As worldly wanderers we like to play the field when it comes to city experiences. Some call it fickle, we call it a thirst for the new and this time our heart has been stolen by Vancouver. With both nature and metropolitan cool, what more could one ask for in a city? Here are 10 reasons why we’re crushing on Vancouver.
1. Bad-ass totem poles
Only 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, and you’ll be transported into a unique world Northwest Coast First Nations Art. Colourful totem poles, intricate weavings as well as contemporary artworks can all be discovered in the impressive Museum of Anthropology.
2. Floatplane views
Ever seen a flying beaver or otter? Well, Vancouver has them! No, not literally (we wish), this is the name given to Vancouver’s floatplane, a unique way to experience the city. Jet off from the water and take in aerial views of Vancouver, or head further out and land on a mountain lake for a picnic.
3. Gastown boutiques
Think uber-trendy casualwear, modern home-ware, art galleries and quirky gift shops. This area attracts the chicest locals as well as tourists seeking out souvenirs. Stomach growling after a shop-a-thon? Gastown is home to some of Vancouver’s hottest food and cocktail spots, so get refuelling.
Rest assured coffee snobs and latte art addicts, Vancouver knows its coffee. And has the super cool interiors to sip your double shot, almond milk long-mac in too.
5. Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Feel the rhythmic beat of Vancouver at the International Jazz festival (late June-early July). Popular with both Vancouver locals and visitors, the ‘VIJF’ attracts the big dawgs in the jazz world. We’re up for anything that offers an excuse to boogie in the street!
6. Vibrant streets of creativity
With a flourishing street art scene, a walk along Vancouver’s sidewalks is a feast on the eyes. Witness the striking artist styles that decorate the city, from the walls to the ground itself. Heading there in August? Be sure to check out the Vancouver mural festival where much of what you’ll see is produced.
7. Grouse Mountain zipline
Oh hey adrenaline junkies. Yep, this one’s for you! Take in views of peaks and canyons whilst zooming through the trees of British Columbia’s ancient forests. Why walk when you can zipline, right?
8. Takaya tours
Listen to the Coast Salish tribe’s traditional songs and stories as you paddle through the ocean on a guided cedar canoe trip.
9. Cycle the seawall
Vancouver is a bike-friendly city, making cycling a great way to see all the sights. The seawall spans 22 kilometres but can be broken down for smaller rides. Begin at Coal Harbour and cycle up and through the forest trails of Stanley Park. If heading on further, get back on the seawall path and cycle onwards to English Bay.
10. Hello Whistler!
When the Vancouver honeymoon period is over, you’ve got new eye-candy on the doorstep. Vancouver is a great gateway city to the adventure playground of Whistler Blackcomb. The snowy peaks, outdoor hikes and crystal-clear lakes are enough to lead anyone astray.