You cannot go to Vancouver without walking around Stanley Park! The park is located Downtown by English Bay. It offers a wonderful sunset over Vancouver. You can either walk on the Seawall or get lost with the racoons inside the park by the lagoons. By the way, if you fall in love with racoons, you should bring some raw eggs. They love it!
On January 1st, you should assist to the Polar Bear Plunge event. It is an event where Canadians dive into the ocean to celebrate the New Year.
A good idea would be to rent a bike and ride along the entire Seawall, or hike (not difficult) to get a good view on Vancouver and the mountains in North Vancouver.
Lynn Canyon Park
Lynn Canyon Park is a beautiful park in North Vancouver, BC. The park has many hiking trails with different length and difficulties. We went there mid-January when there was snow. It was one of the most beautiful forest we have ever seen. You may hear more about Capilano’s suspension bridge, but Lynn Canyon has a suspension bridge too ! Lynn Canyon bridge is free on the contrary to Capilano which is more touristic and quite expensive for a park.
It is quite easy to get there. It takes 1h15 and 3 buses (that may seem a lot, but trust us, it is very common in Vancouver to take an hour of transportation to go somewhere from our campus).
We recommend to go to Lynn Canyon with a camera, warm clothes and snow boots, especially if you go there during Winter. Some parts of the hiking path was icy and we had to slide sitting down.
Grouse Mountain is the most convenient mountain for everyone who would be willing to go skiing for a day. For French students discovering Canadian slopes, skiing above Vancouver and the ocean is a completely incredible experience. We have the view over American summits and Vancouver Island offers an amazing spectacle.
Furthermore, eating in mountain restaurants is very pleasant as you can enjoy the view during lunch thanks to the bay windows and terraces.
Spending a day at Grouse Mountain is an investment (60$ for the pass and 60$ for the daily ski package). None of us regrets the trip. The resort is opened from 9am to 10pm which allows you to take advantage of your pass until late. The view is even more stunning in the evening. Finally, the bonus of Grouse Mountain is the Light walk, an enlightened walk (very romantic) in the forest that we discovered at the end of the day.
To sum up, we had a very good time at Grouse Mountain. You should visit this very charming ski resort if you pass by Vancouver BC ! The following pictures can help you to visualize the place.
Granville Island is a district of Vancouver BC that seems to be fixed beyond time. Traditional shops sprinkle the streets. You can find excellent food in the colourful stalls, showcasing unique homemade products and the very finest in gastronomic delights.
You can then walk around the island, listen to street artists, and get through the various small shops until reaching the harbour.
Granville is the perfect place for you if you are seeking an authentic place to spend the day.
(by Clothilde Lamorlette and Laurène Hermant)