal arts hotel opened in 2014. Part luxury hotel and part social enterprise, Skwachays Lodge ticks all the right boxes. On the luxe side: plush linens, Hypnos beds (the same as the British royal family sleep on),...
1100 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y7, Canada
This retro 1950s motor hotel sits on a busy street in Vancouver’s downtown core, just steps from the financial district and bustling shopping areas of Robson and West Georgia streets. With its eye-catching neon sign and pastel paint, it...
900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6, Canada
In Vancouver and Vancouver Island, British traditions are still going strong. High Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a treat while visiting the west coast city. Built in 1937, and not to be confused with its old rival the Second Hotel...
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