Take a hike…in a great way on Grouse Mountain. The Grouse Grind is a trail that is open for hiking from May through October. If you would like your view of Greater Vancouver without the work, you can take the Swiss Garaventa aerial tramway. This is also home to the “Cut” a famous ski run at the bottom of the mountain
Opening hours: Grouse Grind – sunrise to sunset from May to October; Skyride 9am – 10pm
Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, BC, Canada +1 604 986 6262
Canadians are famous for their national passion for hockey. While in Vancouver check out a game of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. Come and cheer on the hometown team in the Rogers Arena where a number of Olympic games were played in 2010.
Opening hours: Tickets can be bought online
Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 899 7400
Towering over the city, the Shangri-La is the tallest building in British Columbia and houses a hotel, offices and apartment complexes. If you have money to spend, you can rent a room with a fabulous view. If not, maybe just take a look at the Vancouver Art Galley inside.
Opening hours Vancouver Art Gallery: Daily 10am – 5pm, Tues 10am – 9pm
Shangri-La, 112 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, Canada +1 604 689 1120
UBC Museum of Anthopology
The UBC Museum of Anthropology is the perfect place to learn more about culture and archeological projects. Perhaps some of the more famous pieces include the totem poles created by tribes native to British Columbia. Make sure to check out the unique design of the building, which architect Arthur Erikson based on Native American post-and-beam structures.
Opening hours: Daily 10am – 5pm; Tues 10am – 9pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden
VanDusen Botanical Garden is a public garden that has been in bloom since 1975. If you are looking to add some greenery to your trip, the park offers visitors the chance to see plants growing all over the world as well as beautiful sculpture and a maze.
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 257 8335
If you happen to be in Vancouver for the summer, check out the orca, humpback and killer whales making their way to British Columbia’s coastal areas. A number of companies offer whale watching tours where you can buy a ticket to be chartered out to the straits to catch a glance at these migrating mammals. Wild Whales is one particular company that has boats that leave directly from downtown Vancouver.
Opening hours: 8am – 8pm
Wild Whales Vancouver, 1806 Mast Tower Rd, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 699 2011
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Hoping to reach new heights with your travels? Check out the Capilano Suspension Bridge, built in 1889, which is 450-feet long and is suspended 230 feet about the Capilano River. Park guests are encouraged to cross the bridge where they will see unique vistas of the West Coast rainforest below. The staff of Capilano also offer a complimentary mini guided tour every hour.
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm (Septr 26 – Oct 12), 9am – 5pm (Oct 13 – Nov)
Vancouver Fringe Festival
Beginning in 1985, the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society organized the Vancouver Fringe Festival, an alternative theatre festival held annually. Located on Granville Island, the festival usually runs 11 days and is hosted in 25 venues. No show is exactly the same…take this year’s The O.C.: The Musical, for example.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 4 – 9pm; Sat & Sun 12 – 9pm
Vancouver Fringe Festival. 1398 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 257 0350
The Sanctuary at Hastings Park
Environmentalists and tourists alike will appreciate The Sanctuary, a natural pond and marsh area that opened in 1999. The marsh is particularly interesting as the water is cleansed through a sophisticated biofiltration system. Park staff also offer tours of the park, describing the various components of the local ecosystem.
Opening hours: Check schedule
The Asian communities in Vancouver have had a strong influence on the city’s food culture, leading to a fusion of flavors. For example, a Japanese couple moved to the city in 2005 and opened up JAPADOG, a small chain of food stands and restaurants that specialize in making hot dogs topped with Japanese ingredients, such as Terimayo sauce and bonito flakes. For dessert, they offer “Age Ice,” which is a deep fried bun with ice cream. We suggest the black sesame and maccha ice cream.
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 11am – 10pm; Fri – Sat 11am – 8pm; Sun 11am – 9pm
JAPADOG, Various locations across the city, +1 604 569 1158
By Mary Jane Dempsey