What To Do in Vancouver

Theresa Wong

With its mountains, forests and beaches, it’s no wonder that Vancouver has a reputation of being one of North America’s most beautiful cities. The city is also home to a unique and vibrant culture that is just waiting for you to immerse yourself into. Here are some things to do that’ll take your mind off those exams that are inevitably coming.


Hiking. The North Shore has plenty of transit-accessible trails that are perfect for beginners and veterans alike. From Grouse Mountain (try the famous Grouse Grind!) to the Lynn Headwaters Region to Deep Cove, there’s no shortage of beautiful trails and scenery.

Beaches. Kitsilano, English Bay and Second Beach are perfect places to laze around in the sun or play some beach volleyball with friends. Wreck Beach is another option that’s right on campus.

Cycling. With more than 450 kilometres of bike routes in Vancouver, getting to class on time is no longer the only reason to go biking. The Arbutus Greenway, False Creek and Stanley Park provide great ways to explore the city and get in shape.


Vancouver Aquarium. Even if you’re not planning to study marine biology, the Vancouver Aquarium has countless sea critters and animals that will fascinate and inspire you. Show your student ID to get student pricing.

Vancouver Art Gallery. With its regularly changing exhibits, the Vancouver Art Gallery houses collections of Canadian and internationally renowned art pieces. You can pretend to be a cultured individual with a sophisticated understanding of classical and modern art.

Stanley Park. Larger than New York’s Central Park, Stanley Park is an iconic Vancouver attraction. Walk around the seawall and take in the ocean and mountain views along the way — you might even spot a seal!

Granville Island. Home to cultural events, diverse restaurants, specialty shops and a busy public market, Granville Island exudes an aura of culture and new experiences.

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