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Explore Vancouver: A Guide to Dining, Accommodation, and Cycling

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Discover the charm of Vancouver by immersing yourself in its breathtaking marina, harbor, mountains, and modern high-rises with a stay at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. Situated near Stanley Park and the cruise ship terminal, this iconic hotel, a beloved fixture in Vancouver since its establishment in 1961, offers 465 rooms and suites, a spa, top-notch dining options, a state-of-the-art gym, spacious meeting rooms, and a venue for special events. During the summer, the Coal Harbor bustles with activity as numerous cruise ships and seaplanes fill the scenery, making it an ideal location for pre-cruise and post-cruise accommodations, as well as a peaceful retreat for families with its large heated swimming pool.

Over the years, the Westin Bayshore Hotel has earned its place in history, having been a temporary residence for enigmatic figures like Howard Hughes during its Bayshore Inn days, adding intrigue to its storied past.

Guests can unwind by the pool, enjoying live music at H Kitchen and Tasting, where complimentary ice cream and treats are a delightful touch, while the hotel’s commitment to wildlife preservation, demonstrated through its apiary and wildlife-friendly practices, reflects a devotion to sustainability.

For a delightful dining experience, indulge in Pacific Northwest cuisine at the H Tasting Lounge (HTL), offering a scenic view of the park and waterfront. The menu boasts an array of delectable dishes and locally-sourced beverages, making it a feast for all the senses.

For those looking to explore the city, the Westin Bayshore Hotel provides complimentary bicycles, allowing guests to traverse the designated bike paths that crisscross Vancouver, a city renowned for its cycling culture. Alternatively, bike rentals are readily available at nearby shops for self-guided tours or group excursions.

One of the must-visit destinations in Vancouver is Stanley Park, featuring a picturesque six-mile seawall bike path that showcases the park’s historical landmarks, including the First Nations Totem Poles, Lions Gate Bridge, and Siwash Rock.

Further exploration via the False Creek Ferries offers a unique perspective of Vancouver’s waterfront, with stops at Granville Island, Yaletown, and other prominent locales, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the city’s vibrant culture and history. Granville Island, once an industrial hub, now houses a bustling public market and cultural district, making it a hotspot for food and art enthusiasts alike.

Art enthusiasts can also revel in Vancouver’s vibrant art scene, with offerings like the Giants silos on Granville Island and public art installations such as ‘Proud Youth’ in Yaletown and ‘A-maze-ing Laughter’ at English Bay, which add a touch of whimsy and creativity to the urban landscape.

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Don’t miss out on exploring the diverse culinary scene in Vancouver, with eateries like Alimentaria Mexicana Cantina on Granville Island serving up authentic South-of-the-Border delights amidst a showcase of Mexican artisanal products.

Whether you’re savoring delectable dishes, embarking on a cycling adventure, or immersing yourself in art and culture, Vancouver offers a myriad of experiences that cater to every traveler’s taste.

Image Source: Dan Breckwoldt / Shutterstock

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