What to do in Vancouver?
The main reason of this trip was to see the aurora! After checking the flights, the best, and cheapest route would be Hong Kong > Vancouver > Yellowknife. Thus, we take the opportunity to tour around Vancouver before our aurora mission. Because it was a family trip, we took things slowwwww and easy. So, what to do in Vancouver?
Part 1/2: Vancouver
Travel type: Family (4 pax)
When: 2017, September 14-18
Weather: Mild & clear skies, with rain occasionally. Temperature, 10-20°c
Flight: Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong > Vancouver, 12 hours)
Accommodation: Airbnb at Hamilton St.
Notes: Tipping services is necessary in Canada, about 10-20%
*Hong Kong is 16 hours ahead of Vancouver, BC, Canada
Our Vancouver Accommodation
Cool! Collected our keys at “Key Cafe” at 7-11.
Not that strategically located, but affordable, and stocked with food for us!
Day 1 – Downtown: Vancouver Public Library, Gastown, Vancouver Lookout
Vancouver Public Library, VPL is one of the hangout destination for the locals here. Outside, on the steps, some might be reading a book, some having a drink, some playing music, etc…. Also, it is a beautiful architecture building.
Gastown is the city’s oldest neighbourhood. It is named for “Gassy” Jack Deighton, who arrived in 1867 to open the area’s first saloon. One of the most famous icon must be the Steam Clock, one of only a few in the world that still works. Every quarter hour, the Steam Clock shows off a bit, whistling and shooting steam from its five whistles. On the hour it marks each hour with a toot from each whistle. Actually, only the whistles are steam and the clockworks are electric.
Final item of the day was the Vancouver Lookout. The tower atop the office building makes it one of the tallest structures in Vancouver and a prominent landmark on the city’s skyline. You can come back to the tower several time on the same day. We left for dinner and went back for the night view.
Our dinner at Momo Sushi, a short walking distance away from Vancouver Lookout. Recommended.
Day 2 – Stanley Park: Stanley Park Rose Garden, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Seawall
Fortunately we found an online platform to book cab, Yellow Cab Vancouver, as there were not many cabs in the area we stayed. Remember to tip the driver, between 10% to 20% of the fare.
We took the cab to Stanley Park after our lunch at Delicious Pho and got off at Rose Garden. Beautiful sky that day!
A short walking distance away is Vancouver Aquarium. Got to see all the cute aquatic animals here. Love the sea otters, so much!!!
We then took the cab to Science World. You can see the beautiful night view with all the lights on across the dock.
Day 3 – Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada Place
Tickets to Capilano Suspension Bridge can be bought at Canada place, where free shuttle is available. Capilano Suspension Bridge is 450 ft (137m) long, 230 ft (70m) high. The other two main attractions are Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk. We spent about 4 hours here. Remember to check the shuttle schedule!
Day 4 – Grainville Island & English Bay
Hop onto the ferry again from Grainville Island to English Bay and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. Also stopped by at “A-maze-ing Laughter”, some bronze sculptures of an artist laughing for some photos.
Dinner at Gyudonya, a small Japanese Rice Bowls restaurant in Downtown. Food was pretty good.
Day 5 – Grouse Mountain
Same as Capilano, tickets to Grouse Mountain can be bought at Canada place, free shuttle.