Vancouver is a city that attracts all walks of life and has something for adrenaline junkies, shopaholics, foodies, beach lovers and nature addicts, so pack your dancing shoes and running shoes when you come and visit. If you've got two days in Vancouver and you want to make the most of it and do things that are uniquely Vancouver, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Let's start by getting your adrenaline up on day one, so that you can enjoy a relaxing day around Vancouver the following day. Grouse Mountain is open all year, but depending on the time of year you visit, your options of things to do may vary. During the winter months, take advantage of the snow that blankets the mountain and ski, snowboard, snow shoe, ice skate or go tubing. The slopes are relatively easy and it's a great place for people without much experience to give skiing a go.
View from the top — Photo courtesy of Grouse Mountain Resorts
In the summer, locals flock to Grouse to get their workout in by sweating it out on the Grouse Grind. This hike is not for those that are not reasonably fit, as once you start going up it, you can't go down it, as it's just as challenging. Go at your own pace and make sure that you bring water. For the average person, it takes over an hour to complete and is a killer workout. If you want the views from the top of Grouse, without the workout, take the gondola up and enjoy the scenic view. The gondola is open year round, as is The Eye of the Wind. This wind turbine not only provides green energy, but it has a lookout bubble that's the perfect spot for a magnificent view. You can either dine at the top of the mountain, or head down to Lonsdale Quay for a bite to eat and a shop through the market. You can catch the Seabus back to downtown Vancouver from Lonsdale Quay, which is a lovely little ride across the water and will bring you to Waterfront Station in Gastown.
From there, you may be exhausted from your day and want to head back to your hotel for a little rest. If you've got the energy, have a walk through Gastown, grab a coffee, check out the Steam Clock, and take a look through the many fabulous stores. If you're looking for a place to go out for drinks, or have a delicious meal, Gastown is where Vancouverites like to go to satisfy those urges.
On your second day, you may want to take it a little easier and not exert so much physical energy. If you do have some energy, a bike ride or walk around the Seawall is a must-do! The beautiful views and flat Seawall make it so enjoyable. At some point in the day, a visit to Granville Island and a stroll through the Public Market should be on your list of things to do. If you've got children with you, they will love the Kids Market. The food court in the Public Market has everything from sandwiches, crepes, Mexican, pizza and fresh salads, but if you really want a Vancouver experience, head to Go Fish! that's just outside Granville Island.
Granville Island at night — Photo courtesy of Granville Island
Those that like to shop can head to Robson Street to find themselves a new frock, while those that love meandering through art galleries can head to the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson and Howe.
Because Vancouver is such a diverse city, your options are endless when it comes to doing things that are uniquely Vancouver, and that's what people love about this fun city.