Vancouver, a diverse West Coast city nestled between the sea and mountains, is the perfect destination for the solo traveller. With so much to see and so little time to explore, we’ve rounded up a few must-dos for solo travellers coming to the city.
Take a bike ride through Stanley Park
There’s no better way to take in the beauty of Canada’s biggest city park than a bike ride through Stanley Park. A green oasis in the midst of the city, Stanley Park features a 400-hectare rainforest and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, West Coast mountains, and endless sky. Biking Stanley Park is a great solo activity, allowing you to get fresh air and take in the sights on your own time. Be sure to stop and explore the totem poles, gardens, and abundance of tall cedar trees. Not sure where to get a bike? The Bike Butlers at Fairmont Pacific Rim have everything you need for your solo trip, including a BMW bicycle, helmet, water bottle, bike lock, and riding map – everything you need to explore!
Take the SeaBus and wander around Lonsdale Quay
Adventure beyond the downtown area by taking a short 12-minute trip on the SeaBus to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Departing from Waterfront Station, the scenic ferry ride provides great views of the North Shore mountains and downtown Vancouver city line. Once on the North Shore, explore the Lonsdale Quay Market featuring over 80 specialty shops, local designers, and several restaurants. Feeling extra adventurous? Take a trip to Capilano Suspension Bridge, also located in North Vancouver, and discover towering evergreens while suspended 230 feet above the Capilano River.
Go on a sushi crawl
Being located right on the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is home to incredible sushi. Go for a solo sushi crawl and try out the many local sushi restaurants around town. With more than 600 sushi eateries in the area, the options are endless. Read reviews ahead of time and create your own sushi crawl adventure. For the ultimate sushi experience, visit The Lobby Lounge and RawBar, the city’s first 100 percent Ocean Wise sushi destination. Using only the best of Ocean Wise-recommended local seafood, the RawBar is a must-try for the sushi-savvy. View the menu.
Explore Granville Island
A tourist hotspot, but for good reason. Take the afternoon and explore Granville Island, home to over 300 businesses including its famous Public Market, cultural venues, and local shops. The Public Market is an indoor market open seven days a week that features fresh produce and seafood, along with handmade art that makes a perfect gift or souvenir. Try some local beer at Granville Brewing Company and end the evening with an improv show at The Improv Centre.
Continue to explore
With so much to do and see in Vancouver, you’ll be sure to find yourself wishing for more time in and around the city. Enjoy a special rate when you Stay Longer and Experience More, and have more time to explore the endless things Vancouver has to offer. Learn more about this limited time offer.