With three days to discover Vancouver, you can get a well-rounded feel for the city and its surroundings as you view the major sights, experience its culinary and craft beer offerings, and even escape the urban environs for a trip to the great outdoors. Here’s how to make the most out of a 3-day stay in Vancouver.
Day 1: See the City Highlights
Today is the day to immerse yourself in all things Vancouver. Pedal around key city locales, such as Stanley Park, Gastown, and Chinatown, and learn about the city’s history on a guided bike tour. For a more flexible city sightseeing experience, opt for a hop-on hop-off trolley tour.
After, rest those legs on a cruise around the harbor, passing landmarks such as Lions Gate Bridge and admiring views of the North Shore Mountains. The pace is up to you: Choose a leisurely sightseeing cruise or an exhilarating zodiac boat ride.
End the day at the Vancouver Lookout, where the 553-foot (168-meter) observation platform offers a panoramic view of the city, harbor, and mountain peaks in the distance.
Day 2: Get Into the Great Outdoors
Flanked by ocean, forests, and snow-capped mountains, Vancouver is the perfect base for delving into the scenic wilderness of British Columbia. Steel yourself as you cross the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge and ride the gondola up the side of Grouse Mountain. Both are situated on Vancouver’s North Shore, making them an easy-to-reach day-trip.
For a sea-based adventure, opt for a whale-watching cruise out into the Gulf and San Juan islands. The mountain village of Whistler, a winter sports hot spot, can also be visited as a day trip from Vancouver; choose a seaplane tour to avoid wasting precious hours in transit.
Day 3: Vancouver Victuals
Vancouver’s food scene is among the best in Canada, with fresh seafood, an abundance of local produce, and a wide range of excellent Asian dining options. Treat yourself to tastings at some of the city’s best eating spots, as recommended by a local foodie on a gourmet tour. Appetite sated, it’s time to discover the city’s array of craft beers. Guided beer tours steer travelers to little-known microbreweries, and provide transport so there’s no worry about navigating.