There’s no shortage of reasons to visit Vancouver, British Columbia. The scenery surrounding Vancouver is among some of the most beautiful in the world, and offers a multitude of sightseeing opportunities. Its surrounding natural beauty, vibrant city life and convenient public transportation make it an ideal travel destination. Even better, the city has several features that are friendly to visitors on a budget.
*Stanley Park – Home of the Stanley Park Seawall, a nearly six-mile paved path where bicyclists, joggers and skaters come to enjoy nature’s beauty. The path also runs near English Bay, which offers spectacular photo opportunities. The nearby aquarium features beluga whales and a variety of tasty treats are for sale from vendors throughout the park.
*Grouse Mountain – Visit the wildlife refuge at the base of the mountain, then take the Grouse Grind challenge. Experienced hikers may want to see how fast they can climb the 2.9 kilometre mountain trail, while others might want a more leisurely pace. Either way, once at the top visitors can take in a lumber jack show, go zip lining or paragliding or simply take in the surrounding view.
*Central Park – This site is one of the oldest parks in Vancouver and features an outdoor pool, a track stadium and a children’s playground.
*Lynn Canyon – The ecology centre here shows nature films, has several hands on activities involving nature and provides programs in the summer. Those truly adventurous souls will take a walk on the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge for a spectacular view.
*Star gaze – Vancouver has become a hotbed of moviemaking in the last several years and at any time the city could be populated with any number of celebrities. Some actors have been known to play piano in local lounges, while others have favourite restaurants they like to frequent when in town. There’s always the possibility of scoping out the best hotel lobbies to see if anyone famous is coming or going.
*Night markets – The Richmond area of the city features a large night market with a stage for performances, booths for selling goods and a variety of food for sale. This is the largest of the two night markets. The other is located in Chinatown and is similar to Richmond but on a smaller scale.
*Wreck Beach – On the campus of the University of British Columbia is the city’s world-famous nude beach. Clothing is optional here, but a free spirit is required. Homemade crafts, food, jewellery and art can be found for sale along the beach.
While there are certainly some pricey attractions to be found in Vancouver, travellers on a budget can still find plenty to do. The city’s natural beauty, busy nightlife and reputation as a TV and movie producing centre provide ample inexpensive opportunities to make memories while visiting