Long loved by outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy everything from kayaking to skiing, Vancouver’s indoor attractions are finally getting the recognition they deserve. The northwestern town received its first Michelin Guide last year (Toronto is the only other Canadian city with this claim), highlighting a diverse foodie landscape, including Posted on Main (also voted best restaurant in Canada) And Burdock & Co., both starred and renowned for their use of local produce. Not included in the guide but no less worthy of an extended meal is Salmon do Bannock, an intimate restaurant that respects First Nations traditions by providing a warm and welcoming gathering place with incredible indigenous cuisine.
Beyond the city’s eclectic food scene, there’s plenty to keep visitors busy. Discover the all new rainbow parkwhich honors the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish nations who named the park sθәqәlxenәm ts’exwts’áxwi7 (rainbow), then take a spin with Talaysay Tours popular stanley park, where a First Nations guide explains the essential role of trees and plants in Coast Salish life. Canada’s first Chinese Canadian Museum is moving this summer to a permanent site in the city’s historic Chinatown, which is also the time to see the Vancouver Mural Festival; the annual exhibition in August covers the buildings with massive socio-cultural works of art.
And there is no shortage of accommodation. Last year hosted Paradoxa chic boutique in the heart of downtown and Slopea luxury skyscraper in Richmond that opened in 2021. Skwachays LodgeCanada’s first native art boutique hotel (there’s also an art gallery), isn’t new, but if you haven’t experienced a purifying sweat lodge or a detoxifying purification ceremony, you will feel unique in its spirit.