Vancouver by Scooter
Tour Vancouver by Scooter
Vancouver, a cosmopolitan metropolis nestled between a soaring coastal mountain range and the lapping waves of the Pacific Ocean. An idealic place where, in the same day, you can go explore the alpine, laze on the beaches, and then go out for a world-class dinner while looking back at these same places from your table.
That said, there is a lot to do and a lot to see. One great way to see Vancouver is by scooter.
The following is a suggested route to tour. Although, this is pretty comprehensive, there is so much more to see and I will update this regularly.
Why a Scooter?
- Easy to operate: (you don't need a motorcycle license, a regular Class will do)
- Cheap: You can rent a scooter for a reasonable price, ride it all day, then fill it up for $3, seriously!
- Quick: Parking can be hard to find. That small spot that you can't quite fit a car into, your scooter will. It is also easy to hop on and off to see the sights.
- Fun!: Big time fun. I have lived here most of my life and seen it all. But when I rented one of these for the day, it was like discovering the city all over again.
Where to Rent a Scooter - (in Vancouver)
There are only a few places where you can rent a scooter in Vancouver but but will surely fit your needs.
- Cycle BC Rentals & Tours | Canada's Largest Selection of Rental Motorcycles, Scooters and Bicycl
Cycle BC Rentals and Tours. Canada's largest selection of rental motorcycles, scooters and bicycles. Location in Vancouver BC and Victoria BC. We carry a large selection of motorcyles including Harley Davidson,Harley. Honda, BMW, Yamaha, Suzuki and K
Where to Buy a Scooter - (Anywhere)
Amazing video of Vancouver - Time lapse magic
Where to Start
Vancouver is big, but accessible. The downtown core is pretty condensed and divided into various areas such as the business district, trendy Yaletown, beautiful West-End with every kind of restaurant imaginable in-between.
Where to start: If you rented the scooter from Cycle BC then you will start your journey at 6th and Main just outside the downtown core or at the waterfront location near the Vancouver Convention Centre. If you have a hotel downtown then the waterfront location will be just perfect.
Then where? Two words: Stanley Park, the jewel of the city. This magnificent park spans over a thousand acres right in the middle heart of Vancouver. It sits next to the downtown core with the adjoining LionsGate bridge to the north.
There is a road that rings the entire park with frequent lookout points and places to snack or even enjoy some fine dining. The slow speed limit allows you to enjoy the sights at a leasurley pace and the double lanes allow for others to pass by. Perfect for scooters.
The View from Stanley Park - Looking towards the North Shore
Where to Next
Downtown West End
Vancouver's eclectic West End has a fantastic mix of culture, restaurants, boutiquery and beaches. Zip from Stanley Park directly into English Bay (Denman and Davie street intersection) where you can have lunch and then stroll along Sunset beach admiring the view to the West.
From the West End to the West Side: Kitsilano
From Beach to Shining Beach
After you have filled up on some delicious local fare and strolled the bay, climb back on your scooter and head over the Burrard Street Bridge into Kitsilano.
'Kits', as it is affectionately called, was a hippy haven in the 60's and is now a yuppie haven for the twenty-something college crowd. But it is not pretentious, rather, very welcoming with two main streets (4th Street and Broadway Street which run parallel 5 blocks apart) to stroll and take in the culture, the shops and the culinary delights.
Need more beach? Pull in to Kits Beach which has been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in North America.