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Welcome to Granville Island – The cultural hub of Vancouver

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Granville Island is a destination that should be at the top of the list of places to experience when you are visiting our wonderful city of Vancouver.

Granville Island has become one of the most well known cultural hubs of the city and it never ceases to please. It is known for its bustling Public Market, it is home to a wide selection of eclectic cute shops, boutique stores & plenty of Arts & crafts to enjoy. It is also the home of the Emily Carr Art university – however this university will be moving to a new location off the island in the not too distant future.

Through out the year rain or shine you will not be short of street entertainment down on the Island as it is also home to great theatres whee you can watch live music, comedy and plenty of improve entertainment – on the streets itself you will be greeted with buskers of all walks of life ready to make your trip to the island a memorable one.

Sunset Inn and Suites staff top picks
The staff at the hotel all have their various favorate spots to dine and hang out on the island, please read on to see what we feel you should not miss when you are down on the Granville Island.

Our top pick for dining out and live entertainment all under one roof is the The Sandbar restaurant which is located next door to the Granville Island Public Market.

The food at the Sandbar is absolutely delicious and varied. It has regular Bar favorates such as amazing Seafood, burgers, sandwiches and Salads – there is also an great Sushi Bar and specialised seafood items such as Crab and lobster. They also have a fantastic patio that overlooks False Creek, the downtown Vancouver skyline and the iconic Burrard bridge as a backdrop.

Sandbar Specials and Events
Mussel Mania
Enjoy a bucket of fresh mussels, fries and a cold pint of Granville Island brew in our Teredo Lounge! Join us for Mussel Mania, Monday to Friday, from 3 – 6pm – all for $12! The perfect way to wind down after work, enjoy this special offer!

Sandbar Menu:

Live Music 7 Nights a Week!
In the heart of Granville Island, you’ll find the Sandbar Seafood Restaurant – Vancouver’s top spot for dinner and dancing. The Teredo Lounge is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy some tunes with good friends. Overlooking the waterways of False Creek and offering live music seven nights a week, are only some of many reasons why The Sandbar has won “Best Restaurant to Take Out-Of-Town Guests” several years in a row. So, join us any night of the week for good food, good music and a great time!

The Day Vendors of the Granville Island Public Market invite you to experience a diverse array of BC’s finest in craft, art and artisan created foods! We are the artists, craftspeople, farm and food artisans located in booths throughout the Market. We offer diverse, high-quality handmade and local products – all created, grown or produced by the vendor.

The Public Market Day Vendors are some of the finest in their fields. Many are award-winning, full-time professionals, and all pass through a stringent process in order to sell their work in the Market. We have something for everyone, every day:

Fine jewelry
Fine art and photography
Functional and decorative ceramics
Fashion accessories: hats, bags, and silks
Fused and stained glass
Handmade soaps, lotions, and bath products
Delicious jams, preserves, sauces, and treats
…and much, much more!

Operating on a rotating schedule, the mix of vendors changes every week – there are always new creations to discover.

Granville Island Website:

Not only is Granville Island a prime spot for dining there is plenty of other entertainment to occupy yourself from Theatre to comedy and plenty of Street buskers to delight the crowds on these hot summer days.

For further information regarding the Island please speak to the front desk staff.

St Patricks Day family events and Parade in Vancouver

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

March 17th is fast approaching and we all know what that means……we celebrate everything that is Green, has potatos in it and is all washed down with some great dark beer more than likely known as Guinness. St Patricks day brings the Irish out of all of us and why not? It is always a good gig that lets everybody let their hair down and jig around like there is no tomorrow.

In Vancouver there will be lots of places to celebrate the occasion in the week leading up to the big day. Read on for the full list of events to celebrate Paddy’s Day.

Celticfest returns once again to celebrate in irish style and they have lots for you to see and do from great Music, excellent drinks and a parade to cap it all off.

Family orientated events.
Many if us will think of the more adult inspired events that generally involves copious amounts of Whiskey and Guinness, but its not all about the people that enjoy the ‘Craic on the lash’, there are plenty of events that involves the younger generation too…
Celtic Village & Street Market
Saturday March 14: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday March 15: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Granville Street (between Robson and Nelson Streets
Head down to Robson Square and see the whole area be transformed into a village that will transport you to Ireland. There will be live music, plenty of yummy irish food, face painting, lots of crafts and stalls plus a large stage set up by Doolins for some seriously Irish inspired entertainment.

FREE IRISH DANCING With the O’Connor- O’Brien Irish Dancers
Sunday, March 15 | 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Tom Lee Music Hall

Vancouver BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5K for Charity
Saturday, March 14
A “flat and fast” 5k run through Stanley Park a St Patrick’s Day tradition that lets all ages of people no matter what their ability is to take part. Taking place on (the day before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade), this annual event is a fundraiser the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), and includes a fun after-party for all participants and quite possibly a pot of gold awaiting you at the finish line….(ok ok we made that bit up)

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 11am – 1pm
The parade route begins at Howe St. and Davie St. in downtown Vancouver, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets

Organized by CelticFest Vancouver, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver is the culmination of a nine-day Celtic festival–the biggest Celtic festival in Western Canada– that includes international and Canadian Celtic performers, musicians, artists, and dancers.

There are plenty of great Irish themed bars and pubs in Vancouver, here is our pick.

The Blarney Stone
Established in 1972, The Blarney Stone is the longest running Irish Pub in the City of Vancouver. This venue is a great place to watch live bands and enjoy irish favorates and other popular music that is irish themed.

Doolins Irish Pub
Doolin’s is Vancouver’s modern Irish pub, bringing traditional Irish charm amidst state of the art A/V technology, live music, and 8 TV screens. Doolin’s staff proudly wears kilts to honor our Celtic heritage, and Doolin’s live entertainers blast the Irish spirit into the heart of every patron.

The Irish Heather
If you are true foodie then the Irish Heather is for you! A great vancouver GastroPub, Whiskey Shebeen and bar all in one, Sean Heather’s flagship restaurant is a neighbourhood institution in Gastown and home to the famous Long Table Series of communal dinners.

Johnnie Foxes Irish Snug
On a personal level, this bar is quintessentially Irish, the decor, the staff, and the patrons that make the atmosphere pretty unique to what an actual irish bar is like, well this place has it and they have done it well.

Gardens & Parks to visit in Vancouver during Spring & Summer

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The flowers are responding to the gorgeous weather we are having here on the West coast. This gives us a great opportunity for us to guide you to see where the very best Gardens and Parks are to visit.

A jewel that sits in the heart of Vancouver and has incredible views of the city due to is location at 152 metres above sea level, it’s the highest point in Vancouver and makes for spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains on the North Shore.
The gardens and the conservatory is located among an old disused quarry which is now home to an extensive array of incredible plants, flowers and trees for you to absorb. You can also enjoy some great recreational time by playing games at the Pitch and Put, Tennis and Bowling lawn. After all that we are pretty sure you will have worked up an appetite – so try out the Seasons in the Park restaurant for some incredibly good food that is typically flavored and inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
The Van Dusen Botanical Gardens are situated here also – during the month of March Kids are allowed entrance for free!

New York has central park and we have Stanley Park. Stanley Park is huge and right next to the downtown heart of Vancouver with incredible views of English Bay, the North shore Mountains and Bowen island in the distance. The park really makes you understand the complexities of the rain forest area that Vancouver resides in. It is also home to many animals, birds and other incredible wildlife that call this area home. The highlights of the park are the array of trees that make up the park, the Herons nesting site at the Tennis courts and The Lost Lagoon to name but a few.

Right in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and adjacent Sun Yat-Sen Park are the perfect urban oasis.
The stunning Garden is an authentic representation of Ming Dynasty-era tradition and the first of its kind outside China. Be enchanted by the Garden’s winding paths, rocks, plants, and beautiful vistas. In the park alongside the Garden, find peace and tranquility in the unique rock forms, water lily-covered pond, pagoda, and lush plants.

Located at the historical University of British Columbia Campus these gardens are one of the oldest to be found in Vancouver. During the month of March the Magnolias are what to watch for and my oh my are they responding to the gorgeous weather that we are currently experiencing.

Cherry Blossoms are blooming 3 to 4 weeks in advance – click on the link to follow the progression of the blossoms

Polar Bear Swim & Dine Out Vancouver

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Here is another New Year – and that means a new year full of great events for you to enjoy in Vancouver….

Start New years day off with a well earned dip in the Ocean – but wait, its January 1st! This can mean only one thing and that it is the annual Polar Bear swim down at English Bay.
This tradition has been occuring since 1920 and has grown and grown over the years, now it is so popular it has become a staple for vancouverites and tourists alike and now has become so popular that people get into Fancy Dress mode just for the occasion.

Please remember that the waters are extremely chilly at this time of year, they can get to a bone numbing 3c – and if the forecast is correct, it is due to be Sunny but but cold with the air temperature dropping as low as 0c – so make sure that you have warm clothing on hand and ready to bring the temperature back up after you have taken your dip!

Further information regarding the Polar Bear Swim:

Canada’s largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences.

Dine Out Vancouver Website:

For further details of any other further events please keep checking out our website as we will be updating the site for any new events in the city!

Craft Breweries of Vancouver Tour with West Coast Sightseeing.

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The Craft Beer business in Vancouver is booming and at this time of year we get treated to some extra special recipes to suit the Winter season, from tasty Beers such as Winter and Pumpkin Ales to scintillate the taste buds for your pleasure!

Vancouver may not have as many Craft Beers as the city of Portland does – this may be partly to do with the difference in Liquor laws over the border, but, none the less there has certainly been an explosion in the micro-breweries cropping up in Vancouver as people are looking towards this kind of style, here you will come across Beers with more daring recipes and flavours than ever before, also as the market widens there is now an increase in demand for Organic beers, Gluten Free and kosher beers such is the popularity of this business.

Enjoy a Craft Beer brewery tour in Vancouver
WestCoast Sightseeing tours who also operate the popular Hop on and Hop off Big Bus tours are getting in on the game and have created a new tour that will be a hit for any craft beer lover.

Craft Breweries of Vancouver Tour
Vancouver has the largest concentration of Craft Breweries in Canada and is becoming famous worldwide as a Craft Beer lovers must visit destination. This four hour tour will take you to as many as 4 different craft breweries where people with a passion for their craft will showcase their fare.

Tour will pick-up at downtown Vancouver hotels.
Dec 19 – Oct 15, 2015 : Fri, Sat, Sun
Tour Length – 4 hours
Price Starting at $80 per adult

Tour Highlights
Beer Tasting: samplers of each brewery’s specialties and classics
Meet a Brew Master: Learn about their creations and inspiration for new beers
Beer History: Learn about brewing in Vancouver and what takes to make Craft Beer
Vancouver: See and hear about Vancouver from a different perspective


If you wish to enjoy some beers nearby here is a great bar that has an extensive selection of Craft beers, they also have great food which includes Gluten free options!
UpperDeck Kitchen and Taphouse
1239 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N4
(604) 685-5761

They have a great Sampler you can try if you are undecided for $8
Beer List:

Black Friday Shopping in Vancouver & Posh Shopping Tours

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Around the time of the US Thanksgiving it is not unusual to have many of us Canucks flock down to the States to enjoy the copious amount of Sales that Black Friday brings. It is true that many of us north of the border wish that we will see more Sales happening here and in all fairness some retailers are starting to buy into the idea so that more consumers shop here locally.

The last few years around the Thanksgiving period we have seen many retailers along Robson St, Pacific Center Mall and of the huge Metrotown metropolis mall have some amazing sales in the week leading up to and beyond Thanksgiving, we anticipate that this year will be no different. In fact, with the Canuck Dollar dropping we feel that more and more Canucks will want to shop locally due to the difference in the Dollar. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope that Black Friday makes Vancouver proud!

Best shopping Districts of Vancouver
Robson St
Just a 10 minute walk north from the Sunset Inn & Suites hotel this is the most well known shopping district in the downtown core. Here you will find all the premier well known Brands, international designers and high fashion. A great street lined with benches, street artists and many places to dine and drink in between shops, this is the place for the serious shopper!

Pacific Centre Mall & Granville Street
This is pretty much a continuation of the Robson St District – the Vancouver Art Gallery is the dividing point between the 2 areas, where Robson St and Granville St connect you will find more popular stores and places to eat for you pleasure. Head one block north on Granville Street and you will come across some very popular stores such as The Bay and across the street the Pacific Center Mall which has popular brands such as The Apple Store and H&M to name but a few.

Metropolis at Metrotown Mall
Metrotown is the Daddy of all the malls and is by far one of the biggest Malls in Western Canada and BC – boasting over 400 different shops, Food mall and more this IS the place to enjoy. They are partaking in the Black Friday sales so be sure to check them out on November 28, 2014 starting at 7am, Metropolis at Metrotown will be offering amazing deals and promotions on Black Friday.

There is another great way of shopping so why not try a Shopping Tour?
Posh Shopping Tours
Posh Shopping Tours have it all figured out, not only will they help you with your Shopping needs but you will also get to visit the best shopping districts that Vancouver has to offer, we feel this is a great concept as the majority of visitors that come to the city do not get to explore these districts which is a shame. Vancouver is actually a surprisingly small city considering its stature and status in Canada and the world stage, however, many visitors tend to stay put in the ‘bubble’ of the downtown area and like many that live here we tend to stay where we are. Posh Shopping tours will actually take you a that little bit farther afield to some very special districts such as the eclectic and bohemian areas like Commercial Drive (which is in the East Vancouver area), Main St and of course the older and very trendy downtown area that is Gastown and the downtown shopping district that is of course Robson St.

The Tours are run by the wonderful Brandy Kawulka who is a self made entrepreneur – Brandy is no stranger to running a successful business as she and her husband Paul Keller set up their first venture called Wood be Art which specializes in custom made wood furniture and has been a success for quite some time now, they both met in school while studying woodwork so you are seriously talking to the real deal professionals in Wood work.
Brandy’s latest venture Posh Shopping Tours looks set to just grow and grow – Brandy has an obvious eye for detail and is attentive to what people need, it is such a good idea to fuse sightseeing and shopping in one package with someone who is knowledgeable of the surroundings and obviously cares for Vancouver and fashion.

Not only will you be able to shop for what you desire, the tour will also help you get to know the areas you are in while you are at it, so your group will be able to get some sightseeing around the district that has been specifically chosen to suit your needs, and, when you are ready you can shop shop shop to your hearts content.
The tours will completely cater to the fashion and style that you are looking for, so if you are a complete Fashionista that
cannot get enough of the variation of styles such as Vintage, high end expensive brands or something that is cheap and comfy this will be no challenge at all!

Granville Island and Vanier Park

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Granville Island and Vanier Park are the areas that you can see from across the hotel if you happen to be staying in one of our Executive Suites, especially from the vantage point of our largest rooms (Called the Executive Large Suites) which are South facing. Check these rooms out!

What you can see from here is the beginnings of False Creek water way, Granville Island and Vanier Park which is home to the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival during the Summer, The Maritime museum, H.R Macmillan Space Centre and Museum of Vancouver.

This is a must see destination when you are visiting Vancouver and at the height of Summer there is plenty to see and do for all ages. Even if you are here for just one day, it is something that we recommend you visit if you do nothing else at all!!!
The Island is home to the popular Public market which is open everyday from 9am to be 7pm, outside of the Public market there are plenty of cute and quirky shops, lots of fantastic restaurants and plenty of live entertainment from Buskers to live theatre and comedy. Granville Island Public Market:

Some places we feel you should check out down at the Island….
Dining out: The Sandbar Restaurant
By far one of the most popular restaurants to dine in on the island – The Sandbar offers something for everyone and has a great ‘pub’ like food, plenty of Seafood and if you like Asian style food more specifically Japanese you will also notice that many dishes are Asian fusion, which is very typical of this part of the world. So if you want Seafood, Burgers, chicken or Sushi, this place has it all!!!!

The Backstage Lounge – Nightly Live Music and great food.
Live Music, theatre and more can be found here at the backstage lounge – it also functions as a restaurant too with a cute patio located right on the Creek itself under Granville Bridge.

Granville Island Broom Co – The Broom Shop!
Among many of the quirky shops to peruse on GI you should check out this Broom Shop. They make the Brooms on site and can be really cool and funky, and whats more you are invited into the Studio to see how they are made right in front of you!!!!

Vanier Park is not too far away from Granville Island – you can walk there in around 15 minutes or so along the far reaches of the Sea wall that joins all of the downtown city to False creek and the district of Kitsilano Or you can simply catch the False Creek Ferry to the Maritime museum.

What you can see at Vanier Park….
H.R Macmillan Space Centre and Museum of Vancouver
Looking across False Creek from Sunset Beach you will see a funny looking building that looks quite literally like a large Decanter for Wine. Well Wine lovers we are sorry to disappoint you but this building is actually the Vancouver Museum and H.R Macmillan Space Centre.
If you have a love for everything that is cosmic and have little ones in tow that love anything to do with the stars and beyond then this is the place for you, it is educational and fun for all the family! Website:
The Museum of Vancouver is one of the largest civic museums in Canada and has events and exhibits that change on a regular basis, for some reason it is not too much on the radar within tourism which we feel is a shame, as this museum should be on the agenda – its main focus with all its exhibits is that it concentrates on Vancouver with history, artifacts and the future – please go check it out! Website:

Bard on the Beach
A hugely popular event that shows no sign of stopping, if you love the works of William Shakespeare you will be sure to love watching the plays at the Park with a gorgeous city back drop to heighten the senses.

Kitsilano Beach
While you are down at the Park, keep strolling along and eventually you will end up at Kitsilano Beach – which to some of us Vancouverites we see this as our little piece of California! Tell us if you agree….
This beach is gorgeous and has some incredible views of the North Shore mountains, Stanley Park and the downtown core of Vancouver itself.

Yelp Reviews on Vanier Park:

False Creek Ferry Schedule:

Exploring our neighbourhood – Vancouver West End. Part 1 – Dining and Shopping.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

When coming to Vancouver and especially our community be sure to make the most of the local area that is the known as The West End. In this blog we will write about what you can find when you are checking out the community – The West End has plenty of history and a unique vibrant look and vibe – from Historical Buildings with some that have been turned into cute museums, a great extensive shopping district that is Robson St, Parks and Beaches to a vast restaurant scene for your dining pleasure – The West End really does have it all.

From Davie Village (which is where we are located) to Denman St and Robson St you will find so many choices for places to eat and be merry, some places have been part of the fabric for many many years, while some are brand new and a welcome change as some of these places you may have never tried before!

Davie Street (which is immediately adjacent to the hotel) offers a large selection of delicious ethnic, international and local dining options favored by Vancouver residents, as well as specialty shops, there is also Denman and Robson to discover for excellent food options.
Here are some of our best picks for the West End……

Banana Leaf – Malaysian 1043 Davie St.
Prepare to step out of Vancouver and into the warm heart of Malaysia at the award-winning Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine. Cheerful atmosphere, friendly service, colourful traditional décor, and excellent prices create a dining experience to remember.
They also have locations on Denman and Robson St too!

Raincity Grill – Pacific Northwest, 1193 Denman St.
Open since 1992, Raincity Grill has become a fixture in the West End, capturing the essence of Vancouver in food, wine and atmosphere. The menu focuses on seafood, game, poultry, and organic vegetables from British Columbia, Alberta, Washington State and Oregon. Dedicated to developing a menu based on local ingredients, the team behind Raincity Grill believes local resources will increase as restaurants look more and more to their own backyard and local waters for the best ingredients.


GUU- Japanese “Izakaya” 4 downtown locations – The West End location is on Thurlow St
Guu serves home style Japanese food in a loud and electric atmosphere. Food is served from an open kitchen and the dishes are generally tapas-sized.

Cin Cin – Italian – Robson St
As Vancouver’s leading Italian restaurant, CinCin is your destination for authentic Italian flavours in the heart of downtown. A contemporary Italian cuisine, smell the wood-burning forno, and drink from the award winning wine list.

With the most fashionable shopping in Vancouver, this major thoroughfare in downtown features a concentration of trendy shops and restaurants. It hosts some of the hottest names in fashion including Hermès, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Betsey Johnson, Chanel, Burberry, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Lacoste, Coach, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Robson Street is a short walk from Sunset Inn & Suites.
For further information on Robson St:

Dining out with a twist – experiencing the unusual in Vancouver…

Friday, March 7th, 2014

After a reading an interesting article courtesy of the BBC news website about restaurants that thrive on rude service the ELBOW ROOM immediately came to mind. The Elbow room is quite the experience for people who want to have a good hearty breakfast, but be warned, you will not only need a strong stomach to enjoy their excellent food but a good open mind and a sense of humour is a necessity here…

Before we delve deeper on the Elbow Room experience take a quick look at the article from the BBC here that inspired this particular blog:
The restaurants that thrive on insulting their diners

To dine here you will definitely need to have an open mind, a great sense of humour and more importantly quick wit. The Elbow room prides itself on the rudeness of the staff and if you can dish it out as good as they can – they will likely up the ante and give you a run for the money. If this is something that you feel will ruin the breakfast then we advise that you dine in the many other breakfast diners in the city, but, just remember, this is all in the name of fun and no harm is intended – it IS absolutely part of the experience that is the quintessentially the Elbow Room and most who dine here do so with roaring laughter!

The Elbow Room Website:

Other Dining experiences that are not the norm….
The following establishments that we feel you should try have nothing to do with being rude, they just have their own unique environment and we feel you should give them a whirl as they offer a different experience

If you spend more than 60 minutes inside this revolving restaurant then you will have noticed that the restaurant itself had revolved a full 360′ turn. Located at the western end of Robson St, the Top of Vancouver restaurant has views of Vancouver like no other, so if you are feeling hungry yet still want to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Vancouver and its surroundings then this will be the perfect spot, with incredible views that overlook the city, Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains and out over the sea and Vancouver Island……we suggest you get there say a half hour before Sunset, it will take your breath away!

The Revolving Restaurant:

The Dark Table idea may be unique to Vancouver but it is a concept that has been happening in various other cities around the world. The premise is built around what it is like to live and dine as a someone whose vision is impaired. Once you enter the establishment you will be in a lit room first where you can choose what you fancy from the menu, thereafter you will make your way into the restaurant itself. The staff that work at the Dark Table are blind or visually impaired and will guide you to your table into the dark dining space where the experience begins now.
The concept was inspired by a Jorge Spielmann who would blindfold his friends when they would dine at his home so they could understand what it is like to live in the moment as a blind person. We think this is a fantastic idea that will really alter your concept and perception of how people get by while visually impaired.

The Dark Table Restaurant:

Is it a restaurant? Someones living room? An Underground secret that only the special few need know about? Well, in all honesty it is a bit of everything really.
12B is a concept that has been labelled by some as a Guerrilla restaurant, an underground restaurant, one that is only known by word of mouth – the latter being quite true.
The restaurant is run from home by a great host and chef known as ‘Todd’ and the idea is simple, get a big enough group of people to come by, you can bring your own wine and beer and you give a generous donation. Todd will welcome you into his home where you will gather round the dining area and be greeted by Todd before he gets on with finishing the preparations for your meal. After the dining part is over you are more than welcome to stick around in the living area where you can enjoy yourself in the company of friends and Todd who is indeed an excellent host and an incredible chef.

The address is a secret so email Todd here if you are able to get a big enough group:

How to see the very best of Vancouver in just a few short days.

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Its been a crazy Winter here in Vancouver as we have not seen this much Sun over the winter period for as long as anyone can remember – maybe, just maybe this is a sign of a good tourist season to come for 2014.
We are starting to notice a big upswing in reservation calls for people who are now looking ahead to the Spring and Summer season get away’s. We feel this will be a good time to give you advice on how to utilise your time in the city with the few days that you may be stopping over. So we will guide you on what to do if you are stopping by the city for just 1, 2 or 3 days…

One day in the city may seem like there is no time to see anything, but we feel you can actually see a fair bit of the city due to the size and geography of the area, so, if you are only making a whistle-stop tour and still want to catch some sights, here are the places to see for just one day.

BIG BUS CITY TOUR – HOP ON HOP OFF Big Bus will be the very best way to see the sights of the city while having the freedom to get around at different stops so you can experience some pretty decent areas that Vancouver has to offer. The bus stop is quite literally a 1 minute walk from the hotel on Thurlow St – we suggest that you do a full circle tour on the bus, and then once back around, its time to use the Hop on Hop off option to good use.
Granville Island is a must see area in the city, it is our own version of Seattle’s Pike Place market There are some amazing boutique shops to browse and shop in, the wonderful Granville Island Market whic is open from 9am till 7pm seven days a week. There are also some really excellent restaurants to choose from too, our suggestion is to visit The Sandbar Restaurant, this really showcases the very best Pub style dishes, Seafood and an Asian infusion twist which is very very Vancouver.

Granville Island Website:

After spending some time on Granville Island we highly recommend that you take a walk inStanley Park A diamond in the rough – Stanley Park is one of the largest public parks that shows you what the area once looked like before the rapid expansion of the city. The Park is located at the Western end of the downtown peninsula and at 1,001-acres there is plenty to see. Here you are in the heart of an ‘urban Rainforest’ so to speak, there is no shortage of spectacular scenery with the various species of Plants, trees and wildlife, it is a must see area of the city, just like Granville Island.

We also recommend that you purchase your Big Bus tickets with us at the front desk as it will be a cheaper deal for you – as opposed to buying a ticket directly from their website. We will send you their link below so you know what to expect when you get here.

BIG BUS Website

Sandbar Restaurant

Now that you have gotten some of the downtown area out of the way, you can now start to explore a little deeper, if you have purchased a ticket with Big Bus you will have seen that they have a 2 day Pass – this will help get you to explore some of the older areas of the city.
Gastown and Chinatown are also a must see area of Vancouver, here you will step back in time and get to see where the original and oldest areas of the city began, you can check out the famous cobble-stoned Streets, incredibly stunning architecture and historical landmarks such as The Steam Clock, the Chinatown district (which is one of the oldest in North America and Canada – including the majestic and beautiful DR SUN YAT SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDENS website

Gastown Website:

GROUSE MOUNTAIN & CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE can be visited after spending some time in Chinatown and Gastown, you can head over to Waterfront Station where you can catch the Seabus over to North Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay (which is North Vancouver’s version of our own Granville Island, its smaller but very cute and offers some great views of the Burrard Inlet, Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park.

Grouse Mountain overlooks Vancouver and can be easily spotted as the middle of the three North Shore mountains that overlook the city, it is nestled in between Cypress Mountain to the West and Mount Seymour to the east. Grouse is excellent for Winter sporting activities for all the family – and in the summer it has great hiking trails, the famous Grouse Grind if you are up for a steep walking challenge and entertainment at the top for all the family to enjoy, this includes a lumberjack show which is funny and breath taking and a Bird Sanctuary and Grizzly Bear enclosure.
Just one stop down from Grouse is the world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, here you will get to experience one of the worlds largest suspended Suspension Bridges, high above the Capilano river and canyon, there is also a daring cliff walk and glass paths for the especially daring – its a stunning sight to be so high among the trees in this amazing rain-forest canopy.

Grouse Mountain – The Peak of Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge Website:

if you happen to be here for 3 days or more, then we absolutely encourage you to start to explore further out to areas like Victoria on Vancouver Island.
Vancouver Island is a pretty big place – many believe that it is a fairly small place but don’t be fooled it is actually close in size to the UK!
Victoria which is the capital of BC is a very quaint and beautiful town, much smaller than Vancouver and certainly steeped in rich history of its colonial past – it too has a decent China town to explore.
We recommend that you use a Tour Operator to visit Victoria, the one way trip itself take roughly 3 to 4 hours to get from Vancouver to Victoria – this includes the stunning Ferry ride that meanders through the Georgia Strait and the Gulf island, if you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of some travelling Whales…..when you are in Victoria, take a visit to the Empress hotel for some High Tea!

We really like LANDSEA TOURS, they have an excellent package that will take you directly from the hotel to Victoria, they will also ship you around the town so you can get to enjoy the world famous Butchart Gardens, The Museum of Victoria and some time to walk around the downtown area, they will also bring you back to the hotel too – its an awesome tour where you can sit back, learn about the area and not have to think! We like that very much!

Victoria BC Website:

High Tea at the Empress Hotel Victoria

Landsea Tours