Things to do in Vancouver
I’M A TOURIST in my own city. In my opinion, you have to be when you move some place new – how else will you discover what’s cool? As a means to get my feet on the ground here in Vancouver I started compiling this list of things to do. Some items were suggestions from friends, family and co-workers, others we’re simply internet finds or things I happened upon during my wandering. I’ve made a pretty decent dent in it over the past year but ultimately decided it should be an evengreen list – always growing and evolving with me. If you ever happen to find yourself in Vancouver, I highly recommend you consult this list. I assure you, it won’t steer you wrong… well, safe from #23. Japadog that is.

My Ever-growing, Never-ending Vancouver Bucket List

1. lavender latte and mini waffles at cafe medina
2. tasting plate at the salt tasting room
3. bike ride on the seawall
4. take the aqua bus
5. climb the grouse grind (and not complain about it)
6. stand up paddleboard
7. honey donuts in deep cove
8. vancouver aquarium on a rainy day
9. get geeky at science world
10. capilano suspension bridge
11. hear the cannon fire in stanley park
12. try a cupcake from ‘cupcakes’
13. shop the granville island market
14. weekend trip to victoria
15. weekend surf trip to tofino
16. sunset on the beach
17. snowboard at whistler
18. eat at cafe nuba
19. stanley park christmas train ride
20. wine tour in the okanagan
21. hike the chief
22. pumpkin ale at granville island brewing in october
23. japadog -once was enough!
24. take a yoga class with wade morrisette (alanis morrisettes brother)
25. yoga on the beach
26. whale watching tour
27. cheer on the canucks
28. cheer on the bc lions
29. visit the vancouver art gallery
30. latte from 49th parallel
31. have a sticky bun in kits
32. vancouver 10k sun run
33. weekend trip to salt springs island
34. dress up for breakie at provence
35. 90′s night at library square
36. sushi at the eatery
37. sunny day at kits beach
38. sushi and oysters at blue water cafe – raw bar
39. wreck beach – dare to go bare
40. slots at the edgewater casino
41. dance the night away at the commodore ballroom
42. fish and chips at go fish on granville island
43. vancouver city guide bus tour
44. fig and blue cheese martini at chambar
45. hike quarry rock in deep cove
46. get a classic sandwich from meat and bread
47. cheer on the whitecaps
48. worlds best cream puff from beard pappa’s
49. vegetarian meal at The Naam
50. snowshoe up to Hollyburn lodge
51. shopping trip to seattle (emphasis on seeing pike place)
52. a post-work snowboard
53. ice skating at Robson Square
54. festival of lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden
55. giant jenga at Gilt&Co
56. night out at the lamplighter public house
57. seakayaking
58. dinner at the flying pig
59. sailing lesson at Jericho
60. watch summer fireworks
61. movie night in Stanley Park
62. nanaimo bar in nanaimo
63. the mac shack
64. hike lynn canyon
65. truffled mac and cheese from society
66. fable kitchen (farm to table)
67. catch 122 for brunch
68. brunch at red wagon
69. eggs benny at west
70. dinner at wildebeest
71. rent a boat and spend the day on the ocean
72. check out the highly acclaimed town of White Rock
73. pulled pork sandwich at the portside pub
74. coffee from revolver
75. breakfast at save on meats (and purchase a food token)
76. hit the dessert table at acme cafe
77. piizza at nicili
78. sushi bella on the beach
79. cafe milano
80. peruse through the old faithful shop in gastown
81. brunch at tableau
82. brunch at lily and maes
83. a day at the races (hastings racetrack)
84. nooners at the nat (canadians ballgame)
85. dinner at PiDGiN
86. sandwhich from finch’s
87. lucky’s doughnuts
88. cafe Bica
89. indulge in a french pastry at beaucoup bakery
90. pizza at parlour
91. learn to love gin at killjoy
92. dine out at the general public
93. go veg at the acorn
94. an all canadian meal at oakwood canadian bistro
95. grab some grub at the food cart festival
96. track down the tacofino food truck for a killer fish taco
97. picnic at third beach
98. richmond night market
99. catch all three nights of the festival of lights fireworks competition
100. play the pitch and put in stanley park
101. take a dip in kits pool
102. a super spicy caesar at the local
103. grab a scoop of earnest icecream

Special thanks to all those who helped me compile this list! Did I miss something? Comment below and I’ll be happy and eager to add it!


  1. I’m hopefully moving to Vancouver next year and I’m pinning this Bucket List!!! You’ve made me super excited! Keep adding to that List!

    Also, lovin’ your blog in general!

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