How to Play Vancouver in Winter?

Vancouver | Trip Description

Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada, it is the second largest city in Canada, with a pleasant climate in all seasons, very suitable for traveling and has always been a favorite city for tourists. However, the temperate maritime climate means rainy winter, so if you come to Vancouver in January like me, you have to be prepared to spend most of your trip in rainy days. However, winter is not a bad time to visit Vancouver, because most of the attractions in Vancouver have indoor space, so it is not affected too much.

The four-day Vancouver itinerary was arranged mainly in downtown Vancouver, and the overall arrangement of four days and three nights was as follows.

  • Day 1: Walk around Waterfront and Stanley Park.
  • Day 2: Went to Granville island in the morning, then walked around Gastown and Chinatown in the afternoon and evening.
  • Day 3: Early in the morning, we went to Capilano Suspension Bridge, and then to Grouse Mountain, where we originally planned to ski. Unfortunately, the weather was not good when we arrived, so we left early and went to Longsdale Quay for beer tasting and shopping. In the evening, we went back to Stanley park to enjoy the night view.
  • Day 4: Walking around the downtown area near BC Place.

This time, because I want to ski, so I scheduled four days, which is easier. If you don't want to ski in other seasons, you can arrange three days and two nights in downtown Vancouver, which should be enough time to finish the famous attractions around downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver | Accommodations

Vancouver accommodation is usually recommended for first time visitors to stay in the Downtown area, which is close to the Waterfront, shopping areas and restaurants, and is the most convenient for transportation.

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Vancouver | Attractions


Canada place

The most important attractions in the Waterfront neighborhood are the Canada Square area.Canada placeIt is one of Vancouver's most famous landmarks, with a classic five-sail design similar to that of the Sydney Opera House. It is also an important cruise terminal, where you can often see big ships coming and going. In fact, Canada Place was formerly two piers, and the current building was constructed to host the 1986 World Expo, and cruise ships departing to Alaska are now moored here.

At night, when the lights of the five sails are lit up, the view is even better. The tower building is the Vancouver lookout, if you like to look up high, you can also go up there to see the night view.

There is also a 30-minute long movie called "Over Canada" that you can buy a ticket to see.

Walking along the shoreline in the northwest direction, you will pass the Vancouver convention center, harbour green park, and the cole harbor, and the Vancouver convention center has a meeting going on, so you can only walk along the side. The Olympic cauldron on the side of the convention center is a unique landmark for the Olympic flame. Also next to the convention center, there is a public art piece The Drop, a huge blue water drop, very eye-catching.

Seawall water walk

The path along the coast of Harbour green park is called seawall water walk, which is a good place to see the sea view. There is also a seaplane tour alongside, where you can see sea planes taking off from time to time. You can walk all the way to Stanley's park.

Stanley park

Stanley parkIt is the largest park in Canada, covering 1,000 acres, and the third largest municipal park in North America. Walking inside the park is like walking in a forest. I entered the park from the south, the first stop seawall is the best place to enjoy the bay city view, you can overlook the Canada place. suitable for both day and night to come once.

There are eight totem poles, or Aboriginal totem poles, in Stanley's park, each with a different story. There are also other totem installations in the vicinity, as the park is also home to a number of Aboriginal peoples.

Stanley park is surrounded by water on three sides, and there is a small Brockton point lighthouse in the northeast corner of the park.

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GastownIt is a must-see attraction for tourists in Vancouver, the whole town is full of vintage red brick buildings. I arrived at Gastown in the evening, and it was getting dark very quickly. With the rainy weather that night, the night view has another misty beauty.

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Gas Clock

There is a gas clock in Gastown, which is a landmark of Vancouver. It was built in 1977 and is the first gas clock in the world. It has a historical significance as it emits gas every fifteen minutes and sounds its horn, but it is not that punctual because of its age.

Hotel Europe

The triangular-shaped building is Hotel Europe, similar to the Fuller building in New York, but only six stories high.

Gassy Jack Statue

The statue opposite Hotel Europe commemorates Gassy Jack, the real origin of the name of Gastown. Although gastown has a gas clock, in fact, the name of the town and gas has nothing to do with, just because the rise of the year is because this Jack (people's real name is called John) opened a bar in the local, slowly gathered next to a town, everyone to the bar boss Gassy Jack (meaning nagging Jack, probably he is quite nagging it) the name of the convenience of the town as Gassy 's town, and then slowly become gastown. Gassy's town, which later became gastown, was named after the bar owner, Gassy Jack, and of course, he should be remembered.

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Vancouver Chinatown

Vancouver's Chinatown is the largest in Canada and the third largest in North America. In 1881, the Canadian government hired 15,000 Chinese workers to build the Pacific Railroad, but the railroad lasted only four years. Upon completion, many unemployed migrant workers came to Vancouver, where the railroad terminus was located, and settled in the area, which flourished until the 1920s, but gradually declined due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, and did not flourish again until the 1970s.

The main landmark of Vancouver's Chinatown is the Millennium Gate. Such a facade seems to be a must-have landmark in any Chinatown. However, the Millennium Gate was only built in 2002.

There is also a Zhongshan Park in Chinatown. Not as old as the other buildings in Chinatown, Zhongshan Park was only completed in 1986 and has a classical Chinese garden modeled after the Suzhou Garden.

BC Place

Downtown's city center is in the area around BC Place (BC Stadium), the landmark of Canada's first Dome, which hosted the Expo and the Winter Olympics.

BC place

Pacific Center

If you're tired of seeing the sights, you can come to Pacific center to do some shopping, see the Holy rosery cathedral, and then go to the Vancouver public library to spend the afternoon reading.

Granville Island

Granville Island is actually a peninsula, close to downtown Vancouver, land and water can be reached, the two routes have their own characteristics, the land can see the attacking giants, take the ferry can tour False Creek. the most famous on the island is the public market, there are a lot of good food and shopping in the market, I think Vancouver absolutely must go to the attractions.

More detailed information about Granville transportation options and tips are recorded in this article below:

Capilano suspension bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge is said to be the most historical attraction in Vancouver. The ticket is 32 Canadian dollars, with a long suspension bridge and rainforest. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world. Built in 1889, the bridge is 137 meters long, and it's a bit nerve-wracking to see the Capilano River 70 meters below. The bridge is actually very strong and can hold up to 1,300 people.

Capilano suspension bridge

Treetops adventure

The most interesting part of the whole park is the treetops adventure, which allows visitors to get close to the rainforest from the air and see how Tarzan enjoys the air between the trees. The trees are all illuminated, so the night view should be very beautiful. The forest looks a bit misty from the air, and the air seems to be fresher up there.

The pool at the other end is also decorated with a dreamy feel.

Cliff Walk

At the other end of the suspension bridge, there is a Cliff walk, a circular bridge with steel cables erected on the granite wall, with a good view from the heights, so that you can see the whole long Capilano Suspension Bridge clearly, which is one of the favorites of the tourists. The walkway is less than half a meter wide, which makes it a bit exciting.

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Grouse mountain

Grouse mountainIt is one of the four famous ski resorts in Vancouver, and is the closest to the city, only half an hour's drive away. Climbing in summer or skiing in winter is very popular, and there are many tourists who don't like skiing, and come to Grouse mountain only to take the cable car to see the scenery, because it is a popular sightseeing spot, and the capacity of the cable car is the largest I have ever been in various ski resorts. In summer, there is a free shuttle bus, while in winter, you can take the Seabus or bus and transfer to bus 236 to get there.

Grouse mountain

The trails look pretty wide, and there are also ice rinks and snowshoeing routes. I came to Grouse Mountain because I wanted to go skiing, but when I arrived at Grouse Mountain, I realized that the weather was very bad, so I had to leave early.

Longsdale Quay Market

Longsdale quay market is a popular market in North Vancouver with over 80 restaurants and stores. You can arrange to visit this market on the same day as Grouse Mountain, right next to the Lonsdale Quay station on Seabus.

Longsdale quay market is a three-story building, the first floor is a food street, there are various national cuisines, coffee shops, breweries and so on, the second floor is a shopping place, there are clothing stores, toy stores and so on. You can try the beer tasting at Green leaf brewing co, try the beer and also go to the side of the pizza store to buy the cooperative discount pizza, these two flavors are very good.

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