My Three Favourite Things About Vancouver, BC


Vancouver is a magical place. It’s the city where the mountain and the ocean meet and for just under three years I was lucky enough to call it home. Although I haven’t been back in over 14 months, I think of it often.

Here are my three favourite things about Vancouver, BC:

Granville Island

Located on False Creek across from downtown Vancouver, Granville Island is a former industrial manufacturing area turned tourist hub. Any day of the week, Granville Island is full of life–from a lively public market to Granville Island Brewing, the streets are always packed with pedestrians and cyclists. Whether grabbing a coffee and people watching, or using it as a launch pad for canoeing, kayaking, or boating, Granville Island is perfect any day of the week.

It’s also accessible by the Aquabus, which, let me tell you, is just as awesomely-dorky as it sounds.

The Seawall

In the most basic of forms, the Seawall is a stone seawall constructed around the perimeter of Stanley Park to provide shoreline protection (source), but in reality it is so much more. It is 22km of paths used for cycling, walking, or running that look out onto English Bay and the Pacific Ocean, given you glimpses of life in West Vancouver and beyond. The seawall is popular on the best of days, but on weekends it seems like the whole city flocks there. Even with the crowds, its still easy to forget that you’re actually in one of Canada’s biggest cities.

Cambie Village

Cambie Village was my home when I lived in Vancouver. I moved in just after the construction of the Canada Line and it felt like the area was undergoing a rebirth of sorts. After years of ripped up streets, funky shops, delicious restaurants and so much more moved in. Everything felt new and exciting the entire time that I lived there.

It was also the perfect proximity (for me) from downtown: close enough that I could walk (and close enough that I could hear the cheers when Canada won gold in hockey at the 2010 Olympics) but far enough out that I felt like I had distance from all the hustle and bustle. It was the perfect combination.

Vancouver is a beautiful city that has so many things to offer. I could honestly write a book about it all, but for your sake I stuck to just three. Maybe next time I’ll break my rule and write a top five 🙂

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