Using the MyVancouver Twitter feed, we asked for a little help from our followers. Seeking great trip ideas, we tweeted, “A friend is visiting. Tell him or her what to do in 140 characters or less. Go... #vanideas.” People were hardly shy in responding. Here’s what they had to say, including handy translations for those who don’t speak Twitter:
b_co @MyVancouver #Vanideas Kits, Grouse, Lynn Canyon, Stanley Park, English Bay, Yaletown nitelife, Cardero's, Gastown, Gr. Island, ocean, mtns!
Translation: Check out the laid-back beach community of Kitslano, then take in the natural beauty of Grouse Mountain, Lynn Canyon, Stanley Park and English Bay. The upscale Yaletown neighbourhood has the city’s hippest nightlife. Eat some food at Cardero’s Restaurant on Coal Harbour before late-night cocktails in Gastown. Hop a short ferry ride to Granville Island, and just enjoy the surrounding waterways and mountains.
Cazlou1980 @MyVancouver Take a trip on the Skytrain at dusk - B-E-A-UTIFUL! #vanideas
Translation: Use Vancouver’s public transportation for more than just getting around. The aboveground SkyTrain runs frequently and offers great views of the city and mountains, especially as the sun sets and lights the landscape aglow. Pick it up at the Waterfront Station and take it to Broadway or further.
SandraOldfield @MyVancouver Whatever you do in Van, when you drink at a restaurant ask for BC wine! #BCWine
Translation: British Columbia has great local wine ranging from world-class ice wines to the classic Bordeaux reds. The local restaurants strive to feature these local standouts. So drink up.
IveeGee @MyVancouver Orca watching. Whistler peak. Sandbar restaurant. Grouse grind. Wreck beach.
Translation: Book a whale watching tour to see majestic orcas in the waterways near Vancouver. In the winter, grab some skis and rip down the runs at Whistler Blackcomb -- or hike around the top of Whistler peak in summer. Back in the city, The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant serves up fresh treats overlooking the water from Granville Island. On a gorgeous day, try the Grouse Grind, a 2.9-kilometre (1.8-mile), thigh-burning uphill hike just 20 minutes from downtown. To help the legs recover, relax on Wreck Beach, just be warned that this beautiful beach is of the nude persuasion.
vchan @MyVancouver Stanley Park, Aquarium, Grouse Mtn, Cap Bridge, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, Beaches, Olympic Cauldron, EAT! #vanideas
Translation: Vancouver has myriad attractions that classify as must-see. Don’t miss Stanley Park or one of its key attractions, the Vancouver Aquarium, where the beluga whales and sea otters are always a hit. Summer or winter, head up to Grouse Mountain, stopping at the Capilano Suspension Bridge on the way to spook yourself silly on the 137-metre-long (450-foot-long) suspension bridge. Also be sure to visit some of the most popular neighbourhoods of Vancouver, including Granville Island, Gastown and Chinatown. The beaches in Vancouver are epic, and a visit to the Olympic Cauldron at Canada Place will conjure up all the glory of the recent 2010 Winter Games. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to eat all the delicious seasonal and ethnic food offerings in Vancouver.
adrian_ver @MyVancouver La Casa Gelato on Venables St past Clark Dr! Over 200 flavors to beat the hot summer heat! #vanideas
Translation: When it’s hot, or you’re just plan hungry after dinner, eat gelato from La Casa Gelato, where they make more than 500 flavours (with 200 on the menu at any given time).