7 Feb

A simple guide to Vancouver

If you are taking a trip to Canada this year, come rain or shine, this place has it all. One particular favourite for many people to visit is Vancouver. If you want to head to this area but aren’t sure which bit to explore, then here is a quick and simple guide:



Downtown is Vancouver’s business district, so if you are coming here on business, it is likely you will want to visit this area. It also houses many arts, entertainment, and sports venues. Downtown is a peninsula, bounded by Burrard Inlet on the north, False Creek and the popular district of Yaletown to the south.

If you are looking for a decent hotel to stay in while in the Downtown area, L’Hermitage hotel Vancouver is one of the leading luxury, boutique Vancouver hotels in Downtown Vancouver. This is one of the best places to stay in while in Vancouver. It offers a lot to its guests, and rooms come with a lot of detail, including:

  • King sized bed
  • Luxurious bedding & Hypoallergenic pillows
  • Luxury terry bathrobes and slippers
  • Complimentary high speed bandwidth Internet connection
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • In-Room electronic safe
  • Iron and full-length ironing board
  • Individual climate control rooms
  • Wii and PlayStation®
  • High quality audio system on request
  • Unlimited access to the Club L’Hermitage Fitness Studio which has heated salt water pool & Jacuzzi, fitness and steam room.
  • 24-hour in-room dining
  • Same-day Laundry and Dry cleaning services
  • Valet car service 24/7



Chinatown is known for its buzzing food scene, so if you are a foodie, you just have to make your way over here. It has many Asian bakeries, as well as dim sum restaurants and cocktail bars to spend your evenings. You can also pick up Chinese groceries. You’ll also find Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which has tranquil paths and pavilions to enjoy.

Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is mainly residential area of Vancouver and is a usual spot for meeting up with friends or family socially. It has many gastropubs and indie fashion shops on the Main Street as well as chain restaurants in the popular Cambie Village. You’ll be able to buy a lot for your skiing holiday in the outdoor stores which sell anything from kayaks, to bikes and ski gear. Science World is another top spot to visit as it shows interactive exhibits and IMAX films in a geodesic dome.

Commercial Drive

Commercial Drive is a great introduction to Vancouver’s diversity. You’ll find so much going on here that you just won’t want to leave! At the south end of the neighbourhood is John Hendry Park, by Trout Lake. From May to October on a Saturday you will find that the park hosts an excellent farmer’s market. You’ll also want to take a leisurely walk through this park and maybe even have a picnic. At the north end of the Drive, you’ll find a theatre space, and Grandview Park. Many people like to come here to experience the rich culture of the city. There are also plenty of shops and fashion hangouts.

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