What’s there to see in Vancity?
Hey there! It’s been awhile since the last time I posted something on my blog. And now, the long wait is over! Vancouver may not be as high on your must-see travel list as, say, Paris or New York, but think again. The city in British Columbia, right there on the border to the state of Washington, won us over faster than you can say “poutine”. The reason? Location! Walking between the skyscrapers of Downtown, every intersection opens up the view to the massive, snowy North Shore Mountains that start right at the city limits to the North. Even as a die-hard city-dweller, you’ll feel the urge to climb right up there. A big scene of young start-ups, creatives, and crafts people that surely but slowly transform the rusty Gastown district into something of a hipster haven don’t hurt, either, of course. And so I find it logical to compile this GO-TO list in Vancity. So here it is:
1.) English Bay
2.) Cactus Club Cafe
3.) Lion’s Gate Bridge
4.) Gas Town
My favorite area by far is the Historic Gastown district. Just down the street from Meat & Bread, you’ll find this little gem. Don’t be fooled by the masses of tourists, if you know where to go, there are true indie shops to be found here! The sea plane terminal on the water and Douglas Coupland’s sculpture ‘Digital Orca’ are really close, so if you want to fit in some traditional sightseeing, now is the time. But then, it’s off to the shops.
This is an amazing street for dining and window shopping. During lunch, it’s also a good place to people watch. Moreover, it’s not too far away from the art gallery, which showcases more than 9,000 works.
Getting Around: BC Transit (www.bctransit.com) operates an excellent and efficient bus system that includes emission-free electric trolley buses, diesel-powered buses, the SkyTrain, and the SeaBus. The Aquabus and False Creek Ferries run mini passenger boats across False Creek, to downtown, Yaletown, and Granville Island. Vancouver is a very bike-friendly city, with designated bike lanes and public bike parking facilities. Taxis are relatively easy to find downtown, or ask your hotel or restaurant to call one for you. If you want to spend the day outside but not spend a lot of money, walk around the many parks and gardens the city has to offer. To really get a sense of the city, rent a bike.
Vancouver, Canada is alive with energy and is definitely one of my favorite cities in the world. I love how you can be in the city doing normal urban things one second and then, two minutes later, you’re out in the wilderness hiking beautiful mountains. There are few places I’d live in the world but Vancouver is one of them. The city is also ripe with history, good Japanese food, great music, and a great quality of life. Use the tips in this guide to help plan your visit there. You won’t regret going.