Located in downtown Vancouver, the Victorian Hotel offers a unique boutique experience that draws tourists from around the world. From the pillow top beds and flat screen TVs to the super speed Internet and continental breakfast, the hotel provides a cozy nook for tourists traveling in the fall, winter, and spring. However, there’s a whole new appeal when summer rolls around. That’s because the centralized location of the Victorian Hotel puts guests within walking distance to all of Vancouver’s greatest patios.

 

Whether it’s brunch, a romantic tête-à-tête, or a late night brouhaha with fellow sports fans, we’ve listed some of the coolest patios for the hot weather. Check them out on your next visit.

 

Chill Winston

Located near Gastown (not far from CRAB Park at Portside), this eatery, which features an eco-friendly menu and urban chic décor, has close to 100 outdoor seats on Maple Tree Square. This palate-teasing view, meant for a mingling kind of excursion, will only be elevated by the street facing patio, which doubles as a fabulous solution for boosting those depleted vitamin D levels.

 

Chambar

Not far from Chinatown and Yaletown, Chambar’s patio occupies a cool tree-lined street. Open from 8 till late (weather permitting), this is a terrific opportunity to leave your day at the door and indulge in the unpretentious fine dining experience that has defined this award-winning restaurant.  Chambar is a beautifully designed restaurant with quality and elegance in the service, ambiance, and food creations.

 

Joe Fortes

If you’re en route to Stanley Park (or heading back), try stopping at Joe Fortes on Thurlow and Robson. As an award-winning steak and seafood house, this is already a local favourite, but seeing the rooftop patio in full bloom definitely adds an extra dimension to this urban escape.

 

Reflections

Located on 801 West Georgia, this chic outdoor hotel lounge is centred around a fire-pit, making it more reminiscent of the trendy outdoor spaces that dominate high profile cities like LA, New York, and Miami. Tuck into fruity cocktails and Spanish-style plates after a tiring day of sightseeing. And don’t worry if the location seems hard to find, just ask the friendly staff and they’ll be glad to point the way to the rooftop.

 

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

There’s nothing cookie cutter about the fabulous patio at The Keg’s Yaletown location. As one of Vancouver’s most sought-after open air spaces, this patio is comfortably furnished and generously staffed to ensure guests have a great time while partaking in the classic steak and seafood dishes that have made The Keg a mainstay of the chain restaurant scene.

 

Lift Bar & Grill

Sometimes called “the best patio in Vancouver,” this is another great place to check out if you’re in Vancouver. As a sleek eatery, the upscale Pacific Northwest fare is further enhanced by water and mountain views from the bustling rooftop patio. With brunch, lunch and dinner served fresh and hot, Lift elevates the senses with its tongue tingling steak, seafood, and sushi creations.

 

There’s a whole world to discover outside the Victorian Hotel, which is conveniently located within walking distance of Gastown, Yaletown, and Robson. Try a few of our recommended spots—or let us know if you find one of your own, because Vancouver is a city full of hidden treasures.

What does a light bulb, telephone, artificial pacemaker, Robertson screw, Wonderbra, and a jar of peanut butter all have in common? They are all Canadian inventions. This year, Canada celebrated 150 years of Confederation. It’s an exciting time, and the staff at the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver have decided to celebrate by publishing a little article on what makes  Canada so awesome. Spoilers—there’s plenty of back patting ahead, so get ready.

 

Canada has long enjoyed a celebrated international reputation. From acting as brand ambassadors for universal healthcare to undertaking peacekeeping missions around the globe, much of the world sees The True North Strong and Free as a compassionate and welcoming country where the goodness is wrapped in Canadian bacon and drenched in maple syrup.

 

Being Canadian is synonymous with qualities such as friendliness, caring, freedom, honesty, health, and good governance. It’s the 7th highest ranked in the 2017 World Happiness Report, which assesses economic, health, and polling data, and averages it out over three years.

 

Naturally, as members of the tourism industry, everyone at the Victorian Hotel knows that this is outdoor land. The abundance of natural beauty is one of Canada’s greatest resources, and it spills into the city in the form of cool tree-lined sidewalks and glorious green spaces. Oh, and since the World Health Organization recently ranked Canadian air quality as the third cleanest on the planet, feel free to gasp in delight as you take in the city’s sights and sounds.

 

As one of the most multicultural countries in the world, Canada stands as an example that people from different backgrounds, ideologies, and belief systems not only have the ability to live together, but to thrive together. In fact, Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy in 1971.

 

Of course, like all countries, Canada still does have its challenges. For example, there’s the conundrum of trying to reconcile its status as an oil producer with sustainability practices, serving the medical needs of an aging population, and governing a nation of people that are increasingly diverse and complex.

 

However, the important thing is that Canadians have never stopped trying. This outstanding attitude often manifests itself in little ways, from a willingness to help a stranger on the street, to the super-friendly staff at the local watering holes and hangouts—including, of course, the Victorian Hotel!

 

It will be interesting to see what the country can accomplish over the next 150 years. And for anyone still wondering who needs more Canada, the answer is simply everyone.

Celebrated on the third Sunday of June, the history of Father’s Day took root when Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd decided to celebrate her father William Smith, who raised his six children alone after his wife passed away from delivery complications.

 

The first Father’s Day was observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington, and thereafter families have used the holiday to remember and celebrate all things associated with dad. As a boutique hotel in Vancouver, many families come to the city to celebrate Father’s Day. To help create the perfect celebration, the team at the Victorian Hotel has put together a list of places that are easily accessible from the hotel’s Downtown Vancouver location.

Buy Dad a Beer—or Three

 

Vancouver is famous for a wealth of microbreweries that are ready to serve up a tall glass of frothy, chilled goodness on demand. Enjoy a tall cool one or enjoy a tasting flight at nearby venues like the CRAFT Beer Market, the Alibi Room, Rogue, or Tap & Barrel which features all the heavy hitters with over 20 taps at both their Gastown, Olympic Village, and West Broadway locations.

Take a Brunch Break

 

Okay, we know that brunches are more associated with Mother’s Day, but who doesn’t love a good omelette station? Food-wise, Vancouver is dotted with an array of West Coast eateries, many of which lay out lavish dad-inspired brunches. A few of our favourites are Café Pacifica in the Vancouver Hotel, the Boathouse Restaurant (located 10 minutes away in English Bay), and for the more down-to-earth dad, we recommend Jethro’s Fine Grub, which is located about 20 minutes away in Vancouver, near the University of British Columbia.  A hidden gem breakfast spot and favourite with the downtown Vancouver locals is Café Medina just 10 minutes walking distance at 780 Richards Street.

 

Tee Up

 

If dad’s a golfer, a Father’s Day treat should be no problem. If a full round of golf isn’t quite within reach, opt for the more budget-friendly Pitch & Putts at Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, or Rupert Park.  Favourite Public Golf Courses in Vancouver (just 25 minutes away by car) are McCleery, Fraserview, Langara, and Northlands.  These golf courses defy the myth that having “public” in its name means “mediocre”.  Tourism Vancouver and locals alike recommend these great courses where mountains serve as a backdrop to their lush fairways and rolling greens.

Indulge in Some Culture

 

Shakespeare had quite a lot to say on fatherhood. If literature is a popular pastime for your household, a visit to “Bard on the Beach” may be just the ticket. Bond with Dad over creative modern renditions of all The Bard’s greatest plays. Starting from June 10th, this year’s performances include Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona—all from the quaint Bard Village at Kits Point, an outdoor elegant theatre company located at Kitsilano Beach waterfront.  A must do adventure on a gorgeous summer night!!

Spend the Day at Stanley Park

 

This one is weather permitting. On a sunny Vancouver day, Stanley Park is only 10 minutes away by bus. Bike (renting bicycles at the park entrance) or walk the Seawall before finding the perfect picnic spot. As a bit of a splurge, several eateries offer premade picnic baskets to go. A few of our favourite suggestions are The Dirty Apron, Nosh, Giovane Café, and Picnix, which specializes in delicious, seasonal foods that are beautifully presented and cleverly stored for that perfect picnic with Dad.

 

Father’s Day only comes around once a year, so seize the opportunity to show Dad how much you care. Vancouver is full of unique activities, so find one that appeals to your dad—and make sure to book in advance. If you’re staying at the Victorian Hotel and need some advice to facilitate the perfect Father’s Day plans, just ask our knowledgeable staff for their assistance.

 

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Vancouver, BC

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Vancouver Seawall - Downtown Vancouver

Exploring a new city is always a blast. But choosing where to invest your precious vacation time can be tricky. When you’re only in town for two or three days, it’s important to make every minute count. Vancouver is a city full of treasures that await discovery, and we’ve created this short list of must-see attractions that are close to the Victorian Hotel to help get you started.

Vancouver Attractions that are close to the Victorian Hotel

 

Stanley Park

 

Just a five-minute bus ride from the hotel is Vancouver’s number one attraction. Hop aboard one of the traditional horse-drawn carriages that travel the park and take in nature’s beauty in turn-of-the-century style, which is a great way to enhance your accommodation experience! Alternatively, rent a bicycle at the entrance of the park and traverse 10 glorious kilometres of scenic seawall. We recommend Spokes Bicycle Rentals at Georgia and Denman.

 

Vancouver Aquarium

 

To make the most of your Stanley Park trek, don’t forget to visit the aquarium, which is located inside the park. Always a favourite with the kiddies, the Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 50,000 diverse creatures, from the Amazon to the Arctic. Say hi to adorable sea otters or wave at the octopus, which are both indigenous species to our coastal waters—the Salish Sea! Additionally, there are activities, galleries, and a 4-D theatre, which alway delver a spellbinding experience for the whole family.

 

FlyOver Canada

 

If you’ve ever dreamed of flying like a bird, this is as close as it gets. Explore the diverse regions of Canada from coast-to-coast on this breathtaking simulation-style ride. With wind, mist, and fragrance effects, FlyOver Canada is the very latest in projection and ride technology.

 

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

 

A tiny sanctuary in the heart of the city, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is located just outside Yaletown. Experience the first authentic Chinese garden built outside China. Stroll along peaceful paths and enjoy the harmonious union of rock, water, and architecture in a tranquil and authentic setting that’s sure to be a hit with the horticulturalist in your group.

 

Telus World of Science

 

A prominent feature of the Vancouver skyline since Expo ’86, the Telus World of Science, more commonly known as Science World, is a destination to ignite the mind. With interactive displays, inspirational exhibits, and jaw-dropping facts, kids and adults alike will rediscover the joy of learning—and that’s before even experiencing the immersive features in the domed OMNIMAX Theatre. Stay and play for one instructive afternoon.

 

Vancouver Art Gallery

 

Perched like a crown jewel at the heart of the city, the stately Vancouver Art Gallery features both historical and contemporary exhibitions of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography and video by regional, national and international artists. In anticipation 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the VAG will be featuring a yearlong exhibition of art forms that explore aspects of the country’s cultural identity. Check out the works of legendary Canadian artist Emily Carr and then stop for a light luncheon at the museum’s modern café before stepping out on to Vancouver’s most famous shopping district—Robson Street!

 

Vancouver has a host of attractions that caters to people of all ages and interests. All these attractions are within ten minutes of the hotel. Enjoy downtown accommodations with a stylish turn of the century twist. As one of Vancouver’s most talked about boutique hotels, the Victorian Hotel lets you step off the beaten track—while retaining easy access to all the city’s greatest attractions.

 

 

Signs of Spring, from our hotel in Downtown Vancouver BC

Fuzzy buds are swelling on the magnolia. The snow is gone, and there’s a general feeling of goodwill in the air. As a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Vancouver, spring enthusiasts visiting the Victorian Hotel will have ample opportunity to witness how this lovely season unfolds in the city.

There’s little doubt that Vancouver’s many natural charms are best enjoyed in the spring. While 2016 brought unusual amounts of snow and grump to the city, Wiarton Willie’s prediction was mostly on the mark as delicately blooming snowdrops gradually replaced the melting drifts under the bare branches of the  tree-lined sidewalks.

5 Signs of Spring

5) The green city greens up

For the tourists out and about, the Stanley Park Seawall offers spectacular waterfront vistas bordered by dense, deep forests. Just five minutes away from the Victorian Hotel by bus, spring lovers will be treated to colourful crocuses, tulips, and Easter lilies. There’s even been rumoured sightings of Vancouver’s famous cherry blossoms.

4) Yoga classes ahoy

As the home of the world famous Lululemon (visit their store on Robson and Burrard), there’s no doubt that Vancouver is a yoga city. As the smoothie-clutching crowds trot up and down the streets in their slinky yoga wear, watch for outdoor yoga sessions in areas like George Wainborn Park in nearby Yaletown. If there’s time, use one of the hotel’s complimentary Internet stations and book yourself a session.

3) Starbucks has new cups

With Seattle just across the water, Vancouver has wholeheartedly embraced coffee culture. There are many wonderful cafés and bakeshops all around the Victorian Hotel—and Starbucks remains one of the most prevalent. To celebrate the season, keep an eye out for their new spring-inspired cup, which features an adorable bunny on a fresh field of green.

2) Cyclist sightings

Vancouver is well known for its bike lanes, which afford ample opportunities for the physically fit to take in the city’s natural wonder. In the spring, all the trails crisscrossing the city mean the number of cyclists on the road is rapidly increasing. Rent a bicycle and join the locals for a scenic tour all around the gorgeous waterfront of the downtown core—just be mindful of those crosswalks and intersections!

1) Instagram moments

With longer evenings and clear skies, Instagrammers will be compelled to capture how the glorious mountain diorama frames the windswept beaches and unfurling ocean. English Bay, just a five-minute bus ride from the hotel, is an excellent spot to capture a few choice clicks. There are also many eateries, cafés, and shops where visitors can wile away an enjoyable afternoon.

Vancouver is a beautiful place to visit, and there is a lot to do and see when spring arrives.

Staying at the centrally located Victorian Hotel means easy access to all the city’s activities and attractions. So if you’ve got some time to spare, go ahead and ask the hotel staff for their recommendations. Please give our front desk a call at 604.681.6369 (toll-free 1.877.681.6369).

With its glorious green spaces and abundant tree-lined sidewalks, fall is a truly majestic season in Vancouver. Even without the sunshine, the city offers an exciting assortment of activities that range from cider tasting to art crawls. Even better, most of these activities are centrally located, which makes them easy to access from the Victorian Hotel.

5) Taste of Yaletown Vancouver

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Just 4 blocks away from the Victorian Hotel in the trendy downtown Vancouver community known as Yaletown, restaurants will trot out new tasting menus and innovative pairings guaranteed to inspire the most adventurous foodie.

Taste of Yaletown offers $25, $35, and $45 options, so you can experience all the seasonal flavour without breaking the bank.

4) Eastside Culture Crawl

November 17th-20th

If you’re an Etsy-loving art enthusiast, the Eastside Culture Crawl is not to be missed.

Join more than 20,000 people for a 4-day visual arts, design, and crafts festival. Visit local artists in their studios between Main Street and Victoria Drive north of First Avenue.

This is a free community event that features over 481 artists working in Vancouver.

3) Stanley Park

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Always bursting with colour, Vancouver’s number one attraction, Stanley Park, is just a five minute drive or a twenty minute walk from the Victorian Hotel.

Ride in a horse-drawn cart through bountiful hydrangea, whimsical heathers, and other fall foliage that’s guaranteed to provide a picture-perfect backdrop for all your Instagram posts.

2) Maplewood Farm

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For true fall flavour, take a leisurely trip to Maplewood Farm, located across Lion’s Gate Bridge in North Vancouver.

This open-air wonderland is sure to appeal to the young and young at heart. Visit the farm’s many animals, or partake in one of the family-friendly educational lectures. The cider’s always hot and the pumpkins are plentiful!

1) Fright Nights

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If being scared silly is your idea of a good time, head over to Fright Nights at the Pacific National Exhibition and partake in an assortment of bone-chilling affairs.

With live nightly shows, seven haunted mansions, and more scary clowns than you can shake a stick at, you’ll be thrilled by the experience—and don’t forget the rides!

Staying in Vancouver at The Victorian Hotel

There are always plenty of interesting events taking place in Vancouver. If you’re a fall fanatic who’s wondering what to do, be sure to ask the friendly staff at the Victorian Hotel for their recommendations. Then enjoy how the crisp air and leafy sidewalks frame some of the best seasonal entertainment on offer in our lush city.

If you have any questions about staying in Vancouver, or about any of our hotel services, please give our front desk a call at 604.681.6369 (toll-free 1.877.681.6369).

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Our On-site Beehive

Are you ready to discover something exciting and new? For the Victorian Hotel, it’s business unusual. Instead of following the big-box brand of hotels with its cookie cutter style of rooms, we’ve eschewed the mundane in favour of the artisanal, the intriguing and the homemade. As a special treat, guests can now enjoy fresh honey, created from our on-site beehive.

“We’ve just welcomed our new Queen,” says owner and founder Miriam Mowat. “We’ve always offered guests our complimentary Healthy Start continental breakfast. However, summertime visitors enjoy an extra treat once our hive starts producing.”

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At the Victorian Hotel, we’ve always defined ourselves by catering to guests who are looking for a unique lodging experience. By mixing Victorian charm with contemporary comforts, guests can enjoy an unpretentious and authentic atmosphere, complete with high ceilings, original hardwood floors, intricate woodwork, and majestically large windows that were built in 1898. Other indulgent touches include organic Saltspring toiletries, extra plush Kingsley bathrobes, and the totally free Enterprise Class super hi-speed Wi-Fi.

Beehive Veiwing Location

The beehive is located on the Pender Victorian Balcony and can be seen from the second floor through a glass viewing area. The tradition started three years ago and ever since, the bees have been busy, gathering pollen to create the signature sweet that delights children and grown-ups alike.

“It’s wonderful to see them,” says Miriam. “I always make sure there are lots of fresh flowers planted around the grounds. As the Victorian Hotel, of course tea is a feature with our breakfast spread, and fresh honey is an extra-special treat that we’re pleased to offer as a boutique hotel.”

Discover The Victorian Hotel

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the hotel is near Rogers Arena, Yaletown and Gastown. The Victorian Hotel also shares its historic space with a vintage shop, an old-timey bookseller, and an award-winning restaurant that offers Italian inspired cuisine, upheld by traditional cooking techniques. With a variety of rooms that accommodate different needs and budgets, we help connect guests with local experiences while offering our signature traditional hospitality with a twist.

As a guest staying at the Victorian Hotel, you also have access to our friendly and knowledgeable staff that can provide great recommendations of things to do and see while you’re in town.

If you have any questions about things to do in Vancouver, or about any of our hotel services, please give our front desk a call at 604.681.6369 (toll-free 1.877.681.6369).

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Let’s face it. Sometimes travel plans don’t work out. Even in a city as beautiful as Vancouver, you may find your vacation plans washed away or wrought with annoying little hiccups. Never fear, although there’s no way to plan for every scenario, you can take steps to mitigate the most serious ones. A few precautions can help your plans stay intact—along with your sanity.

Travel with Your Tunes

If your travel plans are crumbling in the face of unpredictable chaos, a musical reprieve can be very refreshing. Keep the list upbeat and let Pharrell or Katy cheer you up if you’ve missed your bus or gotten caught in the rain.

Watch Out for the Weather

Vancouver weather is an unpredictable, unrelenting force, washing away even the best-laid travel plans. Thankfully, numerous fashion retailers have developed waterproof and water-resistant wear to keep the locals warm and dry. Invest in one and you won’t have to worry if the weather gods decide to do a rain dance in the middle of your outdoor yoga session. Some of our favorite stores for rain proofing include MEC, KWAY, Arcteryx, and The North Face.

Take a Time Out for Exercise

When things don’t go your way, it can be very tempting to deliver a rant on Facebook, but this only propagates the negativity. Instead, find something else you enjoy doing.

Join a drop-in yoga class at YYoga on 888 Burrard Street or indulge in a swim at the downtown YMCA.

Enjoy Cycling or Jogging around the seawall from the Victorian Hotel to Stanley Park. Before you know it, that antsy feeling will have passed.

Be Flexible

The ability to adapt is a big part of salvaging a vacation that’s headed downhill. If an event is sold out or a friend cancels on you, don’t worry. Look at your new found free time as an opportunity.

Discover your new favourite café in Yaletown or enjoy the world-class shopping district that is Robson Street. Visit Aritzia’s new flagship store for the Canadian West Coast located at the corner of Robson and Thurlow.

Travel with a Daypack

Whether you’re traveling international or locally, an emergency pack can help you cope with most circumstances. Purchase a Herschel daypack, which are locally designed in Vancouver.

The Herschel Supply Company is our favourite for backpacks and continues to redefine timeless design while maintaining a fine regard for detail.

Our recommendations are a charged smart phone, a bit of cash kept separate from your wallet, sunscreen, aspirin, gum, an umbrella, and a sweater or waterproof jacket.

Other Things To Do in Vancouver, July 2016

Staying at The Victorian Hotel

As a guest at the Victorian Hotel, you always have access to our friendly and knowledgeable staff — a great local resource for current things to do around Vancouver! So remember to ask our front desk for their recommendations.

The Victorian Hotel’s prime location just blocks from Gastown and Yaletown mean you’ll always have easy access to the very best that Vancouver has to offer!

If you have any questions about staying in Vancouver BC or any of our hotel services, please give our front desk a call at 604.681.6369 (toll-free 1.877.681.6369).

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Happy travels!

 

Finding a Spot to Watch the 2016 Fireworks

Fireworks-VancouverEvery year the skies of Vancouver light up in a rhapsody of colour. The annual Celebration of Light is a dazzling display of pyrotechnics that draws thousands of visitors to our fair city each year.

This annual event is a competition between three international cities and totally free to the public. Although finding a spot to watch the display can be a bit of a challenge, as a guest of the centrally located Victorian Hotel, you’ll have easy access to choice viewing locations throughout the city.

Dates for this year’s exhibition are listed below. The Celebration of Light competition begins promptly at 10:00pm over English Bay each night and carried on for about half an hour.

  • NetherlandsSaturday, July 23: 10pm to 10:25pm
  • AustraliaWednesday, July 27: 10pm to 10:25pm
  • AmericaSaturday, July 30: 10pm to 10:25pm

Best Locations

1. English Bay

Probably the best vantage point, if you don’t mind the crowds. The atmosphere in English Bay is intimate and intense. Remember to arrive early to stake out a good spot, and don’t even try to drive. Use the bus or SkyTrain, which is located about 5 minutes from the Hotel at Waterfront Station. You can also try ahead to make a reservation at one of the restaurants in English Bay, the prominent Cactus Club, Boathouse, and Milestone all have patios and exceptional views of this summertime spectacle.

2. Vanier Park

Situated directly across the bay from English Bay Beach, Vanier Park is famous for being the home of the Museum of Vancouver and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. You may even end up rubbing shoulders with a few Shakespearean thespians, as this is also home to Vancouver’s famous Bard on the Beach festival.

3. Kitsilano Beach

Kitty corner to Vanier Park, Kitsilano Beach is another prime viewing location. Once again, transit will be limited, so remember to plan your route. The staff at the Victorian Hotel will be pleased to answer your questions, so you can find your way to beautiful Kitsilano.  Try walking or cycling along the well designated bicycle path ½ a block from the Victorian Hotel.  The bicycle lanes safely lead to the Burrard Bridge and the seawall to Kitsilano Beach.  The Boathouse restaurant situated prominently at Kitsilano Beach has an amazing second floor patio that allows unobstructed views of the evening sunsets and fireworks spectacle.  We recommend booking early for this location as it is highly sought after by the locals.

4. Stanley Park

The fireworks are just another excuse to visit one of Vancouver’s top tourist attractions. If you’re trying to avoid the crowds, say so long to English Bay and head into Stanley Park. Any point along the Stanley Park Seawall that English Bay will provide a great view of the Fireworks.

5. Dundarave Pier

Located in West Vancouver, this family-friendly spot is a local favourite as it’s relatively quiet compared to the other locations. However, it will take a bit more planning to get there.  Make it a day trip along the SeaBus to the NorthShore of Vancouver and buy fresh snacks for a picnic at the Lonsdale Quay Market, and take a direct bus to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. After your tour of the suspension bridge, dine at the many restaurants located at Park Royal before walking to Ambleside Beach to enjoy the fireworks with the locals of North and West Vancouver.

6. Burrard Bridge

If you don’t mind the barebones experience, you can join the locals for a plum spot on the pedestrian walkways of the Burrard Street Bridge. Just remember, barebones means no beach, no concession stands—and no bathrooms!

Planning for The Celebration of Lights

The Celebration of Lights is a much-loved event that has come to define summers in Vancouver. Just remember that getting there and back requires some patience and planning. It’s likely that busses and trains will be packed both ways, so remember to take some water, snacks, or a picnic.  Then get ready for one of the most masterful fireworks display you’ve ever seen.

Staying at The Victorian Hotel

As a guest staying at the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver , you have access to our friendly and knowledgeable staff that can provide great recommendations. And you’ll have easy access to the very best Vancouver has to offer, located just blocks from Gastown and Yaletown!

If you have any questions about things to do in Vancouver, or about any of our hotel services, please give our front desk a call at 604.681.6369 (toll-free 1.877.681.6369).

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Vancouver Day Tip Ideas - Ocean View Bike RidePlanning a Vancouver Day Trip

Vancouver is rapidly evolving into a world-class city. With a plethora of parks, waterways, and abundant scenery—both inside and out of the city—it’s the perfect destination for a casual getaway.

When it comes to eating, there seems to be more delicious and nutritious restaurants popping up each week. Additionally, there are great places to work out, fabulous juice and salad bars, and cycling routes that will leave you going—ahhh—as you breathe in the crisp ocean air.

Where to work out

Barre Fitness

Just a quick walk from the Victorian Hotel in Yaletown, Barre Fitness is a great option for all fitness levels. Prepare to work hard, because their specialty is intense workouts tailored to different ability levels. The space is clean and uncluttered, and visitors have access to free lockers as well as a towel service.

Fit 4 Less

A great destination for the budget conscious, Fit 4 Less is a clean, modern facility sporting all the latest equipment. Located in Coal Harbour and easily accessible by bus, you’ll find many machines for beginners and veterans alike, as well as a nice weight area. Try their 30 Minute Express Circuit for a quick yet effective workout.

Where to Eat

Field and Social

Vancouver is famous for its health scene. If you want to indulge, try Field and Social, which is right beside the Hotel on Dunsmuir avenue. Enjoy carefully crafted salads made from only the freshest local produce—and plenty of seasonal inspiration!

UPJUS

If sweet, delicious juice is what you crave, don’t pass up a chance to visit UPJUS. Located on Mainland Street in Yaletown, you’ll find nothing but organic, raw, cold-pressed inspiration. If you’re new to juicing, try the Rookie, a combination of Apple, Celery, Orange, Spinach, Lemon, and Ginger, which is supposed to be great for joint health!

Cycling Routes

No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to Stanley Park, which was named the best park in the world in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice Awards. Imagine peddling along the Seawall surrounded by greenery and bathed in sunlight. It may sound too good to be true, but it’s not.

Moreover, patrons of the Victorian Hotel can visit Simon’s Bike Shop, located on Robson, for 30% off on 24-hour bike rentals from Monday to Friday (excluding holidays).

The Victorian Hotel

As a guest at the Victorian Hotel, you have access to our friendly and knowledgeable staff, so remember to ask for their recommendations. No matter what you enjoy, the Victorian Hotel’s prime location ( just blocks from Gastown and Yaletown) mean you’ll have easy access to the very best Vancouver has to offer!

If you have any questions about staying in Vancouver BC or any of our hotel services, please give our front desk a call at 604.681.6369 (toll-free 1.877.681.6369).

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