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What to do on a Sunny Spring Weekend in Vancouver

By BAY OLIVER
Published: April 23, 2009

With the first buds bursting forth and the sun finally rearing its head, here are some ideas on how to make the most of these initial days of warmth in Vancouver.

Why not try some of the local fashion and art markets on for size? While Vancouver markets may seem few and far between to visitors, after some time in the city you realise they are there, you just have to know where to look! The Portobello West Fashion and Art Markets are held on the last Sunday of every month from March to December at the Rocky Mountaineer Station. The markets feature a fabulous range of local fashion, jewellery and craft. There is something for everyone here, and if you have a gift to give in the near future, then these markets are a must!

The Blim Markets are also held on the last Sunday of every month at The Cambrian Hall (Main Street @ 17th) from 11am-6pm. With 30 vendors, live music, food and entertainment, they provide a lovely alternative for whiling away your Sunday afternoon.

If markets aren't your thing, then maybe a ride around Stanley Park is in order. On a sunny day it is possibly one of the most refreshing things to do in Vancouver. Don't have a bike? There are loads of places to rent a bike for the morning, afternoon or all day. After a ride round the park, head to Robson Street for bubble tea. If you've had it before, you know how sweet and refreshing it is. If you haven't - give it a try! You only live once, right?

If you feel like venturing a little further afield there are many hikes to do in and around Vancouver. You could simply head to UBC and wander through their botanical gardens. For more of a challenge, rent a car and head to The Chief, near Squamish. This is an epic climb, not for the feint hearted. But, if you are fairly fit and eager, then it's quite an achievement to reach the summit, look down and see what you have conquered.

Of course, there are loads of cafes and coffee shops around Vancouver where you can while away a few hours sipping a latte in the sun. JJ Bean, Wicked Cafe, 49th Parallel and Cafe Artigiano's are a few favourites. The coffee at all these locations is beyond stellar. If you're really up for a challenge, try a coffee crawl - think pub crawl, but at the end you're loaded up on caffeine. Maybe it's time for The Chief after that!

Vancouver is a beautiful city to simply wander around. Along the shores of English Bay, Coal Harbour or Kitsilano you will find many people doing just that. Who needs an agenda when the sun is shining!

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