The best thing to do in Vancouver


Last Updated on December 31, 2020 by irkusnardi

Vancouver, one of the warmest places in Canada, here we come. After two and a half hours driving through I-5 highway, we finally arrived in Vancouver from Seattle in the evening.

  • Read my Seattle Trip here

Vancouver is located in British Columbia and famous for its beautiful city, and has many outdoor activities from Park activity to Mountain experience.


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Like other big cities, there are many lists to do in Vancouver, and this is my list while I’m in Vancouver.

  1. Canada Place
  2. Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre
  3. Gastown Steam Clock
  4. Granville Island
  5. Stanley Park
  6. Rocky Point Park, Port Moody
  7. Burnaby Mountain Park
  8. Lights at Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam
  9. Cypress Mountain
  10. Porteau Cove Provincial Park
  11. Whistler Mountain

Canada Place

This place is located in the center of downtown and can be easily accessed by Skytrain at Waterfront Station, or by walking through Howe St and Burrard St or by bus or Seabus. Get more information here.

This place is the home of Vancouver Convention Center East, Flyover Canada, World Trade Center, and Port for Vancouver to Alaska Cruise and Pan Pacific Hotel.

There is a Welcome Center in the main Plaza (with a giant Maple Leaf) to provide information if you have some questions about facility and events held here.

At 2010 the Vancouver Convention Centre was home of the main media centre for 2010 Winter Games and find the 2010 Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza.

Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre

Located near Canada Place, don’t miss to see the seaplane takeoff and landing at Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre. There are scheduled services to private charters available with some seaplane airlines, here is the detail.

Gastown Steam Clock

Leaving Canada Place, take a 10 minutes’ walk (+/- 600 m) through W Cordoba St to reach Gastown, the first neighborhood in Vancouver.

This is one of Vancouver’s tourist destinations, and there are many shopping shops, bars, and restaurants in the heritage building here.

Gastown Steam Clock at the corner of Water St and Cambie St is a famous landmark in Gastown and built-in 1977.

Steam Clock was built by Raymond L. Saunders. It was built to cover a steam grate, part of Vancouver’s distributed steam heating system, as a way to harness the steam and to prevent street people from sleeping on the spot in cold weather.

Every 15 minutes the clock will sound the Westminster Chimes and every hour will sound the loud whistle.

Gastown itself is the first Vancouver’s downtown named after “Gassy” Jack Deighton, an adventure, a riverboat pilot and captain.

This statue is dedicated to Jack Deighton, the first man who open the first bar in Gastown.

Granville Island

Granville Island is a shopping district, named after Granville Leveson-Gower.

There is a large public market, where you can get everything from caught salmon to fresh herbs, fresh produce, gourmet meats, bagels, and handmade fudge.

This place can be reached by Skytrain system or Aquabus from Hornby St directly to Granville Island to avoid the slow traffic.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a famous and tourist destination in Vancouver. There is various activity to do in this park.

Explore Stanley Park and find the sea wall and walkway around the park for walking, running, and cycle. There are forest trails to explore, too. If you are going with kids, enjoy the ride-able miniature railway.

Stanley Park is the home of Trees, gardens and wildlife habitat, too.

One of the most visited tourists is the 9 Totem Poles at Brockton Point. They were carved of red cedar and each carving tells a real or mythical events. They are not idols nor were the worshiped.

Each carving on each pole has a meaning. The eagles represents the kingdom of the air; the whale the lordship of the sea; the wolf the genius of the land; the frog the transitional link between land and sea.

In the night you can see the beautiful lights of Lion Bridge here.

For more information read here

Rocky Point Park, Port Moody

It’s a popular park located at 2800 Murray Street. You can enjoy playing at the ground, skateboarding, biking, and hike along the Shoreline trail rent a paddleboard or kayak exploring the Burrard Inlet, and get some ice cream at the ice cream shop.

For more information you can read here.

Playground of the Gods in Burnaby Mountain Park

Burnaby Mountain Park is located near Simon Frazer University, from this place you can see the city view.

There are wooden art totem poles named Playground of the Gods or Kamui Mintara from the Japanese language.

The reason why the park named Kushiro Park because Kamui Mintara is a gift from the Japanese city of Kushiro the twin city of Burnaby.

The wooden art totem poles created by Japanese artist Nuburi Toko and his son.

Here is more information to Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area.

Lights at Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam

The popular lights display at the Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park open from November to January every year since 2011. The pictures above are taken on January 2, 2020. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the official canceled the November 2020 lights display to prevent the community.

Cypress Mountain

Explore the snowy mountain with winter activity from snowshoeing to snowboarding or skiing to cross country skiing.

More information for Cypress Mountain, click here

Porteau Cove Provincial Park

Another outdoor activity near Vancouver is Porteau Cove Provincial Park, where you can go to the picnic area, camping area, hiking, cycle, and canoeing.

It is an amazing spot to camp for releasing the daily routine in the cities.

Whistler Mountain

This popular destination near Vancouver (two hours drive from Vancouver) have many things to do at all season.

During winter, there are snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding, and sightseeing.

During Spring you can do just outdoor activities (Ziplining, Rafting), sightseeing (Gondola ride, Bear viewing), skiing, and snowboarding.

In the 2010, Whistler became home of Olympic Winter Games.

Actually, there are still many outdoor activities to do like walking at the Capilano Suspension Bridge or explore Grouse Mountain, or enjoying Queen Elizabeth Park.

The best thing you can do to explore Vancouver and its neighborhood is planning where you want to visit and explore.