Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
The city’s most historic neighborhood is known for cobblestoned streets lined with happening restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Order an avant-garde cocktail at speakeasy-style Diamond (di6mond.com) and creative tapas at the tiny Judas Goat Taberna (judasgoat.ca).
Under the Granville Street Bridge, the city’s indoor/outdoor public market is flush with farmers and food artisans selling everything from fresh oysters and loose teas to heavenly chocolates. Surrounding shops include Artisan Sake Maker, where owner Masa Shiroki sells handcrafted rice wine, and the Umbrella Shop, for that Vancouver weather essential.
The 1,000-acre spread of temperate rain forest occupies the northwest end of the city’s downtown peninsula. Almost completely surrounded by water, the park remains mostly wild; exploring its inner trails among giant ferns and towering cedars is a nature lover’s nirvana.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.