There are some places that are wonderful to visit any time of year, and they become an even more spectacular destination during the summer months. With the high travel season upon us, one of my favorite cities has been on my mind. I’ve been to British Columbia during all different times of the year. In Vancouver, I’ve slogged through slush and snow during December, and ventured out at midnight in freezing weather to see the New Year’s Eve fireworks. I’ve walked through Stanley Park in the most gorgeous October weather when the trees were in full fall foliage colors. And I’ve had the Grouse Grind hike on Grouse Mountain totally kick my butt as I finished it with mud all over my clothes, yet with a smile on my face. Vancouver is an amazing destination any time of year! With summer upon us and many travelers heading up to British Columbia, I wanted to bring together all the blog posts I’ve written about Vancouver so you’ll have an easy time using them when you’re planning a visit.
As far as I’m concerned, walking is THE WAY to see Vancouver. I have so many favorite walking loops I enjoy, but I couldn’t write about them all. I did put together in-depth recommendations for two walks that I consider MUST DO walks when you’re in Vancouver. One goes through Stanley Park and one is a more urban walk. Whether you do one of them or both, you’ll see lots of sites, nature, and neighborhoods. And you will log lots of kilometers, too!
Even after all the traveling I do and the many, many Hyatt hotel lounges I’ve experienced, I’m still very partial to the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver. I have been to many Hyatt hotels since I wrote my review of the Regency, so while the lounge can’t compete with many of the lounges in Hyatt properties throughout Asia, I still choose the Regency in Vancouver for anyone who asks me for a hotel recommendation.
If I’m paying cash for my hotel stay, I always use Pruvo to monitor for price drops! The location can’t be beat and the hotel and lounge staff are great. I stay there at least once a year, and I always come away from my time there pleased with my choice.
When people ask me about visiting Vancouver, it’s always fun to construct an itinerary for them. Here’s what I suggest!
So there you have it. This information is what I would want if I were visiting Vancouver for the first time and looking for a starting point for what to see and do. Heck, even for the umpteenth time visiting Vancouver, this would all still be helpful! If you’ve got ideas to add, let me know.