David’s Guidebook for Vancouver

David

David’s Guidebook for Vancouver

Drinks
You're looking at the Chamber (red brick building to the left) from my living room. This place has a great outdoor patio and interior dining year round. Known for mussels, but just a great place for food or drinks.
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Chambar Restaurant
568 Beatty St
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You're looking at the Chamber (red brick building to the left) from my living room. This place has a great outdoor patio and interior dining year round. Known for mussels, but just a great place for food or drinks.
Close by, just up the stairs and around the corner on Beatty street, a great place to grab a quick drink near my place. Also has a nice sidewalk patio during the spring and summer.
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Devil's Elbow Ale and Smoke House
562 Beatty St
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Close by, just up the stairs and around the corner on Beatty street, a great place to grab a quick drink near my place. Also has a nice sidewalk patio during the spring and summer.
You can go to the Sportsbar which is inside Rogers Arena, even if you don't have a ticket to the game. If you do, even better. Great place to watch sports and pre-game for the big event. Not always open and you'll generally want a reservation on a game night, so call ahead.
The Sportsbar LIVE! At Rogers Arena
99 West Georgia Street
You can go to the Sportsbar which is inside Rogers Arena, even if you don't have a ticket to the game. If you do, even better. Great place to watch sports and pre-game for the big event. Not always open and you'll generally want a reservation on a game night, so call ahead.
Another great sports bar to get ready for the game, or just grab a drink.
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The Pint Public House
455 Abbott St
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Another great sports bar to get ready for the game, or just grab a drink.
Two blocks to the east down Keefer (Place in front of my condo, which becomes Street further east), you'll find this local favourite.
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The Keefer Bar
135 Keefer St
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Two blocks to the east down Keefer (Place in front of my condo, which becomes Street further east), you'll find this local favourite.
This cool tented area just opened up attached to the Keefer Bar, have heard great things.
Keefer Yard
135 Keefer Street
This cool tented area just opened up attached to the Keefer Bar, have heard great things.
Cool lounge inside the Parq Casino (other side of BC Place Stadium)
Honey Salt
39 Smithe Street
Cool lounge inside the Parq Casino (other side of BC Place Stadium)
Trendy spot in Yaletown
Banter Room
1039 Mainland St
Trendy spot in Yaletown
A little further away from my place to the west, this is a great joint frequently by many celebs when they are in town.
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Nightingale
1017 W Hastings St
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A little further away from my place to the west, this is a great joint frequently by many celebs when they are in town.
This is at the Pan Pacific Hotel, go through the lobby and upstairs for some of the best views of the water around.
Coal Harbour Bar
300-999 Canada Place
This is at the Pan Pacific Hotel, go through the lobby and upstairs for some of the best views of the water around.
The lobby bar at the Hotel Vancouver, very sexy spot.
Notch8 Restaurant & Bar
900 West Georgia Street
The lobby bar at the Hotel Vancouver, very sexy spot.
This is outside the downtown core, a 15-20 min uber or bus ride down Main Street at about 28th. A fantastic place for drinks and I celebrate my birthday here every year.
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The Shameful Tiki Room
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This is outside the downtown core, a 15-20 min uber or bus ride down Main Street at about 28th. A fantastic place for drinks and I celebrate my birthday here every year.
Worth the short trip over to E. 2nd Ave, this tasting room has great comfort food and even better beer. They often also have live music. In the summer, they have a few outdoor concerts in their parking lot (the "Red Truck Concert" series which I've performed at.
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Red Truck Beer Company
295 E 1st Ave
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Worth the short trip over to E. 2nd Ave, this tasting room has great comfort food and even better beer. They often also have live music. In the summer, they have a few outdoor concerts in their parking lot (the "Red Truck Concert" series which I've performed at.
Nice Casual Dinner
This is listed above for drinks, but also a fantastic dinner spot, and couldn't be closer.
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Chambar Restaurant
568 Beatty St
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This is listed above for drinks, but also a fantastic dinner spot, and couldn't be closer.
This is my fav view for dinner in the city, overlooking Coal Harbour and Stanley Park
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Lift Bar Grill View
333 Menchion Mews
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This is my fav view for dinner in the city, overlooking Coal Harbour and Stanley Park
Another Vancouver favourite, and just around the corner from Lift, they often have live music in the lounge, and great dining in the larger restaurant. Just like Lift, amazing views of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, and sea planes taking off during the day.
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Cardero's Restaurant
1583 Coal Harbour Quay
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Another Vancouver favourite, and just around the corner from Lift, they often have live music in the lounge, and great dining in the larger restaurant. Just like Lift, amazing views of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, and sea planes taking off during the day.
The Rooftop Patio at the Keg in Yaletown has a great vibe and mood for dinner, classy but casual environment.
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The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Yaletown
1011 Mainland St
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The Rooftop Patio at the Keg in Yaletown has a great vibe and mood for dinner, classy but casual environment.
Cactus Club is a local chain that has taken over Canada and expanded quick. I recommend two locations downtown including Coal Harbour on the waterfront
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Cactus Club Cafe Coal Harbour
1085 Canada Pl
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Cactus Club is a local chain that has taken over Canada and expanded quick. I recommend two locations downtown including Coal Harbour on the waterfront
Another location I love is over in English Bay, the views of the ocean are incredible.
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Cactus Club Cafe
1790 Beach Ave
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Another location I love is over in English Bay, the views of the ocean are incredible.
You have to take the Seabus at Waterfront Station across Burrard Inlet, across to the North Vancouver side, and then you'll be in the Shipyards area. I highly recommend Joey for great food and phenomenal views of the city from across the water. Worth the little adventure to get there.
JOEY Shipyards
125 Victory Ship Way
You have to take the Seabus at Waterfront Station across Burrard Inlet, across to the North Vancouver side, and then you'll be in the Shipyards area. I highly recommend Joey for great food and phenomenal views of the city from across the water. Worth the little adventure to get there.
Another North Van recommendation in the same area as Joey, I love Pier 7, both downstairs and the upstairs deck. Insane views, great food, and some live acoustic music in the summer. You have to take the Seabus at Waterfront Station across Burrard Inlet, across to the North Vancouver side, and then you'll be in the Shipyards area. I highly recommend taking the trip.
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PIER 7 Restaurant + Bar
25 Wallace Mews Road
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Another North Van recommendation in the same area as Joey, I love Pier 7, both downstairs and the upstairs deck. Insane views, great food, and some live acoustic music in the summer. You have to take the Seabus at Waterfront Station across Burrard Inlet, across to the North Vancouver side, and then you'll be in the Shipyards area. I highly recommend taking the trip.
This is over in Granville Island, you can get there via short uber or water taxi (from Plaza of Nations down the street). On the main level they often have a piano player, and the rooftop deck has more amazing views of the city!.
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The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant
1535 Johnston St
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This is over in Granville Island, you can get there via short uber or water taxi (from Plaza of Nations down the street). On the main level they often have a piano player, and the rooftop deck has more amazing views of the city!.
Finer Dining
It doesn't get more Vancouver than the famous Joe Fortes chop house. Also a great rooftop patio. This is just off Robson Street.
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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
777 Thurlow St
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It doesn't get more Vancouver than the famous Joe Fortes chop house. Also a great rooftop patio. This is just off Robson Street.
Revolving restaurant that will show you the entire view of the city from Harbour Centre. If you look over the brick buildings across the plaza, you'll see the top flag pole of the Harbour Centre and this restaurant from my place.
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Top Of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant
555 W Hastings St
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Revolving restaurant that will show you the entire view of the city from Harbour Centre. If you look over the brick buildings across the plaza, you'll see the top flag pole of the Harbour Centre and this restaurant from my place.
Really nice French cuisine. Foie gras anyone?
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Le Crocodile
909 Burrard St
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Really nice French cuisine. Foie gras anyone?
Another Vancouver classic!
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Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar
615 Seymour St
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Another Vancouver classic!
They will cook the food for you at the table, amazing Japanese steakhouse.
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Kobe Japanese Steakhouse
1042 Alberni St
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They will cook the food for you at the table, amazing Japanese steakhouse.
I really enjoy this place. Food is awesome. Not quite as fancy as the others, but great food.
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Black+Blue
1032 Alberni St
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I really enjoy this place. Food is awesome. Not quite as fancy as the others, but great food.
Vij is a famous local indian chef. He was friends with Anthony Bourdain and appeared on his various TV shows numerous time. One of Vancouver's most iconic internationally recognized Chefs. You won't be disappointed.
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Vij's
3106 Cambie St
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Vij is a famous local indian chef. He was friends with Anthony Bourdain and appeared on his various TV shows numerous time. One of Vancouver's most iconic internationally recognized Chefs. You won't be disappointed.
Really enjoyable spot at the Georgia Hotel.
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Hawksworth Restaurant
801 W Georgia St
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Really enjoyable spot at the Georgia Hotel.
Another Vancouver classic at the Wedgwood Hotel. A lot of Vancouver's movers and shakers dine here and put together some of the city's biggest deals.
Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge
845 Hornby St
Another Vancouver classic at the Wedgwood Hotel. A lot of Vancouver's movers and shakers dine here and put together some of the city's biggest deals.
Trendy dinner spot in Yaletown.
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Brix & Mortar
1138 Homer St
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Trendy dinner spot in Yaletown.
Vegan & Healthy
Not much to look at, but the food is health and fantastic.
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Caveman Café
88 W Pender St
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Not much to look at, but the food is health and fantastic.
Cool spot somewhat hidden in Gastown. Meet instead of Meat (they have no meat) ..get it? Try the vegan poutine!
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MeeT in Gastown
12 Water St
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Cool spot somewhat hidden in Gastown. Meet instead of Meat (they have no meat) ..get it? Try the vegan poutine!
A little spot just to the right and down 2 blocks on Abbott Street.
Vegan Cave Cafe
415 Abbott St
A little spot just to the right and down 2 blocks on Abbott Street.
Quick Food
There is a food court in the International Village mall, kitty-corner to the Espana building on the 2nd floor.
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International Village Mall
88 W Pender St
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There is a food court in the International Village mall, kitty-corner to the Espana building on the 2nd floor.
Just around the corner in our building, to the right on Abbott.
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Sushi Den
609 Abbott St
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Just around the corner in our building, to the right on Abbott.
Subway is also in our complex, around the corner to the right on Abbott St, just past the Sushi Den
Subway
683 Abbott St
Subway is also in our complex, around the corner to the right on Abbott St, just past the Sushi Den
Great burritos and tacos to go (or you can sit in the restaurant) on the Cordova entrance, a few blocks away.
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Tacofino Taco Bar
15 W Cordova St
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Great burritos and tacos to go (or you can sit in the restaurant) on the Cordova entrance, a few blocks away.
White Spot or "Triple O's" is a Vancouver staple, and there is one just up the street from my place heading west on Dunsmuir. A great family spot for lunch.
White Spot
405 Dunsmuir St
White Spot or "Triple O's" is a Vancouver staple, and there is one just up the street from my place heading west on Dunsmuir. A great family spot for lunch.
You can grab $1.50 hot dogs, chicken strips, and pizza, poutine etc for cheap and quick just around the corner at the Costco food area.
Costco Food Court
605 Expo Boulevard
You can grab $1.50 hot dogs, chicken strips, and pizza, poutine etc for cheap and quick just around the corner at the Costco food area.
Not too far away over on Hastings (across from London Drugs), you can grab a nice box of noodles to do, or dine in.
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Noodlebox
108 W Hastings St
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Not too far away over on Hastings (across from London Drugs), you can grab a nice box of noodles to do, or dine in.
Nightlife
Vancouver's legendary live music bar on the Granville Strip!
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The Roxy Cabaret
932 Granville St
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Vancouver's legendary live music bar on the Granville Strip!
Popular night spot.
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Twelve West
1219 Granville St
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Popular night spot.
A fun take on Country in the city.
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The Yale Saloon
1300 Granville St
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A fun take on Country in the city.
This place is casual yet hip. You'll have a great time. On Granville Street.
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The Belmont Bar
1006 Granville St
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This place is casual yet hip. You'll have a great time. On Granville Street.
This is a cool sports bar that is actually pretty happening at night! Relaxed but still feels like a night out.
Colony Bar Granville
965 Granville St
This is a cool sports bar that is actually pretty happening at night! Relaxed but still feels like a night out.
Things to Do
taking a Yoho or similar dinner cruise out on the water, either from Granville Island or Coal Harbour is a great way to see the city, or all the nice homes along the West Vancouver shoreline! Owners and long term renters of homes along the shoreline you'll see have included Shaq, who famously delivered his fines in advance to the city of West Van for his legendary parties, to Opera, to Wayne Gretzky.
Yoho Cruises
1699 Johnston Street
taking a Yoho or similar dinner cruise out on the water, either from Granville Island or Coal Harbour is a great way to see the city, or all the nice homes along the West Vancouver shoreline! Owners and long term renters of homes along the shoreline you'll see have included Shaq, who famously delivered his fines in advance to the city of West Van for his legendary parties, to Opera, to Wayne Gretzky.
Vancouver has a great history of Comedy and a lot of the greats have got up on stage at local Vancouver comedy clubs. Covid has made show schedules ever changing and clubs closing and re-opening. Yuk Yuk's and the Comedy Mix were the two standards, but just google Vancouver comedy and even check out a local bars open mic night for a great time.
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Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club Vancouver
2837 Cambie St
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Vancouver has a great history of Comedy and a lot of the greats have got up on stage at local Vancouver comedy clubs. Covid has made show schedules ever changing and clubs closing and re-opening. Yuk Yuk's and the Comedy Mix were the two standards, but just google Vancouver comedy and even check out a local bars open mic night for a great time.
The lookout at Harbour Centre is just a great way to see the city. From my patio you can just see the tip of the top of the building looking west. A few blocks away you can go up and see it all.
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Vancouver Lookout
555 W Hastings St
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The lookout at Harbour Centre is just a great way to see the city. From my patio you can just see the tip of the top of the building looking west. A few blocks away you can go up and see it all.
No first time trip to Vancouver is complete without a trip to the historic steam clock in Gastown. While there check out Vancouver's oldest neightborhood, the Gassy Jack statue, Blood Alley, and get your tourist on! All the souvenir shops are here.
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Gastown Steam Clock
305 Water St
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No first time trip to Vancouver is complete without a trip to the historic steam clock in Gastown. While there check out Vancouver's oldest neightborhood, the Gassy Jack statue, Blood Alley, and get your tourist on! All the souvenir shops are here.
So many things to do here, the miniature train (especially at Christmas and Halloween), the aquarium (although this may be shutting down), water park in the summer, biking/walking/roller blading the sea walll, totem poles, Second Beach Pool, Prospect Point Stanley Park Lookout, and more!
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Stanley Park
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So many things to do here, the miniature train (especially at Christmas and Halloween), the aquarium (although this may be shutting down), water park in the summer, biking/walking/roller blading the sea walll, totem poles, Second Beach Pool, Prospect Point Stanley Park Lookout, and more!
While in Stanley Park, why not play a little Par 3 Pitch & Putt golf on a nice day. You can rent clubs.
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Stanley Park Pitch & Putt
2099 Beach Ave
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While in Stanley Park, why not play a little Par 3 Pitch & Putt golf on a nice day. You can rent clubs.
English Bay is beautiful and the West End is worth the visit. In the summer there are 4 nights of fireworks over English Bay call the Celebration of Light, that draws huge crowds to the beaches.
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English Bay Beach
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English Bay is beautiful and the West End is worth the visit. In the summer there are 4 nights of fireworks over English Bay call the Celebration of Light, that draws huge crowds to the beaches.
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VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak St
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Of course grabbing tickets for the Canucks or a local show at Rogers or BC Place is always a great bet.
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Rogers Arena
800 Griffiths Way
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Of course grabbing tickets for the Canucks or a local show at Rogers or BC Place is always a great bet.
One of the cutest ball parks in North America, the Vancouver Canadians baseball team is the single A affiliate for the Toronto Blue Jays. A dog and a beer at the "Nat" during the summer is a must.
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Nat Bailey Stadium Park
4575 Clancy Loranger Way
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One of the cutest ball parks in North America, the Vancouver Canadians baseball team is the single A affiliate for the Toronto Blue Jays. A dog and a beer at the "Nat" during the summer is a must.
If you're looking for a workout, hike the Grouse Grind up Grouse Mountain in North Van. The gondola will bring you down.
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Grouse Grind Trail
6400 Nancy Greene Way
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If you're looking for a workout, hike the Grouse Grind up Grouse Mountain in North Van. The gondola will bring you down.
Walk the market and buy groceries or eat at the food stands. This is a favourite of both locals and tourists. Lot of shops, you can also get here by water taxi.
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Granville Island
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Walk the market and buy groceries or eat at the food stands. This is a favourite of both locals and tourists. Lot of shops, you can also get here by water taxi.
There is lots to check out at UBC including the Pacific Spirit Park, Wreck Beach (where some people bath nude), the Museum of Anthropology, and the UBC Rose Garden.
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Pacific Spirit Regional Park
5495 Chancellor Blvd
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There is lots to check out at UBC including the Pacific Spirit Park, Wreck Beach (where some people bath nude), the Museum of Anthropology, and the UBC Rose Garden.