While downtown Vancouver has the full range of culinary options ranging from family-style large chains to fine dining in the immediate vicinity of The Auberge Hotel, there’s hidden gem located at the rear of the building: The Lions Pub boasts modern pub fare served in a lively, convivial atmosphere. The menu runs the gamut from traditional British comfort food to a wide range of sandwiches, burgers and salads. Of course there’s beer on tap as well as a huge selection of craft beer, too!
It’s time to enjoy longer stretches of drier weather, beautiful blossoms and pleasant strolls in one of the many gorgeous parks in and around downtown Vancouver: spring is in the air!
Without a doubt Vancouver reigns supreme as having a huge coffee culture, but there’s something altogether soothing about a mid-afternoon cup of tea to escape the frenetic cacophony of downtown Vancouver.
An exceedingly pleasant way to see the city as well as to get across False Creek with an exceptional view from the water involves climbing on board one of the little blue boats that glide effortlessly on the waterways: False Creek Ferries is probably one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets as a notable and interesting mode of transportation.
To celebrate the season, go and see what downtown Vancouver has to offer during the holidays whether it be for shopping, strolling, visiting beautifully decorated seasonal venues or just having a twirl around an ice rink in the center of the city, there’s something for everyone.
Although Vancouver’s world-renowned Stanley Park receives the most annual visits by tourists and locals alike, here are a couple of under the radar outdoor spots just a little further away from the downtown core but definitely worth exploring: VanDusen Botannical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory, both accessible by crossing either the Oak or Granville St Bridges and minutes from the city center. Both properties are open seven days a week: VanDusen is the larger open air property whereas the smaller Bloedel Conservatory situated at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park is a beautiful oasis filled with plants, trees and birds under a geodesic dome.
Essentially Vancouver’s oldest ‘hood with heritage designations on most of the buildings but also the most hip and happening: Gastown has plenty of indie boutiques, one of a kind art galleries, cutting edge interior design stores, critically acclaimed restaurants as well as a host of cool cocktail lounges and bars plus a whole lot more!
What do a former world leader, a renowned British actress of stage and screen as well as an American rock icon all have in common? Margaret Thatcher, Helena Bonham Carter and Bruce Springsteen, along with visitors from all over the world have all experienced the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is 230 ft or approx 70 metres above the ground. In the middle of a temperate rainforest and spanning 450 ft across (140 m), the bridge attracts up to 6,000 visitors a day during the summer which translates to 800,000 visits per year; it’s no wonder that the Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the most highly rated local attractions in metro Vancouver.
No matter where you look, it’s hard not to notice the first signs of spring: young leafy tendrils poking up from the earth, newly blossomed branches of yellow forsythia swaying gently in the breeze or full on pink frothiness of Japanese cherry blossoms decorating parks, city streets and even in the courtyards of downtown; spring has definitely sprung in Vancouver much earlier than in previous years and well in advance of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in April. For the best views of blossoms, birds and breathtaking waterfront vistas, here’s an insider’s guide to some off the beaten track locations: