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Vancouver by Scooter

Updated on December 15, 2014

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.

Amazing video of Vancouver - Time lapse magic

Where to Start

Stanley Park

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.

Vancouver Guide

Frommer's Vancouver and Victoria 2011
Frommer's Vancouver and Victoria 2011

Frommer's puts out great guides. Comprehensive, relevant information that will definitely help you in your travels.

 

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.

Vancouver Guide

The Rough Guide to Vancouver
The Rough Guide to Vancouver

Another winner when it comes to guide books. The Rough Guide series are excellent and helped me make my way through Europe one trip. Now it can help you through Vancouver!

 

What's the best guide?

Frommer's Vancouver and Victoria 2011
Frommer's Vancouver and Victoria 2011

Completely updated every year, Frommer's Vancouver & Victoria also includes coverage of Whistler and the Pacific Rim National Park. All of the post 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games attraction updates, including new legacy installations and SkyTrain information. Our author shows you all the highlights -- from the Museum of Anthropology and Granville Island in Vancouver, to Butchart Gardens and the Fairmont Empress in Victoria -- and takes you outdoors to explore the area's parks, mountains, beaches, and wildlife. You'll get authoritative and candid hotel and restaurant reviews to help map out the choices that best suit your tastes and budget. Plus, you'll have shopping and nightlife, detailed walking tours, accurate neighborhood maps, public transportation information, and coverage of Whistler and the Pacfic Rim National Park, and more all at your fingertips. Frommer's Vancouver & Victoria also includes gorgeous color photos of the sights and experiences that await you and a color fold-out map of Vancouver.

 
Top 10 Vancouver & Victoria (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)
Top 10 Vancouver & Victoria (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides)

Drawing on the same standards of accuracy as the acclaimed DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, each book in DK's Top 10 series uses evocative color photography, excellent cartography, and up-to-date travel content to create a reliable and useful pocket-sized travel guide. Dozens of Top 10 lists provide vital information on each destination, as well as insider tips, from uncovering a city's most memorable sights to finding the best restaurants and hotels in each neighborhood. And to save you time and money, there's even a Top 10 list of Things to Avoid. Each Top 10 contains a pull-out map and guide that includes fold-out maps of city metro systems, useful phone numbers, and 60 great ideas on how to spend your day.

 
Lonely Planet Vancouver (City Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Vancouver (City Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet VancouverMingle with myriad local artists as you make your way around the studios of Granville and Salt Spring IslandsGlide through reflections of mountains and glass towers on a sunset kayak tour of English BayClaim a spot on a Commercial Drive patio and introduce your tastebuds to some standout BC beersGo out on a limb and step onto the worldâs longest, highest suspension bridgeIn This Guide:One resident author, 500 hours of research, 33 detailed maps, 97 restaurants tested and reviewedSpecial Green Vancouver chapter helps you plan an ecofriendly visit to the cityThe inside word on the hotel, dining and music scenes from locals in the know

 
Streetwise Vancouver Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Vancouver, Canada (Streetwise (Streetwise Maps))
Streetwise Vancouver Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Vancouver, Canada (Streetwise (Streetwise Maps))

Streetwise Vancouver Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Vancouver, Canada - Folding pocket size travel map with integrated Sky Train & Express Line routes & stationsThis map covers the following areas:Main Vancouver Map 1:26,000Downtown Vancouver Map 1:12,500Vancouver Area Map 1:120,000Downtown Victoria, BC Map 1:14,000University of British Columbia Map 1:57,000There are plenty of sites in Vancouver and getting around to see them all is easy. If youâre staying in the city (and you probably are) you can walk to most attractions. The Vancouver Museum highlights the growth and development of Vancouver from an outpost of fishing and forestry to a world class city. Science World is a great spot to take the kids so they can experience the interactive exhibitions and see an eye-popping OMNIMAX presentation. Adults will appreciate spending the time on Granville Island, a former dingy collection of rusty warehouses now transformed into galleries, shops, artistsâ studios and home to a thriving public market the perfect place to pick up provision for a picnic.The best place to start your visit is Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre. Take a 45 second ride up a glass elevator to arrive at a spectacular 360° view of the city, the surrounding communities, the harbour and the mountains beyond. On a clear day you may even see Vancouver Island.What you notice most when youâre perched above the city is how green it is. As the city developed over the years, a large tract of forest was set aside, over 1,000 acres, destined to remain wild and serve as a reminder of whence the city originated. So began Stanley Park. Located right in the heart of the city, this green sanctuary is crisscrossed with walking trails and surrounded by English Bay and a 6 mile seawall - a lovely place for a stroll at sunset. Within the park are tennis courts, playgrounds, a miniature golf course, restaurants, snack bars and cafes, the Vancouver Aquarium, the Lost Lagoon where you can feed ducks and raccoons, swimming beaches, a pool, a miniature railroad for the kids, totem poles and a cannon that goes off precisely at 9 PM each evening.The capital of British Columbia is located at the tip of Vancouver Island, across the Straight of Georgia from Vancouver. Veddy Veddy British in nature, Victoria has the mildest climate in all of Canada. You can get to Victoria by taking the 1 ½ hour ferry ride from Tsawwassen, in south Vancouver to Swartz Bay, about a half an hour from Victoria.Whatever adventure you choose in this corner of Western Canada, the STREETWISE® Vancouver Map will assist you. The main map covers all of Downtown along with Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown, West End, Yaletown and Granville Island. A separate inset map of the central downtown area highlights hotels, sites, SKYTRAIN stations, shopping, government and educational sites and the cruise ship terminal, where cruises to Alaska start and end. A map of the Vancouver area extends from the southern suburb of Richmond to North and West Vancouver, from Burnaby to Sea Island, including the Vancouver International Airport. All major highways and thoroughfares are depicted along with exit numbers and sites. An inset of the University of BC campus is included as well as an inset of downtown Victoria, BC.Our pocket size map of Vancouver is laminated for durability and accordion folding for effortless use. The STREETWISE® Vancouver map is one of many detailed and easy-to-read city street maps designed and published by STREETWISE®. Buy your STREETWISE® Vancouver map today and you too can navigate Vancouver, Canada like a native. For a larger selection of our detailed travel maps simply type STREETWISE MAPS into the search bar.

 
Fodor's Vancouver & Victoria, 2nd Edition: with Whistler, Vancouver Island & the Okanagan Valley (Full-color Travel Guide)
Fodor's Vancouver & Victoria, 2nd Edition: with Whistler, Vancouver Island & the Okanagan Valley (Full-color Travel Guide)

Full-color guide ⢠Make your trip to Vancouver & Victoria unforgettableCustomize your trip with simple planning tools ⢠Top experiences & attractions ⢠Best Bets for restauants and hotels ⢠Easy-to-read color neighborhood and regional mapsExplore Vancouver, Victoria, Whistlery and beyond ⢠Discerning Fodorâs Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more ⢠âWord of Mouthâ tips from fellow Fodorâs travelers ⢠Best outdoor activities, museums, shopping, and whale-watching opportunitiesOpinions from destination experts ⢠Fodorâs Vancouver- and Victoria-based writers reveal their favorite local haunts ⢠Frequently updated to provide the latest information

 

How Much Do These Things Cost Anyway? - Some call them scooters, some call them mopeds

Where else is good to visit in Vancouver?

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      new_westminster_curser 5 years ago

      Scooters in vancouver is one of the BEST activities!!

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      eTravelSense 5 years ago

      I didn't even realise you could do this. What a great idea!

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      squidoogiftsfor 5 years ago

      Vancouver is on my bucket list

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      Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      I saw Rome by scooter a long time ago, and would love to see Vancouver that way too.

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      Spectresoft 5 years ago

      Ahhh Vancouver :) Love to visit there whenever I can! Don't think I will use scooter though LOL

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      What a great way to visit Vancouver, or any city.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Really interesting...worth trying.

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      SFU campus up Burnaby Mountain. Maybe scary on a scooter, though.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Deep Cove on the North Shore. Rent a kayak and paddle around lovely Indian Arm.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Vancouver by scooter - what a fantastic idea all around! I love this lens - squid angel blessed -:)