Honestly, I had a hard time sorting out the different places we saw, trying to make a decent post about Vancouver. There is so much to discover, that I could have used 50 photos easily. So, I’m sorry I don’t show you everything, only a glimpse as usual. But be sure that another postcard will come about an outdoor day around Vancouver to complete this one! For now, this postcard from Vancouver is designed to guide you along a Slow Travel typical day in the beautiful Western Canadian city.
How to move around Vancouver?
First thing first, we used only public transportation within the city. The buses and subways are very conveniently spread downtown. There are other ways to go from one place to another. We’ll see that later.
We used a TransLink Dy Pass that allowed us to go wherever we wanted all day long.
We started the day with a bunch of museums to please our family amateur historian. It wasn’t difficult to have a lot of choice as three museums and an observatory are all located in the same park: Vanier Park.
We bought a Vanier Park Explore Pass as we wanted to visit the three museums: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, MOV (Museum Of Vancouver) and Vancouver Maritime Museum. This pass includes free admission to the Planetarium. We believe it to be an interesting choice if you plan to see these three museums. You can use the pass over multiple days if you have time to go back several times.
The St Roch ship at the Maritime Museum
Discover Vancouver’s History at the MOV:
The ferry line
After the museums, we were craving for a good lunch. We wanted to visit the Granville Island Public Market, and instead of walking for 45min, we chose to try the adorable Vancouver Ferry line! (the ferry tickets are not included in the Translink DayPass but it worths the extra).
See for yourself:
It’s so small that inside, half the space is dedicated to the commands:
Fantastic view from the ferry along False Creek:
Granville Island Public Market
The main building is already huge and fully packed with stalls offering delicious food. You can choose whatever you want and take a table to eat inside the market. We had difficulties to find an available table, but in the end, we managed. However, I advise to find the table first and then go for food because it can be quite a long time before you find somewhere to seat at lunch time. During the winter you wouldn’t want to end up eating a cold chowder!
The Market is indeed more than one main building. There are several others all around with different specialties, from kids to beer lovers!
We left this food heaven to take the bus to Chinatown
I must admit we could have stayed much longer than we did. The already long day and, most of all, the rain didn’t help. But there is plenty to see in the neighbourhood. However, I recommend trying the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the T&T store to bring back some Chinese food home for your dinner! Remember that Vancouver is facing far Asia, therefore its presence is very strong and part of the city culture.
Simply enjoy the streets and architecture!
Vancouver has obviously more to offer than few good addresses to visit. The architecture is very interesting for a start. It shows the evolution of Northern American construction trends of the last century to the perfection.
Vancouver Public Library:
Canada Place Convention Center:
Street-art is also an excellent way to wander the city. It can even become a treasure hunt!
I hope you enjoyed this short Vancouver tour.
If you want to read more of our Postcards:
See you in 2 weeks for the next one!