Escape the urban setting and become one with nature at the sprawling, 1000-acre Stanley Park. (Named Top Park in the World by TripAdvisor in 2014!) You can walk, bike, rollerblade or run the 20-mile Seawall which hugs the waterfront. Although popular with tourists, Stanley Park is also frequented by locals so you know it’s the spot to be!
There are over 17 miles of trails that weave through the forests just waiting to be explored. Be sure to hit Prospect Point at the northernmost corner of the park for some of the best views of the city. Get a dose of history from the nine ornate totem poles at Brockton Point which pay homage to the art of Canada’s First Nations, or Native Americans.
You can also enjoy outdoor theatre performances and a moonlight cinema. And for the animal lovers, check out the Vancouver Aquarium.
I recommend renting bikes from Spokes Bicycles with rates starting at $9/hour. There are also children's bikes and seats, tandem bikes and bike trailers available for rent.
Time to spend: A full day.