Top 10 Things To Do In Vancouver

5 July 2016

With new non-stop Air Canada flights from Brisbane to Vancouver, plus direct flights from Sydney to Vancouver, it's never been easier to get 'oot and aboot' in one of the world's most liveable cities. With atmospheric and historic neighbourhoods, multicultural influences, native cultures and delectable foodie finds and fringed by mountains, the harbour and stunning urban parks and beaches close to the cosmopolitan CBD (meaning you can ostensibly ski, shop and swim in the same day), Vancouver is not just a gateway city to all that Canada has to offer, it's a great place to take a holiday too. Here's what we think should be on your top-10 hitlist of things to do in Vancouver.

A group of totem poles in Vancouver's Stanley Park Stanley Parks's totem poles or story poles. (Image: Tourism Vancouver/Al Harvey)

1. Stanley Park

An oasis in downtown Vancouver, locals love the 400 hectares of beaches, trails and scenery in this urban park.

Bears in Grouse Mountain Snow in winter, Grouse Mountain bears and mountain biking in summer. (Image: Tourism Vancouver/Coast Mountain Photography)

2. Grouse Mountain

Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain offers family-friendly fun all year round.

Interior shot of Granville Island Public Market Feast your eyes (and taste buds) at the Granville Island Public Market. (Image: Tourism Vancouver/Clayton Perry)

3. Granville Island

A hop, skip and a ferry from Vancouver, Granville Island Public Market is a foodie’s nirvana.

A close-up view of the Capilano Suspension Bridge Salute the sun over the Capilano Suspension Bridge. (Image: Tourism Vancouver/Capilano Suspension Bridge Park)

4. Capilano Suspension Bridge

Take on this swaying suspension bridge - 70 metres above a canyon and the Capilano River.


Tasty Vancouver experiences:

Take a bite of Vancouver's multicultural cuisines. Vancouver's Finger-Licking Good Food Trucks

Ale and hearty in Vancouver. Hoppy Endings In Vancouver - Canada's Craft Beer Capital 


Lucky charms at the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Chinatown Night Market in Vancouver. (Image: Tourism Vancouver/Dannielle Hayes)

5. Chinatown

Sample the dim sum and Asian cultural heritage in Canada’s largest Chinatown.

People and dogs enjoy the off-leash area of Vanier Park along Kitsilano Beach The Vanier Park off-leash area along popular Kitsilano Beach. (Image: Tourism Vancouver/Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce)

6. Kitsilano Beach

The popular beachy neighbourhood of ‘Kits’ was Vancouver’s hippie hangout in the ‘60s.

A streetscape with streetlight in Gastown Gastown's streets are full of old-world charm. (Image: Claire Baxter)

7. Gastown

Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood is full of historic charm and independent spirit.

People enjoy patio dining in Yaletown, Vancouver Yaletown is a historic district that popular day and night. (Image: Tourism Vancouver/CTC)

8. Yaletown

This rejuvenated historic district is one of the city’s top addresses for shopping, dining and nightlife.

People look into a lake at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver Experience the serene and peaceful Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. (Image: Tourism Vancouver/CTC)

9. Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

The first garden of its kind outside China, experience the serenity of the Ming dynasty-style setting.

A cycle tour in Vancouver past the cityscape Cyclists bike past the Port Metro and Vancouver Lookout. (Image: Tourism Vancouver/ Cycle City Tours)

10. Vancouver Lookout

Enjoy a panoramic view of downtown Vancouver, North Shore Mountains and Pacific Ocean from Harbour Centre.

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Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.