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Urban Adventures in Vancouver

In Vancouver, the wilderness beckons. Whether you’re indulging in the city's renowned local cuisine, exploring its historic neighbourhoods, strolling along the seawall you can catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean or the rainforest-covered Coast Mountains from almost anywhere in the city. And the beauty doesn't stop there. Whatever experience you choose to enjoy, it is sure to include a touch of the wild.

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Culinary Tours

Sip and snack around Vancouver’s most intriguing foody neighbourhoods with a culinary... Read more professional from Edible Canada.  Sample barbecue pork buns and jasmine tea, followed by a dim sum lunch, in the markets and eateries of Canada’s biggest Chinatown. Or meet the vendors at the Granville Island Public Market, where dozens of stalls sell everything from artisanal cheese to chocolate, bagels to burritos. After the tour, a short walk from Granville Island leads to Les Amis du Fromage, one of Vancouver’s top cheese shops and Patisserie Lebeau, makers of luscious Belgian waffles.

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Farmers Markets

For the freshest local tomatoes, berries and other produce, bring a shopping bag to one of Vancouver’s summertime farmers' markets. Try the Trout Lake Farmers' Market held Saturday mornings in East Vancouver or the Sunday morning Kitsilano Farmers' Market.
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Food Trucks

Some of Vancouver tastiest globally-inspired treats are sold on street corners from the... Read more city’s many food trucks. You’ll find them parked downtown any noon hour from spring through fall; some even operate year-round. Just look for the queue of hungry locals. Local favourites include offbeat Pan-Asian creations at The Roaming Dragon; made-from-scratch Tex-Mex fare at Tacofino and fresh, local seafood at Feastro the Rolling Bistro. Locations are subject to change, check websites or get updates through Facebook or Twitter for current locations and hours.

Off the Eaten Track

Join us for a unique culinary adventure! Explore a local neighbourhood, meet the chefs and owners, sample delicious food & beverages, and learn about our history and culture through food & stories. Get off the tourist grid and have a local guide s...
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Vancouver Foodie Tours

Treat your taste buds to a slice of heaven. We showcase some of the best foods of Vancouver.

Gastronomic Gastown Tour: Meander through the cobblestone streets and alleyways of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood, while enjoying a number of f...

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Granville Island

Hop a mini foot-passenger ferry from Yaletown, False Creek or the West End to art-filled Granville Island. This unique blend of shops, galleries, restaurants, theatres, artists, cafes and food is a Vancouver favourite. Mix with art students, buskers and locals on this pedestrian friendly island. Head to the island's famous public market for a delicate artisan pastry and a steaming espresso, or savour a long lunch with marina views at one of the waterfront restaurants.
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Stanley Park Seawall

Bike, walk, rollerblade, or just people-watch along Vancouver’s Seawall path. This car-free pathway meanders along the city’s waterfront, taking in many iconic Vancouver sights along the way. Starting at Canada Place on Burrard Inlet, the path traces Coal Harbour before looping around Stanley Park and continuing all the way around False Creek to Granville Island and the beaches of Kitsilano. Join it anywhere, relax at a path-side café, or rent a bike and ride the whole way.

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Aboriginal Culture in Stanley Park

For even more Bill Reid, look for the artist’s Orca sculpture, Chief of the Undersea... Read more World, outside the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park. Also in the park are the much-visited totem poles and cedar gateways at Brockton Point. The nine poles and three gateways were carved by artists from the Haida, Squamish, Coast Salish and other First Nations bands. An on-site interpretive centre provides historic details.

Cycle City Tours

Cycle City Tours is a boutique, locally owned & operated company offering amazing Vancouver experiences by bicycle. With a small group & an expert local guide, guests learn the unique stories behind the sights, discover hidden gems & experience th...
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Sea Vancouver

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Whether you are a first time zodiac adventurer or a seasoned veteran, we guarantee that you will have a blast! Our fleet of open-air, purpose built, zodiac-style vessels are one of Vancouver's fastest & s...
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Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres

Ecomarine is one of Vancouver's leading paddle sport specialists with 2 unique oceanfront locations: Granville Island & Jericho Beach. We offer kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) rentals, lessons & tours.

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Built in 1986, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first full-scale Scholar Garden built outside China using traditional techniques. Covered walkways and exquisite architecture make it a delight in any weather or season, with the s...
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English Bay

Vancouver's liveliest beach is also a great place to catch a sunset. English Bay Beach, at the foot of Denman in the West End, is buzzing all summer long with street entertainers, joggers, cyclists, and sunset-watchers. A water slide and kayak rentals add to the fun.
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Kitsilano Beach

Join a game of beach volleyball, stroll along the seawall path, grab a snack at the Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant, or do some laps in an outdoor saltwater pool, the biggest outdoor pool around. Kitsilano Beach Park, or “Kits Beach”, at Cornwall and Yew just west of downtown, is one of the Vancouver’s best-loved seaside hangouts.
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Museum of Vancouver

Discover the history and maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast. Step back in time to 1944 on board the St Roch, Canada's celebrated RCMP Arctic schooner. Wander the ship's narrow corridors where you are one of the crew on her second and most fa...
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Vancouver's Public Art

Vancouver is home to an impressive number of public art installations, with many located along the waterfront and in public parks. A stroll or cycle along the seawall, whether you’re walking near Burrard Inlet, English Bay or False Creek, will take you past a number of thought-provoking sculptures. Or check out the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite outdoor exhibition space in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with its rotating exhibits by both local and international artists.

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Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival's 29th season runs from June 6 to September 22, 2018 in modern theatre tents in a spectacular waterfront setting in Vancouver's Vanier Park.

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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Vancouver

When flying in to Vancouver, book a window seat – the approach offers great views of the... Read more mountains, the Fraser River and distant Vancouver Island. Driving across the border from Washington State is made easy by the fact that Washington’s I-5 becomes BC’s Highway 99, a straight shot into the city. Vancouver is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane, and a full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental services are available.

Vancouver International Airport

YVR is Canada's second busiest airport, serving more than 17 million passengers in 2013 and handling more than 258,000 aircraft landings and take-offs on its runways.

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Amtrak Cascades

All aboard! The Amtrak Cascades train service runs daily from Eugene, Oregon, via Portland and... Read more Seattle, to downtown Vancouver. With meal service,bike racks, on-board Wifi and scenery galore, it's one of the most relaxing ways to reach Vancouver.

Getting around Vancouver

You can get just about anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver on the city’s TransLink... Read more system, which includes buses; three rapid transit lines, known as the SkyTrain; and the SeaBus, a passenger ferry serving North Vancouver. SkyTrain is a great way to travel to and from Vancouver International Airport, and to explore Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. The SeaBus makes regular crossings between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike paths including the car-free Seawall Path, which runs more than 20 km (12 mi) along Vancouver’s waterfront.

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Cycling in Vancouver

With more than 400km/250mi of bike routes, including separated lanes on busy downtown streets and bridges, cycling is one of the easiest ways to get around and see Vancouver. Cyclist of all levels will enjoy the ride around the Stanley park seawall which is filled with stunning ocean, forest, and city views. Bike rentals are available throughout the city.

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