Cool things to do in the Vancouver, British Columbia area

Pedal through Stanley Park. Tackle the Grouse Grind. Cross the Capilano River on a swaying suspension bridge. There’s no shortage of awesome ways to explore the Vancouver area. What’s on your list?

Having cancer taught me to embrace the many incredible experiences life has to offer. Inspired by my journey, I started Badge of Awesome Communities to share ideas for adventure in destinations around the world — and invite others to do the same. Explore the featured attractions below, see what others are saying in the comments and add your own favourite things to see and do in the Vancouver area to the growing collection!

Life is short. Let’s inspire each other to get off the couch and make the most of it.

(Feature image credit: “Vancouver Sunset” by gags9999 is licensed under CC BY 2.0)

Featured Attractions

The Butchart Gardens

This National Historic Site has been enthralling visitors for over 100 years with its stunning 55 acres of floral display gardens

Long Table Distillery

Experience the fine art of distilling from a family of award-winning Ginsmiths at Vancouver’s first micro-distillery.

Chromer Sport Fishing

Enjoy year-round fly fishing adventures, salmon fishing charters and sturgeon fishing trips surrounded by some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.

London Heritage Farm

A hidden gem in the City of Richmond, London Heritage Farm is the perfect outdoor venue for an intimate wedding. (Photo Credit: Jamie Delaine @ 

Vancouver Food Tour

Tempt and delight your palette with a delicious discovery of Vancouver neighbourhoods.

8 thoughts on “Cool things to do in the Vancouver, British Columbia area

  1. Annie V says:

    1. taking over-confident visitors up the grouse grind 🙂
    2. north shore mountain biking
    3. a quiet stroll in pacific spirit park

  2. Ryan says:

    If you are on a budget – Take a walk in Stanley Park; watch boats at Canada Place; chill out at the beach

    If you’ve got a few bucks – there’s a ton of adventure package tours you can buy to enjoy the mountains, ocean, etc.

  3. Ahmed M. says:

    (1) Gastown Pub Crawl
    (2) Whalewatching Tour
    (3) Parq Vancouver Casino
    (4) Stanley Park (Queen Elizabeth Park is awesome too)
    (5) Cherry Blossom Festival (Spring)

  4. SunnyMac says:

    >> brunch at the Teahouse (7501 Stanley Park Drive)
    >> sushi at Blue Water Cafe (1095 Hamilton Street)
    >> Cafe Crepe for dessert (1032 Robson Street)

    (can you tell I like eating ;))

  5. Christy says:

    I love this idea! I grew up here and there are SO many great things to see and do. TBH sometimes I forget how great my own backyard is until I get a visitor from out of town and need to show him/her around!! LOL

  6. T. says:

    Bikng to Beer Island at night listening to yoir music with Ur headphones! Then stop for a doobie or 2, 3… to chill & watch the cool reflections of downtown ights as U mediate! That my friend is Vansterdam at its best!!!

  7. Ron Teljeur says:

    I love walking through the George Riefel Bird Sanctuary and hand feeding the birds in Ladner, also walking and ice cream at Crescent Beach in Surrey, as well as a stroll through the moss covered trees in Tynehead park also in Surrey.

    For Vancouver itself (I’m in the ‘burbs) it’s Stanley Park and the seawall, Granville Island and Spanish Banks.

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