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2 Days in Vancouver-What to do?

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2 Days in Vancouver-What to do?

My wife and I will be in Vancouver for two day prior to our Alaska cruise, we are staying at a downtown hotel fairly close to the cruise terminal and will not have a car; what are the must see places we should include in our time in the city?

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1. Re: 2 Days in Vancouver-What to do?

Hi Charles ~

Here is a list of highlights that I like to post for questions like yours. You can check them out to see which ones appeal to you.


Stanley Park, including the Aquarium ..... vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanle… ..... http://www.vanaqua.org/

Gastown ..... http://www.gastown.org/

Chinatown ..... tourismvancouver.com/do/…

Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens .... http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/

Robson Street ..... three blocks between Burrard and Jervis for shops, high end fashions, restaurants, coffee shops and services.

Bill Reid Gallery at 639 Hornby St. between Dunsmuir and Georgia ..... http://www.billreidgallery.ca/

Vancouver Art Gallery, with its great Gallery Café ..... http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

The Marine Building at 355 Burrard St. for the exterior, facade, entrance, foyer and the inside of the brass-doored elevators. Notice the marine and ship themes. Office hours only. Once the tallest building in the British Empire and a significant example of art deco architecture ..... vancouverhistory.ca/archives_marine_building…


Grouse Mountain ..... http://www.grousemountain.com/

Lynn Canyon Susp Bridge (free) ..... http://lynncanyon.ca/

Capilano Susp Bridge ($$$) ..... http://www.capbridge.com/



Granville Island and False Creek ..... tourismvancouver.com/vancouver/…

Maritime Museum ..... www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/page216.htm

Van Dusen Gardens ..... http://vancouver.ca/vandusen/

Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel Conservatory ..... vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-…


Museum of Anthropology at UBC ..... http://moa.ubc.ca/

Nitobe Memorial Gardens at UBC ..... http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/nitobe

Greenheart Canopy Walkway at UBC Botanical Gardens ..... www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/canopy-walkway

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2. Re: 2 Days in Vancouver-What to do?

Adding on to the previous list (which has some GREAT experiences) I would also add:

FlyOver Canada which is located at Canada Place which is where the cruise ship terminal is (www.flyovercanada.com)

Renting a bike and riding around Stanley Park (there are lots of rental shops along Davie Street and around Coal Harbour...such as Yes Cycle, Spokes...)

The Vancouver Lookout is a great place to watch the sunset and to get a view of the whole city from above. One of the best places for photos... you can also get a free short tour up there which gives you a bit of context and history of the city.

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3. Re: 2 Days in Vancouver-What to do?

Hello, 2 days is very short so don't try to travel too far.

Day 1: I would suggest an afternoon walking or biking Stanley Park. From the ferry terminal, you can walk to bike rentals on Denman and W. Georgia St. Some hotels also offer complimentary bikes. Have dinner nearby on Denman St at Nook or Tavola (Italian), or Marutama (excellent ramen).

Day 2: Stroll through Gastown, Yaletown, and you can catch the Aqua bus/ferry from Yaletown to Granville Island. There, have lunch at Edible Canada. If you like a bit more shopping, walk to Kitsilano along West 4th Ave, or stroll Kitsilano Beach. Then have dinner at Oakwood Canadian Bistro (reservations required on weekends). And take a cab home (10-15 minutes) or bus.

That's where I would take my out-of-town guests! If you're OK with walking, all the above is very walkable and the Aqua bus/ferries are fun. Definitely don't need a car - buses are also easy to hop on if you do get tired. Enjoy!

Edited: 2:26 am, January 18, 2014
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4. Re: 2 Days in Vancouver-What to do?

Thanks for this input, looks like it is very doable.

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