“Granville Island has something for everybody—it’s one of those unique spots where you’ll find more locals than tourists. It has great restaurants; it has one of the strongest arts and cultural heartbeats of the city. You can check out anything from glass-blowing to improv at Vancouver TheatreSports League.”
“Rent jet skis from Granville Island and ride out to English Bay and across to West Vancouver to look at the homes along the water. You get a different perspective of the city. So many of the homes are really interesting and the only way to see them is from the water. It will blow your mind.”
“The lobby bar at the Fairmont Pacific Rim is one of my favourites. It has this elegant vibe with a beautiful white grand piano and they always have live music.”
“If you need to be inside, especially if you’re travelling as a family, Science World is a great place for kids.”
“There are two outdoor theatre experiences that are unique to Vancouver. One is Theatre Under the Stars, which is in Stanley Park. It’s a big production—they do two musicals every summer and you sit outdoors under the stars. The other one is Bard on the Beach, which is a Shakespeare festival. It’s in a tent with an open back, so you face the stage and look out over the ocean and mountains.”
“Kissa Tanto in Chinatown. It’s an interesting fusion between Japanese and Italian food. They have amazing drinks and the menu is so unique.”
[This story appears in the July 2018 edition of WestJet Magazine]
Mercedes Nicoll’s Guide to Whistler, B.C.
A three-time Olympic snowboarder and the most decorated member of the Canadian women’s halfpipe team, Mercedes Nicoll has called Whistler home for more than two decades. Here, she shares some of her favourite spots, including the best bike trails and art and cultural centres, in Whistler.