Hot time; summer in the city: Vancouver is in the thick of cruise ship season with an anticipated 895,000 cruise passengers from 241 vessel visits this year! If you’re taking an Alaskan cruise out of Vancouver this summer, have a relaxing pre or post cruise stay at The Auberge Vancouver, a quiet boutique hotel at the Terminal City Tower, conveniently located just a short block away from the cruise ship terminal at Canada Place.
Thinking about exploring the city prior to or after your cruise? Here are the top quintessential picks from our concierge team for must see, do, try and buy whether you’re here for a couple of days, a single day or just a few hours: just inquire with our friendly and knowledgeable Front Desk staff and they would be happy to map out a tailor made tour to suit your schedule and needs.
In a recent article in the New York Times entitled 36 Hours in Vancouver, the writer waxes poetic about how easy it is to be smitten by this city, and we couldn’t agree more! By day, Vancouver offers a dizzying array of activities aptly suited for a West Coast city surrounded by nature: on the water there’s kayaking or canoeing; on the seawall along the water’s edge there’s strolling, cycling or in-line skating; in the nearby local mountains there’s hiking up the Grouse Grind, and of course in various neighborhoods including the downtown core you could spend countless hours exploring and meandering about, but at dusk, this jewel in the Pacific Northwest truly comes alive.
It’s time to shed those down parkas and woolly toques; after what has been an unbearably long, cold winter, a profusion of pink cherry blossoms punctuate the city landscape and herald the return of spring to the West Coast.
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.