Things to do in Vancouver
It’s easy to fall in love with this Canadian city – there are just so many things to do in Vancouver. From exploring the metropolis’s ambitious, adventurous and hands-down delicious culinary scene, to partaking in a host of nearby outdoor activities (kayaking, hiking, skiing, you name it) visitors wondering what to do in Vancouver will be hard-pressed to run out of options.
Culture lovers will find a long list of things to do in Vancouver; the city boasts a lively art scene, and boutique galleries – which display work by local artists – dot the downtown and South Granville districts. Meanwhile, the Vancouver Art Gallery, located downtown, features a permanent collection of classical paintings from world-renowned artists, including British Columbia’s own Emily Carr. The nearby Contemporary Art Gallery displays more modern, cutting-edge art.
Visitors wondering what to do in Vancouver who get overwhelmed by the countless options should consider taking a tour – be it by bus, walking, hop-on, hop-off – to get oriented with the city and all the amazing activities, sights and delights it has to offer.
In the Victorian neighborhood of Gastown, this three-story Native American art gallery showcases ceremonial masks and totem poles, limited-edition prints, and bentwood boxes. The beaded moccasins and hand-carved “talking sticks” make for great souvenirs.
What started as a tiny consignment shop in the indie district around King Edward Avenue has grown into the neighborhood’s premiere boutique for all things antique and secondhand. Find vintage leather clutches and bags alongside baby toys, kitchenware, printed stationery, and more.
Located just two blocks from the park entrance, this West End rental shop gears up sightseers for two wheeled adventures through the trails of Stanley Park and the Vancouver Seawall.
Located in the Vancouver International Airport, just past security in the U.S. Terminal, this outpost of the Canadian brand sells a selection of the company's quality leather goods and clothing items. Founded in 1973, the brand uses the quintessential Canadian animal, the beaver, as its logo.
At the forefront of Main Street's growing reputation as a design Mecca, this quirky Mount Pleasant clothing boutique stocks locally made art-house designs with Socialist tendencies.
Housed in the historical Crawford Block building in Edmonton, Gravity Pope has supported local fashion designers and collections since 1992.
The fashion atelier was built as a glass row house in a former parking lot between two brick buildings.
Many of Granville Island’s most interesting shops are actually located outside the boundaries of the Public Market.
This short-haul ferry service/mini tour offers an easy and inexpensive way to take in Vancouver's False Creek waterfront with stops in trendy Yaletown and the foodie Mecca Granville Island Market.
Located pre-security on level three in the international departures wing of the Vancouver International Airport, this shop sells a selection of uniquely Canadian food gifts.
Straight out of National Geographic--or Ripley's Believe It or Not--this kooky collection of travel mementos occupies a back room at a Main Street antique shop.
This Prohibition-era inspired restaurant and bar overlooks the Maple Tree Square section of historic Gastown. Owned by a handful of bartending veterans, the intimate, neighborhood venue serves Asian-influenced small plates like bánh mì and gyoza.
Vancouverites have a never-ending love affair with this 1,000-acre spread of temperate rainforest, which occupies the entire northwest end of Vancouver’s downtown peninsula.
This boutique in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood carries a carefully selected collection of jackets, knits, dresses, and other casual wear for women. The petite shop's tightly curated inventory means clothing is often stocked just one-per-size so popular items are snapped up quickly.
Vancouver’s closest mountain for skiing and hiking sits eight miles north of Downtown, and it’s open year-round. A modern tram brings visitors to the summit, some 3,700 feet above the city (be sure to bring your camera—the views are stunning in every season).