Just a couple of short hours will make you want to sack off your real life, build a cabin in the woods and live out your days
a whiskey distillery, it’s like a friendlier version of London’s Shoreditch before the hipsters took it over and started spray-painting the walls and vomiting in the streets.
One of the most exhilarating ways to see Vancouver, though, is on the Sea Vancouver zodiac tour (seavancouver.com). Taking around 90 minutes and departing from the Westin Bayshore Hotel, the highspeed zodiac whisks you across the placid waters of Vancouver’s inner harbour, before knocking it up to 55km-per-hour to cross the Burrard Inlet. When you first arrive to the city, it’s one of the best ways to get to grips with its rich history, thanks to trained and knowledgable skippers, while marvelling at the splendour of both its architecture cocktails. Although let’s just say we reckon the Brussels sprouts are a bit more of an acquired taste...
The city’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown, is paved with cobbled streets bursting with stylish nightspots to suit all tastes, while a short trip on a SkyTrain will take you to Commercial Drive – a bohemian, beatnik neighbourhood of vintage shops and hip bars. Basically, the kind of place our mum would call “studenty”.
Oh, and yes, there’s a gay village, too. The largest gay population in Western Canada lives in Vancouver city, and unsurprisingly, the whole city is incredibly gay-friendly. But there’s also a designated gay neighbourhood, with Rainbow Flag cross-walks in the roads, gay-