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Totems and toques, sushi and surf, Vancouver has it all. This multicultural Mecca is a mosaic of First Nations, Asian and European art, culture and cuisine. With so much to see and do, follow these insider tips to make the most of your trip. While Canada is only open to domestic tourists at the moment, rumors of the border reopening with the United States could be announced within weeks.
Where to stay
Are you looking for comfortable and private accommodation for your stay in Vancouver without paying the extravagant hotel price? Some of the best places in town can be found on Air BnB, where you can buy guest houses and guesthouses like this cute little place for under $ 100 a night. There are also unique and romantic options: like this one sailing ship with a great location in downtown Vancouver. On the other hand, if you are looking to meet people and make travel companions, you can consult Cambie Inn – Gastown. Gastown is a quirky bohemian neighborhood with plenty to do and see, and this hostel offers all the comforts of home with the option to book a private room or share the super cheap dormitory.
What to eat
There are so many dining options in Vancouver that it’s hard to know where to start. You will quickly notice that there is a huge Asian population in Vancouver, offering an abundance of cheap and tasty goodies. For fresh seafood with an Asian persuasion, try one of the many sushi shops like Tom sushi, and don’t forget to try the BC Roll – a Canadian creation. However, if you want to taste real Canadian cuisine, you have to head to Salmon & Banique for a taste of First Nations heritage. While the main courses are a bit more expensive, traditional bannock bread and candied salmon are inexpensive, delicious, and truly Canadian snacks. If you need a bite to eat on the go, use the Street food app to find food trucks unique to Vancouver, like the popular Japanese hot dog vendor Japadog. At the end of the day, try the best dessert in town, a Nanaimo Bar from Bjorn Bar Bakery.
How to get around
Getting around Vancouver is easy with the Compass map, grab one and use it to get around the city easily by bus, sky train and sea bus. If you need help getting around town, download TransitDBVancouver to plan your route and check live estimates on bus and train arrivals. If you’re feeling energized, stop by one of the many Mobi bike sharing supports for renting a bicycle. Just sign up for a payment plan, grab a bike, and enjoy a bike ride around town. Then drop the bike off at the nearest bike rack when you’re done!
What to see
Vancouver is a beautiful city, with many distinctive natural sites to enjoy. Get in touch with nature and Canadian history as you walk stanley park, walk along the sea wall, soak up the sun on the beach or admire the art of colorful First Nations totem poles. Then take the ferry to Vancouver Island and spend a day in port whale watching. From May to October, the area around Vancouver is a prime spot to see humpback whales, gray whales, killer whales, and other marine mammals like sea lions and otters. With all the money you save on your trip, you might want to consider booking a whale watching excursion with one of Victoria’s many tourism companies.
What to do
While on Vancouver Island, you’ll want to take the opportunity to try surfing at one of Canada’s best surf spots: Tofino. This surfer’s paradise offers tons of beginner’s lessons and camps, even if they can get expensive. To reduce costs, stay overnight and book your course until Tofino Hostel or HI Whalers on the Point Guesthouse to get 10% off. If you are not interested in relaxing, go for a hike! Literally. Lynn canyon is a short bus ride from downtown Vancouver, and although the suspension bridge is closed, you can still hike the trails and swim in the rock pools under the Twin Falls. Once you’ve removed all that energy from your system, spend a relaxing day strolling around Gastown. One of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, be sure to check out award-winning restaurants, distinctive boutiques, sweatshop-style clubs, and renowned art galleries. When it’s time to find the perfect souvenir, try it out Richmond Night Market, the annual summer market where vendors from all over the world sell their delicious treats and exotic accessories.
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