City Guide: Explore Vancouver on a Budget

I‘ve been living in Vancouver for about 20 years and I still haven’t explored it as much as I’ve wanted to. I’ve already done the whole night life, staying out till 3AM on weekends thing a few years ago but I’ve grown out of that and instead look forward to planning a day time adventure exploring the beautiful city! (let’s be real- staying out all night is a STRUGGLE as you get older- who’s with me??)

Spending the day in Vancouver can be fun even if you’re on a budget and not looking to put a huge dent in your bank account. At the end of the day, no matter what you’re doing, exploring the city with some good company is always going to be a fun adventure. I want to show you some of the things I do when I’m up for some exploring that costs little to no money at all!

Anyone that knows me knows that I have an unhealthy obsession with ice cream. It’s my comfort food guys, don’t judge me! Everyone is always raving about so many different ice-cream spots in Vancouver and Soft Peaks is one of them! It’s a cute and cozy little spot in Gastown that does not disappoint. I got the Blue Mountain flavour, which was covered in blueberries and blueberry puree (mmmmm). Try it- you’ll thank me later.

Every year I look forward to summer so I can finally get back to hiking! I don’t mind the easy hikes that lead to beautiful views of lakes or the mountains but sometimes I like a little challenge too. Luckily, Vancouver has so many great options for beginner or experienced hikers. If you’re looking to go on a short hike that is under an hour, Quarry Rock Hike in North Vancouver is the perfect spot! It’s only about 3.8km and in the end you get to enjoy an amazing view of Deep Cove and the Indian Arm.

If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, the Eagle Bluffs hike in West Vancouver is one of my favourites. It’s 9km, so you’ll need about 4 hours to finish it (round trip) but the view is totally worth it!! Click here  for a list of Vancouver’s hiking trails to help make your search for the best hikes a little bit easier. The website provides lots of photos of the trail itself and the scenic views along the way. It also provides you with detailed information about the hike (including the commute) that you may need to know before you go.

Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s main tourist destinations that borders the downtown of Vancouver. The best way to take it all in is to rent a bike from one of the several bike rental shops near by. You can enjoy scenic views of mountains, beaches and majestic trees along with so many other adventures. Here’s a great link I found for “10 Can’t-Miss Things in Stanley Park“.

Even if I can’t spend a whole day exploring the city or going on a hike, a nice walk in Stanley Park (probably, most likely with an ice cream in hand) is more than enough for me! There are lots of cute little spots to hang out and just relax with family and friends.

Lastly, I LOVE to just lay out my blanket at the beach and munch on some snacks while waiting for the sun to set. There is something special about sunsets that just make me feel at ease. 🙂

I hope this guide was helpful for those of you looking to explore Vancouver on a budget! Comment below and let me know your favorite things to do in Vancity.




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  1. violettedaily July 31, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    It sounds like a great city! Thanks for sharing this guide!

    1. Dee August 15, 2017 at 5:58 PM

      It really is 🙂 thank you !

  2. Joti July 31, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    I was just talking about this with a friend! How vancouver has lots of fun free stuff to do. A great roundup!

    1. Dee July 31, 2017 at 11:31 AM

      I know, it’s so great!! and thank you 🙂

  3. Nadia August 1, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    I really wanna visit Vancouver! What places would you recommend for me to see if I go?

    1. Dee August 2, 2017 at 9:55 AM

      It’s so worth visiting!! Well it depends what time you come because there’s always so much going on for different seasons but if you come in the Summer time, check out everything I’ve listed above and look up any festivals or shows happening during your visit 🙂

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