7 things I did in my first two weeks in Vancouver

There’s literally an endless amount of things to do in Vancouver. Here are just a few activities I’ve enjoyed since I’ve been here.

It’s now been two weeks since I arrived in Vancouver and I have definitely been getting around! From chilling at the beach, taking dance classes, going to live events and exploring the historic and newer sites of the city, there literally seems to be an endless amount of things to do here. FOMO is now a stranger to me.

Here are 7 things that I’ve done in the past couple weeks that I’ve absolutely enjoyed and can’t wait to do again.

1)    CHILLING AT THE BEACH

I am obsessed with beach life. I love the ocean, the soft sand and the sunshine. So obviously I’ve been capitalizing on the beaches in Vancouver, and Instagraming every moment. So far I’ve made it to Spanish Banks, Kitsilano, Sunset and Third Beach. And there will be more beach action to come, I assure you.

What I love about the downtown beaches like Third Beach is that you can also incorporate a walk along the Seawall, which I did with my buddies Colin and Shane. We started our walk along the Seawall from Waterfront and finished at English Bay. It took over two hours, which was great because I definitely burned off enough calories to justify enjoying Caesars after!

2)    PARTYING IT UP TO ALICE FRANCIS

Alice Francis is a dynamite singer/dancer from Germany, who is especially great at performing 1920’s style flapper girl-themed numbers with a sexy modern beat. I had the pleasure of dancing up a storm to her performance at the club, XY on Davie Street, to celebrate the engagement party of my new friends Tyson and Nick.

Here’s one of Alice’s videos:

3)    EXPLORING HISTORIC GASTOWN

Gastown is Vancouver’s historic district, situated by the waterfront in downtown Van. According to Wikipedia, “Gastown was Vancouver's first downtown core and is named for ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton, a Yorkshire seaman, steamboat captain and barkeep who arrived in 1867 to open the area's first saloon.”

The area features a lot of cool, pubs, restaurants and shops, immersed in a mid 1800’s-themed setting, complete with cobblestone roads and the signature Gastown clock, which obviously I Instagramed immediately.

FYI, Gastown is also where Kit and Ace’s flagship store and the John Fluevog shoe store are in case you want to do some kick ass shopping.

The Kit and Ace flagship store.

The John Fluevog shoe store.

4)    EXPERIENCING THE WATERFRONT

Vancouver’s waterfront area is one of the city’s trademark sites. This is where the 2010 Olympic Caldron and the busy Waterfront Skytrain and Seabus station are, as well as where cruise ships dock and sail from. The hustle and bustle in this area, the smell of the seawater and the rich history is pure magic!

The 2010 Olympic Caldron.

5)    ESCAPING TO KITSILANO

Located just outside of downtown near the UBC area, Kits is a peaceful escape from the downtown action. The beach there is amazing and my friend Justin and I had the pleasure of taking a water taxi across from downtown and back. How awesome! This is definitely something you can’t do in Calgary.

As well, no trip to Kits is complete without taking a pic with a Totem pole!

Next time I go to Kits, I’ll definitely also check out West Broadway and West 4th, which have amazing shops and restaurants.

6)    DANCING AT HARBOUR DANCE CENTRE

Obviously Harbour Dance Centre was one of my first stops when I arrived in Van. When I used to live in Van many years ago during my ballet training days at Pacific DanceArts, I would come to Harbour Dance Centre in the evenings and weekends to take jazz, contemporary, tap and hip hop classes. Now I’m home! Whether it’s doing plies, pirouettes, jetes, shuffles, krumping or animation, Harbour is the place to get down.

7)    GETTING INSPIRED AT THE VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY

With all my busy Vancouver sightseeing, I needed to take a breather, and the gorgeous Vancouver Public Library was just the right place. Designed to replicate the Roman Coliseum, this is the perfect place to get inspired. The large open spaces, beautiful architecture and abundance of cafes and convenience stores make this the perfect place to lose yourself for a few hours. Or a whole day. 

There’s so much more stuff I look forward to doing in Vancouver in the next while. If you have any suggestions, feel free to send them my way: vincekanasoot@gmail.com.

I have to run…there’s more exploring to do be done in this town!