Are you planning a family vacation soon? How about visiting Vancouver and enjoying some fun things to do in this beautiful city. I fell in love with this city 2 weeks ago while I was traveling for a conference. Even though time was tight, I made sure to tour downtown Vancouver. Coming from the East coast (Montreal), I am not sure I will be visiting Vancouver again anytime soon. Fortunately enough the conference organizers were wise enough to provide us with free time that allowed me to snap some pictures.
Let me start form the beginning. I landed in Vancouver International airport around 10 am Local time. (It was 1 pm EST) and took the train to downtown Vancouver. It is a 20 minutes ride and costs around $9. The train is adjacent to the airport and it is easy to take. The Four Seasons Hotel where I stayed was only 2 minutes walk from the train station. Once I checked in, I starting touring the city. It was raining hard (Which is not unusual in this city, they even had an umbrella bag box in the mall!).
So here are the things I did in downtown Vancouver during my weekend stay that I would recommend for your family vacation itinerary on a trip to downtown Vancouver.
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Things to do in downtown Vancouver on a family vacation
It is a look like modern European street where stylish boutiques, cozy cafés, stunning chocolate shops are mingling together. We don’t have this kind of vibe in Montreal. We have the European style but we don’t have this mixture of chocolate shops, cafes and boutiques in one street.
The street is crowded but not too crowded. Perfect for a Sunday morning walk. While I was walking alone, I felt a lot of warmth while crossing this street.
I did not have the chance to visit it but those who did found it stunning. Activity is centered around the Granville Island Public Market, with its bevy of merchants selling seafood, fresh produce, cheese and breads. It’s probably one of the best spots in the city for lunch, according to Tourism Vancouver.
It is their traditional historical town of Downtown Vancouver. It scrolled it through this town and enjoyed the display at the art galleries. It is full of souvenir shops. I grabbed few souvenirs for my family and for my house. The street has a nice vibe and lots of cafes where you can have a delicious maple dessert.
Visiting the Harbour or Place Canada
This was by far my favorite thing to do in downtown Vancouver. I enjoyed walking to the harbor.
It was a 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Nothing like breathing fresh air, enjoying the wonderful fall view and seeing boats. See for yourself.
Simply Enjoy the Downtown Sites
You don’t even have to choose a specific destination to enjoy Vancouver on a family vacation. Simply walk in the downtown and enjoy the mix of Skyscrapers and European style buildings. Then indulge in yummy treats. (That picture of the treat is upside down. No matter how much I rotate it, it stays this way. I apologize for that)
Whatever you do, don’t miss your chance to get a great view of downtown Vancouver at night! Isn’t it gorgeous?
There are so many things to do in Vancouver on a family vacation. I hope I get a chance to visit again one day!
Have you ever been to downtown Vancouver? What are your must-see spots for a family vacation?
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15 thoughts on “Exciting Things to do in Downtown Vancouver from a Montrealer’s Perspective”
Looks like a great city!
I’ve never been to Vancouver.but would love to
I’ve never been to Vancouver,but I love it
I would love to visit Vancouver. Haven’t been there yet but it’s on my list of places to see.
I have yet to visit but it looks like a great city! I love the umbrella holders and your great pictures.
If I see the pictures I think I have to put Vancouver on my Travel-list :-)
I would love to visit. Canada is one place on my bucket list!
I can’t believe I’ve never been to Vancouver! It looks just lovely!
It does look like a beautiful city! I would love to visit because I have never been to Canada at all. I want to see the Calgary zoo as well !
I’m sharing this post with my mom because she is going to Vancouver. I’m so jealous of her trip – I want to visit too, especially after reading all of the cool stuff to do here.
I have been to Vancouver once and it is a gorgeous city. I would love to go spend more time there.
I have visiting Canada on my bucket list, and you made it look so tempting to see all the sights in Vancouver!
We loved visiting Vancouver years ago, and enjoyed checking out all the art glass studios in the area. So much talent there!
I’ve never been to Vancouver. THe view of the harbor and the city at night look fantastic!
I’ve been to Vancouver a few times and just loved it!