Three Awesome Things to Do with 24 Hours in Vancouver, BC - Intentional Travelers

23 Jul Three Awesome Things to Do with 24 Hours in Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC is one of our favorite cities to visit in the summer. Although we would have loved to stay longer, our schedule for this current road trip didn’t allow for more than a one-night stay.

So how did we make the most of our limited time in Vancouver? We prioritized our three absolute favorite things to do that are unique to the area.


International Summer Night Market

Technically, this is in Richmond (not Vancouver- but it’s essentially a suburb), which has the highest immigrant population in all of Canada and the largest proportion of Asian people in all of North America. Hence, the international market.

This is our super quick (30 second) video from the market:

We didn’t realize until we arrived that there is now more than one night market in Richmond! So I guess we’re not the only ones who think it’s an amazing idea. Both keep the same hours through the summer (Friday and Saturday 7pm to midnight, Sunday 7pm to 11pm) and admission is around $2. Richmond International Summer Night Market | Intentional Travelers

Richmond International Summer Night Market | Intentional Travelers

We rented an AirBnB room near the market so we could pop over for dinner on Sunday night.

Our AirBnB room rental in a Chinese-Canadian family's home near the market; $49

Our simple AirBnB room rental in a Chinese-Canadian family’s home near the market; $49

Our memories did not fail us. The food was delicious!


Stanley Park

Stanley Park sits on a peninsula, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, accessible through downtown Vancouver. You can go for a picnic, play a pick up ball game, enjoy playgrounds and water parks, drive around and stop at various viewpoints, or – as we prefer – bike around the perimeter.

Since we had our bikes with us, we took an hour in the morning to ride around and enjoy the views. Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC | Intentional Travelers Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC | Intentional Travelers

(Check out the extra special Jumping Jedd photo at Stanley Park here)


Granville Island

The Granville Island Public Market is situated on an island in the middle of the city, under the Granville Street bridge. No offense to our neighbors in Seattle but I personally think this place is a step up from Pike’s Place.Granville Island Market, Vancouver BC | Intentional Travelers

Granville Island Market, Vancouver BC | Intentional Travelers

Please notice the Dad photo bombing this photo!

With a wide selection of vendors from cheeses, charcuterie, hand-made pasta, local and international produce, cafes, and more, it is a feast for the eyes and the mouth! Outside, you can enjoy the beautiful waterfront view and roam around art galleries, restaurants, etc.

We had a stuffed bagel for the first time at Siegel’s. I don’t know how they pull that off logistically but the meat, cheese, and tomato combo was delicious! Granville Island Market, Vancouver BC | Intentional TravelersAlso, I had to highlight these pastries because – as some of you know – I come from a family of cinnamon roll experts. Stuart’s Bakery in Granville offers a cinnamon sticky bun as well as a cream cheese frosting cinnamon bun. Of course, we had to taste test. The winner? The caramelized sticky bun knocked our socks off!

Granville Island Market, Vancouver BC | Intentional TravelersFinally, if you have a chance, I recommend taking one of the Aquabus or False Creek mini ferries to Granville Island at least once. We didn’t do it on this trip but we have in the past, and it’s a great way to see the city from the water.


So that’s how we used our very limited time in one of our favorite North American cities. What are your favorite spots in Vancouver?

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