Take the notion of “getting closer to nature” to heart with the truly unique aspects of Vancouver’s green scene. Quickly becoming the favourite destination of the conservation-minded, British Columbia’s coastal gem has earned top-ranking carbon neutrality among urban centres, and pledged to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. Spend a few days filled with environment-friendly discovery, enjoying activities that leave a big impression while treading ever so lightly.
The Fish Counter offers more than just the daily catch — it’s Chef Robert Clark’s culinary outpost for the Ocean Wise sustainable seafood initiative, which strives to educate consumers about environmentally-sound seafood. Head out on a culinary tour or hail a hybrid taxi to take you to the hip Kitsilano neighbourhood for a six-course dinner at Farmer’s Apprentice. Tasting menus showcase local, seasonal ingredients such as heritage pork, goat cheese with Interlaken grapes and biodynamic wines to match.
Gain a full appreciation for the inspiration behind Vancouver’s ecological efforts with a view of the cascading glaciers and saw-toothed ridges during a seaplane tour over Vancouver Harbour, Mount Mamquam and surrounding area.
Explore Stanley Park — or any of Vancouver’s 200-plus green spaces — by bike. You can make this bike outing even more amazing by combining it with a craft beer tasting tour. You’ll be embracing the “Vancouverism” philosophy: half of all transit is car-free and even urban farms deliver produce on two wheels.
Up for some shopping? Nicole Bridger’s designs are eco-chic without compromising your sense of style. Her boutique in historic Gastown displays dresses, totes and knits constructed from responsibly sourced materials.
Set out from English Bay or from Granville Island via sea kayak with Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres to see Vancouver’s cityscape from a waterfront vantage. A Full Moon tour reveals bioluminescence glittering beneath your paddle, while the skyline above glows against the night sky.