Cool as a cucumber, Vancouver is the promise land of Canada especially for those looking to drink down glorious vistas, hip hangouts, and a chic city vibe that hangs somewhere between cultural charm and outdoor adventure. As a yacht lifestyle playground, chartering around British Columbia and Vancouver is divine.
Home first to the ancestors of the Squamish before being discovered by the Spanish – these mountainous heartlands have a wealth of history. Fur traders, gold diggers, and woodcutters clamored to these parts to set up shop, and from there – the West Coast city bloomed beautifully. Now, visitors flock in their droves to discover the wonders of the waterfront city. Here’s our glorious guide to living a vivacious yacht life in Vancouver…
The finest spot to drop anchor on the rugged and breathtaking shores of Vancouver has to be the Coal Harbor Marina. Sitting right on the doorstep of the bustling downtown and well within easy access to Stanley Park, it’s the perfect spot for exploring Vancouver’s dazzling restaurant scene, along with hitting all those splurge worthy shops and bars. Coal Harbor Marina welcomes vessels between 30-330’ and offers around the clock arrival and departure support. Triple breakwater systems also ensure calm waters to welcome you to Canada’s chicest city.
Vancouver International Airport is one of Canada’s most bustling transport hubs, so you don’t need to worry about climbing aboard those puddle jumpers. The airport is served by many airline companies jetting across the globe to Europe, USA, Asia and of course – the rest of Canada. Transport into downtown Vancouver is well serviced – you can take the SkyTrain or elite guests can opt for a finely tuned limousine service or simple taxi.
Where to Dine
Prepare for a mouth-watering array of experiences, thanks to its thunder of culture – Vancouver has got the art of divine dining down to a tee. L’Abottoir is the spot for elegant suppers in the historic Gastown. Set within a 19th century rosy brick building with tall windows and a cobblestone square, you can chow down on black truffle butter oysters fresh from the bay washed down with bubbly champagne against a super sophisticated backdrop.
Miku is making waves on the sushi scene – a must for anyone visiting Vancouver. The chilled Pacific is a perfect place for catching fat red tuna and blushing pink salmon. In Miku you can laugh over platters of seared and raw sushi delights, matched magically with kale and sesame sides with views out over the water.
Down on the dreamy Coal Harbor (one of the best spots for superyachts to moor), seasonal sass can be devoured at Nightingales. The poetically named restaurant certainly looks the part – with soaring ceilings and birch walls. Beautifully plated halibut ceviche and classy comfort foods like fried chicken with lemon yogurt work wonders in a city that leans heavily on its laid-back vibes.
Where to Stay
Book a bed in the tallest building to grace the Vancouver skyline at the glorious Shangri-La Hotel. Sitting right in the middle of the city, the Shangri-La experience is one of pure Feng Shui pleasure. Rosewood, marble and glistening chandeliers come together to set the scene, and the CHI spa complex is the most Zen place to unwind. Suites come dressed in shimmering gold and adorned with tapestries and many boast beautiful balconies with views out over West Georgia Street.
The Fairmont is another example of Vancouver’s finery – and always the choice of the rich and famous. The so-called castle in the city is as regal as its nickname suggests – lashings of cream and gold, Dior toiletries lining the seriously impressive bathrooms, and English country house inspired rooms offering a welcome oasis at the end of a busy day.
The Loden Hotel is the antidote to big name brands on Vancouver’s hip hotel scene. Curated from timber and copper and offering in room yoga sessions and close proximity to Coal Harbor, you couldn’t find a better example of cultural cool. This is the West Coast at its most wonderful – free cruiser bikes, endless espressos, and minibars stocked with locally produced chocolate and wine.
Where to Play
Fabulous food lovers and craft beer connoisseurs will adore the endless festivals that grace the Vancouver calendar. The summer night markets are a must for those who want to wander from stall to stall and snack on Osaka balls and snow cones. The one down at Richmond is the best boasting live entertainment and thousands of hungry revelers all contributing to a festively fun atmosphere.
The Summer Jazz Festival is another date to mark on your yacht lifestyle calendar. Often happening at the end of June, international artists come from far and wide to take part in the 12-day event that is without a doubt – the biggest summer celebration. Over 1800 artists, 300 concerts and 35 venues make for quite the program and headliners have included everyone from Erykah Badu to Lady Gaga.