2 Days in Vancouver - Suggestions?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 10, 2012 4:59 AM Last Post By: liilak
Nov 27, 2012 11:26 AM
2 Days in Vancouver - Suggestions?I will be in Vancouver from 2/1-2/3, 2 full days to explore this region. I was hoping if anyone could give good suggestions on things to do or areas to visit in this area. I do enjoy exploring both the city and the outdoors and wouldn't mind driving or taking a short trip via train if needed.
One thing i'm planning on doing is to go watch a Canucks game since I've never been to a hockey game in my life... :)
Nov 27, 2012 1:23 PM
1The drive up to Lillooet on #99 (Sea to Sky) past Garibaldi and Whistler is a lovely drive.
Nov 27, 2012 3:44 PM
Nov 28, 2012 10:02 AM
3Depends a lot on the weather. If the clouds have socked in and its raining hard no point looking for scenary. So, two scenarios:
CLEAR WEATHER: Rent a car and drive up the Sea to Sky Hwy to Whistler and beyond that, to Pemberton. Enroute there are several parks with water falls. Being winter they may be frozen over and there may be snow. They are absolutely spectacular if iced over and the terrain is snowy. Spectacular if they are not iced over too. Drive back at dusk. On a clear evening the view as you return down Howe Sound to Vancouver is mystical. Do this on the Saturday because on the Sunday there will be a crowd of skiiers flying back down from Whistler to Vancouver. Probably Saturday too, but not as many.
On your other day, just walk and walk. Start at the corner of Davie and Denman near English Bay. Do a loop down to Coal Harbour around the Stanley Park Sea Wall, back into the West End for a late lunch. Lots of funky cafes there. If you like cycling you can rent a bike and do it that way.
SOCKED IN AND RAINY: For this, we need to know your interests. Vancouver has art galleries and museums and endless shopping. Granville Island is always interesting (a collection of boutique shops, galleries, farmers market type shopping) and you can stay indoors most of the time. Great place for lunch too - even in the rain you can sit in front of the window and watch the boat traffic outside the window.
You can ride the Skytrain (above ground 99% of time) out to the various suburbs to see the lay of the land. This is something I often do in big cities when it is too wet to walk that much.
Unlikely the Canucks will be back in business by then but there is another Vancouver hockey team, the Giants. Don't know what their schedule is. Google them perhaps. You could head out to a local ice rink and watch the kids play - if it is just "hockey" you want to watch, you can't beat the drama of kids hockey and it's Canadiana at its purest :)
Nov 28, 2012 3:10 PM
4Check out Stanley Park, maybe take a trip up Grouse Mountain if you like. Take a walk around Chinatown, Gastown, they are the "hip"places nowadays, lots of neat little shops and restaurants popping up all the time. The West End is also quite nice. Oh yeah, Granville Island. Dont' think you'll run out of things to do in two days!
Nov 29, 2012 5:55 AM
5If you want to do something active and wintry without leaving the city or without having to rent a car, you can go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at Cypress Mountain. You can also hit up Mountain Equipment Co-op, other shops, or do some googling to find a snowshoeing day trip you can join. Barring that, the above rec's are really good. Have fun!
Nov 30, 2012 1:46 AM
Nov 30, 2012 5:16 PM
7I would not rent a car. ALL of the walking recommendations here will give you a much better sense of Vancouver.
It is a compact enough city that you can explore much of it by foot: take a cab if you get too far afield.
I get there four or five times a year and always enjoy the atmosphere and architecture and marine/mountain environment -- by foot.
Dec 10, 2012 4:59 AM
8I second the Stanley Park recommendation. A great walk, with interesting stops and gorgeous views of the city. Other than that, Granville Island and Kitsilano are also nice. In fact, we spent for full days in Vancouver without even making it to Whistler and we left with the impression that we had missed quite a few places. It's an amazing city.
And yes, the city is compact enough to explore on foot without any trouble.
Some nice breweries in Gastown, Downtown and Yaletown, by the way, and great, varied restaurant at the West End area.
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