Vancouver Visitors’ Guide

By Sarah Ripplinger

Cruise through Lotusland.

Your best bet for a great experience in Vancouver is to bike along the seawall and along the trails in Stanley Park and Pacific Spirit Park. The Central Valley Greenway is a fantastic day ride that runs some 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Science World to New Westminster. The beaches are particularly welcoming in the summer, and are beautiful places to contemplate the scenery year-round – check out Kitsilano, Third Beach and Spanish Banks. If you’re in Vancouver for the last Friday of the month, you may want to join in for a Critical Mass ride, which meets at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia Street side), in downtown Vancouver, at 5:30 p.m. and departs at 6 p.m.

Sleeps

The West End Guest House (1362 Haro St.) Bikes are available for free at this bed and breakfast located in a quiet downtown neighborhood.

The Sylvia Hotel (1154 Gilford St.) A heritage building on Vancouver’s scenic English Bay, The Sylvia Hotel is close to bike trails along the seawall and offers secure indoor bike storage.

Meets

Car Free Vancouver Day (Commercial Dr., Main St., West End and Kitsilano) Car-free streets with entertainment and activities for the whole family.

Bike the Blossoms (city-wide) Take a self-guided tour through the city and check out the amazing cheery blossoms. Maps and prizes available for participants of this event, which usually takes place in late April.

Eats

Bandidas Taqueria (2781 Commercial Dr.) A staple hangout for hungry riders, Bandidas is run by a dynamic duo of fixie-riding women.

Go Fish Ocean Emporium (1505 W 1st Ave.) Nestled in the bustling False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf near Granville Island, Go Fish is the best place to get fish and chips – and fish tacos – after a morning riding the seawall around Stanley Park.

Streets (Rentals)

JV Bike (955 Expo Blvd.) Rent everything from electric bikes and tricycles to cruisers, tandems and child seats.

Spokes Bicycle Rentals (1798 W Georgia St.) Find a bike that’s right for just cruising, city touring and tackling trails.

Streets (Shops)

Whoa! Nellie (2539 Main St.) Lovely city bikes and mixties, as well as accessories and friendly staff.

Dream Cycle (1010 Commercial Dr.) Steel-framed bikes and repair services available on site.

Originally published in the March/ April 2012 issue of Momentum Magazine and on momentummag.com.

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