24 Hours Vancouver Canada
So you’ve booked a tour to Canada and it only allows you 24 hours in this fabulous city of Vancouver. How do you best spend your time and see the best sights that Vancouver has to offer in just 24 hours! What you choose to do with your 24 hours in Vancouver will be down to you as in how much or how little you want to pack into the time. The city offers a vibrant feel with its high rise buildings and stunning mountain backdrop.It will also depend on what time of year you are visiting Vancouver as the weather will dictate what you can do. In Spring, Vancouver is the season for blossom with the streets lined cherry trees in full blossom. The summer months are for those wishing to enjoy the beaches and mountains in the sunshine.
Autumn months brings the wonderful colours of the changing leaves and their vibrant colours. Winter brings the snow and the start of the ski season in the surrounding areas. So Vancouver really is a different city in the various seasons, making it a year-round destination.
Things to do in Vancouver
Stanley Park. A stunning outdoor area with access to many seawall paths that are ideal for walking, running or cycling. Popular with locals and tourists this park offers free entry and is home to the Vancouver Aquarium.
If you walk the entire sea wall from the West End to Coal Harbour its roughly 8km and about a 2-hour walk, but with some stunning views. Shorter routes of 2km would be possible by cutting through the park around Lost Lagoon.
In the winter months soak up the vistas of the views across North Vancouver and don’t to the mountains beyond. You can get here by bus or ferry and is a great one to twin with a visit to Granville Island using the False Creek ferries.
Sunset beach is home for the summer festivals and fireworks so check out what’s on if visiting in the summer months.
Lynn Canyon. this park was opened way back in 1912 and is a growth forest with a, flowing river and a suspension bridge! Here you can choose from easy walks to advanced hikes up the headwaters or back down to Horseshoe Bay.
The park is famous for its waterfalls, particularly after heavy rainfall. In the summer months, the 30-foot pools attract the locals and tourist for cool swims outdoors. Easy access by local bus or sea bus from Lonsdale Quay.
Queen Elizabeth Park. Head up to this park for some great views of the city and the tranquillity of Bloedel Conservatory, a glass dome. Enjoy the tranquil surrounds of the Conservatory with its small waterfalls and tropical feel.
Shopping and Sundowners
Coal Harbour. The perfect spot to take a sundowner and marvel at the expensive yachts and beautiful vista of the North shore mountains.
Take time out to walk along the shore and find a cafe to sit with a coffee or glass of wine and enjoy the ambience of this beautiful neighbourhood.
Main Street. Time for some shopping and main street offers vintage, antique and one of a kind purchases. Listed as one of the top 15 coolest streets in North America!
Retail shopping Outlet Vancouver. Before jumping on the plane home, consider a trip out to the McCarthur Glenn retail outlet near to the airport. Here you can get some great buys at highly discounted rates. If shopping is your passion then a trip to this retail outlet will definitely not disappoint you.
Gastown. A downtown area, the birthplace of Vancouver and its heritage centre. Stoll along these streets with their history and architecture, not to mention the many eateries and boutique stores. Look out for the Gastown Steam clock one of a handful of steam clocks in the world still in operation.
Granville Island. Visit any time of the year along with the other 10 million visitors it gets each year! Take the bus to W.2 Avenue at Anderson Street and walk across the Granville bridge or take an 5 minute trip on an Aqua bus from False Creek and experience this huge indoor market. A food lovers paradise with local produce on sale such as Cheese, chocolate, fish and delicatessens.
Don’t forget to visit the Granville Island Brewery and test out the latest beers on offer. If you love arts and crafts, this is the place to look in the surrounding streets of the market. If you have the kids in tow, then a visit to Adventure Zone or the outdoor waterpark will keep them happy for a few hours.
In the summer months twin Granville island with a boat ride from English Bay to Stanley Park.
What to eat in Vancouver
Vancouver has an abundance of restaurants, cafes and bars to suit all budgets. If you love Asian food such as Japanese then you will enjoy the delights of the Guu with Garlic on Robson Street. A quirky restaurant offering a friendly service with an open kitchen where you can watch them prepare sushi and other daily specials.
When in Granville Island check out the hash browns at Edible Canada a bistro serving local Canadian food. If fish is your thing then the Dockside Seafood restaurant is the perfect choice with its own 50 foot aquarium. If you have a sweet tooth then don’t miss out on Lee’s Doughnuts made fresh each day and can be found Johnston on Granville Island. Finally, if you want something totally difference with the flavours of the Middle East, take a visit to Afghan Horsemen and for exotically spiced food sitting on cushions with low-level tables and a vibrant party atmosphere.
Goeasy Travel offer many itineraries which include Vancouver for 24 hours or more if the above has tempted you to experience longer in this wonderful city.