10 Experiences For First Time Visitors To Vancouver

Vancouver, BC is a great city to visit and one of the most beautiful cities in North America when it’s not raining. There are so many things to do and see here that it would be impossible to see them all so we’ve come up with a list to help you. If you are touring Vancouver for the first time, don’t miss these experiences that clients of our Vancouver SEO company recommend or some of the top attractions in Vancouver, Family-Friendly Summer Activities In Vancouver Romantic Summer Activities For Couples In Vancouver or Things To Do In Vancouver In The Summer For Families With Teens.

1) Granville Island self-guided tasting tour

As well as the famous public market, Granville Island also boasts a sake winery, the first microbrewery in the country, and over 70 places to eat to suit all budgets and tastes. A self-guided tour is the best way to sample all of these delights – you don’t need the assistance of a professional tour guide.

2) The Museum of Anthropology

You can marvel at over 500,000 archaeological, cultural and ethnographic artifacts from all over the world in this popular museum. The Great Hall is an obvious place to begin any visit to the museum, with its exhibits and displays on the province’s First Nations culture, and spectacular floor to ceiling glass walls. And whether you are interested in Aboriginal carvings or ancient items from forgotten cultures, you can find it all here.

3) Experience the Stanley Park seawall

Whether you choose to walk, or you feel like experiencing this 9-kilometre path by bike or rollerblade, it’s a great way to enjoy some of the most stunning scenery in Vancouver. You can hire a set of rollerblades or a bicycle form one of many vendors, and enjoy the peace of this vehicle free trail.

4) Spend the day at the Vancouver Aquarium

Over 70,000 sea creatures from all over the world are on display in this fascinating aquarium, including sharks, porpoises, clownfish, and jellyfish. It’s an excellent way to get as close as you can to the ocean, without actually being out in a boat on the sea.

5) The Grouse Mountain Skyride will have you soaring high above the forest

This is the most extensive aerial tramway system in North America and is a great way to enjoy views of Vancouver, the nearby islands, and the mountains. The 1,600-metre ride takes you to the summit of Grouse Mountain, and one of the attractions of the ride is the chance to enjoy the changing seasons. You’ll enjoy a panorama of snow-topped mountain peaks and forests in winter, while the forests of Douglas firs are just as picturesque during summer.

6) Sample some delicious and traditional dim sum in Chinatown

Dim sum are appetizers such as bowls of uniquely flavored soup, small dumplings, steamed buns and sweet items, and one of the best places to sample them is in Vancouver’s thriving Chinatown. Chinatown has dozens of tempting restaurants, although a walk through the area after your meal will show you what else this culturally rich district has to offer.

7) Eat with a view

Whether your preference is for fine dining along with a good bottle of wine, a craft beer or more casual fare such as a burger, many eating places are offering great views over the city. You can watch floatplanes taking off or enjoy the sun setting over the water if you dine at one of the many waterfront pots with a view. However, if you prefer something higher, take a trip to one of the nearby mountain summits or enjoy the revolving view from one of the downtown skyscrapers.

8) Kitsilano Beach for people watching and sunbathing

Whether your preference is for bike riding, tennis, beach volleyball, swimming or jogging, you can find all this and more on one of the city’s most popular beaches. And it becomes a great spot for people watching during the summer months.

9) Smelling the roses

From the classical Chinese garden to the VanDusen Botanical Garden and the UBC Botanical garden, Vancouver has plenty of lovely parks and gardens, thanks to its climate. Add to the list of outdoor parks and gardens the Greenheart tree walk, the Nitobe Memorial Garden, and the Queen Elizabeth Park, and you can spend days enjoying the many displays of native plants and foliage, as well as rose displays straight out of an English garden. Many of the city’s gardens are within easy reach of downtown, and some of the indoor gardens are excellent choices if the weather isn’t great.

10) Enjoying the water

Vancouver is known for its waterfront, and there are plenty of ways to see it, from a kayaking tour to a harbor dinner cruise, or a ferry trip across False Creek.