How to Spend 3 Days in Vancouver: The Perfect Vancouver Itinerary

3 Days In Vancouver

Could you spend 3 days in Vancouver?

We could, after reading this article from our guest writer Caresa,  blogger and owner of This Spontaneous Life. So far, we have not managed to visit Canada only just a short visit to Niagara Falls before spending time in Buffalo.

Let Caresa inspire and excite you with how she spent 3 days in Vancouver Canada. There are some great Vancouver ‘must-see’ activities.

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How To Spend 3 Days in Vancouver: The Perfect Vancouver Itinerary

Known for its stunning beauty, world-famous breweries, and for its fresh seafood, Vancouver, Canada has quickly turned into one of the world’s most favourite travel destinations. So it is safe to say that when I got the opportunity to visit, I didn’t skip a beat before jetting off to the largest city in British Columbia. I only got to spend a few days in this amazing amazing city, but a few days was actually plenty. In this guide, I will be going over how to spend 3 days in Vancouver, so start packing your bags, you’re in for the trip of a lifetime.

 

3 Days in Vancouver City Skyline

City Skyline

 

 

 

Where to stay in Vancouver

When I was in Vancouver, I stayed in Gastown, which is actually only a mile away from downtown Vancouver. I truly felt that I couldn’t have picked a better choice as far as accommodations. I always like to stay in the middle of everything as I just feel that it is more convenient all around. Gastown is a delightful neighbourhood known for its steam clock. It is smack-dab in the middle of Vancouver and it is filled with stores, restaurants

 

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Transportation in Vancouver

Over the last few years, the ride-sharing apps, Uber and Lyft have taken the world by storm. Soon becoming the most popular ride services out there. So it’s safe to say that I was surely taken by surprise when I found out that Vancouver has an effective ban on the popular ride-sharing apps. Luckily, I originally drove into Vancouver via rental car from Bellingham, WA, so regardless I had no use for it but it brings me to my next point — I would strongly suggest renting a car during your 3 days in Vancouver.

There was never a single moment where I did not need my car, especially with all that there is to do in the city.

Top things to do in Vancouver BC

Day 1

Hike Quarry Rock

Quarry Rock

Hike to Quarry Rock

Known as one of the most beautiful hikes in the Vancouver area, Quarry Rock is a must-do during your visit to the Great White North. The trail itself is fairly easy and a total of 45 minutes to get to the lookout. The 2.5-mile hike will give you one of the most beautiful sights you’ve ever laid your eyes on. Looking out at the city of Vancouver from afar, you can easily spend hours up there just enjoying nature.

Quarry Rock is definitely a must-do during your 3 days in Vancouver.

Check out Tim Hortons

Did you even go to Canada if you didn’t stop by Tim Hortons for some coffee and donuts?

Tim Hortons is Canada’s most famous fast-food chain known for their incredible coffee and donuts. With locations all throughout the city the famous restaurant is easy to find and also opened 24 hours which makes it all the more convenient if you’re looking for a late-night bite.

Walk the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Walk the Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is an amazing attraction that Vancouver offers its visitors. Suspended 230 ft above the Capilano River, you are not going to want to miss this attraction. Along with the bridge, you will be able to walk cliffside through the park and get to experience views like never before. It costs around $50 to enter the park, but, it is well worth every penny.

Visit The Capilano Suspension Bridge with a Self Guided Tour

Day 2

Walk around downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

Day or night, downtown Vancouver is the place to be.

From its trendy nightlife, fashionable boutiques, and delicious restaurants, you can easily spend all 3 days in Vancouver just exploring downtown. With an abundance of different things to do, no matter what you’re in the mood for you can’t go wrong with exploring downtown.

Along with different restaurants and shops, downtown Vancouver is always hosting different kinds of events, entertainment and other fun activities.

A 4 Hour Vancouver City Highlights Tour

FlyOver Canada

If you’re spending your second day around downtown Vancouver, you should FlyOver Canada. FlyOver Canada is a stimulation ride located in the heart of downtown Vancouver where you will be given the opportunity to fly from coast to coast. From Quebec to British Columbia, this ride is not for the queasy-stomach but boy, is it fun!

I rode the ride myself and I truly felt as if I was flying over Canada.

Visit Chinatown

Fun fact for you, Vancouver’s Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. Immerse yourself in the Chinese culture, indulge in their delicious, authentic food, and experience China without having to actually go to China.

Vancouver’s Chinatown even offers a tranquil Chinese garden to get away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday life of the city.

Day 3

Walk through Stanley Park

Stanley Park

Stanley Park

Home to over 1000 acres and surrounded by picturesque waters, Stanley Park is a prominent attraction and one of the top things to do in Vancouver. This famed park is not only the perfect place to bike, walk the Seawall, or even just take a nice stroll through the park itself, but, it is also home to the Vancouver Aquarium. You can even play a nice round of golf at this famous park! During your 3 days in Vancouver, make sure to check out Stanley Park.

Skip The Line Ticket for the Vancouver Aquarium

Visit Granville Island

Another world-renowned Vancouver location and a must-visit is Granville Island.

Granville Island is a peninsula and shopping district. The ultimate place to be to spend your last day in Vancouver. It is also home to its very own public market presenting an array of shops, restaurants, and attractions. It is the perfect way to spend your day exploring the city.

Granville Island 2 Hour Market Tour

Check out the Vancouver Aquarium

If marine life is your cup of tea, you are not going to want to miss this attraction. The Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 50,000 different sea creatures. They have everything from dolphins, sea otters and more! Not only is it a fun activity all around, but, it is also a perfect place to check out if you’re visiting Vancouver with kids.

Vancouver Attractions Passport which includes the Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver has quickly stolen a piece of my heart, while I only got to visit for a weekend, it is a trip that I will not forget. The city and its people extended such a warm welcome the second I arrived that I right away felt at home. The beauty Vancouver has to offer absolutely took my breath away and there were so many different things to do and sights to see, which made this trip all the better! Hope you enjoyed my guide to the ultimate 3 days in Vancouver.

Caresa’s Bio

Hi! I’m Caresa. Minimalist, traveller, blogger and owner of This Spontaneous Life. I recently sold all my belongings to be able to travel the world without any materialistic limitations. I thrive on helping people follow their travel dreams and motivating them to get out there and see the world. I am a firm believer that we need to make the most of our time while we are on this earth so follow me on my journey and let me help you live your best life. Until next time!

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Essential Visitor Information to Visit Vancouver

Vancouver Travel Options

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located 12 km from downtown Vancouver.

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More Vancouver Attractions

There are so many different types of Vancouver Tours to take whilst you are visiting if you have more time, we have listed a few more popular options for you.

Whale Watching is popular in Vancouver aboard the 62 foot Ocean Magic with 3 viewing areas inside and out.

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Vancouver Sightseeing on the harbour in a zodiac for 1.5 hours.

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A food tour with a difference – a gourmet food tour with 3 wine and 3 beer pairings. Meet award-winning chefs and artisans which includes cheese and chocolate tastings as well. Yum!

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Vancouver Weather

When is the best time to visit Vancouver? Summer is the best time to visit Vancouver.  Vancouver’s temperature in summer hovers around 70 degrees F. It is also the popular time to visit so we recommend booking your accommodation well in advance.

The rainy season runs from October through to May.

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In 2016 Canada introduced a ETA – Electronic Travel Authorisation. This visa is linked to your passport and allows you to visit Canada for up to 6 months at a time. It is valid for 5 years or until your passport expires. Click our link below to find out how you can apply for ETA.

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16 Comments

  • We spent 2 weeks in Vancouver last August. We were not staying in Gastown but must admit that Burnaby is as well a great place to stay. Uber is good but a little bit expensive in Vancouver. Car rental seems to be better options, we agree. Unfortunately, we had no chance to see Quarry Rock. Maybe next time, after reading your post, we will know how to kill our time. But of course, we tried Capilano Suspension Bridge, and it is an excellent adventure. Chinatown is a fantastic place as well, especially if you want to find tasty original food. Thanks for this itinerary.

  • Jenny says:

    That was a lot of information!! I would love to go back to Vancouver. Your guide really shown me that I missed a lot of places during my last visits such as the Quarry rock and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. How fun that would be! Would you recommend to visit in the winter?

  • Lisa says:

    I’m so keen to visit Vancouver, you’ve no idea! Reading this has only made me want to visit even more. I think my first stop would be Granville Park, as I like the sound of everything it has to offer. Stanley Park and the Capilano Suspension Briidge would also be a must see, as I’ve seen photos of it all over Instagram and want to see it myself!

  • Vancouver is like our second home. So I am always interested in what people do when they visit. I would normally not recommend renting a car unless you wanted to do a lot of day trips. The public transit works quite well. Parking is so expensive. We have not yet been to Quarry Rock. So we will add this to our next trip.

  • Sarah says:

    Never been to the west side of Canada. Vancouver has always appealed, even more after reading this post. That Quarry Rock Hike and the Capilano Suspension Bridge is só me. Never quite understand the Canadian’s fondness for Tim Hortons though, but willing to give it another try 🙂

  • Adele gee says:

    I have visited Vancouver for the extended weekend in year 2000 – a long time ago. Reading your post about the familiar sounding places brings back memories. It also makes me want to re-visit as i remember the capilano bridge , the very large chinatown and the steam clock. Oh Nostalgia!

  • Francesca says:

    I’m definitely pinning this for future reference! So much great info. Vancouver has been on my list for quite some time but I didn’t know there was so much to see. I had never even heard of Granville Island before! I’d love to go there and take some pics on The Capilano Suspension Bridge too!

  • Diana says:

    Thank you for the memories! I LOVE BC & Vancouver. It’s so much information and this is a great post to keep to future visitors. The is nothing like Vancouver, the people the festivals and the music. What an experience.

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