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Culture Cruising: 24 hours in Vancouver

20 December 2017• Written by Risa Merl

A 90 minute drive from the slopes of Whistler and slap bang in the cruising grounds of British Columbia, Vancouver has it all, as Risa Merl’s whistle-stop tour shows

09:00 – Coal Harbour Marina & The Shangri-La

CHI Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver.

Moor at Coal Harbour Marina, which is bordered by Vancouver’s skyscrapers and can take vessels up to 100 metres. Grab a car and head over to the Shangri-La – ensconced in Vancouver’s tallest tower – and book in for an Aroma Vitality treatment at the hotel’s CHI Spa. Bringing together elements of Swedish massage, shiatsu and lymphatic drainage, it will banish fatigue.

11:00 – Museum of Anthropology

The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Xuanlu Wang.

Once revived, drive to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, acclaimed for its spectacular modernist architecture and setting on the cliffs of Point Grey. In a Different Light is an exhibition that features more than 110 historical indigenous artworks and runs until spring 2019.

13:00 – The Blue Water Café

The Blue Water Café in Yaletown. Picture courtesy of Steve Li.

Head back into downtown for lunch at the Blue Water Café, a brick and beam converted warehouse in historic Yaletown. Opt for the elaborately presented, four-tiered seafood tower with spicy tuna roll, crab meat roll, tuna goma-ae and Dungeness crab.

15:00 – Secret Location

Secret Location, a concept store in Water Street.

Work off lunch with a 20 minute walk to Water Street in historic Gastown for a spot of retail therapy. Secret Location, Canada’s first concept store, is filled with founder Carey Melnichuk’s fashion edit. If you have your family in tow, there are numerous activities that make Vancouver the perfect superyacht destination.

16:30 – The Belgard Kitchen

The Belgard Kitchen in Railtown District

Carry on to the edgy Railtown district, a strip of land wedged between Chinatown and Gastown and the bustling harbour. Stroll past or dive into its quirky cafés (serving everything from rosemary scones to Texas spiced brisket), inventive start-ups and craft beer outlets, such as the wood-walled Belgard Kitchen.

19:30 – The Narrow Lounge

The Narrow Lounge, dive bar on Main Street and 3rd Avenue.

Walk down Vancouver’s Main Street and look for a little red flashing light on the corner of 3rd Avenue. Pass down a graffiti-covered passageway to the moodily-lit Narrow Lounge bar for pre-dinner drinks – the Cosmopolitans are legendary.

20:30 – Market by Jean-Georges

Market by Jean-Georges, concept restaurant in Alberni Street.

Dine at Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges’ concept restaurant Market, which serves East-West fusion cuisine. Order the Rooted in Nature tasting menu, which includes smoked scallop crudo and crispy quail.

22:00 – Prohibition Bar

Prohibition Bar, Rosewood Hotel Georgia.

Get dropped off at Prohibition Bar, at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, which is a throwback to the Roaring Twenties. Try a cocktail personally crafted by head bartender Robyn Gray, dance until the live music ends and then head back to the marina and drop into your bed – cruise from Vancouver to Victoria to continue the adventure.

Hero Image: View of the mountains in Vancouver, Canada. Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / karamysh.

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