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Vancouver

Jan 13, 2014
Vancouver Sunset
From the mountains to the sea, Vancouver is home to a wide range of outdoor activities.
Photography courtesy Cherish Bryck

Vancouver’s dramatic natural setting and sophisticated urban pleasures make for a diverse range of experiences – from outdoor adventures to fine dining and culinary tours. To help plan your next trip, we asked Bertine Hage, Chef Concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, to share tips for exploring the city’s best.

A wok around Chinatown

A colourful destination for exotic discoveries, Vancouver’s Chinatown is a favourite among locals and visitors. Explore the area’s culinary delights and learn about its history and culture on A Wok Around Chinatown. Led by epicure Robert Sung, this unique tour begins at a classical Chinese garden; passes through fascinating specialty shops, food markets and a Taoist temple; and ends with a dim sum lunch.

Outdoor activities

From the Hotel, it’s a quick seven-minute drive down Georgia Street to arrive in Stanley Park. Created by the city more than 125 years ago, the park boasts a vast acreage of gardens, woodlands, trails and beaches. A water park, swimming pool and miniature train cater to children, while adults can marvel at the totem poles, sea wall and rose gardens.

Vancouver aquarium

Located in Stanley Park, the innovative Vancouver Aquarium is a conservation and education centre dedicated to preserving aquatic life. A variety of shows and interactive exhibits offer glimpses into the sea, but the aquarium’s true highlight is a behind-the-scenes tour where visitors get up close and personal with marine animals, including beluga whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions and sea otters. In addition to helping feed animals, tour participants visit the research area, where they can watch trainers at work and ask them questions.

Yaletown restaurants

Once the city’s warehouse district, Yaletown is now home to hip boutiques, performance spaces, cafés, bars and restaurants. Among our favourite dining spots in this exciting neighbourhood are Glowbal Grill; Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca, for its classic regional cuisine; and Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar, where you can tuck into excellent seafood, for which Vancouver is famous.

Granville Island

One of North America’s most successful urban redevelopments, Granville Island has been transformed from a run-down industrial park into a lively collection of renovated warehouses that today host restaurants, theatres, artists’ studios and craft shops. Sample fine handcrafted beers from Canada’s first microbrewery, Granville Island Brewing, where daily tours are available. More exotic brews can be found at Artisan Sake Maker, the country’s only producer of fresh premium sake. While adults browse the huge public market for handmade products and local fare, kids can explore a special market just for them where jugglers, magic shows and a water park provide endless fun.

Discover local history

Vancouver is a city defined by its vivid culture and vibrant past. See a rich collection of indigenous objects – including totem poles, carved doors and utilitarian items – at Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology, located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea on the campus of the University of British Columbia. After a visit to the museum, pass by the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver, which displays work and sculptures by contemporary aboriginal artists from the northwest coast of North America.

Private dining

The Hotel’s YEW seafood + bar is one of the city’s premier seafood restaurants, delivering exceptional cuisine balanced by great wines and innovative cocktails. Fresh local seafood is showcased in the delicious selections at the raw bar and the flavourful entrées on the restaurant’s seasonal menu, all crafted by Executive Chef Ned Bell. Enjoy your meal in any of a variety of settings, from a group-friendly communal table to an exclusive glass-enclosed private dining room to intimate dining booths.

Conquer Grouse Mountain

It’s the best workout in the city, it’s free and there’s a stunning payoff at the end. Each year, more than 150,000 hikers take the challenging trail up Grouse Mountain, a 2.9-kilometre (1.8-mile), two-hour climb known by locals as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.” Take a 25-minute taxi ride from the Hotel to the trail’s start in North Vancouver, do the “Grind,” and be rewarded with a panoramic view of the city and the Pacific Ocean as you reach the peak’s plateau. Yogi tip: On most summer weekends, Saturday morning “grinders” are treated to a free noon yoga class at the top.

Gastown

Discover Vancouver’s roots with a trip to Gastown, the city’s oldest neighbourhood, located within a 15-minute walk from the Hotel. Designated a National Historic Site in 2009, the district has risen from its saloon past to become one of the area’s most vibrant urban scenes. Designer stores, art galleries, and hip bars and clubs fill the period buildings, but it’s the award-winning dining options that make this a can’t-miss area, with cutting-edge establishments offering European, Italian and seafood cuisine.

 

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7 Comments about Vancouver

  1. Marlene Frankel says:

    my husband and i disembark from the silver shadow on 5/26 and will check in to 4 seasons until saturday night. would you recommend the 1/2 day gray line tour of the city and capilano bridge? can you give us suggestions for other recommended things to do during the limited time we have.
    thanks.

    • Jane Seidel says:

      Dear Marlene,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Vancouver so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Jane

    • Dear Ms. Frankel,

      We are looking forward to having you with us after your Alaska cruise on the Silver Shadow. I am sure it will be a fabulous journey!

      Doing a half day city tour and adding a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge are definitely worth your while. You will get a great overview of the main attractions in Vancouver’s downtown core on this tour plus you have the added bonus of a quick trip to our North Vancouver side of the city to discover this well known bridge.

      The tour you are referencing with Westcoast Sightseeing/Grayline is indeed a great product. This tour company uses comfortable buses for all of their tours with professional drivers who will educate you on the highlights of our region. Besides this company, there are several other options for you to consider including a private car and driver or some other day trips by tour bus or private vehicle.

      Ms. Frankel, we would love to have the opportunity to personalize and customize our sightseeing suggestions for you, so if there is a convenient time for us to call you to review a few options, kindly let us know what the best date and time is for us to connect by phone.

      We look forward to assisting you further in preparation for your visit to British Columbia.

      Kind regards,

      Bertine Hage
      Chef Concierge
      Member of Les Clefs d’Or Canada
      #yourkeytoeverything
      Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
      791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4, Canada
      Voice: 604-844-6718
      Fax: 604-844-6756
      Email: bertine.hage@fourseasons.com

      Web: http://www.fourseasons.com/vancouver

  2. Krysta Matousek says:

    I am arranging trips for couples with various dates from May 2016 through March 2017 and was hoping someone from the concierge desk could reach out and offer various activities, excursions, dinner reservations, etc? Thank you!

    • Lauren Phillips says:

      Dear Krysta,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request on to Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Lauren

  3. Mary Ann Williamson says:

    Any suggestions for seeing experiencing Vancouver. We will be there approximately 24 hrs. prior to boarding the Princess Crown to Alaska. Thank you. Will be staying 1 night at Four Seasons

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Mary Ann,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’ve passed it along to the Hotel so someone should be in contact with you directly.

      Kind regards,
      Kelly

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