Vancouver in a DayOne of the great things about Vancouver is that you can see a lot without a car. Pick up a DayPass for $9, and you’ll be able to get around the city cheaply and quickly.
With this travel itinerary you can enjoy Vancouver’s great outdoors, sample some great cuisine, learn a little about local art and check out the city’s nightlife.
Stanley Park - Bill Reid Gallery - Granville Island - Yaletown
Stop #1: Stanley Park
Stanley Park really does live up to expectations. It’s the best place in Vancouver to people watch, take in some classic West Coast scenery, spot wildlife and just hang out. Best of all you can cycle around the 8.8km seawall in double-quick time and see everything from the sea planes taking off in Coal Harbour, the totem poles, Siwash Rock and the beaches.
Bike hire is available from a cluster of bikes stores five minutes walk away on the corner of Denman and West Georgia.
If the weather is good, buy a picnic lunch from one of the grocery stores near Denman and Robson, just around the corner from the bike stores, and dine alfresco on one of the beaches. Allow two or three hours to enjoy this Vancouver highlight.
The #19 bus, which runs along Pender and West Georgia, stops at the entrance to Stanley Park.
Alternative lunch plans
Return your bikes to Denman and carry on walking down the street to take your pick of the restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and sushi bars of the West End.
Stop #2: Discover a Canadian Icon
If you’ve only got a day, stay in downtown Vancouver and visit the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Reid is one of Canada’s most revered artists and his intimate gallery is a great introduction to the aboriginal art of the region. Its a small museum, so you can see most of it in an hour to 90-minutes without rushing.
Pick up the #19 bus on West Georgia going east and get off at Pender and Burrard. The museum at 639 Hornby Street is situated a five-minute walk away between West Georgia and Dunsmuir.
Stop #3: Granville Island
Take to the water and head for Granville Island where you can feast your senses on art, crafts and local gourmet food for a couple of hours.
Take the #2, 22 or 32 bus going south on Burrard, which is one block west of Hornby. Get off at Burrard and Pacific Boulevard. Pick up the water taxi service at the bottom of Hornby on the waterfront. (Please note that your DayPass does not include the water taxi fare)
Stop #4: Night on the Town
Next stop Yaletown where the bars and restaurants will be ready to welcome you to the nightlife of one of Vancouver’s hippest districts.
Take a water taxi from Granville Island going east along False Creek to Davie Street/Yaletown.
Getting backWhen sleep beckons, pick up the Canada Line SkyTrain to get to the transport hubs around Waterfront Station and Burrard Station.