Things to Do in Vancouver, Canada
Dealing with the Past (Vancouver’s Enriched History)
The Native Americans had inhabited the city long before the people descending from Europe made a presence in the 1850s. The mid-1800s witnessed an outpour of several miners from California and other places to the Golden basket that Vancouver was with the discovery in the Cariboo Mountains. Despite the Native Americans, Scottish peopled a very prominent presence in this region of the Canadian landscape.
As a small sawmilling locale, Vancouver that was historically a small settlement called Granville was soon transformed and recognized as a city in April of 1886. An American decided to reinvent its name to Vancouver as a mark of reverence to George Vancouver, who is known to have explored and christened numerous British places. The days after the Second World War saw it grow into a business center for Canada’s trade with the Asian continent and the Pacific Rim.
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#1 Give a visit to the Museum of Anthropology
Unravel the vintage, traditional yet contemporary art from across cultures in the museum. It conducts several exhibitions inside its icon of an architectural building designed by Arthur Erickson. The mountains and the oceanic view further add to the calm of this place of modern and old art. Its multicultural galleries have over 9000 artifacts from the world over, offering culture enrichment. It is truly defined as a place of arts and cultures.
#2 Short Drive to The Sea to Sky Highway
The highway is a journey itself as it entails Vancouver, Whistler, Howe Sound and Lillooet. The drive is a beautiful enterprise with the sea on one side and the mountains on the other. With several stops such as the Porte Cove Provincial Park, Vancouver Beaches and Shannon waterfall, etc., it is a must on your Vancouver to-do list. En route, one can detour to places like the Horseshoe Bay to devour the delicacies like the crispy fish ’N’ chips.
#3 Go HIKING to Grouse Grind
The “mother nature’s stair master” is about 3 kilometers long trail up the Grouse Mountain, also known as the Grouse Grind. The trail will awaken all your muscles as it challenges you physically. They constructed wooden stairs to own the title, which was designed to prevent the erosion of this overtly used the hiking path. The end to the hike is truly a ‘grind’ and an adrenaline rush for all you adventure babies.
A well-renowned park in Canada, Stanley Park has got a ‘ 10 Things to Do ’ list of its own. From biking along the seawall to visiting the aquarium to its scenic driveways to the Lost Lagoon to the beaver Lake, the list of ways in which the park welcomes the tourist in you continues.
#5 Go all Touristy in Gastown
As the oldest neighborhood of Canada, it offers several eye-soothing locales like the musical steam clock. It will water your mouth with its youthful cafes and elegant restaurants. It has imported and selective beers to devour. A wide range of unique and beautiful clothing to fancy shoe shopping, Gastown has something to offer to everyone.
#6 Fulfill your Mommy Delights in Chinatown Vancouver
The place is known for its food, clothes, Buddhist temples and it is ready in all its capacity to offer you a cultural tour. However, its momos are to give your taste buds nostalgia for a lifetime.
#7 Go, Theatre Shopping Vancouver
If you’re an artsy soul and a theatre enthusiast, Vancouver has a dozen spots for you: Orpheum Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, The Cultch, and the list goes on. Go treat yourself to some world-class music, art, and dance.
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The period between March to October is a migratory period for thousands of whales to the waters of Vancouver. It is the perfect spot for whale watching where you get to see a myriad of whales such as Orcas, Humpbacks, Minke whales amidst others.
#9 Awaken the Foodie and Drinker Within you (Breweries and Eateries)
The seafood is to die for, and if you’re a fish lover, try the candied salmon and pouting. As already mentioned, China Town and Granville island have the best food offerings. Vancouver has got everything to offer from Asian food to savory pizzas. Don’t forget to treat your sweet tooth with the pies and several other delicacies.
#10 Visit Granville Island
The Granville Island’s Brewing and Co. holds the spot for the first cottage brewery in the entire British Columbia. Go nourish your love for bread at the ‘bread Affairs’ and nourish the historical nerd by visiting Net Loft. It has a kids’ market that offers magic shows, juggling and water parks to keep the little ones on their toes. From time to time, it conducts several festivals. If you’re having a leisure day, Go Boating!!
Thus, as this beautiful city reformed into an urban hub, several advancements led to the development of its tourism industry as well. With the establishment of the Vancouver Information and Tourist Association, which has now entered over 100 years of operation as ‘Tourism Vancouver’, the city has not seen backward in the splurge of tourist intake. Let’s have a look as to why.
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