Vancouver was ranked as a third most livable place in the world and 10th cleanest city in the world. What’s more, it is undeniably a beautiful city endowed with a mountain background and spectacular urban beaches. It has broad parks and a relatively calm climate characterized by mild temperatures for the better part of the year. It’s no wonder Vancouver is quite attractive to tourists too. Here is a list of 5 unusual ways to explore Vancouver.
1. A Visit to The Grouse Mountain
The beauty with visiting Grouse Mountain is that there will always be something new and exciting to do here. This site is a four season destination with numerous activities and sightseeing opportunities. You cannot exhaust them all in one day. It is also a wonderful family getaway.
As you travel from the Valley Station to the peak, you can enjoy a clear view of British Columbia and its majestic beauty. Within Grouse Mountain, there is a wildlife refuge, a wide selection of dining options, a theater in the sky and mountain zip lines to view, among other attractions. Families can engage in long treks such as the Grouse Grind, family-friendly entertainment like lumberjack show, Disc golf, and chairlift rides, among others.
2. Whale watching
Vancouver is a great location for whale watching. This is because these thrilling creatures migrate via waters near the city. If you happen to be in Vancouver between March and October each year, find your way to the northern waterways and enjoy the thrilling sight of the rare species including humpback whales, minke whales, and orcas. If lady luck is on your side, you may spot various birds including harlequin ducks, tufted puffins, bald eagles and others.
Whale watching expeditions can be done on a kayak, seaplanes, a cruiser or a high-speed zodiac. Do not forget to pack your binoculars and camera as you are sure to encounter pleasant surprises. Rare marine creatures such as otters and sea lions have become a common sight along the remote coastlines of British Columbia.
3. Relax and Revitalize in Spas
The community in Vancouver has a keen focus on wellness and health. This is why you will find some of the best spa treatments here. Do you want to relax, refresh and revitalize? Try any of Vancouver’s spas for a treatment like the unique hot stone massage at Spa Utopia in the Pan Pacific hotel. Other health resorts with interesting treatments include Sense, a Rosewood Spa specializing in stimulation of human senses, Smile Thai Wellness offering traditional acupuncture and herbal remedies, and The Spa by Ivanka Trump known for customized treatments that match your goals (either to energize, restore or calm).
4. Explore nature at Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
Located in North Vancouver, this center offers an incredible opportunity for children and nature-lovers to learn and nurture their passion. Here, you will find films about nature to watch, practical displays, a puzzle table, summertime nature programs, a puppet theater and models about the environment. You can also enjoy a stunning view of the canyon by using the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge to get to the center.
5. Limo tours
Sometimes, all you feel like doing is sitting comfortably and being driven around as you enjoy stunning views of Vancouver. What better way to move around comfortably than in a limousine? You can even enjoy a limo tour to see the beautiful snows of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, participate in winery tours, and explore Seattle in the south known for glass exhibit, the popular Space Needle or as the home of the 1st Starbucks.
Whether you are a first-time visitor of Vancouver or a resident, you will hardly lack an opportunity for adventure and leisure. There are numerous fun activities to engage in here and Vancouver’s busy cultural life is something to behold. What other thrilling activities and destinations in Vancouver have you discovered lately?
Vick Raj is an active member of BC’s Passenger Transportation Board. He has been in the limousine industry for over 5 years and is passionate about delivering quality service to all his clients. Vick is the founder and president of Fabulous Limousines.