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Things to do in Vancouver

Friends will occasionally ask me what to do in Vancouver so over time I’ve built a list. I’ll keep updating over time. Feel free to leave comments on what you think is worth doing in Vancouver!

Places of Interest

North Shore

  • Where I grew up!
  • Things to do
    • Lonsdale Quay
    • Ambleside Park
    • Take the Seabus to and from Vancouver
      • Nice ride with great views!
  • Nature
  • Grouse Mountain
    • Grouse Grind, intense hike up to the top of the mountain
    • Lumberjack show at the top
    • See wolves and bears
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
    • Nice suspension Bridge
    • Walk amongst the trees
  • Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge
    • Nice hike in the woods
    • Free Suspension Bridge
    • Waterfalls
  • Deep Cove
    • Baden Powell Trail, Quarry Rock is a short hike with a great view
    • Kayaking
    • Cute little town
  • Lighthouse Park
    • Really nice hike and lighthouse by the water

 

UBC/Point Grey

  • Things to do
    • Museum of Anthropology
    • Beatty Biodiversity Museum
  • Nature
    • Huge forest on University Endowment lands that you can hike in
    • Wreck beach is nice to visit and has quite a nice view at sunset
      • Note that this is a nudist beach
    • Botanical Gardens at UBC are kind of nice

 

Downtown Vancouver

  • Things to do
    • Gastown
      • Hipster part of Vancouver
      • Cobblestone streets
      • Steam clock
      • Fancy coffee bars and silly fashion stores
    • Coal Harbour
      • Beautiful neighbourhood by the water
      • Pathway along the water that leads to Stanley park
    • Canada Place
      • Convention Centre by the water
      • Pathway by the water
      • Olympic Flame
    • Stanley Park
      • Amazing park that represents a big chunk of the city
      • You should bike around the Seawall!
      • Visit the Vancouver Aquarium if you like aquariums
    • Granville Island
      • Cool little island made from a sandbar
      • Used to be industrial now full of small artisan workplaces and cool shops
      • Visit the Granville Island Market
      • Improv at the Theatre on the Island is also very good.
    • Kitsilano/West 4th
      • Nice part of the city with restaurants and good shopping
      • Lots of streets named after trees
    • Granville Street
      • Street where pretty much all the clubs are located in Downtown Vancouver
    • Robson Street
      • Best known for shopping and food
      • Good ramen here
    • English Bay
      • Nice beach by Stanley Park with beautiful views
    • Vancouver Art Gallery
      • Art Gallery in the centre of the city. Various installations that rotate
    • Commercial Drive
      • Quirky part of the city with a lot of small businesses
      • Similar to the Mission in SF

Food

Overall Recommendations

  • Ask for Luigi
    • AMAZING Italian food
  • Bon’s off Broadway
    • Crazy cheap breakfast diner, very colourful
  • Heritage Asian Eatery
    • Delicious Asian food. Get the Dandan Noodles, duck wings and crispy dumplings
  • Jade Garden
    • Love this Chinese food place on the North Shore. My favourites are the Hot & Sour Soup, Crispy Ginger Fried Beef and Pad Thai Fried Flat Noodle
  • Cafe by Tao
    • My mom’s raw vegan Cafe. Absolutely extraordinary and healthy food. Definitely don’t go here if you’re not into healthy food but if you have na interest you’ll love it.
  • Indian Village Eatery
    • The best Indian food I’ve had in Vancouver. Affordable, delicious and you can see them make your food. The most friendly and warm legit Indian ladies making your fantastic food.
  • Go Fish
    • Amazing fish & chips by Granville island. Beautiful views and you can get many different varieties of fish. I always go for the salmon, :D. Their coleslaw is great too!
  • Bao Bei
    • Taiwanese food in Chinatown
  • Meat and Bread
    • Simple and delicious sandwiches. Lunch rush is a bit crazy during weekdays but if you work around that you should be good!
  • Phnom Penh Restaurant
    • Great Vietnamese food. Make sure to get their chicken wings!

Surrey

  • Go here for Indian food

Richmond

  • Go here for Chinese food

Kingsway

  • Go here for Vietnamese food

Lonsdale

  • Go here for Iranian food

 

Other Locations to Visit (Further Treks)

Whistler

  • Excellent skiing and snowboarding in the winter
  • Great hikes and mountain biking in the summer

The Chief

  • Awesome hike up to the top of a massive granite face. Cool views.
  • Will take 2-3 hours depending on fitness

Victoria

  • Capital city of British Columbia
  • Really nice place to visit for a day or two
  • Beautiful heritage buildings
  • Better weather than Vancouver
  • Lots of museums and such

Various Islands near Vancouver

  • Take the ferries to access these
  • Mix of beautiful nature, cute little towns
  • Totally different lifestyle from the mainland. Much slower and more down to earth.
  • Some islands to consider
    • Bowen Island
    • Galiano Island
    • Saltspring Island

Official Google Adwords Coupon Link

Just want a code? Go here.

If you want to get an introductory offer for the Adwords account you’re setting up you’ll see a bunch of results from random blogs claiming to have coupon codes that give you a certain amount of credit but inevitably those codes don’t work because they’ve been used, are expired or the author is lying. The only way to reliably get an intro offer is to go to Google themselves and get a promo code from them. This was surprisingly difficult information to find so I’ve brought it together here to benefit you, :)!

The current offer is to get a $75 credit once you’ve spent $25 on Adwords (which is much better than a $0 credit once you’ve spent $25 on Adwords, :P). Make sure that your budget is 10$/day or more otherwise you won’t qualify for the credit (I got burned by this, 🙁 )!

You can find the Google offer here.

I’ve also included the page in an iFrame below if you’re lazy and don’t want to navigate to the site, :).

Important note: You can’t make use of this coupon if you’re using an account that was already signed up with Adwords so make sure that that you use a new email address to sign up for this. There are many folks posting on forums and the like complaining about having used the coupon and it not applying (since they weren’t applying it to a fresh account).

Once you provide your email and generate the offer you’ll get an email like this containing your coupon code, :).

Terms and conditions of Offer (for anyone interested)

Dosh, $5 Referral Link

$5 offer for new users joining Dosh.

I recently came across Dosh in r/churning and looked into it a bit. When signing up, I did my due diligence on checking for any referral or signup promos. If you just create an account regularly you don’t get any initial cash on signup but if you use a referral link you do. So make us both happy and use mine, :P!

Briefly, Dosh gives you cashback for purchases made on credit and debit cards that you’ve added to the app with participating merchants.

Use this link (https://link.dosh.cash/X59CPi2WQQ, make sure to open on your mobile device) to set up a Dosh account and get $5 for linking your first card (debit or credit).

In my opinion, its worth setting up because you can earn cashback on purchases you’re already making without having to even think about it. Do bear in mind that they will be able to monitor transactions for the cards that you sign up with (if that’s a concern for you).

Here’s a screenshot of nearby offers for me if you’re curious

Do note that, unfortunately, you need to earn another $20 in Dosh (minimum $25 balance to withdraw) before you’re allowed to cash out.

How to Pair Hush (CB3) Bluetooth Headphones

I recently got a pair of Hush Bluetooth Headphones at work and couldn’t figure out how to pair them to my computer for the life of me. After a bunch of searching online I finally found the answer!

  • If you look at your headphones with the noise cancelling toggle on the left you’ll see the other three buttons on the right.
  • The top one on the right side has a play/pause symbol on it (and a little circle nib).
  • When you hold it for long enough you’ll hear a “Power On”.
  • Keep holding that same button and you’ll hear “Pairing On” and that’s when it’ll enter pairing mode
  • Note: You won’t be able to enter pairing mode if your headphones are already on (no matter how long you hold the button).
References:

https://www.amazon.com/ask/questions/Tx2FMWOIF6GKQXC?_encoding=UTF8&sort=helpful

When holding the button down and you hear device is powered up keep holding the button down and you will hear pairing mode on. It took a little while for me to figure that out as well.

Marcus Bank: ACH Transfer Fund Availability

I recently opened a Marcus bank account (for the purposes of then transferring funds to another account and triggering a Direct Deposit). I funded with a transfer from Charles Schwab and it was taking forever for my funds to be available so I inquired how long it would take for them to available.

Turns out that funds become available in your account 5 business days after they’ve been deposited into your account.

Hope this proves to be helpful for anyone else looking for this information!