In surveys on the city with the world’s highest quality of life, it is always at the forefront. Vancouver is also lucky with its ingenious location: right on the Pacific, with a relatively mild, almost Mediterranean climate, and at the same time at the foot of the imposing mountains of the North Shore Mountains. So far, I have had the opportunity to visit the “Pearl on the Pacific” three times, and each time I was thrilled by the friendly people and the many options offered to you here. Below are romantic things to do in Vancouver for anyone planning to visit the city? If you have plans on visiting Vancouver check out Cathay Pacific airline as they offer the best deals.
Stanley Park is a vast recreational area on the peninsula protruding into the bay – only one kilometer from the city center. On the “Seawall” path, you can walk or cycle around the park and enjoy the spectacular views of the sea, the mountains and the ancient, gnarled trees in the garden at every corner on the almost 10 km long tour. In addition to many other attractions in the park, you should check out the old totem poles at Brockton Point and visit the Vancouver Aquarium, which is well worth seeing.
Twelve kilometers or a 15-minute drive north of downtown is Vancouver’s “local mountain,” Grouse Mountain, at 1231 altitude. From up here, you have an unbeatable panoramic view of the city and the sea (awe-inspiring in the evening when the city is lit). The mountain offers a wide range of activities in every season. In summer you can explore the area on many hiking trails. Particularly beautiful – but also sweaty – is the “Grouse Grind,” where you overcome an altitude difference of 853 meters over a distance of almost three kilometers. In winter you can go skiing, snowshoeing and there is a romantic ice skating rink on Grouse Mountain. How do you get to the mountain? With the “Skyride,” a cable car over 2 km long.
Granville Island is just southwest of downtown, right across False Creek. To be reached by rental car over a bridge or – much nicer – on foot with the ferry. Formerly a run-down industrial area, the peninsula is now a popular destination. Galleries, restaurants, cafes and boutiques have set up in the old factory halls and invite you to take an afternoon stroll. The main attraction of Granville Island is the large farmers market, open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with its many open stalls and small restaurants. Make sure that you come hungry because here you can taste your way through culinary Vancouver, from fragrant fruit to freshly caught fish and seafood to maple syrup chocolate.
Capilano Suspension Bridge & Park:
The oldest and most famous of Vancouver’s landmarks is the 137-meter-long suspension bridge spanning a 70-meter-deep canyon. If you have survived this test of courage over the free-swinging, wobbly bridge without giddiness, you will be rewarded with a beautiful park with old mossy trees and large ferns. On the Treetops Walk, you can hike through the treetops over a combination of other suspension bridges and suck the fresh forest air into your lungs. Unfortunately, entry into this park is also pretty hefty at $ 54. The ticket includes a free shuttle bus from the city center and some other activities in the park.
Canada Place protrudes northeast of downtown into Vancouver Harbor. It is dominated by the large building, which is also a shipping terminal, hotel and convention center – and which, with its idiosyncratic architecture, always reminds me a bit of the Sydney Opera. From Canada Place, you have a lovely view of the harbor and the mountains towering behind it. I could sit here for hours and watch the seaplanes rise majestically from the dock and make their way into the Canadian wilderness that begins just beyond Vancouver.
Hiking on the Grouse Grind:
If you are sporty, you can climb the above-mentioned local mountain Grouse Mountain as a hike over the Grouse Grind instead of the gondola. Nicknamed “Mother Nature’s Staircase,” this is not a Sunday walk but rather exhausting. Located on Vancouver’s north coast, the Grind, as it is affectionately known, leads through a fascinating alpine landscape at an altitude difference of around 850 m. As soon as you have reached the summit, you can expect an unbeatable panoramic view of Vancouver and the bay.
Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden:
If you are in Vancouver’s Chinatown, you should check out the Dr. See Sun Yat-Sen Garden, one of Canada’s most impressive Chinese gardens. What makes the garden so special is its unique construction in line with Confucian and Buddhist traditions. Decorated by hand using traditional methods, the park exudes a park calm with its courtyards, meandering streams, and immaculately sculpted trees and shrubs.
Sunset in English Bay:
One of Vancouver’s most beautiful neighborhoods in the West End, not only because of its proximity to the famous Stanley Park. Especially in the summer months, a lot is going on here, not only tourists but also many locals meet on the beach of English Bay. In the evening, you can relax here with a beer or an ice cream on one of the many benches and enjoy the spectacle of the setting sun.
Where to eat?
Vij’s: An institution in Vancouver is Vij’s, by the Indian chef Vikram Vij, who is well known for a reality show. Here you can get the tastiest and best-flavored curries in Vancouver. Since the restaurant a little outside has a “no reservation” policy, you have to be prepared for a waiting time, which you can spend in a relaxed atmosphere with free nibbles at the bar.
Dinesty Dumpling House: With its large Chinese community, Chinese should also be on Vancouver’s menu. However, I found the best Chinese restaurant outside of Chinatown, on Robson Street near Stanley Park. Strictly speaking, it’s not Chinese, but Taiwanese, but the Xiao Long Bao Dumplings were just the thing after the long bike tour through the park.
Forage: The Forage in the Westend is known for its ecological and sustainable food. Only fresh produce from the region is served on the table. And that has it all. Try the bison sirloin steak or, no less exotic in its way, a delicious nettle-spelled risotto. And a good wine from the vineyards of British Columbia.
CinCin Ristorante: You can eat delicious Italian food in a cozy atmosphere at CinCin, a small restaurant, also on Robson Street. Delightful pasta in sophisticated sauces and fish grilled on the charcoal fire are the highlights of the menu. However, you will risk that you will eat yourself full of the fresh bread served before you eat.
Thierry Café: If you’re looking for a good caf & eacute;, I recommend the Thierry Café on Alberni Street downtown. The selection is vast, from the lemon tart to fruit tarts from the Okanagan Valley, spicy sea salt biscuits and homemade ganache chocolate.