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20 Jun

72 Hours in Vancouver: What to See and Do

This coastal seaport city in Canada is the third largest metropolitan city in the country.

On top of that, Vancouver has consistently been rewarded one of the top five worldwide cities for liveability and quality of life. Of course, for locals and returning visitors, this does not come as a surprise. With so much to see and do, it’s almost impossible to not enjoy your time in this stunning and versatile city.

But, what if you’re limited on time?

If you’re planning on visiting Vancouver for a mere three days – fret not! Here’s a quick guide to help you make the most out of your trip.

Day 1

Begin your day by heading to the farmers’ markets in Vancouver – the city is filled with them year-round.

That being said, most neighborhoods have a market, but they are held on different days throughout the week. Make sure that you check online to ensure the farmer’s market of your choosing is open!

Follow this by discovering the many sights in historic Gastown. Walk down Water Street and enjoy the cobblestone streets and European architecture. Once you’re there, grab a bite to eat at one of the many exquisite restaurants in Vancouver.

If you’re not up for a large meal, Gastown does not disappoint when it comes to cheese and charcuterie bars. Afterwards, recharge by heading back to downtown Vancouver boutique hotels like L’Hermitage Vancouver for a good night’s rest.

Day 2

What good day starts without coffee?

Check out one of the many local coffee shops in the area surrounding L’Hermitage – trust us, here, you’ll find a brew that’s much better than a generic cup of joe. While you sip, sit down and enjoy people watching. After all, there’s no better time to than when you’re soaking in the Vancouver sun in the morning over coffee.

After your beverage, check out the Botanical Garden Van Dusen. It opened in 1975 and is the home of a vast myriad of flowers and regularly hosts events to encourage education.

No vacation would be complete without a burger or a pint, and Vancouver sure has a lot to offer in that area, including on-site options if you want to call it quits early.

Once you’re stuffed, explore the Vancouver Aquarium. It’s home to incredible ocean species and amazing aquatic life and has been since its opening in 1956. They have welcomed people all over the world and it’s the first official public aquarium in Canada.

To end the night, indulge in a nice meal or adult beverage or – if you want – hit the hay early. What are vacations for?

Day 3

Start your morning slowly by grabbing breakfast at L’Hermitage Vancouver. Next, walk around and maybe do a little shopping, there’s no rush!

Continue your day in a relaxed manner by heading over to a coastal restaurant. Vancouver is known for its seafood, and it really is something you should not miss out on during your stay. You might even find that you’re in town during one of the city’s many local festivals, ranging from folk music and Pride, to opera to international wine festivals!

End your three-day trip to Vancouver with a bang and go to the Granville Island. Here, you’ll find a range of activities to suit all tastes, from those with an adventurous spirit to those who would rather eat and drink their way through a neighborhood.

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