Top 5 things to do in Vancouver
Vancouver has been awarded as the best city to live for several years in a row. Also for tourists, Vancouver has plenty to offer. To help you choose the best spots, we made a top 5 of must do's in Vancouver.
We flew to Vancouver with a direct flight from Amsterdam. We therefore loved to stretch our legs once we arrived. Walking around the city was the first thing we did. But to know where to walk, we first went up. The Vancouver Lookout is 168 meter high and provides a stunning view of the city center. A great location to identify all locations you want to see. And also a great way to get acquainted with the city. And because the ticket is valid for the entire day, you can return in the evening to see an entirely new Vancouver: in the dark.
Vancouver originated in Gastown (Gassy Town). However, Gastown was almost completely demolished around 1930. The area was abandoned and the crime rate was high. Eventually, it was decided to invest in the area. Salesman, restaurants and later also tourists were attracted to the area because of its authenticity. Nowadays, Gastown is waiting to be explored by tourists. The old warehouses now house restaurants and shops, making it a trendy place to stay. To celebrate the 70 year anniversary of Gastown, an old steam clock was located right at the heart of Gastown. Now, the steam clock is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vancouver.
Cycling in Stanley Park
Stanley Park is located just west of the city center. Because of the size of the park (400 hectare), you don't just walk to the other side. In fact, Stanley Park is larger than Central Park in New York. When we were in Vancouver, we stayed in one of the Best Western hotels. We could rent a bicycle from our hotel. Actually, the first two hours were free. And two hours is just fine to cycle all the way around Stanley Park. We were able to see the 9 o'clock gun, the totem poles, the Aquarium, beaches, etc. A great activity in a beautiful location.
From the 1920's, Vancouver was in need of more industry. Because most of the goods at that time were still transport over the water, it was decided to built Granville Island. Later, however, goods were more and more transported by railroad, transportation over the water was less used. Granville Island was therefore abandoned. Nowadays, Granville Island houses a market and several restaurants, creating a unique and trendy place to be, where you can escape the busy city center.
Vancouver seaplane tour
Name a city that has an airport right in the city center? Correct: Vancouver! Don't expect regular planes to depart from this airport, only seaplanes arrive and depart here. And how great is it to step aboard a seaplane just minutes away from the city center, and take a 30 minute tour around Vancouver. Only by flying over Vancouver, you will realize the size of Stanley Park, the height of the mountains in North Vancouver and how large Vancouver is. A great experience for a mere 100 dollar.
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