How to Spend 24 Hours in Vancouver, Canada
Authored by Robert Tellier
Are your travel plans bringing you through Vancouver this season? Perhaps you’re catching a flight with a long layover, or are one of those lucky travelers taking an Alaskan Cruise with a 24 hour stop in British Columbia. If so, there are plenty of ways to explore Vancouver without putting a large dent in your pocketbook, and plenty of amazing sites and attractions to fill a day.
Here are a few suggestions for those wanting to take in some of the amazing sites and attractions in downtown Vancouver in a day.
No Need to Catch a Cab from the Airport
Flying into Vancouver? There is no need to catch a cab from the airport. The average taxi fare from the airport to downtown Vancouver is approximately $35 (depending on traffic), and that’s not including a standard tip to the driver. Though Vancouver’s new rapid transit rail link conveniently travels to and from the airport to downtown in just 26 minutes, and a one way typical fare for the journey is only $5.
Once you have entered arrivals at the airport, just follow the signs marked Canada Line or ask any of the airports Customer Care staff wearing red or green vests for assistance.
Cruise Ship Passengers Disembark Downtown
If you are arriving by cruise ship, then you are definitely in for a treat! Vancouver has one of the most scenic and convenient cruise ship terminals found anywhere in the world. You are conveniently located right in the center of downtown’s waterfront. From here, you can easily take a stroll downtown to one of the many attractions such as:
- The Historic Vancouver Hotel
- The Harbour Tower Center
- Historic Gas Town Shopping Mall and Infamous Blood Alley
- Denman Street for amazing shopping and dining
The stunning Pan Pacific Hotel and Plaza are located right alongside your ship. Take a walk along the promenade where you can enjoy the fabulous waterfront vistas as well as informal dining options, Imax theatre and much more, without even losing a breath!
Don’t forget to walk through the Old Railway Station as well; one of Vancouver’s historic landmark buildings (now called the waterfront station), this is where those traveling from the airport on the Canada Line will disembark.
In this beautiful building, you will find shops, restaurants and much more.
Visit Stanley Park
If you have the time, then a visit to Stanley Park is a must. This magnificent 1,000 acre park is just minutes from waterfront station and the cruise ship terminal. It can easily be reached by public transit; those traveling on the Canada Line can use their ticket to transfer onto a city bus which will take them directly to the park.
There’s so much here for the whole family to enjoy! For example;
- Visit the world famous Vancouver aquarium;
- Take a stroll or bike the 8 km Seawall, taking in all the natural and scenic beauty;
- Sit and relax overlooking Vancouver’s Scenic Harbor;
- Swim, hike, bike, play tennis, enjoy a horse carriage ride and much more!
Renting a bike from one of the businesses located at the park entrance is one of the most popular ways to explore. Locals and visitors alike enjoy taking a leisurely ride around the beautiful Seawall. A great way to spend a summer day!
Take the Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Bus
A convenient and affordable way to take in Vancouver’s main attractions, the hop-on hop-off tour bus is a great way to see the city at your own pace and enjoy an audible tour at the same time.
Enjoy some of Vancouver’s most popular areas such as Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and more, and sit back and get ready to learn about what makes Vancouver so spectacularly special with a live commentary as you make your way throughout the city.