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Visit Vancouver, Where You Can Ski and Head to the Beach Right After

Make the most out of 48 hours in the city.
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Surrounded by mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is a place where you can ski in the morning and head to the beach right after. It's also regarded as one of the best cities in the world to live in. Even when the rest of Canada is below freezing, Vancouver is usually the warmest city in the country during the winter. And of course, it is known for its amazing food—from seafood to steaks, this city has something for every palate.

FRIDAY

3:00 p.m. Granville Island Excursion
The most visited tourist destination in Canada is a little island that has a public market, restaurants, a theatre, hotel, brewery, traditional wood carvings, and stores of all kinds. The market will have freshly caught fish as well as something as exotic as calamansi at a whopping 40 cents a piece!

If you walk along the docks, you’ll find a little house-like structure with a patio full of people. This will be Go Fish. Get the fish and chips or the salmon fish taco and devour them while savoring the view of the snowcapped mountains. If you’re lucky, you can go down to the boats and buy freshly caught seafood directly from the fishermen.

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5:00 p.m. Robson Shopping
Stroll along Vancouver’s shopping district and find local stores such as Roots, where you can get some plaid shirts and leather goods, and Aritzia for women’s clothes. No trip to Robson is complete without stopping by the Vancouver-born brand that elevated yoga wear to a whole other level: Lululemon is located on Robson and Burrard and will surely satisfy all your yoga needs.

7:00 p.m. Fresh Sushi
Sometimes the best way to appreciate the freshness of your seafood is to have it in the form of sushi. Miku is a Japanese restaurant located in the scenic Canada Place, where their breathtaking view complements the depth of flavor only fresh ingredients can bring. You will definitely have more than one order of their salmon oshi sushi. This aburi dish is something you’ll dream of long after you’ve had it. In case you’re in a pickle and Miku is fully booked, don't worry because their sister restaurant, Minami, is in the yuppie district known as Yaletown.

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9:00 p.m. Earnest Ice Cream
Vancouver is home to an award-winning gelateria, and yet this humble ice cream shop has beaten it time and again to be the city’s most loved ice cream. Try their London Fog and Whiskey Hazelnut and experience how the silky smooth cream and imaginative flavors captured the hearts and taste buds of all who’ve tasted it.


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SATURDAY

6:00 a.m. Morning Yoga
It’s time to try out all the stuff you got at Lululemon! Start your day right with a sun salutation at one of the many yoga studios around town. YYoga welcomes drop-ins and classes for all levels.

7:30 a.m. Crepes at Cora
After yoga, you can head to Cora, a well-loved Canadian chain known for their hearty breakfast food. Enjoy favorites such as pancakes, french toast, fruits, or choose between a sweet or savory crepe that will help you recharge for the rest of the day.

8:30 a.m. Snow Adventure
Head to Whistler for the snow experience of a lifetime. The 1.5 hour drive will take you to one of the venues from which Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010. Whistler is regarded as the best ski resort in North America but if you don’t ski, fret not. You can try a host of other activities such as tobogganing, ice skating, or a stroll around Whistler Village. The lodges and laidback atmosphere are reminiscent of a little Swiss town situated right by the mountains. Complete your experience with the world record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride that takes you from the top of Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain.

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1:00 p.m. Late Chinese Lunch
There was a time when many Hong Kong chefs moved to Vancouver and this resulted in a great number of Chinese restaurants whose dishes can rival those from their homeland. Try the different kinds of xiao long bao at Dinesty or splurge on the dimsum in Kirin. You’ll be in good hands with whichever you choose.

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3:00 p.m. Bridge Walk
Going for a walk in a park may be a relaxing way to pass the time, but literally elevating that experience can add a bit more adventure. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park features a 450-foot-long bridge that hangs 230 feet above a river. Once you get through the shaky start, feel free to walk along the bridges on the treetops that the park is known for, putting you up close and personal with trees that are as tall as buildings. You’ll also find the largest private collection of First Nation totem poles and—if you’re daring enough—try the cliffwalk which is sure to get your heart racing.


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7:00 p.m. Steak Dinner
Canada is also known for its premium steaks, which are dry-aged for an average of 28-100 days to bring out a deeper and more concentrated flavor. Choose which cut you’d like to savor from the Keg Steakhouse + Bar and pair it with a Caesar, Canada’s national cocktail and their version of the Bloody Mary.

 

9:00 p.m. Dessert at Thierry
If sweets and pastries delight your senses, head to Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe, home to one of the best pastry chefs in the world, Thierry Busset. Their menu offers seasonal treats which are a must-try. Whether you choose to have a cake, chocolate, or macaron, your sweet tooth will delight in each and every bite.


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SUNDAY

7:30 a.m. Fresh air at Stanley Park
Stanley Park is home to a 400 hectare West Coast rainforest, where you can walk, jog, or bike around on what’s known as the Seawall. Don’t be surprised to find that many locals do the same because as much as Vancouverites love their food, staying healthy and fit is a top priority.

Pace yourself so you’re still able to enjoy the view, and you may even end up in one of the beaches around the park. If you still have time, head up to the Vancouver Aquarium or Prospect Point to enjoy a magnificent view of the city and other islands of the West Coast.

10:30 a.m. Sunday Brunch
Sunday is brunch day, so don’t be surprised to find that restaurants have a different menu on the weekends. Café Medina is one of the most beloved brunch places in Vancouver and if you can brave the line, be sure to try their waffles (if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one). 

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1:00 p.m. Walk, Walk, Walk
Vancouverites love to walk (except when it’s raining) and Vancouver is the kind of city where you’ll enjoy long walks down streets that can take you all the way to the beach. Your walk can take you to Gastown, the oldest neighborhood of the city. While admiring the Victorian architecture, you just might run into a film set, which is nothing new to locals. Vancouver is also known as Hollywood North, so running into Anne Hathaway is definitely a possibility.

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2:00 p.m. Dunn’s Famous
Have one last taste of Canada before you board your flight. Dunn’s Famous is a Montreal-born deli which features layers upon layers of Montreal Smoked Meat in a sandwich where you can choose how lean or fatty you want your smoked meat to be. You’ll also want to try your fries with malt vinegar. You’ll be craving for that unique sourness with fries you never knew you wanted.

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