Explore The City
The day begins at Granville Island, a lively collection of renovated warehouses under our Granville Street Bridge, which have been transformed into theatres, artists’ studios, craft shops and a thriving public market known for its fresh seafood and produce. There’s also a selection of restaurants and the island’s very own brewery to be found for the hungry and thirsty traveler. Take a taxi to the island (approx. $10) or the Aquatic Center and then hop on False Creek Ferries, or take the #50 Bus south on Granville St. to arrive at the island. Driving time is approximately 10 minutes from The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. www.granvilleisland.com
Take in the sights of our diverse neighbours during your 20-minute drive to The Museum of Anthropology. This unique collection is found in an architecturally stunning building on the grounds of The University of British Columbia. With special recognition given to the achievements of the northwest coast Indians, the museum features a spectacular collection of authentic west coast Totem poles and work by renowned Haida artist Bill Reid. The museum also showcases other artifacts from around the world.
A 15-minute drive will take you to Kitsilano, one the city’s most relaxed and scenic neighbourhoods. Affectionately referred to as ‘Kits’ by locals, the neighbourhood has two beautiful beaches (Kitsilano and Jericho) overlooking English Bay that are perfect for taking in the sunshine and basking in the million-dollar view of the mountains.
You’ll be sure to notice a palpable ‘down-to-earth’ vibe when visiting the area, a welcome trait carried over from the area’s hippie-influenced period in the 1960’s. A trip down West 4th Avenue will give you a real feel for Kitsilano’s offerings for the trendy and the eclectic alike, with a healthy dose of one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, restaurants and, of course, coffee houses. If you need a crash-course in authentic, unpretentious, and relaxing Canadian West Coast lifestyle, this is the place to go.
A 10-minute walk from The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver to the bottom of Seymour Street will lead you to the Seabus terminal. The Seabus is part of the transit system in Vancouver, and offers a 15-minute “harbour cruise” to Vancouver’s North Shore. When you arrive in North Vancouver you will dock at the Lonsdale Quay Market, a smaller version of the Granville Island market mentioned above. Take the opportunity to fill-up on fresh baked goodies and delicious homemade fare…a day of adventure awaits!
The first stop is the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. One of Vancouver’s oldest and most popular attractions, the Capilano Suspension Bridge was built in 1889. Measuring 137m (450 ft) across and 70m (230ft) above Capilano river, this massive footbridge is worth the long walk across. Other on-site features include guided nature tours, exhibits, musical entertainment and First Nations carving demonstrations. www.capbridge.com
A short drive from the Capilano Suspension Bridge will lead you to Grouse Mountain, The Peak of Vancouver. Grouse Mountain is Vancouver's premium four-season attraction. Enjoy the scenic gondola sky ride up to the top of the mountain, and then experience everything unique to British Columbia, including breathtaking panoramic views, The Refuge for Endangered Wildlife and an array of dining opportunities, including an authentic First Nations' experience at the Hiwus Feast House. www.grousemountain.com
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