Grouse Mountain is our top destination because of its various activities including the Grouse Grind, a 'favourite' weekend workout, west coast animals, hiking trails, year round accessibility, and most of all the view! We have spent many weekends atop this mountain and there are always new and interesting things happening here. For first time visitors and locals, the experience is very worthwhile.
Vancouver's iconic seawall should be its main attraction. With 22 kilometres of pathway leading from Canada Place, around Stanley Park, circling False Creek and ending in Vanier Park, this amazing trail offers some of the most spectacular views of the mountains, the city, ocean and at low tide up close views of the small crabs hiding in the rock pools. The Seawall is one of our favourite weekend strolls throughout the year!
We came across these crafty creatures on a stroll one day in Stanley Park, odd because raccoons are usually very shy and only come out under the cover of darkness. Not these guys! Years of being fed by humans have made them very people friendly, and they'll come right up to you on the pathway! Many people have never seen a raccoon much less one up this close! After many years it's STILL a great experience!
The Museum of Anthropology on the UBC Campus is a well designed site highlighting some of the best West Coast Native Art in the World. There are dozens of carvings, photos, artifacts from around the world and some of the most famous works by Bill Reid, a prominent Native artist who carved "The Raven and the First Men". If you have a twenty dollar bill on hand you'll see its amazing likeness in the lower left corner.
The best way to see Vancouver is from its adjoining ocean. It's easy to rent a kayak and go for a unique city adventure passing by landmarks such as Science World, the Olympic Village, the Centennial Museum and more! The view of Vancouver is unlike any other as well as the surrounding ocean which offers the occasional curious seal. Kayaking Vancouver is an exhilarating and amazing experience that never gets old!
After the dreary winter disappears, the edge of the Stanley Park pitch & putt course is ablaze with colour. The Ted and Mary Rhododendron Garden is amazing! With dozens of varieties, fragrant blooms throughout the summer and a maze of hidden pathways, it is hard not to love this beautiful garden. The optimal growing conditions in Vancouver have created a paradise in the midst of Stanley Park ï¿½ be sure to visit it!