How to Spend a Weekend in Vancouver
Looking at homes for sale in Vancouver is a smart idea if you’re someone who wants to be in an area of inclusivity, accessibility, and beautiful scenery.
You may also want to simply pop in for a weekend – you’d be in for a treat as well.
There’s plenty to do in this British Columbia city, from the outdoors to the indoors, for children and adults alike.
Here are some of the best places to check out if you’re in Vancouver for a spell.
This is the largest of the outdoors spaces in the city, a nearly 1,000-acre park. You could spend an entire day here.
There’s a 20-mile seawall that you can walk, job, or bike around that affords views of the Vancouver waterfront.
There’s also 17 miles of forest trails, via which you can check out the lily pad-covered Beaver Lake.
Don’t feel like manning your own physical activity? Hop in a horse-drawn carriage or train.
For kids, there is a water park, four playgrounds, miniature train, and the Vancouver Aquarium.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
A much more manageable outdoor excursion is this 55-acre garden in the center of Vancouver. This peaceful place that provides a respite from the city includes a stone garden and hedge maze.
The Laburnum Walk is a path of yellow blooms that hang from laburnum branches, seemingly stretching towards those who stroll beneath them.
Take a tour led by a docent or view the area on your own.
What was once a waterfront industrial site in the 1970s is now an area filled with restaurants, food shops, galleries, and green space. The Granville Island Public Market is often noted as one of the best open-air markets in North America.
You can rent a kayak, cool down at the free water park, or people watch as you sip a cool drink at a café.
Pacific Arts Market
Speaking of markets, this 2,500 square foot one is filled with art, jewelry, and other handmade items from over 40 local artists.
This colorful space is where you can find a hand-wrapped wire necklace, carefully crafted candles, and unique gifts for your loved ones.
The marine life in British Columbia is plentiful and runs the gamut from orcas and seals to dolphins and more.
There are plenty of opportunities to go on a whale watch where you can learn about the creatures’ migration habits, biology, and marine conservation.
What would a weekend in Canada be without a hockey game?
The Rogers Arena is home to the Canucks, as well as a great place to check out other events throughout the year like concerts.
Often compared to California’s Venice Beach, this is a popular swimming spot that’s clean and filled with a predominantly 20-something crowd.
There are tennis and volleyball courts as well as areas for inline skating. You can pop over to the Vancouver Maritime Museum for a break from the sun or stop by one of the many concession stands for a sweet treat.