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Exploring Vancouver - home of cool neighbourhoods, hot coffee, big mountains, and friendly people.
Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Coal Harbour is bordered by Burrard Street, West Georgia, and Pender (where Pender and Georgia pinch together toward Stanley Park). Much of Coal Harbour consists of seawall pathways and the only hustle and bustle you’ll find here is from cyclists,...
Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The seawall runs from Canada Place and the Convention Centre to Stanley Park. It offers the best views of the city, harbour, and mountains - the perfect place for a walk or bike ride. If you are going from downtown to Stanley Park, this is the...
Baden Powell Trail, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1V6, Canada
The hike to The Quarry Rock lookout starts in the village of Deep Cove. The 1.9 km path (one way) winds its way along the Baden-Powell trail and ends with wonderful views of Deep Cove and the eastern side of Vancouver. The trail is well-marked and...
1100 Comox St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1K5, Canada
This laid-back event takes over Vancouver’s bustling West End on Saturdays from late May to late October. Expect the usual array of crafts, artisanal delicacies, sustainable seafood, and local seasonal products like summer’s...
1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
The market community at the Public Market really makes Granville Island a must-visit in Vancouver. The vibrant colors of the fruits and vegetables that aren't on the East Coast really stand out, especially on farmers market days. The market goes...
1418 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X9, Canada
What could be more BC than the flavours of salmon and maple....in this case, combined into a single sweet treat. The Daily Catch is a great fishmonger located in the heart of Commercial Drive offering both fresh and prepared options. We ended up...
332 Water St #200, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6, Canada
The Blacktail Forest is a new, modern restaurant in the heart of Gastown. The menu offers a wide array of tastes delivered through unusual food combinations. The picture above shows a wild mushroom poutine and their take on fried chicken - with...
Yolk's Restaurant and Commissary is not the fanciest place in town, but they do offer one of the city's best brunches. The specialty is Eggs Benedict - as the restaurant name refers to their pursuit of the perfect poached egg. However, no Yolk's...
838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1W2, Canada
Guu stimulates all of the senses as soon as you enter this exciting izakaya eatery just off Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. Izakayas serve Japanese 'Tapas' - an array of appetizer-sized dishes ranging in tastes from the largely familiar to...
1726 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A3, Canada
Commercial Drive is traditionally the city's Little Italy but now it is the place to be for the hip and hipsters alike. The Italian influence remains, although you can also find an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and of course coffee. This...
1944 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7, Canada
Khatsalano is the major street festival in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood, and is held each July. Many of 4th Avenue's shops, restaurants and bars spill out onto the street with sales and samples to tempt the Vancouver crowd. There are...
200 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8, Canada
The red uniforms and wide-brimmed hats of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are one of the most iconic images of Canada. Here in British Columbia, they are more than symbolic. The fulfill the duties of the provincial police in keeping our...
1050 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L5, Canada
Once a month this Vancouver sports bar shifts is focus from hockey and football to a much different kind of contest - live competitive painting. Six artists gather round their easels with 20 minutes to create an original painting while a hundred...
3103 Harriet Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 1T7, Canada
Onboard the BC Ferry Coastal Celebration between Tsawwasswen (Vancouver) and Swartz Bay (Victoria). Active Pass is between Mayne and Galiano Southern Gulf islands. It is the first of several navigated during the beautiful 90-minute journey to...
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Vancouver’s most famous urban space, the thousand-acre Stanley Park, epitomizes everything that locals here love about the outdoors, and visitors have many ways to explore the expansive grounds. Hiking trails weave around totem poles and hemlock...
Kettle Valley Rail Trail, Kelowna, BC V0H 1N0, Canada
12km hike across 14 trestles and through 2 tunnels. The rail line was cut through the mountains a century ago and now offers stunning views of the valley and lake. The trestles (now restored) are monuments to the incredible engineering feat...
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