Vancouver: 5 Things to Do Before Your Cruise
From the stunning scenic views to the superb architecture and rich, grassy parklands, Vancouver is a delight to see. This coastal seaport city located in British Columbia is brimming with adventure, culture and liveliness.
If you’re setting sail on your cruise from this beautiful location, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to put some time aside and explore the best Vancouver has to offer before you take off.
1. Stanley Park
Situated in downtown Vancouver and almost entirely surrounded by the harbour, Stanley Park is one of the city’s most beloved attractions. With the many activities and sights available, the park in itself could easily warrant a whole day’s worth of time.
Why not hire a bike or some rollerblades and glide along the famous Seawall? Or check out the gorgeous marine life at the aquarium? To see the park in style, you can take the option of a horse-drawn carriage tour and perhaps follow it by recharging at one of the park’s delectable dining options.
2. Vancouver Art Gallery
If visual culture, history and fine art are more your style, you won’t want to miss a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Displaying its own impressive collection of photography, modern, contemporary and Indigenous art, the gallery also premieres a number of exhibitions at any given time for your viewing.
The gallery hosts different events and programs throughout the year, such as lectures, discussions and recitals. Time will slip away as you immerse yourself in the gallery’s spectacular artworks.
A perfect combination of old-fashioned and modern, the neighbourhood of Gastown is boasting with colour, energy and flair. This historic district is architecturally exquisite with cobblestone streets, timeworn bricked buildings and the iconic steam-powered clock to visit.
There are plenty of fashion boutiques, gift stores and souvenir shops to occupy you for hours as well as an array of sumptuous cuisines and drinking spots to keep you going until you’re ready to move on.
4. Granville Island
For a foodie, there’s no better place to visit than Granville Island. It’s a favourite food and shopping hub for the locals, so you know it must be worth a visit. Arrive on the island via the charming mini-tugboat and take your time exploring the market stalls and taste-testing all of the gourmet foods on offer.
Once you’ve eaten as much as you can, why not take a walk around the island and check out the lively performers and buskers? Or discover more of Granville’s rich art culture in their array of ceramic, sculpture, jewellery and metalwork studios.
5. Vancouver Lookout
Just before you’re ready to depart on your fabulous cruise, take one last look around at the Vancouver Lookout. The observation deck on top of Harbour Centre (one of the city’s tallest buildings) will treat you to a breathtaking 360o view that shows off Vancouver’s mountain scenery, city skyline and waterfront coast. The lookout is the perfect place to end your visit and leave you with a spectacular picture in your mind; no doubt you’ll be wanting to come back.
For more information on cruising from Vancouver, contact us on 1300 769 228 or visit your local Cruiseabout store today.