Top Ten Things to Do in Vancouver

Photo of Mary Jane Dempsey
9 February 2017

Looking to head north to Vancouver? This city has become a multicultural center perfect for those looking to add more green scenery and Pacific adventures to their lives. Check out this guide on the top 10 things not to miss when taking a trip to Vancouver.

Grouse Mountain | © Pburka / WikimediaCommons

Grouse Mountain

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

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

Museum of Anthropology, 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver. BC, Canada, +1 604 822 5087

Whale Watching

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

Bridge, Forest, Park
Map View
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) Capilano Suspension Bridge park, 3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

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

Japadog | © Kwong Weng Yong / Flickr


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

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