7 Things Locals Love About Vancouver

One of the world’s most livable cities boasts nature, culture and mild weather all year round.

  1. Vancouver’s Seawall, the world’s largest uninterrupted waterfront path, is ideal for a leisurely bike ride. Created in 1917, the Seawall is now 14 miles of car-free corridor that surrounds Stanley Park and crosses through an array of eclectic neighborhoods in one easy-to-navigate route.
Stanley Park Runner on Seawall
Credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Nelson Mouellic
  1. Stanley Park, Vancouver’s thousand-acre park, is home to ancient First Nations totem poles, the Vancouver Aquarium, and a spectacular rose garden. Take a stroll or bike around the perimeter, explore by horse-drawn carriage or embark on a true urban hike into the more than 16 miles of forested trails that wind through Stanley Park’s interior. The Third Beach Trail leads you to an iconic Vancouver photo op: Hollow Tree, a towering stump of an old western red cedar.
Stanley Park Totem Poles
Credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Al Harvey
  1. Originally an industrial area, Granville Island is one of the most visited neighborhoods by locals and visitors alike. Let us arrange a guided tasting tour to get to know the specialty food vendors and sample local specialties. Or simply create your own waterfront picnic by grabbing an assortment of cheese and a fresh baguette, and then go paddling or kayaking along False Creek.
Granville Island Edible Canada
Credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Nelson Mouellic
  1. As Vancouver’s original warehouse district, Yaletown has emerged as one of the hippest neighborhoods brimming with sidewalk cafés and trendy restaurants. Locals gather from all over the city for its nightlife, and boutique hotels like OPUS Hotel Vancouver add to the fun, contemporary vibe.
Yaletown Skyline
  1. Gastown is the city’s oldest neighborhood, where historic buildings have been transformed into cool designer stores and lively bars and restaurants. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation of this area’s heritage on a guided architectural walking tour. Dining options hit all the high points, including dedicated Pacific Northwest menus and contemporary Asian cuisine, along with wine and charcuterie bars, cocktail bars and craft beer pubs.
Gastown Steam Clock
Credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Nelson Mouellic
  1. Established back in the 1890s, Vancouver’s Chinatown is rich in history and architecture, and this area east of downtown is North America’s third-largest Chinatown. Be sure to make time to stroll through the lovely Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and check out Sam Kee Building — the world’s narrowest commercial building. You’ll find plenty of classic Asian specialty stores, as well as dim sum restaurants and apothecaries. You’ll also find modern twists on Chinese cuisine among some of the newer spots and some of the city’s best bartenders can be found in this part of the city.
Chinese New Year Parade
Credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Michael Wheatley
  1. Just over the Burrard Bridge from the downtown peninsula is Kitsilano  — known affectionately as “Kits.” It’s a gorgeous natural enclave where you’re likely to spot locals doing beachside yoga and cycling along the Seawall. Grab a coffee and shop along West 4th Avenue in between exploring cultural attractions such as Vancouver Museum and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
Burrard Street Bridge
Credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Nelson Mouellic

From nature to nightlife, this city truly has it all. Spend time before setting out on your cruise to Alaska, or let us create a complete vacation dedicated to exploring all that this livable city has to offer.

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Cover Photo: Waterfront Aerial 2017 / Credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Barbershop Films

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