Vancouver One-Day Travel Guide

March 24, 2018


Last month, Eddy and I took a trip to Seattle and Vancouver. It was a special trip because we both had never been to Canada nor traveled by bus. We flew into Seattle around 8 pm and caught a red-eye bus  (not sure if that’s actually a thing but I am making it one right now) to Vancouver. I was super nervous about making it the bus station from the airport but we made it with time to spare.

We were so happy to arrive in Vancouver and get to our Airbnb. We spent one full day in Vancouver and then took a bus back to Seattle to spend the weekend there. Read about our Seattle trip here.  Vancouver was everything we expected. The people were lovely and the city was extremely walkable.

Below are the places we hit up when we went, and I highly recommend these spots if you are visiting Vancouver anytime soon.


Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Transportation to the bridge is super accessible. A lot of the hotels in Vancouver offer free shuttle rides to the park, check this list out here. Eddy and I took one from the Hilton. We waited for about 10 to 15 minutes for the shuttle to arrive. The trip to the park was pleasant, the shuttle was comfortable and the drive was scenic. We drove through Stanley Park. It was beautiful! It was about a 15-20 minute ride. Admission to the park was $42.95 for adults. If you’re a student, I suggest using your school ID for a discounted ticket of $33.95.

The park was stunning and extremely well-maintained. There were multiple suspension bridges to go on but the Capilano Suspension Bridge was the largest and scariest. Walking across the bridge wasn’t too scary unless you count the time when this guy started jumping on it. Then yes, that was scary. I highly recommend this place to get a Canadian nature experience, the air was so brisk and it felt so clean. I loved hearing the river’s running water in the rain forest. This place was so refreshing.

Stanley Park

We drove by Stanley park on our way to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and the views were amazing. There were so many trees, trails and it looked the perfect spot for a picnic (once the weather warms up, of course). I would’ve loved to explore this area more but due to our short trip, we didn’t make it out here. I highly recommend you go though!


Gastown is one of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhoods from the 1800s. I really liked the neighborhood’s historical charm and Victorian architecture. A famous landmark of this area is the Gastown Steam Clock which is symbolic to the area’s industrial past. Naturally, I had to get a picture next to it. We walked up the street where Gastown resides and it felt like scene from a movie. I would’ve loved to spend more time here.

Eat & Drink

Jam Café

We came here for brunch. There was about a 30-minute wait but I read on Yelp that it was worth it so we stayed. Turns out the wait is totally worth it! Inside the place is super cozy and has a little bar in the back.  They had all sorts of drinks available from Jameson and coffee to mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. We just ordered coffee and food but all the drinks looked amazing.

Six Acres

We stopped at Six Acres for our last supper in Vancouver. We wanted to try Canada’s famous dish poutine, which is french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. Six Acres had it on the menu so we decided to make that our dinner stop for the night. Inside, the place was super charming and cozy with its dim lighting and intimate environment. We had a candlelit dinner and ordered sliders and poutine along with drinks, wine for me and beer for Eddy.

EXP Restaurant + Bar

Eddy and I stopped by at this spot after walking around Gastown. We wanted drinks and this bar had a fun twist to the typical barcades we’ve visited in the past. Instead of having your typical vintage arcade games, they had PCs set up, mounted TVs playing Twitch, video game memorabilia on the walls and board games. The menu featured video game-themed drinks and food. Overall, it was a chill place to enjoy some drinks and finish the night. And we played this super fun game called “Pretending to Grow Up” a modern card game where you pretend to be a grown up. It was so much fun that Eddy and I are going to buy the game. Anyone up for game night?

Breaking Bean

This spot is just for fun! But I saw it on the shuttle on the way to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. I would’ve loved to check out this themed Breaking Bad cafe. If you get the chance to visit and you’re a “Breaking Bad” fan stop by and let me know how the coffee is.

Here are some more pictures from the trip!

Pacific Central Station

Oh heyyy 2018!

Overall our trip was so much fun. Have you been to Vancouver? What did you think?

Also, don’t forget to read about my trip to Seattle!

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  • Caitlin

    We’re headed to Vancouver in June! I loved reading your tips and will definitely keep them in mind when we get up there!

    March 25, 2018 at 7:05 pm Reply
  • Kat

    you’re really making me want to go to Vancouver again! I have not been in a very long time

    March 25, 2018 at 9:43 pm Reply
  • Kristin

    I have never been but it looks so pretty and fun!

    March 29, 2018 at 3:15 am Reply
  • paige

    love how thorough this post is + all of the photos you included! 🙂 xx paige

    June 16, 2018 at 9:51 pm Reply
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