It’s true… with proper planning you can have a great vacation in Vancouver on a limited budget. Here’s how:
Reserve a hotel with the right location, because that’s going to make or break your stay. Ideally you want to find a clean and comfortable low-budget hotel near downtown Vancouver. The Patricia Hotel comes to mind : ) .
Now that you’ve established a strategically located base of operations, you’re ready to enjoy all the beauty and enchantment that Vancouver and the surrounding areas has to offer. Let’s start with the free stuff:
Since (hypothetically) you are staying at the Patricia Hotel, begin your odyssey by exploring Gastown. Established in 1867, Gastown ultimately became Canada’s third-largest city. Yes, you guessed it… Vancouver. Make sure to check out the steam clock.
Now put on your most comfortable walking shoes and head west along the waterfront from Canada Place to the Stanley Park seawall. At 22 km (13.7 miles), the paved walkway around the circumference of this thousand acre park will help stimulate your appetite. And that’s perfect timing, because once you’re out of the park you’ll find yourself at English Bay and Denman Street. Denman is home to a wide variety of tasty eateries, such as the Park at English Bay, (1755 Davie Street, just east of Denman) where you can experience top-shelf food and a wide selection of craft beers without breaking the bank.
Now that you’ve had lunch, take a leisurely stroll eastward along English Bay and take in the sights and sounds as you walk along the beach towards the Burrard Street bridge. See the Vancouver Aquatic Centre? There is a miniature ferry dock on Sunset Beach right behind it. That’s where you hop on the mini ferry which goes to Granville Island. The island offers free outdoor entertainment and lots of one-of-a-kind shopping (or window shopping) experiences due to its unique stores.
Take the mini ferry back to downtown, hop on a bus and you’re back to your home base, the Patricia Hotel. If your feet still have mileage left, you can wander through Chinatown just steps away from your conveniently located, affordable Vancouver hotel.
You must be hungry by now. Or perhaps you’ve worked up a thirst for a pint of all natural preservative free beer. If so, look no further than Pat’s Pub, located right in the Patricia Hotel. By the way, that preservative free beer is called “Pat’s Classic Lager” and it’s micro-brewed right on site. And since you have an appetite to appease, try Pat’s famous handmade monster burger or their specialty-smoked brisket and pulled pork sandwiches prepared on a charcoal BBQ… Yum!
With all that walking and fresh air you might just want to hang at Pat’s Pub and take in some live entertainment (unless there’s a major sporting event going on, in which case the TVs will be up and running).
There’s plenty of free and affordable places to go in and around Vancouver. Consider climbing up Grouse Mountain, hiking Lynn Canyon, taking the bus up to Whistler or getting an affordable rental car and heading out to Harrison Hot Springs. With a little planning ahead of time (which includes reserving an affordable downtown hotel before all the rooms are gone), you can enjoy a fantastic Vancouver vacation experience that doesn’t have to break the bank.
Author: Lauren Martineau