When your company notifies you that you’ll be taking a business trip to Vancouver, get excited. Even if it’s only for a few days, the coastal city is a great place to visit - which is no surprise, as it’s one of the world’s most livable cities. Before you arrive, make sure to map out your meetings, project duties and other job-related priorities so that when some free time arises, you can jump at the chance to explore the city on your own.
Here are some great ways to spend your trip in the British Columbia metropolis:
After a day of consulting with clients and project meetings, a night of entertainment in downtown Vancouver might sound like the right idea. You can choose from a number of different bars and clubs, but one place that’s bound to be a fun time is the Commodore Ballroom, one of the cool music venues on the bustling Granville Street. The latest artists in rock, indie and folk music often make a stop at this club during North American tours, and if your business ventures take you here in the next few months, you might catch stellar acts like Imagine Dragons, Local Natives or MGMT, who are all playing between now and May.
When you’re staying at a hotel only minutes away from one of the largest urban parks in North America, it would be a shame to let an opportunity to visit pass by. With lush gardens, shady space under towering trees and walking or biking trails, the park can keep you busy for hours, and you’ll feel satisfied knowing you spent the whole day outdoors. Stanley could be a great Sunday activity, and if you’re feeling ambitious, you can try the 10-kilometre seawall path on bike or foot - the trail circumnavigates the park and gives you beautiful views of the Burrard Inlet.
Choosing where to dine might be the toughest decision you face during your stay in Vancouver. Chic, upmarket restaurants abound for the sophisticated diner, casual brewpubs are a common staple and everything in between can accommodate your dining preferences. One great jack-of-all-trades spot is Chambar, situated in the trendy Gastown district. The relaxed atmosphere is complemented by an impressive menu and awesome Belgian brew selection, including wheat beers, lagers, blonde ales and a variety of trappiste beers - you know, the ones brewed in monasteries by monks.
While Vancouver’s Jericho Beach might not be warm enough for swimming when you visit, the stretch of coastline is a great place to relax and soak up the beautiful sights of the Pacific. Situated west of the seaside town of Kitsilano, the region is a perfect place to bring that book you’ve been dying to catch up on, or if you and your coworkers are looking for some bonding time, you can take them here and enjoy a picnic on the Jericho Beach Park surrounding the beach.
Vancouver’s got its own reputation as a stylish city, and locals often find items that are one of a kind at spots like True Value Vintage Clothing. Boasting a collection of funky clothing and accessories from as early as the 1930s, this store can lead to some fantastic finds. Found on 29th and Main Street in downtown Vancouver, the store could be a perfect afternoon activity for you and a coworker. You might even find the perfect outfit for your next business meeting, or an ensemble to flaunt during a night out at Vancouver’s hippest nightlife spots.