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My husband and I spent a week in Vancouver as part of a larger Canadian trip and we thoroughly enjoyed the city! Here are my thoughts on a Vancouver short stay..

I like staying somewhere central, like near Granville Street, close to the train and a good walking distance to popular town locations like the waterfront, Gastown, Yaletown & Granville Island. The hop-on hop-off bus is a good option to get around the top spots.

Granville Island Public Market is a must do and a great option for lunch. It’s a wonderful collection of stalls selling produce, a variety of food, flowers, handcrafted products and gifts. There's a wide range of cuisines on offer to try and of course, when in Canada you must try the poutine!

Capilano Suspension Bridge is great for a bit of a thrill. If you're there in the winter, make sure to go when they have the winter lights operating - head over just before evening to see the whole place light up. There’s a treetops adventure and cliffwalk to add to the thrill as well as interactive learning about the history and culture of the area. Top the evening off with a Bailey’s hot chocolate!

Hire a bike and cycle around Stanley Park. Follow the seawall, check out the totem poles and Brockton Point Lighthouse, ride under the Lions Gate Bridge and have a relax on the beach.

I enjoyed a walk around Canada Place where the cruise ships dock. Great location to watch the seaplanes arrive and depart. Added bonus – take a seaplane flight for a whole new view of the city.

Get out of town and take the Sea to Sky Highway north for some great views over the Howe Sound, then onto Whistler to check out the Olympic village; it’s a great mountain town to explore in winter or summer. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola that spans between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

I also highly recommend heading over to Victoria on Vancouver Island by either ferry or seaplane. It's a great day spent exploring the Inner Harbour, Parliament buildings, the Fairmont Empress Hotel and Royal BC Museum. Oh, and do also add in a visit to the spectacular Butchart Gardens.

Can't wait to see you again, Vancouver!

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