Local color. Crafts and food fill the public market on Granville Island, and a thriving artists community also beckons. Get there for less than $10 on the AquaBus.
The Gastown district has quaint streets filled with shopping, dining, dancing and more. Have a casual dinner at the Salt Tasting Room, which specializes in artisanal cheeses and cured meats. gastown.org
Olympic pose. Take a picture in front of the Olympic and Paralympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza on the grounds of the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Practice your short game at the Stanley Park Pitch and Putt, or go walking, biking or running in the park.
Meditate here. Find serenity at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which replicates traditional designs of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Best Bet Like Thai food? Head to Thai Pudpong in West Vancouver for authentic flavors. Indeed, the mother of head chef and owner Sutthi Srilanpong cooked for Thai royalty back in the 1930s.