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Best of Vancouver

A coastal playground basks in its post-Olympics glow.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  Spectacularly sandwiched between the Strait of Georgia and the soaring Coast Mountains, Vancouver is Canada’s most westerly metropolis... more »

Tips:  Whistler is about a two-hour drive along Highway 99 from Vancouver International Airport. Travel via rental car, limousine, bus,... more »

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Points of Interest

1. 18Karat

Flanked by art galleries, this design shop carries covetable goods at reason-able prices—handwoven baby alpaca throws from $186 and mouth-blown glass candleholders for a mere $10.

3039 Granville St.
Vancouver, British Columbia

(604) 742-1880

Chef/owner Giuseppe “Pino” Posteraro serves Mediterranean cuisine at Cioppino’s and its sister restaurant next door, Enoteca. Two large patios allow diners to watch Yaletown passerbys, while foodies sidle up to the two open show kitchens. Pino calls his style of cooking cucina natural—a classical style of cooking that emphasizes the use of only... More

This Prohibition-era inspired restaurant and bar overlooks historic Gastown and Maple Tree Square. Owned by a handful of bartending veterans, the intimate, neighborhood venue serves Asian-influenced small plates like Bánh mì and gyoza. Cocktails are contemporary with such options as Penicillin, made with blended scotch, peated scotch, ginger,... More

Take a leisurely stroll among pagodas, lotus-covered koi ponds, and blossoming plum trees. Guided tours and tea are complimentary.

578 Carrall St.
Vancouver, British Columbia

(604) 662-3207

Erected in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel towers a lofty forty-eight floors above the Burrard Inlet waterfront, with panoramic views of the North Shore Mountains, Stanley Park, and Coal Harbor. A convenient stay during large events, this hotel is connected to the Vancouver Convention Centre. The 340... More

6. First Flight Paragliding

Why hike up north Vancouver’s infamous “Grouse Grind” with the masses when you can soar 4,100 feet above sea level, straight off grouse mountain’s peak? book a 30- to 40-minute tandem flight.

Grouse Mountain
Vancouver, British Columbia

(604) 980-9311

7. Gravity Pope Tailored Goods

Housed in the historical Crawford Block building in Edmonton, Gravity Pope has supported local fashion designers and collections since 1992. The 1800-square-foot industrial space is minimalist with white marble floors, antique mannequins from Paris, pale blue washed walls, and original turn-of-the-century fixtures. Styles from Vancouverite John... More

Although guests can order off an à la carte menu, patrons often opt for La Quercia’s seven- or 10-course tasting menu. The homey interior has light wood floors, artwork lining the walls, and a small bar.æExecutive chefs Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme create Italian dishes in their casual Kitsilano eatery, and daily “fresh sheets” are written on a... More

The 119-room 2009-debut dopts the mountain-fringed British Columbia city’s easygoing vibe, while adding a touch of Far Eastern style and design. Tucked into the lower 15 floors of the Living Shangri-La multiuse complex downtown (Vancouver’s tallest building), the new hotel features black-lacquer screens and a two-story calligraphy painting— a... More

10. St. Regis, Vancouver

Located in downtown Vancouver one block from Canada Line rapid transit,æSt. Regis is a boutique hotel geared toward business travelers.æAfter an $11-million renovation in 2008, the hotelækept its century-old charm intact, but brought the property up to modern standards. Complimentary amenities include a full breakfast, Wi-Fi, in-room bottled water... More

The gallery specializes in contemporary British Columbia artworks.

750 Hornby St.
Vancouver, British Columbia

(604) 662-4719