How to Have the Most Canadian Day Ever in Vancouver

Stroll the Stanley Park Seawall, eat at a vegetarian restaurant, go canoeing and visit the Richmond Night Market.
 

Stanley Park, photo by Patricia Jordan

Morning: Stanley Park Seawall

Vancouverites take their healthy lifestyle seriously. To fit in, don your best locally designed activewear for a run, walk or cycle around the Stanley Park Seawall.

Lunch: Virtuous Pie

Replenish with a nutrient-dense lunch at Virtuous Pie, the hottest trend in plant-based (vegan) eating. Sample a pizza (made with nut-based “cheese”) and a scoop of dairy-free ice cream in flavours such as peanut butter cookie dough and matcha coconut.

Afternoon: Coastal canoeing

Then, cross the Burrard Inlet to join Tsleil-Waututh Nation-owned Takaya Tours for an interpretive paddle in a replica ocean-going canoe like those used historically by local indigenous people. As you go, you’ll hear songs and legends from Coast Salish culture.

Evening: Richmond Night Market

Finally, make your way to the energetic, eclectic Richmond Night Market. While shopping and entertainment are on offer, the big draw is the mostly Asian food such as Phnom Penh chicken wings, Taiwanese-style stinky tofu as well as taiyaki, fish-shaped waffle cakes filled with red bean paste and sweet custard or Nutella.

Three vegetarian-friendly restaurants: 

Breakfast: The Naam Restaurant

The Naam Restaurant serves vegan and vegetarian breakfast every day of the week—don’t miss the vegan pancakes topped with an organic blueberry syrup.

Lunch: Nuba

While Nuba isn’t fully vegetarian, the menu is loaded with Lebanese-inspired meat-free dishes including the Vegan Stew made with tomatoes and chickpeas.

Dinner: Heirloom Vegetarian

You’ll hardly miss meat at Heirloom Vegetarian restaurant (a staple for local veggie lovers), with dishes like the Queso Tacos and Pineapple Coconut Curry.

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