10 new things to do and see in Vancouver

The best new restaurants, tours, attractions and more in Canada’s most versatile city

Whether you’ve got a few hours or a few days, Vancouver can fill your time like few other places. Here are some of the top new things to do in the city.

1. Popina Canteen

Vancouver, Popina Canteen, Sweet potato fries

Four of the city’s top chefs serve up excellent fresh local seafood platters, salads and lobster rolls from a converted shipping container on Granville Island’s waterfront.

2. On This Spot

Vancouver, French building

See Vancouver the way it used to be with this locally-created app that provides a selection of self-guided walking tours of Vancouver illustrated by photos from the city’s archive.

3. Vancouver Aquarium Research Outpost

Vancouver, Aquarium research, Walruses
Ocean Wise

See marine mammal research firsthand — and meet the newly-arrived walruses — as the aquarium allows visitors behind-the-scenes for the first time.

4. Guo Pei: Couture Beyond at Vancouver Art Gallery (October 13 to January 2019)

Vancouver, Guo Pei Vancouver Art Gallery
Courtesy of SCAD

The first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of the Chinese designer offers an overview of her work and position in the global fashion culture.

5. Mr. Bannock Indigenous Cuisine

Vancouver, Mr Bannock, Indigenous cuisine

The city’s first food truck devoted to Indigenous cuisine, famous for its Indian tacos and blueberry bannock (fry bread).

6. Parq Vancouver Resort

Vancouver, hotel
Jeremy Segal Photography

Two luxury hotels (a JW Marriott and the Douglas), eight restaurants and a casino all housed in one resort right next to BC Place stadium.

7. Polygon Gallery

Vancouver, Polygon Gallery
© Robert Stefanowiscz, 2018

An $18M landmark building on the North Shore waterfront houses exhibitions of contemporary photography and media art.

8. Herschel Supply Co.

Vancouver, Herschel Gastown flagship store
Stephen Wilde

Herschel’s flagship store — and the first in North America — opened earlier this year in Gastown.

9. Epic Electric Tour

Vancouver, electric tour

Electric bikes make this four-hour cycling tour of the city a breeze.

10. EXchange Hotel

Vancouver, Exchange Hotel
Corey Stovin

The heritage building that housed the former Vancouver Stock Exchange is the home of the city’s latest luxury hotel.

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