Hello everyone! 😀
It’s the first week of October, how has October treated you so far?!
You see, as it’s the first week of October, I’m happy to tell you that the first series of this month would also be the first post covering a city in… Canada!
Yup, in case you haven’t noticed by now, ever since I started the series in February, I didn’t get a chance to collaborate with anyone to cover any city in Canada. So, I was really excited when Adelina from YVR Bucketlist approached me to cover Vancouver. 😉
I know, right?! How could I cover a local beauty product from Canada, yet never talk about any city in the country of beloved Justin Trudeau?
So, what’s up, British Columbia?!
$10 for a Day in Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada has the reputation for being an expensive city to visit and judging by hotel rooms alone, you’d be right.
However, once you’re in the city, there are plenty of things to do that come a little to no cost. Currently, $10 USD is equal to about $13 CAD, but we won’t need the full amount for a day of exploration.
The first thing I would do is pick up a transit day pass, which costs $10.25 but allows you unlimited travel on the city’s network of buses, skytrain, and seabus.
Spend the morning exploring Vancouver’s Stanley Park and take a walk along the seawall – a 9 km route along the outer edge of the park offering beautiful views of the city, water, and park.
Don’t miss the Totem Poles in the park and the “Girl in a Wetsuit” statue in the water, a homage to Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid sculpture, both not too far from the Brockton Point Lighthouse.
On the other side of the park looking out towards the Georgia Straight, be sure to check out Siwash Rock, a 32 million-year-old sea stack.
Next, you can head across downtown and visit the charming Gastown area where Vancouver had its origins.
Along the way, stop in Alley Oop and strike a pose in this Insta-famous alleyway.
Once in Gastown, watch the Gastown Steam Clock chime and puff steam on the hour every hour.
Finally, make your way to Granville Island, a shopping and cultural district full of theaters, artisan workshops, and delicious restaurants.
Head to the Granville Island Public Market to pick up a snack, watch a busker show off their talents, visit an artist’s studio, or check out the famous “Giants” – a series of six painted silos by the Ocean Concrete plant.
There you have it, more than a full day of sightseeing for the price of a bus pass!
And if you’re looking into some different options, you can also visit some other interesting areas to explore like Chinatown, Commercial Drive area, as well as take the seabus across the Vancouver Harbour to North Vancouver and explore Lonsdale Quay.
Contributor: Adelina from YVR Bucketlist
Adelina is a part-time traveler, exploring the world despite having a full-time job. At YVR Bucket List, she aims to inspire visitors and locals to get out there and explore everything Vancouver and its surroundings has to offer.