Vancouver, British Columbia is such a beautiful Canadian city to visit, as you land in Vancouver you will see beautiful coastal mountains cupping a modern city of glass, only it seems people are always doing the same things when they are here. They visit Stanley Park, the seawall, shop on Robson Street and peruse the Art Gallery. There are many other things that Vancouver has to offer that I can’t help but share from a locals perspective, these are more interesting and less touristy that the ones mentioned above.
High Tea and the Fairmont Vancouver
Why? why not is the question. Who doesn’t want to sit in a beatuful lounge in Vancouver’s Oldest Hotel and eat a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones and a choice of tea.
Forget the Art Gallery on Robson Street, it’s fine but you’ll like the UBC Museum of Anthropology much better. The beauty of the building alone makes it worth a visit.
Everyone in Vancouver seems to flock to the Grouse Grind, it’s usually quite busy so why not try the BCMC trail which runs almost concurrently with the Grind, it’s a bit easier and there is virtually no traffic going up.
Explore the Sunshine Coast by car. You get to drive though some quaint villages on the coast all the way up to Desolation Sound. Starting at Vancouver the drive takes less than 5 hours and you get to take 2 ferries!
It’s a pretty low key tourist attraction, most visitors to Vancouver go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge instead. The Cleveland Dam is not advertised as a tourist attraction but is definitely worth seeing if you would like to avoid the crowds at the suspension bridge.