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.

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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.

GRANVILLEISLAND.COM

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.

RENNIECOLLECTION.ORG

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).

MIKURESTAURANT.COM

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).

CYCLEVANCOUVER.COM, TOURISMVANCOUVER.COM

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