All who have booked a trip to Vancouver, BC, are in for a real treat. This beautiful West Coast Canadian city is filled with food, fun, and adventures to keep the family happy. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling solo, though, you’ll never run out of things to do.
From exploring the beautiful landscape, to wandering around museums, to shopping for the perfect souvenir, there is something for everyone. We have compiled a list of the top five activities for your Vancouver vacation to help with your trip planning.
For active travelers, or those who just like to be outdoors, there are many parks to explore while in Vancouver. Although they all have advantages, we suggest Stanley Park. It’s over 1,000 acres and was inhabited by the indigenous people of the area for thousands of years before it was colonized by the British. If you want to see all the park has to offer, the entire loop of Stanley Park takes an hour or so to bike or 2 to 3 hours to walk.
Museum of Anthropology at UBC
One of our favorite museums is the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). It is known around the world for its large collection of First Nations people attractions. It’s also a research and teaching museum, so budding scientists will especially appreciate exploring the 500,000+ archeological objects it holds. Don’t be surprised if your kids don’t want to go home after a few hours of exploring this fun-filled museum.
The area around the museum is a great place to start your search for a hotel in Vancouver. It’s centrally located, with lots of good restaurants and shopping venues nearby.
During the right season, you can see a few of the 80 orca whales that call this region home. There are a plethora of tours available that will take you and your family out on to the water to search them out. Make sure you take your waterproof camera on in case a jumping whale splashes the boat!
Who knew that Vancouver had a beautiful beach? It’s called Kitsilano, and it’s a must-see destination. The outdoor saltwater Kitsilano Pool, open during the summer, is the longest swimming pool in the city. You can relax and soak up the rays or play some sand volleyball at this beach, just make sure to bring your sunscreen! For the best views of the waterfront, visit the BoatHouse restaurant overlooking the beach.
If you want to see and be seen by all of Vancouver, you should head to Robson Street. You’ll have a choice of over 200 shops, restaurants, and service businesses to choose from during your stay. You can pick up some souvenirs for those you left at home, or try on some beautiful and trendy clothing from the multitude of boutique shops in this area. Don’t worry if you buy too much—there are some baggage shops too!