Vancouver in 1, 2, 3, or 7 Days

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Updated: December 7, 2020
By Santorini Dave

One Day in Vancouver

  • Walk the 8.5km Stanley Park Seawall trail, making sure to stop for photos at the Brockton Point totem poles, Siwash Rock, and both Second and Third Beach. Alternatively, hire a bike at nearby Spokes and cycle the trail.
  • Take an entertaining Forbidden Vancouver walking tour of the city’s historic Gastown area.
  • Time for an early dinner? Dive into a juicy pork belly sandwich with the locals at the Alibi Room.
  • Conclude the day on a sunset kayak tour of False Creek with Vancouver Water Adventures – twinkling cityscape views included.

Two Days in Vancouver

  • Walk or bike the Stanley Park Seawall trail.
  • Take the Gastown Forbidden Vancouver tour and grab dinner (and a few B.C. craft beers) in the area’s Alibi Room.
  • Explore Granville Island’s Public Market – taste-tripping guided food tour recommended – plus the area’s many studios, galleries, and artisan stores. Also on Granville Island, rent a kayak from Vancouver Water Adventures to explore False Creek or take one of their popular guided paddle tours.
  • Dive into the city’s highly authentic Asian dining scene – consider Miku for sushi, Ramen Danbo for brothy noodle bowls, or Dinesty Dumpling House for classic Chinese dishes.

Three Days in Vancouver

  • Walk or bike the Stanley Park Seawall trail.
  • Take the Gastown Forbidden Vancouver tour and grab dinner in the Alibi Room.
  • Do Granville Island’s Public Market – guided food tour recommended – plus the area’s studios, galleries, and artisan stores. Rent a kayak or take a guided tour of False Creek with Vancouver Water Adventures.
  • Dine at some of Vancouver’s authentic Asian restaurants or explore the city’s other culinary highlights.
  • Take a SeaBus transit ferry to North Vancouver. Explore Lonsdale Quay Market, then hop on transit bus Number 236 to Capilano Suspension Bridge for a leg-wobbling walk across the lofty river span. Back on the bus, ride a few minutes further to Grouse Mountain for a scenic gondola ride, jaw-dropping views across the city, and well-marked trails through the mountain forest.

One Week in Vancouver

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Santorini Dave Author Bio. Santorini Dave was started in 2011 by a guy who loved Greece, travel, and great hotels. We're now a small team of writers and researchers on a mission to deliver the most helpful travel content on the internet. We specialize in Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, and Greece and recommend the best hotels, best neighborhoods, and best family hotels in top destinations around the world. We also make hotel maps and travel videos. I can be contacted at dave@santorinidave.com.