Vancouver from the air
Photo by Vancouver Tourism
On the other side of the country, Vancouver is hosting “Canada 150+”—the plus sign acknowledging the native populations’ lengthy, pre–European presence on the land. The city has set up light shows in the parks and epic sightseeing tours up the coast, but it’s a worth a visit just to explore Vancouver’s fusion of hip urban scene and majestic wilderness. Exploring the food scene alone can take up a whole weekend, bouncing from pan roasted scallops with foraged mushrooms, pumpkin and caramelized yogurt at Hawksworth to the handmade Gemelli with slow cooked veal at Osteria Savio Volpe to Mensch Jewish Delicatessen, the best place to get pastrami. The Fairmont Pacific Rim, right on the waterfront, is an ideal basecamp, smack in the middle of the celebrations and overlooking both the harbor and the mountains.
More Vancouver favorites:
- Explore the Gastown neighborhood, which is crawling with cocktail bars and restaurants like Meat and Bread or Pourhouse.
- The birthplace of Lululemon, Herschel and Arc’teryx, Vancouver also has a youthful and energetic shopping scene. Native Shoes makes a non-terrible version of Crocs and Aritzia has become to go-to for all things trendy.
- Fraserhood is Williamsburg to Gastown’s Soho. The long-standing Vietnamese neighborhood still has traditional pho shops, but it’s also home to cutting-edge restaurants and bars like Crowbar and Nammos Estiatorio.
- Call us crazy, but we’re looking forward to seeing Canada’s crooning spaceship commander, Colonel Chris Hadfield—otherwise known as the guy who sang Space Oddity while on board the International Space Station. He's on a whole different kind of tour this summer.