One Tank Trips: 5 things to do in the Great White North, Vancouver, BC

How about that sushi, eh?

July 21, 2016

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We already told you to go north once ('sup B'ham?), but if you have been hankering to get out of country but want that Seattle vibe, we got you covered.

Canada is a cool country. First of all, any country with a national syrup reserve is cool in my book (Canadian economists tell me their dollar is backed by syrup), and it's the country that gave us Gretzky, Arcade Fire, Billy Talent, Crystal Castles, Trailer Park Boys and Jon Lajoie. For that, we can almost forgive them for the Canadian royal couple Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne.

Vancouver, BC provides a foreign, urban alternative to fighting the I-5 traffic through Seattle, plus you can find a curling rink in every small town you drive through on your way up in case you're feeling extra sporty. If you haven't been before or you are looking for a reason to get out of town this weekend, this might be the spot.

Here are the 5 best things to do for a trip up north.

1. Go grow your handlebar mustache on Granville Island

Granville Island is an island in the sense that you usually take a bridge to get to it, but could walk through a park and get there by land. However, it is very much an island in the sense that when you step onto it, it's like entering another world. Granville Island is home to a lively artistic, craftsmen, curated community and it is oh so much a hipster paradise. There is tons of public art for your Instagramming needs, a public market open seven days a week (9am - 7pm) and coffee shops galore. 

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2. Explore the fresh options at Toshi Sushi

Look, there is plenty of great sushi in Vancouver. Pretty much everywhere you go, you're going to have a good time. However, if you are looking for awesome soosh for $$ instead of $$$ or even $$$$, Toshi Sushi is your spot. The wait is long, the fish are beautiful and the Yellow Tail...oh, the Yellow Tail. Toshi doesn't open up until 5:00 p.m. so don't fill up on too much beer and snackage on Granville because you'll want to come hungry.

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3. Explore historic Gastown like a hipster — a real big hipster

Gastown is the spot if you like the old-school, Pioneer Square vibe on steroids. Originally the first "downtown" of Vancouver, it's now the hipster epicenter of Vancouver. The most iconic spot is the steam-powered clock covering up a steam grate. Yes, it appears on the cover of a Nickelback album, but forget about that. 

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4. Pretend you are a Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus while crossing the Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vancouver, but for good reason. Tickets can be a little spendy ($40), but you get to cross 450 feet above the Capilano River on a bridge built in 1889 (I'm sure they keep it up to code...). There are also cliff-walks, six new suspension bridges and guided nature tours that all give you a "squirrel's-eye view of the forest. 

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5. Do almost anything you want in Stanley Park

If you're looking for a free nature experience without having to venture too far out of the city, Stanley Park offers insane sea-level views of the city, public beaches, lagoons, gardens, sports fields and trees everywhere. It's like if Central Park wasn't filled with New Yorkers (sorry New Yorkers). 

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Whether it’s a mountain road or a scenic coastline, in Washington, we’re always ready for a beautiful drive and the best way to get there and back on one tank of gas is in a fuel-efficient Honda. Enter to win weekly prizes, weekend adventures, or a new Civic at Western Washington Honda Dealers.

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