What's the weather like in Vancouver?
April - October is a great time to visit, as it is the warmer and drier months in Vancouver. However, due to moderate, sunny summers and mild, rainy winters, visitors are able to enjoy the city year round.
How to get around in Vancouver
All Vancouver public transportation is run by TransLink, which operates the Canada Line, SkyTrain Rapid Transport, SeaBuses, buses and the West Coast Express. Compass Cards are used to pay for all public transportation. Just make sure you don’t lose yours, as a $5 deposit is needed to buy one.
Vancouver is known for being a very walkable city. The cheapest way to get around is on foot combined with public transport.
Since Uber & Lyft don’t exist in Vancouver, taxis are plentiful.
Biking in Vancouver is a must! You can rent a bike from a bike rental service like Spokes or download the app for Mobi, Vancouver’s public bike sharing system.
Where should I eat in Vancouver?
Breakfast restaurants in Vancouver
Brunch restaurants in Vancouver
Lunch restaurants in Vancouver
Dinner restaurants in Vancouver
Things to do in Vancouver
Stanley Park ($0+) Escape the city and spend some time in this extensive park, which boasts beaches, trails and a miniature train. You can sit back and enjoy the views on a tour or discover the park on your own by walking or cycling. Stanley Park Website
Granville Island ($0+) Practically its own mini-city, Granville Island’s former factories now house trendy restaurants, galleries and theaters. But the main draw here is the Granville Island Public Market, often described as one of the most open-air markets in North America. Granville Island Website
Museum of Anthropology at UBC ($16+) This museum, located at the University of British Columbia, “is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing the world through challenging and innovative programs and partnerships with Indigenous, local and global communities.”
Museum of Anthropology at UBC Website
Museum of Anthropology at UBC Website
Grouse Mountain ($30+) Experience views that will take your breath away at “The Peak of Vancouver”. This mountain has so much to offer, from zip-ling to a “Theatre in the Sky” to great hiking and more. Grouse Mountain Website
VanDusen Botanical Garden ($5+) Vandusen Botanical Garden is a 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver with over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world! VanDusen Botanical Garden Website
Vancouver festivals and parades
MarCherry Blossom Festival“Running from the end of March through to mid-April each year, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival offers a cultural calendar full of opportunities to capture the beauty, including a line-up of arts events, community bike rides, cherry blossom viewing tours and traditional Japanese festivities.”
AprTED ConferenceI’m sure you’ve heard of the TED Conference, an event with over 100 speakers giving 18-minute presentations on topics such as Technology, Entertainment and Design. Even if you aren’t able to attend this exclusive conference though, you can still participate, as there are live stream broadcast sites set up around Vancouver.
JulCelebration of LightAt the end of July, this festival lights up the sky over English Bay for three nights. Spectacular displays of fireworks are choreographed to music, as three countries compete to wow the crowds!
SepVancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)“Starting in late September each year, Vancouver is home to one of North America’s biggest film festivals. There’s no question that Vancouver International Film Festival is a heavy-hitter, with more than 140,000 film fans enjoying 380 movies screened in the 16-day festival.”
What's the nightlife like in Vancouver?
Photo © Bellagio Wine Bar
Bellagio Wine Bar
This waterfront bar has a great view of the harbour and a relaxing atmosphere.
Don't miss:Reasonable selection of beers and wine.
Tip: The starters are very large portions!
Photo © Granville Entertainment District
Granville Entertainment District
This seven-block neighborhood located in downtown Vancouver is known for its bars and dance clubs.
Don't miss:Ground-zero for hard-partying.
Tip: Weekends are busy on Granville street. Be prepared for entrance lines.
Photo © Mainstreet / SoMa
Mainstreet / SoMa
Often called “hipster-central,” the nightlife on Main and SoMa has a relaxed atmosphere that is focused on music.
Don't miss:If you're looking for some good eats while you're out, this area has a lot of unique options.
Tip: If you're looking for a grown-up bar scene, the Cascade Room in SoMa is a great spot.