Be spoilt for choice at Granville Island
Worthy of a full day’s exploration, this island offers much to travelers, with its doses of international festivals and its public market. Filled with theatres, galleries, and unique cafes and restaurants which are full of character, there is no lack of things to do on this urban island. Visitors can taste fresh and exotic produce from farmers, bakers, and fishmongers in the public market whilst enjoying the music of buskers scattered throughout the charming cobblestone streets; there is even a Kid’s Market dedicated to children. They can also visit the Granville Island Brewing Co, British Columbia’s first cottage brewery, to down some fine beer on a summery afternoon. If possible, travelers should also attend one of the many exciting festivals held here, which are held in outdoor spaces and liven up the streets with song and dance. Another performance that should not be missed is the internationally renowned, multiple award-winning comedy improvisation company, Vancouver TheatreSports League.
Go people-watching at Kitsilano Beach
Little beaches can boast of having as many beach babes and hunks as Kitsilano Beach. One of the most popular beaches in the city, it sees many fitness buffs and volleyball enthusiasts lining its coasts, especially during the summer months. With a picturesque backdrop of the North Shore mountains and Stanley Park, travelers can soak in the sun, admire the beach culture or go to the Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver’s largest saltwater pool which is heated and conveniently located right beside the ocean.
Visit the Museum of Anthropology
This museum is highly acclaimed for its research and an extensive collection of artifacts, more than half a million of them, but its architecture is equally impressive; perched on the cliffs of Point Grey, it has distinctive traditional Northwest Coast structures, and highlights include the set of heavyset doors carved by four artists and the 15-meter glass walls of the Great Hall. Even the museum grounds are meticulously landscaped and feature native plant species. The Multiversity Galleries feature more than 10,000 artifacts from all over the world, and unlike other places, visitors can browse through the collections, whereas the Audain Gallery showcases large-scale exhibits on global arts and cultures.
Have a chic night out at SoMa
The new and upcoming neighborhood of South Main Street, also known affectionately as SoMa, is the place for fashionistas and travelers who are looking for great nightlife. Sporting some of the coolest hangout spots in the city, including the ever-popular Cascade Room, a modern and stylish bar with an equally polished crowd; the Biltmore Cabaret, a popular burlesque; and countless other noteworthy restaurants, it is ideal for bar-hopping or meeting the locals. Travelers who prefer daytime activities will also find plenty to enjoy here – SoMa is an antique gem, with numerous lovely antique shops which promise unique, one-of-a-kind purchases for discerning eyes.