Exploring the city and surrounds of Vancouver

There’s nothing I love more than a city escape that combines skyscrapers with skyline hikes and nowhere hits the spot harder than Vancouver. This bustling west coast seaside city has a reputation for being adventure ready, with a handful of hikes within arms reach, many of these offering incredible views over the city.

I landed in Vancouver for the first few days of Fall. This time of year in Vancouver can be a mixed bag in terms of weather – though for my weeklong visit I was able to chance both sunshine and rain as the seasons overlapped and the temperatures dropped.

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My favourite Things to do in Vancouver

As this is my second visit to the city of Vancouver and I’m developing a deep love for the city, I was eager to continue exploring the eclectic neighbourhoods and see how much the city had changed since my last visit three years ago. While some old favourites were on the top of my agenda, I also found some new eateries, neighbourhoods and day hikes to share with you.

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Capilano Bridge

As one of the most popular attractions in the city and the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the dense rain forest, you simply cannot come to Vancouver without visiting Capilano suspension bridge. The bridge itself spans 140 metres, swaying lightly in the air and leading mythically to a beautiful wooden treehouse and series of further bridges connected by tree trunks.

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Explore Gastown

If you’re a coffee lover like me, then consider yourself in roasters heaven as you meander your way around the streets of Gastown, the city of Vancouver’s self-dubbed hipster area with great coffee, local boutiques and a whole lotta charm – so much so that there’s almost always something filming in the neighbourhood!

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Hike to Saint Mark’s Summit

For those who prefer a more active escape, Vancouver is the perfect city to enjoy a range of day hikes – starting with my favourite, Saint Mark’s Summit. The 4-5 hour return loop has two distinct view points, however the summit itself is a reward that is hard to beat in terms of a time:effort ratio.

Vintage Thrifting on Main Street

One of my favourite activities of late has been hitting up the local thrift area and there is nowhere better to do so in Vancouver than Main Street. When I first visited this part of town a few years ago it was grungy and quite bare, however with thanks to a new wave of thrift stores, cafes and small boutiques, it has quickly become one of the best areas of town to explore.

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Enjoy the Vegan Food Scene

Even if you’re not strictly vegan or have never given it a chance, I urge you to do so in the city of Vancouver. This city has always been ahead of the curve in food trends – with the likes of The Acorn, Birds and the Beets and Heirloom being a few of my favourites.

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My Vancouver wardrobe was styled by Back Country, the perfect online destination for styling adventures. While this was a sponsored partnerships, all opinions and photos are my own.

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Brooke Saward
Brooke Saward

Brooke Saward founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen, with a particular weakness for French pastries.

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