When Delta makes a mistake and sells roundtrip flights to Vancouver for $48 round trip, you ask no questions and book the flight! Here’s some tips on how to make the most out of a weekend in Vancouver, and some mistakes that I made that you can hopefully learn from!
Canada uses dollars, but they aren’t American dollars. The best way to get a good exchange rate is to just get money out of an ATM once you get there. The Canadian dollar is less than the American dollar right now, so when you see the price tag, remember that it’s cheaper in American dollars than what it says!
Where to Stay
Urban Hideaway Guesthouse– I pretty much couldn’t recommend this place more. It is run by Patrick, his son, and their 3 cats who are all awesome. Patrick is very helpful and loves to make sure your trip is the best it could possibly be. Every time we walked through the door, it felt like we were home.
When you walk in, everyone takes their shoes off and leaves them by the door. It is a old house that has a lot of history in it! There is breakfast every morning consisting of more than the basic toast and cereal, but you have to make it yourself. We paid $90 per night for a private room with 2 beds and a sink. The bathroom and showers are shared, but we never had to wait to use them. And they were clean. It also has a great location! There are DVD players in the rooms, and guests have access to a huge library of DVDs. Next time I’m in Vancouver, I will definitely stay there again.
How to Get Around
Skytrain– From the airport, take the skytrain to wherever you’re going. We got a day pass for $10 each which got us on the skytrain, the buses, and the seabus. Definitely a deal if you plan to travel around the city!
Early flight tip- Check the times of when the first skytrain leaves in the morning. We left on a Monday morning, and the first skytrain left at 4:50. We walked to multiple stations, but most of them were closed. Go to the Granville station if you need to take the skytrain before 5:30. Because we walked from station to station trying to find an open one, we got to the airport too late and missed our flight!!
Delta/West Jet Airlines tip- PRINT your boarding pass! You can not print your boarding pass or access it online an hour or less before the flight. Make sure you have it printed or are through security at least an hour before your flight. We did not have our boarding pass printed, and had to pay $60 to get on a flight that got us home 6 hours later than we should have been!
There is no Uber or Lyft in Vancouver!
Where to Hike
Lynn Canyon– This was my favorite spot in Vancouver. There are multiple trails, waterfalls, and a suspension bridge! We spent a few hours there and probably didn’t see close to all that there is to see! In the winter, the ground is muddy so come prepared! Lynn Canyon is so beautiful and I highly recommend visiting! Take the seabus and then bus 228 to get there!
Capilano Suspension Bridge– The Capilano Suspension Bridge was another awesome spot. The bridge is beautiful, but pretty crowded. There are other little walks you can take in the area that are all gorgeous. You can take a free shuttle from multiple places in Vancouver to the bridge. Once you get there, it is $38 per person to get in. Bring your student ID to get a discount.
Where to Eat
Granville Island– Granville Island has a public market that includes farmers, bakers, fishers, and crafters who have some amazing and delicious things for sale. They also have a kids market with fun activities for everyone! It is open 9am-7pm everyday. Definitely a must see!
Gastown- Gastown is the heart of Vancouver. It has history, food, art, shopping and everything else! I just loved walking around there.
The Flying Pig– This was a find because of it’s great Yelp ratings! It did not disappoint either! We got wine, a salmon appetizer, veal for the main course, and sides of marrow cheese bread, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. Out of everything, my favorite was the Brussels sprouts and cauliflower!
TacoFino– I was recommended Taco Fino by a few people and I was really looking forward to it! We got there at on off time, around 3pm.Unfortunately they were only serving the very limited happy hour menu, so I was bummed. I liked the pork taco the best. I would recommend going here. I need to go back to try more of their food!
Indigo Cafe- I never got to try it because we had planned to go Sunday, and it was closed! It is a Vegan cafe and kombucha bar. It is on my list of places to try next time I am there!
Where to Shop
Robson Street and Downtown Vancouver– Robson Street is Vancouver’s most famous shopping street. There are a lot of good shops and places to eat. You can’t say no to shopping with that Canadian dollar to US dollar exchange rate!!
If you’ve been to Vancouver, are there any other places you would recommend?