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  • A day tripper's walking guide to Vancouver

    I've often been asked by visitors to beautiful Vancouver, what are the "must sees" with only one day to explore? Here you go. All photos by me (masey.co).

    • Feb 2017
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  • Medina Café

    1

    Breakfast

    Kick off your day with a hearty breakfast at Cafe Medina on Beatty Street – definitely one of the best breakfast/brunch spots in Vancouver.

  • Gassy Jack Statue

    2

    Sculpture

    Considered the founding Father of Gastown, Gassy Jack’s statue fittingly marks the start of your walking tour in the spot where the city of Vancouver began.

  • Gastown Steam Clock

    3

    Landmark

    Heading west along the cobblestones of Water St, you’ll reach one of Vancouver’s most beloved monuments on the corner of Cambie St - the Gastown Steam Clock.

  • Steamworks Brewing Company

    4

    Brewery

    One of Vancouver’s most popular micro-breweries, the Steamworks Brewery is where you can enjoy a selection of hand-crafted ales and lagers brewed on-site.

  • Vancouver Convention Centre West

    5

    Convention Center

    This impressive architectural structure served as the International Press Centre for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics & is well worth a walk through when permitted.

  • Vancouver 2010 Olympic Cauldron

    6

    Landmark

    More than 12,000 people had the chance to carry the flame that lit this impressive structure throughout the memorable games in early 2010.

  • Harbour Air Seaplanes / Westcoast Air

    7

    Terminal

    Harbour Air’s seaplane airport has over 25 years of service and more than 30 aircraft, it’s the (self-proclaimed) largest all-seaplane airline in the world.

  • Vancouver Rowing Club

    8

    Other Outdoors

    Established in 1886, the heritage listed Vancouver Rowing Club offers great photographic opportunities any time of the year, but especially in the Fall.

  • Totem Poles in Stanley Park

    9

    Sculpture

    This series of 8 totem poles each have their own story to tell supported well by descriptive signage.

  • Lumberman's Arch Stanley Park

    10

    Landmark

    A timber-and-stump archway that replaced the original Lumbermen’s Arch built by lumber workers for a visit by the Duke of Connaught to Vancouver back in 1912.

  • Vancouver Aquarium

    11

    Aquarium

    Look for a pathway that takes you down into a viewing area where you can get a great & FREE look at the Vancovuer Aquarium’s main attraction Beluga Whales.

  • Lost Lagoon

    12

    Lake

    HOT TIP: You’re almost guaranteed an encounter with raccoons near the bridge at the western end of the lagoon.

  • English Bay Beach

    13

    Beach

    Get some sand between your toes, take a dip, or just take a seat and indulge in some people watching as a diverse crowd of individuals pass by.

  • The Inukshuk

    14

    Sculpture

    This ancient symbol of Inuit culture was positioned on the point at the mouth of False Creek in 1987 and was an iconic monument during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

  • Granville Island

    15

    Island

    Grab a freshly brewed beer at the Granville Island Brewery while you look over photos from your day’s journey, or grab some fresh produce from the busy market.