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8 Incredible Things to do in Vancouver, Canada

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These are my 8 best places to visit in Vancouver ranging from the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Gastown to Stanley Park and Granville Island. Vancouver is a tiny city which you can easily explore within 2 days.

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Recovering from a memorable night in Tokyo, I found myself en route back to Canada with a brief layover in the stunning city of Vancouver, a pleasant interlude on my journey to Toronto.

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Best Places for Travel in Vancouver

  • 1. Robson Street

    The main shopping artery of Vancouver

  • 2. Sandbar

    Seafood hot spot under the Granville Island bridge

  • 3. Capilano Suspension Bridge

    One of the most popular Vancouver tourism attractions in British Columbia

  • 4. Stanley Park

    1,001-acre public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver

  • 5. Chinatown

    One of the largest historic Chinatowns in North America

  • 6. Gastown

    Gastown is a mix of hip contemporary fashion and interior furnishing boutiques

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With just three days to soak in Vancouver's charm, I was determined to make every moment count, fortunate to be greeted by bright, sunny weather. Here's a rundown of my whirlwind tour:

  • 7. Granville Island

    Make sure to visit the farmers market and day vendors offering local Vancouver goods

  • 8. Yaletown

    Upscale districts with lots of great restaurants and bars

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1. Arrival: My first stop after landing was the Le Soleil Hotel in downtown Vancouver. The hotel impressed me with its elegance, notably featuring one of the most comfortable beds I've ever experienced.

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2. Exploration Begins: Post-nap, I ventured out to Robson Street for a bit of shopping and brunch. A souvenir shop caught my eye with a stylish Vancouver-themed shirt.

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3. City Tour: I stumbled upon the Vancouver Trolley Company, offering city-wide tours. Eager to explore, I grabbed a ticket and hopped aboard.

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4. Stanley Park: The trolley's first significant stop was Stanley Park, a sprawling 1,001-acre oasis nestled against the Pacific Ocean. It's a historical landmark and a staple of Vancouver’s urban landscape.

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5. Culinary Delights: For brunch, I ferried over to Granville Island and indulged in exquisite salmon at the Sandbar restaurant. The Granville Island Public Market was a feast for the senses, bustling with local farmers, artisans, and an array of culinary treats.

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6. Urban Journey: Back on the trolley, I traveled through the vibrant neighborhoods of Yaletown and Chinatown, passing by the Canucks Stadium and the historic Gastown.

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7. Seaside Wonders: My final daytime adventure led me to the cruise ship docks, where I marveled at the immense Zuiderdam of the Holland America Line, poised for voyages to Alaska and the Arctic.

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As night descended, it was time to reconnect with my friend Natalie for a delightful evening of dinner and drinks in the bustling area of Yaletown.

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