Vancouver is Awesome
The majority of our Haida Gwaii fishing packages start with a pre-booked flight out of the Vancouver South Terminal on Pacific Coastal Airlines. This quick two-hour flight flies you directly to the town of Masset, where our lodge is mere minutes away from the airport. After a quick lunch and a stop for liquid essentials, you’re off to the dock and on to the water. With seven hours of fishing before dinner, this is the perfect way to start your best salmon fishing in Haida Gwaii weekend.
For those of you visiting the west coast for the first time, you may want to consider a few nights’ stay in Vancouver, before heading up to Masset. Vancouver is a world-class city with absolutely buckets of things to do and see. With so much available and so little time to see it all, we thought we would construct a list of our top places to eat, sleep and play in and around Vancouver.
Vancouver is a foodie’s paradise. From hipster dives, to fine dining, the options are endless. During the day the food trucks are scattered all over the downtown core. Download the Street Food app in the iTunes or Google store. It will give you a map of their locations.
Here is list of eateries we wish we could dine at every night:
Sai Woo – Relatively new fusion restaurant in Chinatown with casual plates and plenty of ambience.
Rodney’s Oyster Bar – Two locations, lots of seafood, great vibes, but can be loud.
Farmer’s Apprentice – Probably the best restaurant in the city for a farm-to-table experience.
East-Is-East – Follow the spice road to this amazing restaurant on Main Street.
Tavola – Family style high-end Italian plates with an extensive wine list and lots of atmosphere.
Chambar – See and be seen at this ultra trendy bar and restaurant located a few steps away from Rogers Arena. Make sure to say hi from Mike Redinger, Escott’s classically trained five-star chef.
For accommodation, there are a number of gorgeous hotels downtown:
Fairmont Pacific Rim – Completed just over a week before the Olympics started, this hotel is magnificent.
Hotel Vancouver – Go classic with this chateau style hotel in the centre of the city.
Loden – Quaint, boutique hotel in the heart of the city.
For pleasure and sightseeing, here is a list of some of our favourite activities:
Fraserview Golf Course – One of the top public courses in the city.
Grouse Grind – Put on your big-boy shoes and tackle this 1.8 mile hike up the side of Grouse Mountain (2,800 foot elevation gain)
Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak – Rent a paddle board or kayak and explore Indian Arm.
Granville Island – Wander through the public market or explore the numerous art galleries and shops.
River Rock Casino – Literally minutes from the airport, the River Rock is the most popular casino in the city. With shows, tables and excellent food, you will be entertained for hours.
Vancouver Bike Tours – Take an incomparable bike tour of Vancouver and see all the sites in one day. You are given a hybrid bicycle for your pedal around the city. The guides are super knowledgable with a story for almost every attraction. Vancouver is better by bike!
Special Note: Vancouver does not have ridesharing; so no Uber or lift. The taxis are clean though and the public transit, especially the SkyTrain, is a safe, cheap and efficient way to move around the city.