The Ultimate Day In Vancouver


All the must-do things in Vancouver

Coal Harbour & Canada Place
May 18, 2022

Vancouver, the Britsh Columbia city with everything. Mountains, parks with beaches, friendly people, great summers, actual seasons (read; rain), food to satisfy even a fussy eater (Craig) and cool neighbourhoods waiting to be explored. So, with all this potential activity, what do you do with one day in Vancouver?

Fresh off the bus, plane, car or even boat? The first stop on your Vancouver bucket list is breakfast. For a throwback breakfast under $10, head to Smile Restaurant on West Pender Street. For a trendier option, hit Purebread on West Hastings (vegan-friendly). Rather start the day on the go? You have to try the famous Canadian Tim Hortons coffee and grab a pastry to compliment it. Since there is so much to do and you are so short on time, consider the Vancouver Hop On/Off bus. I did it with visiting friends and it covers a lot of ground you’d struggle do yourself with just 24 hours in Vancouver. It stops at 29 of the main Vancouver attractions and also includes a boat ride to Granville Island. The captain had a one-eyed dog on our boat! Don’t fancy the hop-on/off bus quite yet? Wander through a mix of old and new at the Gastown neighbourhood popular for its Victorian buildings. What’s everyone taking photos of? That’s the Gastown Vancouver Steam Clock. The Steam Clock blows its load throughout the day. Excellent Boomerang material. Next, head to the needle in the skyline and take the 40-second elevator ride 167 metres high to the top of the Vancouver Lookout. Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views of the city. Reserve your all-day admission ticket here. If you happen to be visiting on a Sunday, you can enjoy ‘all you can eat’ brunch in the Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant! For a budget lunch, pop into Canary Wharf Shopping Centre at Canada Place or grab a slice at Freshslice. There are pizza windows everywhere in Vancouver, and the slices are sizeable. If you can hold off, your next stop is foodie heaven.

All hail the delicious Granville Island Public Market food stalls! An institution in Vancouver, Granville Island Market is where locals and visitors alike grab lunch and people watch. Seafood, meat, baked goods, pizza, bagels, ice cream, candy, you get the picture! Go with a hungry belly and leave with a happy one. There are boutique shops dotted around Granville Island too. We actually chose my temporary engagement ring there. Craig proposed in Vancouver on Halloween under the fake stars of Macmillan Space Centre. You can read the full soppy story here. Sidenote: I spotted Santa in a sidecar at Granville Market. Guess who was driving? Rudolph!