Wow, what a city! Vancouver is incredible. It is clean, sheik, and full of things to do. Scroll down the page to see where to stay, what to do, and a map of cool locations to make great images.
Places To Stay
l’Hermitage Hotel: We got lucky when a friend recommended the l’Hermitage hotel. Not only was the staff welcoming and insightful, the rooms were huge and appointed with modern details. Here are 10 reasons why we will stay at the l’Hermitage when we return to Vancouver. To make reservations, visit their website.
- The Rooms – They are huge, comfortable, and sheik. There is all sorts of room for camera gear, suit cases, and morning yoga. No kidding, the rooms are incredible.
- Price – For the quality of this hotel, the prices are very reasonable.
- Staff – Not only is the staff welcoming, they knew exactly where to go and what to do.
- Location – It is within walking distance of Yaletown, ferry stops, bus routes, airport tram, and Gas Town so pretty much everything is right out your front door.
- Bikes – They have a pair of bikes you can borrow with which to explore the town. How cool is that!
- Lounge – Don’t feel like going out? Just grab a book from their library and hang out by the fireplace. Kick back and relax while listening to the musical stylings of John Mayer. He was on heavy rotation in the lounge while we were visiting, so it was kind of icing on the cake being a Mayer fan.
- Olympic Torch – Yep, they have one from the 2010 Winter Olympics encased in glass behind the front desk.
- Gym/Pool/Hot tub – They have them all!
- Dog Friendly – Bring your canine companions along to enjoy the comforts of l’Hermitage.
- Hippo (pictured below) – This little guy handles guest relations, mascot duties, and the occasional broom chasing.
Things To Do
- Stanley Park – Picture Central Park, but clean and surrounded by mountains and ocean, and you will have a pretty good idea of Stanley Park. Ride a bike or take the bus the to the park and spend the afternoon riding the trolley, hiking, exploring the rose gardens, or just relax and watch the waves roll in. Also, don’t forget to eat some of the world’s best ice cream or have lunch at the quaint tea-house.
- Granville Island – Bring your appetite and some comfortable shoes and spend the afternoon sampling everything that the Granville Island market has to offer. There is something for everyone. Street performers, organic sake tastings, theatre, pastries, coffee, you name it.
- False Creek Ferries – If you want to get to Granville Island, make sure to ride the False Creek Ferries there. If you do, make sure to buy a full day pass so you can cruise the harbor and take in all the ports.
- Yaletown – Looking for waterfront boutique shops and great food? Look no further than Yaletown. Spend the day on Granville Island and the evening in Yaletown at a small brew pub.
Photo Map: Here is a quick map of a few locations I scouted out while visiting Vancouver. I try not to post images from any of the locations. I would hate to intrude on your own creativity.
View Vancouver, BC in a larger map
Here are a couple images we made in our short stay in this great city. We can’t wait to go back!