October 20, 2015 / By: Hanna Archutowska

5 Hidden Gems to Discover in Vancouver

British Columbia, Canadian Cities
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Living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world certainly has its perks.

Here are my top 5 hidden gems found in Vancouver.

I chose the less advertised, free or inexpensive adventures. These are the places I bring all my visitors to see and places I myself visit again and again.

  1. Lynn Canyon Park: It boasts a handful of hiking trails and a free suspension bridge that rivals the famous one at Capilano. The added bonus to this park is that it's free and typically less busy than the Capilano suspension bridge. Make sure to visit the Ecological center, packed with information and displays. Great place for parents and kids. I guarantee that you will have lots of fun and you will learn a lot.
  2. Stanley Park: Not really a 'hidden gem', this world-renowned park has it all. Great walking trails, outdoor swimming pool, mini railway, amazing rose garden. One of my favorite ways to explore it is with a bike to tour around the seawall. I promise this trip will leave you breathless from the views. There are several bike rental places by the entrance to the park. During Sumer months, it is worth staying for a musical show at Theatre Under the Stars, located at Malkin Bowl. This on its own is an unforgettable experience.If you have an abundance of time, it is great to visit Canada's largest Aquarium, located in the heart of Stanley Park. You would need an entire day to see everything that it offers.
  3. Granville IslandGranville Island is located walking distance from Downtown, or you can opt to take the aqua bus or water taxi instead. Granville Island is famous for its brewery, great eateries, and a public market with 150 vendors. Granville Island is home to Emily Carr University of Art and design. Make sure to visit the gallery of student art.T here are several Theaters at Granville Island with a variety of shows from modern to classical to choose from. Granville Island boutiques and an abundance of art make this tiny island a cultural haven, a fantastic day trip for any locals or visitors to the city.
  4. Sea bus Trip: Usually used mostly for commuting from downtown to North Vancouver. The sea bus is also a quick, fun trip for anyone who wants to explore Vancity. The ride takes about 12 minutes, but don't forget to keep an eye out for seals or otters on the trip over. The sea bus arrives at Lonsdale Quay, which offers a spectacular view of Vancouver Downtown. Make sure to explore the Public Market, eat a great meal in one of many eateries and have the best Pavlova cake in one of the local bakeries.
  5. FlyOver Canada: This is one of the newest Vancouver Attractions. Located at the back of the Pan Pacific Hotel. It offers an unforgettable experience of "virtually flying over" and exploring Canada. It feels so real with rain splashing on your face and turbulences shaking you up. Since Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, it's only fitting that there would be an attraction that showcases all of the beauty. This short half-hour virtual tour of the nation is a great way to end off a visit in the city. Flyover Canada is voted Vancouver's #1 attraction.


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