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    Jan 16, 2020

    Here's How To Spend A Perfect Weekend In Vancouver, Canada

    With gorgeous scenery and world-class eats, this is Canada's Pacific Northwest at its finest.

    Vancouver is British Columbia's largest city, and while there's definitely a ton to see and do, you can still cover a lot of ground in just 48 hours.

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    With epic views of Mother Nature plus a cosmopolitan feel, Vancouver packs a powerful punch. What other city is home to both beaches and mountains as well as world-class cuisine and shopping? Bonus: The mild weather makes it a very walkable city, which is helpful when you've got only a limited time to bask in its beauty. But if you do find yourself tuckered out, there are buses and boats (!) to help you get where you need to go.

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    Double-double, anyone?

    Wander around Coal Harbour seawall.

    Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

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    If you have the time, it's worth squeezing in a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, which offers a free shuttle service from downtown Vancouver to its location in North Vancouver. The 27-acre (11-hectare) park is home to the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, which was built in 1889 and stretches 450 feet (137 meters) across and 230 feet (70 meters) above Capilano River. There's also Cliffwalk, a cantilevered walkway clinging to the granite cliff high above Capilano Canyon, and Treetops Adventure, which is made of seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to 100 feet (30 meters) above the forest floor. Yes, you probably should like heights if you dare to come here!

    Cost: $53.95

    Fuel up with some sushi.

    Breathe in culture at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

    Chill at Dude Chilling Park.

    Check out Chinatown and the world's skinniest building.

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    Established back in the late 1880s, Vancouver's Chinatown, the largest Chinatown in Canada, is a must-see. In the midst of boutiques and restaurants sits the tranquil Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which is home to a free public park as well as a garden with an admission fee. You'll also want to check out the nearby Sam Kee (Jack Chow) Building, named the world's "shallowest commercial building" by Guinness World Records. And you think your office space is small!

    Cost: Free

    Time for a lesson in sustainable dining.

    Cap off your night with a cocktail.

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    Kick off the day by exploring Stanley Park.

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    No visit to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Stanley Park, a stunning 1,000-acre (405-hectare) urban public park that borders the downtown area and is mostly surrounded by the waters of Burrard Inlet and English Bay. Besides walking, there are countless ways to explore the park, including biking, Rollerblading, and, yes, even riding the Stanley Park train. Explore the more than 17 miles (27 kilometers) of forest trails, or take in the sights from its famous seawall. Feeling hungry? You can even grab a bite at one of its four restaurants.

    Cost: Free

    Brunch it up!

    Hitch a ride to Granville Island.

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    Next stop: Granville Island, which was once home to factories, plants, and sawmills in the 1900s and is now one of Vancouver's most important cultural districts with theaters, artisan workshops, and craft studios. Part of the fun of visiting Granville is the journey over there. While you can access it via walking, car, or bus, taking an Aquabus is by far the most enjoyable. It's easy to pick up at Yaletown and makes stops up and down False Creek every 15 minutes or less. Buy a day pass or a single or round-trip ticket.

    Cost: $4.25 for round trip

    Grab some food to go at Granville Island Public Market...

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    Head straight to the Public Market to check out endless stalls of fresh produce, gourmet foods, baked goods, and seafood. The small island is also home to a spirits distillery and two breweries. This is a great way to spend an afternoon or a few hours in the morning or at night. If you're here for the morning like I was, grab some yummy food from the market and treat yourself to a picnic later, either off or on the island.

    Cost: Varies depending on what you're hungry for

    ...and then admire the natural beauty of the VanDusen Botanical Garden.

    Roam Gastown.

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    After a brief stop at your hotel for a quick nap and change of clothes, head out to Gastown, one of Vancouver's oldest neighborhoods, along the north of the downtown Vancouver peninsula. The district is still filled with old-world charm thanks to its Victorian architecture, cobblestoned streets, vintage lampposts, and famed steam clock. With tons of boutiques, plenty of galleries, and some of the city's hottest restaurants, there's a lot to see and do here.

    Also, if you're into quirky serial killer stuff (and who isn't?), you might want to check out the nearby Vancouver Police Museum, which is housed in the city's former morgue and boasts a collection of 20,000 items, various exhibits on crime, and creepy but fascinating walking tours of the neighborhood during which you'll learn all about the city's history of bootlegging, prostitution, and murder.

    Cost: $12 for one adult ticket

    Time to Eat MeeT (or Meat).

    Get your tiki on!

    And there you have it! That's Vancouver in a weekend!

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