Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge – avoid Capilano Canyon bridge, which is expensive and for the tourists.Hike nearby but don’t go into the water below the bridge (high death toll).Grouse Mountain – the Grouse Grind, an unpleasant but must-do hike (fit Vancouverites all know their GG time).
Have lunch up top, hike behind the peak, see the orphaned Grizzlies, watch the lumberjack show (corny but short).Do the beaches from Third to Wreck (be prepared for nudity at the latter).Eat every form of Asian cuisine you can find.
Rent kayaks from Granville Island – or a speedboat from there or Horseshoe Bay.Vancouver is about the setting as much as the city, so do get out: Ferry to Victoria for a few days.Stay at Swans Hotel, but not over the pub.
Visit Munro Books, best bookstore in BC (ex of Ann Munro ran it).And/or Saltspring or one of the smaller islands – Saturna is the undervisited jewel.From the north Vancouver Island, visit Hornby Island where the 60s are still going on.
If you are an expert kayaker, arrange to do the Broken Islands Group off the W coast of Vancouver Island.If not, visit Tofino instead.Hwy 99 north: The gondolas by Shannon Falls which everyone likes (but I have yet to do).
Hike Stawamus Chief a km further down the road.Hike Elfin Lakes or Black Tusk, or both.Visit Whistler; eat at Umberto’s Trattoria (expensive) and Pasta Lupino (hole in the wall cheap).
Drive N to Pemberton, lunch at The Pony Express.Stay at Birkenhead Resort for an odd experience off the beaten track.Return to Mount Currie, drive the Duffy Lake Road.
Consider Joffre Lakes hike.Camp at BC Hydro Seton Lake campground.Visit Lillooet and continue on to Cache Creek.
Return to Van via Hwy 1, stopping at Alexandra Bridge (1km beyond Alexandra Lodge; an abandoned steel-mesh bridge over the Fraser; walk down from the parking area over the tracks to get there), stop at Hope and visit the Othello Tunnels (named by a Shakespeare-obsessed rail engineer; formerly part of the Kettle Valley railway, this is a solution to the problem of laying a railbed through a deep twisting canyon: just blast through the mountain, emerge on a trestle, blast through the next, and so on – now a walking trail).Visit the Okanagan, especially Naramata if you’re into wine, and the Kettle Valley Railway bridge section outside Kelowna if you like cycling.Rent a houseboat for 3–4 days on Shuswap Lake.
Visit Nelson BC.Far afield, but BC’s best small town.Steve Martin’s film Roxanne was filmed here and it looks just the same.
Great food, and the best coffee shop in BC (no need for me to say which one, just ask someone on the street).Drive to Horseshoe Bay and take the ferry to Langdale and Gibsons.If you are of a certain age and country you may remember The Beachcombers TV show and cafe Molly’s Reach, which is still serving.
Hike Tetrahedron outside Sechelt.Visit the Skookumchuck reversing rapids.For kayakers, go further up to Lund and kayak Desolation Sound for a week.
So those are a few ideas.
There are so many things to do in Vancouver!
Which season are you planning on coming?1) Bike around Stanley Park2) Walk around the Seawall (from Kitsilano to downtown or on the westvan side)3) Catch a street performer in Granville Island4) Go Skiing locally at Cypress or if you have a couple days make it up to Whistler.5) Hike (this is a whole topic on its own)6) Bike around the city and visit all the street art (particularly native art work under the Granville Bridge)7) Check out the westcoast native art galleries in gastown8) Catch a hockey game in a lively bar9) Visit Wreck beach10) Eat sushi!11) Embrace the rain