We know this sounds mad but you can achieve so much in 48 hours and it doesn’t feel like a mad dash.

For the outdoor lover:

Visit the Capilano bridge for stunning rainforest views

Not one to miss but make sure you go early or later in the evening to bypass the huge crowds. An experience that is just a 20 minute free shuttle ride from Canada place and various other hotel stop offs. The bridge itself hangs over the stunning Capilano river, with amazing scenic views of rainforest. There are many other activities surrounding the bridge, such as the treetop adventure with many viewing points. For more information check out our blog post on the Capilano bridge.

Visit Grouse Mountain for Grizzlies

Just 15 minutes from downtown, Vancouver’s premier attraction offers the perfect destination for a truly rewarding and memorable experience. With a variety of cultural, educational and outdoor adventures to choose from, we look forward to helping you plan your next visit.

Most of Grouse Mountain’s summer and winter activities are complimentary with a Grouse Mountain Admission ticket.

We loved the Lumberjack show and seeing real life grizzly bears in the flesh. This is an easy morning family style attraction. Not to be missed if you enjoy the outdoors and aren’t heading out to other mountain resorts like Whistler or Banff.

For the city slickers:

Take a seated tour

There are two main seated tour operators and both have a very different feel

The hop on hop of bus tour

Overall a very interesting tour that takes you all around Vancouver, Stanley park and more. This tour is an automated tour, which is a great way for people who’s first language is not English to join as you can plug in and choose your language. These buses were conmfortable and the top of the bus is fully open so you can see amazing views from above. The downside is sometimes the automated tour would skip backwards and it didn’t feel as personal, the drier wouldn’t give as much time to depart the bus. Be warned that when you go across the bridges as a higher speed it does get quite windy and cold, so pack a jumper!

The Vancouver Trolley Company Tour

A very different experience, where we both felt it was more personable. The drivers were also your tour guide and the lady that we had was very witty and quick on the mark and she definately gave us a lot more information, maybe some that other people may not know. She also gave us time to take photos and If you had questions she would also do her best to answer. The seating on this ride was wooden and the suspension not as great so not as comfortable but the experience worth it. This tour also has two separate routes – the red and the green, so choose your tour wisely.

Both hop and hop off tours are a great way to see Vancouver at it finest and it does allow you to spend leisurely time strolling around your favourite parts of the city and when you are done just find the nearest stop for the next hop on hop off bus!

Both we picked up from Canada place, which is next to Tourism Vancouver offices.

Hire a bike

Vancouver is very bike friendly, with designated bike lanes so if you don’t fancy walking or need to nip around town there are many bike hire shops across the city.

For a rainy day

Flyover Canada

You will hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen while the cinema quality film whisks you away on an exhilarating 8-minute journey across Canada, from east to west. Special effects, including wind in your face, the feeling of mist and the smells of the different locations combine with the ride’s motion to create an unforgetable experience. It is a nice way to spend some time on a rainy day (which there are a lot of in Vancouver)!

Vancouver Aquarium

A sanctuary in the heart of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise® initiative, is home to thousands of incredible ocean species and amazing aquatic life. It’s also Ocean Wise headquarters, where scientists, educators and conservation experts do their work, not only to protect the oceans but to inspire others to join us in their mission. Since opening in 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has connected more than 40 million people from around the world to our oceans and all the wonders within them.

Anoter great family activity for a rainy afternoon. While being Canada’s largest aquarium, it isn’t as large as some in the UK. However, it is a good way to spend an afternoon and you can learn some new things while seeing some creatures f the deep that wouldn’t normally see within city limits.


For us we only had 48 hours but depending on if you are and outdoor person or a city slicker there is something to do for everyone! You could easily spend much longer in this amazing part of the world as there are so many different activities to enjoy, from city tours to kayaking, you can understand why so many are drawn towards Vancouver. The people are friendly and the general atmosphere is very laid back. The traffic compared to many other cities we have visited was relatively small and with amazing locations such as Stanley Park just a stones throw away from the city makes it a very appealing place to want to live. If you desire the life of the city but with the perks of the outdoors literally on your doorstep then Vancouver is the place that you want to visit.

For more information on activities and booking please visit the Tourism Vancouver website.

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