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Top 5 best places to visit in Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver!

You have landed at YVR International Airport and don't know what to do next?

Look no further for the Top 5 best places to visit in Vancouver!

Vancouver is the perfect mix of city living, beautiful beaches and mountain views, all within reach of downtown.

Whether you are here to stay or just visiting, here are the best places to visit and things to do in Vancouver.

  1. Stanley Park

Walk, Run or Cycle around the beautiful Stanley Park located on the North West corner of downtown Vancouver.

There are cycling and pedestrian paths around the sea wall suitable for all fitness levels!

Visit the Prospect Point Cafe and Gift Shop (open year-round) for a quick bite or The Teahouse Restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience with stunning views.

Keep an eye out for cruise ships departing Canada Place from Spring until Autumn!

Stanley Park, Vancouver

2. Visit the beaches in the West End

The West End in downtown Vancouver is well-known for it's beaches.

Continue your walk along the sea wall through Sunset Beach, English Bay Beach and maybe even Second Beach and Third Beach.

There are many popular bars and restaurants in close proximity to English Bay Beach such as Cactus Club Cafe, The Park, Hook, The Three Bits, The Shamrock Bar & Grill, among others.

Top tip: Gather a group of friends and watch the sunset on Eng​lish Bay Beach, you won't regret it!

Inukshuk Monument, English Bay Beach, Vancouver

3. Granville Island

Board a sea bus at Sunset Beach and visit Granville Island.

Granville Island is home to the Public Market with food stalls, flower stands and fruit markets. Take the opportunity to buy some lunch and sit in their outdoor area to enjoy spectacular views of downtown and the mountains.

Granville Island is the best place to rent a paddleboard, jet ski or boat and spend an afternoon on the water.

You may even spot some sea life on your way!

4. Visit the historic Gastown

Gastown was Vancouver's first neighbourhood and was named for "Gassy" Jack Deighton, a Yorkshire seaman, steamboat captain and barkeep who arrived in 1867 to open the area's first saloon.

Gastown is home to many gift shops, restaurants and most importantly the Gastown Steam Clock based on Water St.

The steam clock is one of only six working in the world. Every 15 minutes, the two-ton clock whistles it's version of the Westminster chime from the five whistles.

This Victorian style steam clock is a sight worth seeing.

5. Embrace the nature of North Vancouver

Cross over the Lion's Gate Bridge and embrace nature available in North Vancouver!

Visit The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park year-round to walk among the trees and enjoy the fresh air.

Depending on the time of year you visit there are seasonal events ongoing.

November - January the bridges and trees are decorated with Christmas lights.

Every year they celebrate Valentines Day throughout the month of February with themed decorations.

Only 30 minutes outside of downtown Vancouver, it is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the beautiful Vancouver forests.

Enjoy your trip to Beautiful British Columbia.

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