Top picks for spending a weekend in Vancouver

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BUNAC’s Marketing Executive Sam recently spent a few days in Vancouver, Canada, and here are his top picks for making the most of this wondrous city in one weekend.

Consistently voted as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Vancouver is a hybrid of culture, cuisine and absolutely incredible scenery. Whether you’re a city slicker, comfortable in the hustle and bustle of a metropolis, or the outdoorsy type, craving activities against a beautiful landscape, Vancouver is a destination anyone will fall in love with. Here’s Sam's ultimate weekend-guide for this amazing city!

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Drawing over 800,000 visitors a year, Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver is something you definitely have to experience! It stands 230ft above Capilano River and is surrounded by huge trees, so it’s fair to say this is an ideal spot for the ‘gram.

You can of course walk across the bridge (which is 460ft long), and once on the other side are able to explore Treetops Adventure, which is a collection of walkways guiding you around the trees, offering insane views.

Sam’s tip: Shop around for the best priced tickets – there are discounted options available. Your transport to Capilano Suspension Bridge from central Vancouver is included in the price!

Granville Island

This is the place to be if you’re a foodie, art-lover or are simply looking for a great experience in central Vancouver. Granville Island (it’s actually a peninsula) was once an industrial manufacturing area but is now home to some of the city’s best farmers’ markets, restaurants, breweries and art galleries.

There’s something to do here for everyone. Go for a bite to eat over lunch, do some shopping, check out the art, grab another bite to eat – you get the idea.

Sam’s tip: Spend a couple of dollars getting to Granville Island by boat from False Creek. They run every few minutes and offer amazing views of the city! Plus the small boats themselves are pretty cute.

Stanley Park

Sitting really close to central Vancouver, Stanley Park is an absolute must-do for anyone spending time in the city. It’s bigger than Central Park in New York City, is over 1,000 acres and boasts music venues, beaches, an aquarium and restaurants – it’s fair to say you can spend the whole day here.

The park also has nine totem poles at Brockton Point, and they are British Columbia’s most visited tourist attraction. Stanley Park is an amazing blend of natural beauty and pieces that represent Canada’s history.

Sam’s tip: Take in the park bit by bit – there’s so much to do and see that you definitely don’t want to miss anything.

Seawall

The Seawall wraps around Stanley Park and at 28km is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path! The views here are absolutely amazing and some of the best in Vancouver. The backdrop of North Vancouver and the water is like something out of a movie.

Sam’s tip: Hire a bike and cycle along the Seawall! It’s a must-do and is really bike friendly. The only issue? Stopping every two minutes to take pics of the views.

These are just a few of the incredible things you can get up to in Vancouver. The BUNAC team are experts in Canadian adventures, so start your own today and get in touch with them on 0333 999 7516 or at enquiries@bunac.org.uk

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