eat & drink
Sophies Cosmic Cafe
Another local favourite diner! You’ll notice Sophie’s has a large line up on the weekend mornings. Great local vibe with a cute patio and friendly staff.
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things to do
Stanley Park is Vancouver’s and arguably North America’s largest park! You can walk or bike along the sea wall and around the entire park . Bike rental shops are located along Denman Street. Spokes bike rentals and Stanely Park Rentals are both great places to rent a bike from. Make sure to go to the look out at the viewpoint spot at Prospect Point. There are souvenir shops and a local pub as well up top. Watch out for racoons, they are a bit aggressive! Soak up the beaches, view points and amazing scenery. Highly recommend.
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Granville Island is an artist’s paradise. There is a local, public market with great fresh food to purchase and also an amazing food court! We recommend having a falafel wrap from Sprig Contemporary Greek Kitchen. Many boutiques and local art and fashion are found here. Music playing in the streets by talented buskers or musicians will be prevalent! Try a Granville island brewery beer and check out the improv shows at Theater Sports.
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Capilano Suspension Bridge
Originally built in 1889, Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. Since 11 then much has been added to the twenty-seven acre park. CLIFFWALK is the park’s
newest attraction – a cantilevered walkway clinging to the granite cliff high above
Capilano Canyon. Treetops Adventure, seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor, offers a unique squirrel’s eye perspective of the forest. Conquer your fear of heights and visit the
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Grouse Mountain is a local favourite mountain. From the base of the mountain, you can hike up (in Summer) or take the gondola ride up. Up top, the views of Vancouver are absolutely amazing! Hiking up is a huge accomplishment..... it’s about an hour- an hour and a half straight up depending on
your fitness level. Just remember to bring water and some good running
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Hop on, Hop Off Bus Tours
One of the best ways to see the city. You can use this
bus and hop on and off as you please along the route. There are a few different
companies running this sort of tour. Make sure to check them out at Canada Place or
outside the Vancouver Public Library on Robson Street (small kiosk in the summer).
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Canada Place- Fly over Canada
Walk to Canada Place (an iconic National landmark) and check out Fly Over Canada (a 4D experience “flying over Canada” which will give you a great glimpse into the landscapes of Canada from East to West! Rides are $25 and occur every 15 minutes.
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Great kid friendly place! A sanctuary located in the heart of
Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is home to thousands of incredible ocean
species and aquatic life.
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Great kid friendly place! Kitsilano Pool is an amazing outdoor pool that operates in the Summer. It is MASSIVE and it overlooks Kits Beach (one of the nicest areas in Vancouver to hang out on a hot, summer day).
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walking & biking trails
Pacific Spirit Park
Pacific Spirit Park is on the way to UBC (University of British Columbia) this park is located on University endowment land and has over 800 hectares of trees and forest with trails for many to enjoy.
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SHAW (MOBI) bike station
Bike Paths and walking paths are clearly marked. You can take these bike and walking paths all the way over to the Burrard street bridge (that connects kits to downtown). Here is a map of the walking/bike trail to downtown. It takes about an hour to walk, but you can also rent a bike from the closest SHAW (MOBI) bike station. This is a bike sharing program that has different stations all over the city. You pay for how long you ride, and take the bike back to a MOBI station. For more info on this, go to https://www.mobibikes.ca/. The closest station is at Kits Beach (about a 25 minute walk from our home)
grocery stores & shopping
West 4th Avenue
There are many shops along West Fourth Avenue, you can start from Burrard and 4 th and walk West. There are so many shops and places to eat along this street! You could walk all day. The original Lulu Lemon shop (an activewear company started in Vancouver now all over the world) is located on West 4 th Avenue.
This is a local’s fave beach spot. Spot the many logs along the beach and claim
your spot for the day! You can rent kayaks, paddle boards etc from Ecomarine Paddlesport
Center located on Jericho Beach by the sailing club.photo credit : theswimguide.org
Beach. Many people also enjoy this beach in
A little further West from Jericho, you’ll find Spanish Bankthe summer-time. There are
concession stands and many locals playing volleyball along the beach. There are
lots of picnic areas as well.
Located on the UBC campus, this famous beach is known
being a “nude beach”. It isforhowever, one of the most serene and calming beaches In
Vancouver. You have to walk down a hefty amount of stairs (and on your way back
up it is a steep climb) but it is totally worth it! photo credit: GayMenOnHoliday.com
how to get around
The closest bus station, which will get you to downtown and UBC, is located on 4th and Alma (right out front of the A and W Burger restaurant). Make sure to read the bus posted times and schedules posted on the bus stop. You will have to purchase a compass card and then load that card with $ at a skytrain . You can use your compass card on the skytrain as well. Single-zone adult fares $2.85. The two-zone fare will go up to $4.10, and the three-zone fare are $5.60. You can buy a compass card here (3515 West 4 th Ave). It is a 7 minute walk from our home.
You can use the skytrain to get around downtown very easily. You will
have to take a bus going downtown from our home to get to a skytrainstation. The skytrain system also takes compass cards and you can buy them and reload them at any skytrain station.
Yellow Cab: (604) 681-1111
Black Top and Checker Cab: (604) 681-3201
Boss Limousine Service: (604) 780-9030