What's to do on a honeymoon in Vancouver?
July 22, 2011 6:41 PM   Subscribe

What stuff is there to do *next week* in Vancouver, BC? (7/25-8/1) Time sensitive and general touristy suggestions both need apply!

Honeymooning in Vancouver, BC starting Monday of next week. Interested in getting in as much cool stuff as possible, day and night. Never been to the city, or even to the region, and so am interested in things worth seeing and doing.

Especially interested especially in something that might be going on now that won't be around a month or a year from now. Also interested in museums - fine art and otherwise - and possibly some local music and eateries in the evening.

Oh, I suppose bonus points could be awarded for particularly romantic of scenic vistas and wotnot. You know, if that was your thing.
posted by absalom to Travel & Transportation around Vancouver, BC (9 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
If you go to one museum, make sure it's the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. It's breathtaking.
posted by kendrak at 7:07 PM on July 22, 2011

Great anytime:

-UBC botanical gardens canopy walk
-Take a stroll thru the Rose Gardens and Beaver Lake at Stanley Park
-Eat at Hons (strange yet fun dim sum joint)

Summer long:
- Theatre Under the Stars

-Robson Sq. Artisan Market every Saturday

July 21: Movie in the park, featuring The Muppet Movie

July 30-Aug 6: Festival of Lights fireworks competition
posted by wowbobwow at 7:14 PM on July 22, 2011

Vancouver Pride Parade brings out the entire downtown community, along with people from elsewhere. I think it's on the 31st.

Check out the China Town Night Market and Hon's.

Try out kayaking or stand-up paddling. Granville Island has rental places, as does Jericho Beach. You'll be on the water in a beautiful setting.
posted by acoutu at 7:21 PM on July 22, 2011

Oh and in case you haven't found them already, here are some city event calendars:
The Straight event listings
Vancouver Events
Vancouver Events Calendar (ugly but current)
The NSFW Calendar of workshops held by The Art of Loving sex shop (well, you are on your honeymoon...)
posted by wowbobwow at 7:24 PM on July 22, 2011

The Vancouver Art Gallery is having a huge Surrealist show. Haven't seen it yet, but sure am planning to.

Vancouver Art Gallery
posted by Rikocolin at 7:56 PM on July 22, 2011

We were in Vancouver for just a day and a half pretty recently, here are a couple things we enjoyed:

- Dinner at Rain City Grill with a walk along English Bay afterwards (including watching the sun set from a park bench over the bay) - very romantic.
- Carriage Ride through Stanley Park (it's a horse drawn carriage, but fits several people, so it's not two person cozy and romantic, but it's a nice way to see a lot of the park if you don't have enough time to wander about on your own) and then a trip to the Vancouver Aquarium.
- Having some beers on the patio at the Granville Hotel on Granville Island - it's really pretty and they have their own little mini-brewery onsite. Service was snobby and annoying, but the patio was great.

If we'd had more time, I would've loved to have rented a car and headed out to Whistler or to do one of the treetrop bridge walks.
posted by echo0720 at 8:19 PM on July 22, 2011

The fireworks!! AKA festival of light. The highlight of the summer. A million people will crowd the beaches (or if not, it feels like a million). Go to English Bay for a party (and to hear the simulcast music) or Kits Beach or Vanier Point for something a little more subdued. Sit on the west sidewalk of the Burrard Bridge for something unique. Try to find a spot on a boat for something unforgettable (though this might be hard, or at least very expensive). Looks like July 30th is your only chance; definitely plan to check this out.

Local music: Chains of Love are a really popular "it" band right now and have a somehow appropriate sound if your eyes are still dazed from the sun, which I'm hoping shows up soon as it has been a damp and cool summer so far. facebook event

The best views come from the top of a mountain! There are many hikes on the North Shore, but let me suggest you hop the bus to Horseshoe Bay, take a ferry to Bowen Island, do a day hike and have dinner in the pub, then make it make back to Vancouver for the evening. On a clear day I'm told the view from the top of Mt Gardner is breathtaking -- you'll see some of the city from there, as well as coastal mountains and other islands -- and the whole thing is doable in a day. The ferry ride is stunning too, especially on a clear day in early evening when the light is nice.

Vancouver has great beaches. Wreck Beach on the UBC campus is clothing optional, though not in a weird way, and is both beautiful and a lot of fun. But there are so many to choose from. Third Beach in Stanley Park is nice if you like "nature" (as is Wreck); English Bay is great for the urban feel and access from downtown, and for sunsets; Kits Beach is nice for muscley dudes and bikini girls; Jericho and Spanish Banks are nice for the quieter vibe.

You can rent bikes on Denman St near the entrance of Stanley Park, then bike around the seawall. It takes a half hour if you hurry. You could also walk it, which would take most of a day. It's a beautiful beautiful ride and highly recommended. Very popular of course.
posted by PercussivePaul at 9:09 PM on July 22, 2011

Grouse Mountain on a clear day (no clouds) - hiking trails, grizzly refuge, education tours, helijets, restaurants, ziplines. You can climb up the grouse grind or take a tram up.

Granville Island - usually music on wharf through the summer, food, theatres, galleries, shops, view houseboats, varying artists shops, Emily Carr Art School has several galleries.

Note - we are still waiting for summer here!. Weather has been very dreary lately!
posted by what's her name at 9:17 PM on July 22, 2011

Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver is great and it has a free suspension bridge and nice trails you can walk around. Taking the sea bus, which takes about 15 minutes, from Waterfront Station is the nicest way to get to North Van if you're staying downtown, the view is great and its part of the public transportation system.

If you have a car the viewpoints on Cypress mountain are nice.

If you pick up a copy of the local free paper The Georgia Straight there should be events listings.
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 9:53 PM on July 22, 2011

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