1. NATURE - Three local ski mountains within a 40 minute drive from Downtown Vancouver. Also, Whistler Blackcomb is only 2.5 hours away with lots of lakes, parks and hiking trails to explore along the way.
  2. LOCATION - Vancouver is on the coast so summer camping in the Gulf Islands or a weekend getaway to the Sunshine Coast is real easy. Skip across the US Border for a weekend in Seattle.
  3. FOOD - Being a multicultural city, Vancouver has an extremely diverse culinary scene.



In winter: Grab a Long Black or a real Flat White at Revolver Coffee, get it to go and head up to a local mountain – Cypress Mountain (the best) for some snowboarding action. It’s only about 35-40mins drive from downtown Vancouver.


In summer: Repeat the above with great coffee and show off Vancouver’s back yard with a easy morning walk/hike in North Vancouver at either Deep Cove or Lighthouse Park.

In winter: Snowboard with an ocean and city view and après beers and burgers at the ‘Crazy Raven Bar & Grill‘.


In summer: Grab sushi for lunch at Tatsu Japanese Bistro. See below in the top 5 best eats. Rent a bike, and ride the seawall. Stop at Third Beach located at Ferguson Point in Stanley Park for people watching and for a swim.

In winter: Get a warm Charcoal Bamboo Ramen at Motomachi Shokudo a top local spot and possibly stop for a night-cap at the Bayside Lounge (amazing Caesars).


In summer: Go out for delicious tacos at La Mezcaleria on Commercial Drive then head out near Main Street to a local micro brewery called 33 Acres. You’ll find good beers and a nice casual atmosphere.



Delicious French cuisine, the BEST I’ve ever had. Great selection of wine and the service is just spot-on. Affordable prices; 3 courses CAN$37.

They have a modern approach to Chinese cuisine. This is where you’ll find tasty, exotic and ETHICAL Chinese Food. It’s a tapas like dinning so go with 2-3 friends. Plate price range from CAN$5 – $20.

Vancouver is well known for great Sushi. Tatsu serves FRESH fish, they are very creative with their sushi rolls and main dishes. Friendly service, mid range pricing CAN$15.00.

Mouthwatering Mexican cuisine, great friendly service, amazing selection of Mezcal. I would get the Tacos Combo 4 for CAN$11.50 or main dishes ranging from CAN$14 – $19.

Yummy Japanese Ramen, love the ambience and the friendly service. Get the Bamboo Charcoal, it’s rare and it’s really good for you. Lay off the liquor and you’ll spend no more than CAN$17.


Cambie Hostal – There are two locations but to me, this one is better. Great location, close to Gastown. Or HI Vancouver – Great location, being on Burnaby Street and not on Granville St means you’ll get some sleep. A friend stayed here and recommends as it’s – clean, cheap and nice.

This site focuses on showcasing the positive aspects and all that is great about Vancouver. Has also won best local blog on Vancouver year after year. Scout Magazine is also another good one. For farmers markets check out this site.


Lay off liquor when you eat out and you’ll find that you won’t have to sell one of your kidneys to pay for the bill.

Bike the Seawall.

In winter, at the top of Cypress Mountain you’ll see the ocean, snow-dusted mountain range and the city, simultaneously.

For trains and buses you can use this app. Car2go is pretty cool too – you pick up cars at multiple locations and pay hourly. If you are renting a car for a longer duration then checkout Budget Car Rental, they offer the best price.

It’s a pretty safe city but just like anywhere, when traveling, always carry a bag of paranoid with you.

Don’t use the ‘C’ word, the locals will explode into tiny pieces.

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