Vancouver's a city that needs no introduction.
If you have friends who've visited, you've probably seen their picture-perfect photos of beaches, mountain vistas and ridiculously mild winters.
That, or listened to their stories about it raining every other day.
But you've also probably heard about how they want to go back or wished how they could have stayed a bit longer. That's definitely the story for "Like A Tourist" host Dan Rodo.
â€śVancouverâ€™s a special place. Every time I come here, thereâ€™s a part of me that wants to stay,â€ť says Rodo.
He teamed up with Vancouverite Armin Tehrani, who works, lives and plays in Vancouver but was feeling tired of his usual routine. You can check out all the gems they found to break up Armin's funk in the video below.
What To Do: Chasing Sunrise
Various locations around Vancouver
If you're looking to seize the day, you'd best get a head start if you're in Vancouver. That's where Chasing Sunrise comes into play. The community organizers plan meetups that involve outdoor adventure or wellness activities, like hikes or yoga. They share a common theme: Make it happen before the sun rises. And when the activity ends, well, make sure you get your camera ready because you do not want to miss the sunrise if you're at the top of the Vancouver Lookout.
What To Eat: Cartems Donuterie
2190 Main Street, Vancouver, B.C.
You'll find plenty of Tim Hortons around Vancouver but if you're looking to step up your donut game, Cartems Donuterie is a good place to start. The doughnut shop has 10 flavours like earl grey for a morning pick-me up or the whiskey bacon for when you want something savoury and sweet to deal with a hangover. The bakery also prides itself on using ingredients within the surrounding regions like eggs from Richmond, B.C. and milk from the nearby cities of Abbotsford and Burnaby.
Where To Go: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall Street, Vancouver, B.C.
If you're in need of a break from the noise of the city's downtown, head to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. There you'll find a tranquil collection of rocks, plants and corridors that provides serenity for visitors. But behind all the greenery are roots deeply tied to Vancouver's history of Chinese immigrants. The garden offers guided tours as a means to provide deeper insight to Chinese culture.
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