Planning a Road Trip: Vancouver Island Nov 5, 2015 by James (Awesome Escape Blogger)

Oceans of Fun in Vancouver

There’s plenty to do in Vancouver! Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery to see great works by famous painters like Emily Carr. Relax in the Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens after an afternoon shopping in Chinatown. Rent a bike and take it for a ride around the Sea Wall that circles Stanley Park. While you’re in Stanley Park stop at the world-renowned Vancouver Aquarium. The Aquarium rescues stranded whales and marine mammals and nurses them back to health while also doing groundbreaking research. You can see dolphins, whales, and cute otters right up close. Afterwards, get back on your bike and explore the rest of the park or head into the city. Vancouver has great bike trails covering the entire city!

Sushi and Dining

Vancouver is famous for fresh sushi. Our top pick? The fantastic views and amazing rolls at Miku. You absolutely have to try the barbequed salmon BC Roll, invented here in Vancouver! But if you’re eating seafood look for the fish caught using sustainable Ocean Wise™ practices pioneered by the Vancouver Aquarium. After you’ve had enough sushi check out the many modern restaurants combining the best elements of cuisine from around the world. Walk around Granville Island and visit the artisans and craftsmen before heading to the Public Market and nibbling on some fresh local produce.

Winter Sports on Whistler Blackcomb

If you enjoy skiing and snowboarding then rent a car and head for Whistler Blackcomb. The largest ski resort in North America is just 2 hours north of Vancouver on the Sea-To-Sky Highway portion of Highway 99-North. The resort town of Whistler has first-rate accommodations and easy access to the slopes. Check out the Peak 2 Peak gondola that stretches between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, the longest unsupported cable car in the world, gliding above the glistening white snow.

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