Dining on Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver

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Vancouver & Whistler Culinary Adventures

Looking for a uniquely Vancouver or Whistler experience? Try a culinary adventure, mixing the best of dining and outdoor activities. Join a chef-led tour or a gourmet kayak trip in Vancouver, or travel to Whistler to combine rafting and flight-seeing with tasty meals.

Things to Do

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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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Wander through Victorian nooks, crannies and hidden courtyards in Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. One of the city’s trendiest districts, Gastown’s cobbled streets are alive with hip nightclubs and chic restaurants. There’s also a wealth of independent interior design and fashion boutiques to check out.

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Granville Island Public Market

Where else in the world can rusty, tin-sided factories boast rebirth as a Public Market, shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries, a hotel, and so much more? Formerly an industrial area, Granville Island's ambiance is uniquely amazing. Performers, ...
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Grouse Mountain Resort

Located 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks you high above the city to a mountaintop of adventure including hiking trails, ziplining, helicopter tours, paragliding, live entertainment, lumberjack shows, a wil...
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Whistler Village

Stroll your day away in Whistler Village, lunching al fresco at a village patio (try the upbeat... Read more Caramba! or the organic-leaning Ciao-Thyme Bistro). Want more action? Ride a zipline, hike through a wildflower meadow, or soar like an eagle on the PEAK 2 PEAK. On summer weekends, ride the Whistler Village Gondola or the PEAK 2 PEAK to the top of Whistler Mountain for burgers, live music and sweeping views at the Roundhouse Lodge’s Mountain Top Barbecue.  Head back to town by floatplane, flying over glaciers and waterfalls en route.

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Vancouver's Chinatown

In Chinatown, browse the herbalists and tea shops then find zen at the serene Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, a traditional Ming-Dynasty-style garden. Shop for Asian styles, sip bubble tea and enjoy crisp barbecue pork, fragrant steamed buns and exotic produce along Keefer and Pender Streets. For more culinary treats head south for a delicious adventure at one of Richmond’s popular Chinese night markets.
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At the base of Whistler Resort’s twin mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, is Whistler Village, a pedestrian-friendly resort town of shops, restaurants, pubs and galleries. Stroll the cobbled streets, watch street entertainers, and browse for everything from ski gear to handicrafts at some of Whistler’s 200 or so shops. Stop for a mountain-view patio lunch, and perhaps make time for a spa treatment or some gallery hopping. Check out the stunning Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and catch an outdoor concert at Whistler Olympic Plaza.
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Yaletown, a stylish neighbourhood with 19th-century brick-lined warehouses and cobbled streets, is home to galleries, design studios and many of the city’s top eateries. Old loading docks are now restaurant patios, so in summer whole streets come alive with al fresco dining.
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Places to Eat

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Vancouver Dining

Vancouver's dining scene is famous for fresh seafood, top Asian cuisine and a wealth of locally... Read more sourced fare (the 100 Mile Diet was invented right here). Indulge in West Coast cuisine at West or Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar. For legendary sushi, grab a seat at Tojo’s. Chinese food is serious business in a city where a third of the population can claim Asian roots. Kirin Restaurant and Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant are top Vancouver choices, or enjoy a taste of Hong Kong cuisine in Richmond, the heart of BC’s Asian food scene. For cheap eats sample some global street food from a thriving downtown food cart scene.

Cardero's Restaurant & Marine Pub

Lat: 49.2914561357511
Lon: -123.127575841549
Coal Harbour, Downtown
Seafood, Cajun/Creole, Canadian (New)
403 reviews
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Lat: 49.2882159260662
Lon: -123.11679096099
Coal Harbour, Downtown
Canadian (New)
124 reviews
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Elements Urban Tapas Parlour

Lat: 50.1185813235694
Lon: -122.95715823927
Tapas Bars, Breakfast & Brunch
333 reviews
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Alta Bistro

Lat: 50.11739
Lon: -122.9574
French, Canadian (New), Modern European
162 reviews
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Lat: 50.0960506841051
Lon: -122.991592109979
Pizza, Canadian (New)
160 reviews
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Lat: 49.28202
Lon: -123.1208
Mexican, Food Trucks
135 reviews
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Places to Shop

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Barbara-Jo's Books To Cooks

Lat: 49.2696214
Lon: -123.1440073
Fairview Slopes
13 reviews
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Les Amis Du Fromage

Lat: 49.2696896811813
Lon: -123.14267318401
Fairview Slopes
Cheese Shops
46 reviews
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Patisserie Lebeau

Lat: 49.2696509840324
Lon: -123.144082948565
Fairview Slopes
Bakeries, Waffles, Patisserie/Cake Shop
103 reviews
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VQA Wines Stores

Looking for BC wines?  If you can’t make it to the wineries, a VQA wine store is the... Read more next best place.  BC VQA, which stands for British Columbia Vintners Quality Alliance, guarantees both the origin of the wine and a standard of quality.  VQA shops carry a wide selection of exclusively BC wines, and the staff members know their stuff.  They’ve done the legwork, visited the wineries and got to know each vintage. Watch for tastings and special events too.

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Places to Stay

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Nita Lake Lodge

Experience a fresh take on classic Whistler luxury. Nestled on the shores of a glacier-fed lake, the Nita Lake Lodge offers genuine service with a personal touch.

Over-sized suites, a full-service spa, and innovative local cuisine are jus...

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The Listel Hotel

The Listel Hotel is so much more than simply a place to sleep; it is a cultural tourist's dream, as well as a leader in environmental responsibility. 129 boutique rooms and suites are filled with limited edition and original artwork and modern ame...
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Wedgewood Hotel & Spa

The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is one of the city's top luxury, boutique hotels featuring 83 beautifully appointed rooms. Located in the heart of Vancouver's thriving, cosmopolitan downtown core, amidst the gardens and waterfalls of the fashionable Rob...
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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. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just a short drive from downtown, or ride the rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to the city centre. The city is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane. A full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental options are also available.

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.

Getting to Whistler

The 90-minute trip on the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistle is one of the most scenic... Read more drives in the province.  Coaches and narrated tours run frequently from Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport directly to Whistler Village. Or you can take the train: the Rocky Mountaineer’s Whistler Sea to Sky Climb leaves daily from May to September. Floatplanes are another option: Harbour Air can whisk you from downtown Vancouver to Whistler’s Green Lake in about 30 minutes. Even better, combine the train and plane for an unforgettable round trip. Once in Whistler, it’s easy to get around by foot, bus or bike.

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.

Harbour Air

Come aboard for a scenic seaplane flight and experience an authentic west coast way of life.

See Vancouver from a new point of view with a breathtaking seaplane adventure. Enjoy a 20 minute Vancouver panorama flight featuring spectacular...

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Landsea Tours

Landsea Tours & Adventures provide half and full-day sightseeing excursions around Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Sea-to-Sky corridor and Vancouver's North Shore. Our highly trained, driver/guides host fun and informative tours conducted on our pr...
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Vancouver Trolley Company

Hop-on & hop-off our replica San Francisco-style trolleys to enjoy the best of Vancouver. This live-commentated, 32-stop sightseeing tour is your transportation link to Vancouver's major attractions, parks, gardens, shopping & restaurants or to si...
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