Mini-Guide | Vancouver BC, Canada

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Vancouver is one of those cities that could quite possibly be the ideal spot to live, work and play. It's just stunning & clean, great public transit, the people are genuinely friendly and you've got the best of both worlds- the ocean & the mountains. Plus fabulous food, shopping, sights... I could go on and on. So a friend from Vegas is headed to Vancouver for the first time and asked for recommendations while visiting. Vancouver was home to me for almost a year, and although my husband was working in the States during that time {which I don't recommend, by the way} we did take full advantage of our long weekends together in British Columbia. From our time up in Whistler to our sail along the western coast of BC to our simple strolls through downtown, we have some pretty great memories in Vancouver.

Here are some of my tops in Vancouver:

Stanley Park One of the top parks in the world & home of the Vancouver Aquarium.

Coal Harbour My favorite pocket of downtown Vancouver, set among boats & at the entrance of Stanley Park.

Whistler Winter or Summer, fabulous. Stunning drive up- You can also take the train from Vancouver.

Spa'ing- The Spa at the Four Seasons Whistler & Absolute Spa downtown.

Granville Island Fun shopping, eating, public market- great if you're traveling with wee ones.

Afternoon Tea at the Wedgewood.

For shopping I like Gastown & Robson Street. The one thing that Vancouver is not short of is great shopping- My friend Lauren over at ellecroft.com has a myriad of recommendations.

Here in New Orleans, we have our Lucky Dogs. In Vancouver, it's the Japa Dog- Japanese street vendor twist on the hotdog, and oh so yummy!

Sutton Place My top hotel pic in the City, and a hop-skip-jump from Robson Street.

Cactus Club Cafe I know it's a Canadian chain, but the food is just too good so it made the list.

Glowbal Grill in Yaletown. One of our favorite meals in Vancouver.

Indian Arm cruise along the western coast of Vancouver.

Vancouver's China Town is the 3rd largest in North America and fabulous for culinary exploring.

Ps, If you're visiting during the winter months, swap your good shoes for wellies!

-lila
Images, view of Coal Harbour, and us in a little ferry over to Granville Island by C.Ermel

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