A - Art Installations That Will Blow Your Mind
As you wander along the Waterfront you'll bear witness to a list of amazing art installations including the Digital Orca created by artist and author Douglas Coupland and local artist Rodney Graham’s Spinning Chandelier on the underside of the north end of the Granville Street Bridge. Twice per day, the chandelier descends, spinning rapidly before ascending back to its original position, hence the name!
Here are some of the other must-see art installations on our list:
B - Breweries Sure to Quench Every Thirst
If you need a spot to quench your thirst and maybe grab a bite, Yaletown Brewing Company is a must-stop. The first brewpub to open in Vancouver, it is the largest and most famous pub in the city.
Other noteworthy waterholes include:
C - Coffee Spots to Keep You Moving
Come for the coffee, stay for the doughnuts! 49th Parallel's java is some of the best in Vancouver, and their in-house doughnut line, Lucky's Doughnuts, is next level. Try the chocolate salted caramel old fashioned and thank us later!
For other incredible coffee experiences, we also recommend:
D - Delicious Eats for All
All eaters will leave satisfied after a trip to MeeT in Gastown. This trendy spot is the go-to for comfort foods, reinvented. 100% plant-based and 100% delicious, it's a vegan-eating experience that will satisfy even the most carnivorous of eaters. Their Mac 'n Cheese Burger is as decadent as it sounds, and it tastes even better!
Vancouver is home to many incredible menus, so no matter what your dietary preferences there's something for everyone!
Other must-try spots to grab a bite:
E - Eclectic Bars to Let Loose
You're in Vancouver and looking to let the good times roll after an exhilarating day of meetings, but where do you go? Head to the Keefer Bar if you're feeling fancy, or go to Pourhouse Restaurant for a classic cocktail and one of the best burgers in town.
Sneaky speakeasies worth the search:
F - Foodie Firsts for the "I've Been There!" Traveller
When we say Vancouver is a foodie's paradise, we mean it. For mouthwatering sushi with stunning views, head to Miku for torched aburi that will set your taste buds on fire.
Other foodie favourites around the city:
G - Guided Tours to Introduce You to Vancouver
Take your sightseeing to the next level with the Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tour through the cobbled stone streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. Explore Vancouver's Prohibition-Era secrets to discover forbidden speakeasies, infamous architecture and more through Gastown’s most historic streets and alleyways.
Here are a few of our other favourite tours in and around Vancouver:
H - Hour-long Things To Do Near the Convention Centre
For great vibes, buzzing bars, quirky fashion boutiques and bookstores, there's no better place to be than the iconic Davie Village. With its colourful Rainbow Crosswalk adjacent to Jim Deva Plaza, you can't help but smile as you wander along this joyful part of the West End, an anchor point for the Vancouver LGBTQ2+ community.
Other spots to explore on a schedule:
I - Indigenous Culture Across the City
Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture at the Coastal Peoples Gallery, located in the heart of Gastown. Featuring a rare collection of First Nations and Inuit artworks, this Canadian gem is an umbrella-proof activity, perfect for fall visitors.
More spots to enjoy, learn and explore:
J - Jokes That Will Have You Laughing Into Tomorrow
Laugh 'til your belly hurts at the funniest place in Vancouver, The Improv Centre! This iconic location set in Granville Island claims world-famous improv actors such as Colin Mochrie, star of Whose Line Is It Anyway, as its own.
Among the other spots that'll leave you crying tears of joy are:
K - Kebab Stands That Outshine the Rest
For a quick lunch or late night snack, Vancouverites head to Afghani Kabul Kebab for next-level donair! While there is no shortage of delicious donair in the city, the sizzling meat slowly rotating on its vertical spit is a cut above the rest.
More kebab stands worth grabbing a bite:
L - Locally Grown Businesses That You'll Love
Fill your suitcase with local goods you and your loved ones will cherish! MAKE on Granville Island is the go-to spot for handcrafted goods and Canadian favourites that far outshine the typical tourist t-shirt.
More locally-owned businesses worth the stop:
M - Murals That Will Leave You Floored
Outdoor art enthusiasts look no further than the bright and bustling Mount Pleasant neighbourhood! As the primary location for the annual Vancouver Mural Festival it’s the perfect place for spotting beautiful artwork while out for a stroll . You can even download the festival’s free mobile app to learn more about the featured artists and easily navigate the multitude of murals across the city.
N - Nature Spots for the Adventurer
A walk along the Stanley Park Seawall isn't complete without the journey out to Siwash Rock. In First Nations culture, the rock represents a warrior, and its majestic presence, so distinct from its serene surroundings, echoes this sentiment.
More spots to reconnect with nature:
O - Oceanside Areas to Breathe in the Sea Air
Take some time by the oceanside to soak in the salty air at English Bay! There is no shortage of benches perfectly situated with views of Kitsilano across the Bay.
Other oceanside areas to go for a stroll:
P - Parks Made for Vancouver Weather
Weather aside, checking out one of Vancouver's beautiful parks is a necessary activity during any visit to the city. One of the city's finest is David Lam Park with large grassy areas, skyscraper views, and a waterfront location to top it all off.
Other parks that are great in all climates include:
Q - Quiet Trails for the Soul
Looking for a quiet escape from the WLS 2022 fun? Take a trail walk through world-famous Stanley Park. Under 10 minutes by car from the Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park's trail opportunities are endless for even the most adventurous of souls.
Trails that might be less well-known:
R - Recreational Hangouts to Keep Active
Shoppers, rejoice! Robson street is the hustling, bustling downtown centre perfect for strolling. Just a 15 minute walk from the Convention Centre, it's the ideal spot to visit whether you have one hour or five hours to window shop or spend!
More city streets worth checking out:
S - Sunsets Worthy of Your Instagram Feed
There isn't a more appropriate name for a spot in Vancouver than Sunset Beach. Located at the mouth of False Creek, it's home to one of the most stunning sundown views in British Columbia if you're lucky enough for a clear evening!
Other great places to watch the sunset:
T - Teams That We Cheer (And Cry) For
The spot where sports enthusiasts gather from far and wide, BC Place is a staple in the Vancouver sports scene. Host of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC soccer team and BC Lions football team, this impressive stadium is an anchor of the downtown core, often surrounded by fans cheering for their favourite teams.
U - Umbrella-Proof Activities for Everyone
Experience the beauty of Canada even on the rainiest of Vancouver days! FlyOver Canada offers an adrenaline-packed flying experience that will leave you amazed.
For something with a bit less adrenaline involved, we recommend:
V - Views That Will Make Your Jaw Drop
Is there a chance it's haunted? Sure. Will that stop us from recommending you visit? Never! Sylvia Hotel offers one of the most uniquely stunning views in all of Vancouver, especially in October's fall foliage.
Other gems we recommend include:
W - Waterways to Get You From A-to-Z
As a city surrounded on most sides by water, it's no wonder there are so many waterways to get you from A-to-Z. Our favourite trip is the seabus to North Vancouver, as the views alone are worth the cost of admission.
Want to try another way to venture around town? We've got you covered:
X - X-Men and Friends' Filming Locations
Did you know many of the X-Men movies were filmed in Vancouver? The city has emerged as a hub for other blockbuster films and shows, including Deadpool and Riverdale. If you happen to spot a mutant during your time at WLS 2022, don't forget to report it to the Department of Mutant Affairs, located at 1075 West Georgia Street.
Other filming locations you might recognize include:
529 Gore Avenue in Chinatown, home of Deadpool's girlfriend, Vanessa.
Vancouver Convention Centre was a filming location for Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol
Vancouver Public Library, used in films such as The Interview and Double Jeopardy.
Y - "You Time" Spots for Every Mood
There's no better spot to namaste the day away in Vancouver than YYoga Downtown Flow on Burrard Street. With an infrared sauna, tea lounge, and classes for all levels, this bright and spacious studio is an oasis for many in town.
More Spots to Head for Some Self-Care:
Z - Zen Spaces in Fun Places
The Shangri-La Vancouver offers one of the most exclusive and fun experiences for tourists in town, with CHI, The Spa being a crowd favourite even for locals.
For those looking for a different kind of experience, these are a few other great spots to try: