Have you ever visited the stunning city of Vancouver, British Columbia? If your answer to that question is no, then keep reading and start booking your tickets! I may a little biased because this is the city where I was born 😉 but every single time people hear that I moved away when I was 10 years old, they always ask, “why would you leave such a beautiful city?!” Even though I miss it sometimes, I am very happy with where my family’s path took us; and now I can visit whenever! My husband, Tristan, and I went for a short weekend getaway this summer and had the best time! I loved getting to show him my favorite Vancouver B.C. things to do!
1. Jericho Beach
Jericho Beach! We could have spent a month just at this beach! It was one of my favorites to come play at as a child with my family so I have such sweet memories whenever I go back. Shell collecting has always been one of my favorite beach activities and you will see the beautiful purple ones I found 🙂 You get an amazing view of downtown as well as West and North Vancouver, the mountains, and of course the water! There are some places to eat right along the beach, lots of huge logs to suntan, nap, and picnic by, and volleyball nets set up in the evening to either play or watch. On our last night, we sat and watched the volleyball players as the sun was setting – just perfect!
2. Pure Barre Class
I love barre classes and since I have the ClassPass app (seriously recommend it!) I was able to go to any studios in Vancouver that are available on the app. So one morning I tried out a Pure Barre class and it felt so good!
3. English Bay
English Bay is a beautiful part of the city with a seawall to walk along downtown all the way to Stanley Park. We took the little sea ferry from Granville Island Market (coming up next!) over to English Bay which is so fun! You can also rent bikes along the path and ride down to Stanley Park if you want some extra exercise. There are some blackberry bushes along English Bay as well, so keep your eyes peeled for a sweet snack 🙂 No trip to the Pacific Northwest is complete without some wild blackberries in my opinion!
4. Granville Island Market
Occasionally throughout the years, the very distinct smell of Granville Island will suddenly hit me and a wave a fond memories washes over me. This may be the place I miss most of all from Vancouver. It is a magical market with every kind of exotic food from every place you can imagine! There’s handmade ravioli sold by a jolly, old Italian man, fresh caught wild fish, any kind of sauce you can think of, endless heaps of fresh picked berries and other unique tasting fruits and veggies. If you are an art person, there’s several galleries and shops to browse with stunning artwork. My husband was blown away by how much there was offered at the market! There’s also tons of prepared food and you can sit outside, listen to musicians performing (when we were there, a sweet old man was singing French tunes) and feed the pigeons. As a child, my mom and I would take long walks to the market to buy bird seed to feed the pigeons. She would sip her coffee as I chased the birds around, watching them fly together from one side of the courtyard to the other.
5. Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe
If you are looking for a little afternoon pick-me-up, look no further! This adorable (and very Instagrammable) cafe is right near Granville Island and offers tasty pastries and delicious coffee drinks. We came over after browsing Granville Island Marketplace and enjoyed cappuccinos and cardamom pastries! Yum! Plus they have a fun mural wall on the outside of their building which makes a great selfie spot! There are tons of murals all over the city actually~ you will see them everywhere!
We had brunch here and it was very tasty! My avocado toast with fresh Pacific salmon and dressed greens was healthy and delicious!
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Thank you for reading and I hope these Vancouver B.C. things to do inspire your next trip! Let me know in the comments below if you have ever been to Vancouver or if it’s on your list 🙂