Tourist in my own city: Vancouver

I was born and raised in Coquitlam, British Columbia  and for the last 15 years have been living downtown Vancouver. I absolutely love it!

Vancouver is one big awesome playground.  Here are some of my favorite spots that are definitely worth a visit!

1.Stanley Park


You most check it out – not only is it world renowned it is a must see for tourists.

There is so much to do whether you live in Vancouver or are visiting. Take a dip in the Second Beach Pool, check out the exotic fish in the Aquarium, let the kiddies splash around in the water park.  You can bike or walk the sea wall and just take in the beautiful scenery.


2. Science World

This place is perfect for kids and adults alike who like discovering and exploring. Science World is a “science centre” with hundreds of interactive exhibits. How cool is the architecture of this building?


3. Playland at the PNE

This is the oldest amusement park in Canada and is located in Hastings Park.  If you are a thrill-seeker, you must check out the newest ride The Beast. I may sit this one out and stick to the kiddie rides!

4. Maplewood Farms


Located about 20 minutes north of Vancouver, this is a great place for families.  After you visit with the animals on the farm, you can enjoy a picnic in one of the Maplewood’s many covered areas.

5. Great Beaches

Vancouver is known for its fab beaches and there are so many to choose from – some of my favs are Spanish Banks, Kitsilano Beach and English Bay.

Kitsilano Beach –

In fact, in addition to our beaches we have plenty of water parks and wading pools, I suggest visiting for more information.

6. Best Ice Cream Shops

ice cream

Yes I had to add ice cream to my list. Doesn’t everyone want to delight in a delicious treat? I highly recommend:

  • Earnest ice cream – there are two locations – one on Fraser Street and another on Quebec Street. In earnest, your tummy will thank you.
  • Rain or Shine – their delish ice cream is made with fresh, homemade and sustainable ingredients.  They have awesome flavors like honey lavender.
  • La Casa Gelato – so many yummy flavors to choose from – this retro shop is located just east of Strathcona Park.

I love Vancouver – this is only a partial list of awesome things to do!  When you venture outside of the city, there are even more great little gems to discover including Whistler. Enjoy and have fun!

erica with clientErica H. Wearing has been a stylist for over 16 years and she absolutely loves what she does . “It’s a great feeling to help people feel and look their best when they leave my chair. I wouldn’t trade this for any other job in the world!”
Check out Erica at Ka!Boom Hair Salon 1129 West Pender Street, Vancouver B.C .

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