Vancouver, Canada Travel Guide
Vancouver is a beautiful city situated next to the coast as well as the mountains. While my friend and I were there, we often heard people say that they love Vancouver because they can go skiing in the morning and follow it up with a day at the beach in the afternoon. There is truly a plethora of beautiful sights to see and fun activities to do. I was there for about 3 days which was not nearly enough time, but we packed in as many adventures as possible and of course had a blast!
Tip: There's no need to rent a car in Vancouver. Take a taxi, bus/train, or just walk!
What we did:
- Rooftop views
My friend and I were 100% determined to see Vancouver from a rooftop, and so we set out to do just that. It's safe to say that we failed miserably at first. We ended up wasting an entire night climbing up and down many (I mean like over 80) flights of stairs, trying multiple different buildings, and eventually getting questioned by security (everything was fine). Finally, a friend of ours ended up letting us onto the rooftop of her apartment! Funny enough, the solution was way easier than we initially made it out to be. Tip: If you want an easy way of seeing Vancouver from up above, go to the Vancouver Lookout! It's a building with an observation deck that features 360 degree views of the city.
Vancouver is gorgeous from the ground, but wow, it was breathtaking from up above. We got there right before nightfall, and we stayed for a long time admiring the city as it slowly lit up the night. We ended up going to a rooftop the next day as well so that we could admire the city during the daylight.
- SKY Helicopters tour
Before leaving for Vancouver, my friend and I joked about possibly going on a helicopter tour. It was a bit out of my price range for the trip, so I was going to pass up on the experience. About a week or so before we were set to leave, we noticed that SKY Helicopters was doing a giveaway on Instagram, so I thought I would enter just to see what would happen (fully expecting not to win). Well, I ended up winning!! I'm incredibly glad that I did. The helicopter ride was so amazing and gorgeous! We first flew up through the misty mountains before landing on a boulder next to a lake. Yes, it was as beautiful as it sounds. Next up we got to fly right over Vancouver as we landed in the harbour. We exited the helicopter feeling like we just entered into a James Bond movie! Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
- Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is gorgeous and features many other smaller suspension bridges in the surrounding area. It was very crowded when we went, but it was still an enjoyable, unique experience. If I were to return, I would make sure to visit on a weekday as soon as they open to avoid the large crowds. Also, I found that the smaller suspension bridges were a lot less crowded, so I highly recommend exploring those as well. Tip: there is a free shuttle from Vancouver that will take you to and from the bridge!
- Walk the city
Downtown Vancouver is interesting and beautiful to walk through. Unlike some other big cities, Vancouver has trees and plants all over the city. The tops of buildings often seem to feature rooftop gardens, and the streets are filled with pops of green. There are also some hidden side streets full of color and art. On the downside, the streets smell strongly of marijuana. For those who smoke marijuana themselves, this is perhaps not a problem. However, for people who don't smoke and are just visiting the city (like us), it's not very pleasant. Don't get me wrong though, I still loved Vancouver.
Where we ate:
- Olive + Ruby
Olive + Ruby is such a lovely little cafe. The food and coffee is delicious! Plus, check out that gorgeous plant wall. It's a photo op waiting to happen.
- On Yogurt
You must go to On Yogurt for dessert! They have many mouth-watering options, and it doesn't disappoint. We tried the rolled yogurt with a bunch of delicious toppings packed into a waffle fish! Yep, a waffle fish. It was a party in my mouth. Also, you get to watch the staff roll the yogurt in front of you! Not to mention I ended up meeting the nicest Bosnian woman there (I'm Bosnian too, btw).
- Catch 122
Catch 122 had a cool atmosphere and decent food. The prices were slightly high, but I would recommend giving it a try.
- 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
I loved this place! The atmosphere was nice, the coffee was good, and the donuts were delicious. It was crowded, but it was definitely worth it!
- The Bubble Tea Shop
Have you ever tried bubble tea? It's a flavored drink filled with toppings such as boba. I like how you can customize the flavors and toppings to fit whatever you like. If you can't decide between flavors, this place even has duo cups so you can't try two!
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