As we gear up for the new year, why not spice things up with some experiences you’ve always wanted to try? Forget the whole “new year, new me” spiel – you’re awesome just as you are. But hey, Vancouver’s got a bunch of cool stuff that’ll make your year extra special. We’re talking stunning views, tasty eats, and adventures that scream “Vancouver bucket list.” So, let’s make 2024 the year we dive into 12 incredible bucket list items in Vacouver that’ll have us saying, “Yep, this is a heck of a city!”
1. Do the summer trifecta (ski, beach, and bar) in a day
Experience the unique blend of seasons by embarking on the summer trifecta – ski in the morning at Grouse Mountain, lounge on the sun-kissed Jericho beach in the afternoon, and cap off your day with a refreshing drink at The Galley Patio & Bar.
2.Conquer Grouse Mountain’s Grouse Grind
And on that note, Grouse Mountain isn’t just for winter enthusiasts. In the summer, it transforms into a hiker’s paradise. Challenge yourself with the Grouse Grind trail renowned as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.” The steep ascent takes about 1 or 2 hours, but the breathtaking views from the top make this hike a must for your Vancouver bucket list.
3. Visit Granville Island for a donut
Granville Island is a food lover’s haven, and no visit is complete without trying the delectable donuts at Lee’s Donuts, which has been serving delicious classic donuts from scratch since 1979. The best way to indulge in these mouthwatering treats is by strolling through the vibrant city market.
4. Visit Nitobe Gardens at night
Travel to Japan without leaving Vancouver as you stroll through Nitobe Memorial Garden. Considered one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the best time to visit the garden is at sunset, when the peaceful atmosphere, illuminated pathways, and the subtle sounds of nature create a magical experience that is truly enchanting.
5. Attend a Candlelight concert
Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of a Candlelight concert, where the beauty of classical music is enhanced by the warm glow of flickering candles. The best thing is that Candlelight concerts take place in some of Vancouver’s most important venues, like Christ Chruch Cathedral, Vancouver’s oldest surviving church. — So, you hit two targets with one shot!
6. Boulder in Squamish
For adventure seekers, Squamish is a bouldering paradise. Test your climbing skills against the stunning backdrop of the Stawamus Chief and enjoy the thrill of conquering the granite walls – a daring addition to any thrill-seeker’s Vancouver bucket list.
7. Take a picture next to the Gastown Steam Clock
How many times have you walked by the Gastown Steam Clock and paid it no mind? Well, maybe it’s time you visit this one-of-a-kind clock! This antique timepiece, nestled in Gastown, has captivated tourists since 1977, but for an important reason. The Gastown Steam Clock is one of only a few working steam clocks in the world, releasing steam and sounding its whistles every quarter hour.
8. Buy some fresh seafood at Fisherman Wharf
Dive into Vancouver’s maritime culture by visiting Stevenson Village. This picturesque village has been a top location for many hit movies and shows, like Bates Motel, Godzilla, Supernatural, and Twilight. Don’t miss your chance to buy fresh seafood straight from the boats and savour the flavours of the ocean in this bustling waterfront district.
9. Go whale watching
Witness the majestic beauty of whales in their natural habitat by embarking on a whale-watching tour. Vancouver is a prime location for spotting orcas, humpbacks, and other marine life, making this an unforgettable addition this year’s bucket list.
10. Visit Bloedel Conservatory
Home to a diverse collection of exotic plants and vibrant birds, the Bloedel Conservatory will transport you to a tropical paradise within Queen Elizabeth Park. Catch a glimpse of the architectural marvel that is its unique triode dome, creating an ideal environment for plants from all corners of the globe.
11. Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge
Conquer your fear of heights by crossing the iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge. Stretching across the lush forest canopy, this iconic bridge suspends 230 feet above the river, providing awe-inspiring views and a thrilling sway as you make your way across.
12. Bike the Vancouver Sea Wall
Enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the Vancouver Sea wall, taking in the stunning vistas of the city, mountains, and ocean. This picturesque route is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, making it a must for your active and scenic Vancouver bucket list.