Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada. I lived there for a year and a half from august 2015 to december 2016, before I moved back to Paris. I went to Vancouver Film School (VFS) to attend the « Acting Essentials » and « Acting for Film and TV » programs.
Vancouver is a typical north american city. The city is surrounded by the ocean, the mountains and the skyscrapers of the city center. If you love nature, Vancouver is a city for you. If you love rain as well, because it rains 300 days per year (no wonder some name it Raincouver …). Don’t forget your umbrella, you’ll need it … or go there between June to September. But let me kill a myth here :
“No, there aren’t 3 meters of snow in the city in winter, and temperatures are rarely negatives. Same weather as Paris in December, meaning it’s grey and cold.”
Accomodation : hotel or Airbnb (I stayed in a Airbnb when I arrived. Favorite neighborhoods : West End and Coal Harbour).
Advise : Avoid accomodations is the neighborhood of East Hasting St.
Buses and trains work well in Vancouver. If you’d like to go to North Vancouver, you can even take the Seabus from Waterfront Station in Downtown Vancouver. It will lead you directly to Lonsdale Sea Market. Buy a Compass Card. If you want to buy a bus ticket directly in the bus, you will need to have the exact change.
If you want to go to bars or clubs while you’re in Vancity, Granville St will be the place to go as the majority of the bars and clubs are located there. Gastown also have great bars and clubs.
WHAT TO DO:
- Rent a bike/walk around Stanley Park (Sea Walk)
- Hike in Deep Cove (breathtaking view at the top)
- Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge (great alternative to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park because it’s free and less crowded)
- Granville Island Market (make a stop at Lee’s Donuts – because sugar is life- and grab a coffee at JJ Bean)
- Gastown (the main street is really nice)
- The Indian Arm Lucheon Cruise (breathtaking view on the mountains)
- Kayak in Deep Cove
- Canada Place (where you can see the Olympic flame of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games)
- Go see a Canucks game at the Rogers Arena
- Seaplane (at Harbour Air – around 95 dollars for a 20 min flight and 55 dollars for children under 11 years old)
- If you have kids or if it rains : Science World
If you have time : Squamish (the Sea to Sky Gondola) and Whistler/Grouse Mountains. Be aware that if you wish to see these places you will need to rent a car.
Shopping : Robson Street
WHERE TO EAT:
- CACTUS CLUB CAFE (my favorite)
- The Warehouse (all meal are at 5 dollars – great if you’re on a budget – on West Hastings St)
- Miku (best sushis – on Canada Place)
- Medina Café (great brunch – be there early and avoid going there on the weekends)
- Revolver Café (Gastown)
- Joey’s on Burrard
- Tacofino (Gastown)
- Beach Bay Café (on Denman St – great patio and great brunches with endless mimosas)
- Vancouver was ranked as the third most “livable place in the world”
- Vancouver has the highest real estate prices in Canada
- Vancouver is the largest film production center in North America after Los Angeles and New York City
- Stanley Park is 10% larger than New York City’s Central Park
- Greenpeace was established in Vancouver
- Vancouver is Canada’s third largest city; Toronto and Montreal are bigger
- Vancouver sits on a major fault along with Seattle and Portland. The city could have a big earthquake at any time (8.0 Richter big)