Askar Abayev

How to spend a weekend in Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver: A Weekend Getaway Guide

Hey there, fellow travel enthusiasts! If you’re looking for a perfect weekend getaway destination, look no further than Vancouver. This coastal seaport city in British Columbia, Canada has something for everyone – from stunning natural landscapes to vibrant city life. I recently spent a weekend in Vancouver and I have to say, it was one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever taken. So let me share with you my recommendations on how to spend a weekend in this beautiful city.

Day 1: Exploring the City

On the first day of my trip, I decided to explore the city and get a feel for its vibrant culture. I started my day at Stanley Park, a 405-hectare urban park that offers breathtaking views of the city. I highly recommend renting a bike and taking a leisurely ride around the park – you’ll pass by stunning beaches, gardens, and even a totem pole display. It’s the perfect way to start your day and take in the beauty of Vancouver.

After working up an appetite, I made my way to Granville Island, a must-visit spot for any foodie. This public market is filled with fresh produce, local delicacies, and a variety of food stalls offering everything from sushi to poutine. I couldn’t resist trying some of the famous maple syrup-infused salmon and it did not disappoint. I also recommend checking out the artisan shops and street performances in the area – it’s a lively and fun atmosphere.

For some afternoon shopping, I headed to Robson Street, known as the shopping mecca of Vancouver. This bustling street is lined with high-end stores, local boutiques, and everything in between. I couldn’t resist picking up some souvenirs and treating myself to some new clothes. Plus, the street is also filled with great restaurants and cafes to refuel in between shopping sprees.

As the sun started to set, I made my way to Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood. It’s filled with charming cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and a variety of trendy restaurants and bars. The highlight of my evening was watching the famous steam clock chime on the hour – a must-see attraction in Gastown. I also highly recommend checking out some of the local craft breweries in the area for a taste of Vancouver’s craft beer scene.

Day 2: Nature and Adventure

On my second day in Vancouver, I wanted to explore the city’s stunning natural surroundings. I started my day with a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, a 27-acre park featuring a suspension bridge, treetop adventures, and a cliff walk. Walking across the suspension bridge and taking in the views of the surrounding nature was an exhilarating experience. And for all the adrenaline junkies out there, the treetop adventures and cliff walk offer a thrilling experience.

Next, I headed to Grouse Mountain, known as the “peak of Vancouver”. I took the Skyride, a gondola that takes you to the top of the mountain in just 8 minutes. The views from the top are absolutely breathtaking and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy – from hiking trails to ziplining. I also recommend checking out the resident grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, at the wildlife refuge on the mountain.

For a more relaxing afternoon, I made my way to English Bay Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver. The sandy beach and clear water make it the perfect spot for a picnic or a swim. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot some seals swimming in the bay. I also recommend staying to watch the sunset – it’s truly a magical sight.

Day 3: Day Trip to Whistler

On my last day in Vancouver, I decided to take a day trip to Whistler, a charming mountain town just a 2-hour drive from the city. The scenic drive itself is worth the trip, with stunning views of mountains and lakes along the way. Once in Whistler, I took a stroll through the village, which is filled with shops, restaurants, and art galleries. I also recommend taking a gondola ride up to the top of Whistler Mountain for some more breathtaking views.

After exploring the village, I headed to Lost Lake, a beautiful lake with a sandy beach and hiking trails. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic or a swim in the summer months. I also recommend renting a bike and taking a ride around the lake – the scenery is absolutely stunning.

A Weekend to Remember

As my weekend in Vancouver came to an end, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the incredible experiences I had in this beautiful city. From exploring the city to immersing myself in nature, it truly has