SHORE BETS VANCOUVER
A highly walkable city full of incredible dining and imbibing options and surrounded by nature, this west coast Canadian city is the perfect launching pad for an Alaskan cruise.
HEAD DIRECTLY TO
Granville Island. Just 10 minutes by taxi from the port, this former industrial island is a haven for foodlovers. Head to the Public Market to feast on fresh produce (try organic cookies at A Bread Affair), have a tipple at The Liberty Distillery, then sit down for some fresh BC seafood at the new Popina Canteen.
DON’T BOTHER WITH
The Gastown steam clock. It might look historic but this timekeeper that whistles the Westminster chime every 15 minutes was actually erected in 1977.
The surrounding area is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood though, and worth a wander to check out the cool cafes and shops including numerous First Nations art galleries.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
It’s true, the city is well-known for its natural beauty but less so for its arts scene. Head to the Rennie Museum to view Bob Rennie’s collection of contemporary art in this stunning heritage building in Chinatown. Tours are free but they must be booked in advance.
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE RESTAURANT
Vancouver is known for having some of the best Chinese and Japanese food outside of Asia. Take Miku as an example – a modern Aburi-style sushi restaurant. Its Salmon Oshi Sushi is a must-try (pressed BC wild sockeye salmon, jalapeno and Miku sauce).
THE TOUR TO TAKE
Cycle City Tours offers daily tours including its five-hour Grand Tour which takes you to many Vancouver neighbourhoods and includes Stanley Park.
Cycling in Vancouver is safe and relatively easy (and you can opt for an electric bike if you don’t want to bother with hills).