Explore Vancouver!

The new year is fast approaching, and we can’t wait for LTX 2019 x DreamHack! With so many people coming from near and far to Vancouver, we wanted to share a few things to do around the city if you’re planning on spending a little extra time here. Part of why we chose Vancouver to host LTX this year was because of its ease of access and walkability to a lot of beautiful and amazing things to do regardless of your budget. Below are just a few ideas to check out.

Want to explore the city? These areas are great for walking around, shopping and some tasty food.

  1. Gastown, famous for its steam clock, is Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood founded back in 1867 and only a 10 minute walk from the convention centre.

  2. In Downtown Vancouver head down Robson Street for some world famous shopping or over to the Vancouver Art Gallery to admire a variety of artists, including local gem Emily Carr.   

  3. For a great view of the city and surrounding harbors check out the Vancouver Lookout or take the Seabus over to Lonsdale Quay in North Van for a great waterside market and amazing view of the sunset over Downtown.

  4. Speaking of markets, Granville Island is great for local vendors, artists, food, and music. If you like beer, take a tour at Granville Island Brewing while you’re there.

  5. During your time in the False Creek area take a ferry over to Science World for some great family activities.  

Looking for a little nature to break up your tech and gaming filled weekend? You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the fresh air of BC’s lush rain-forest.

  1. Stanley Park is only a 10 minute drive from the Vancouver Convention Centre and offers gorgeous trails through the trees or great views along the seawall which wraps along the full perimeter of the park. Tired from your walk or bike ride? Take a breather on one of the many beautiful beaches, like Third Beach.

  2. At roughly $38 per adult, the Vancouver Aquarium may not be for everyone. But if you’re looking to see some west coast marine life up close and personal, it’s the place to go.  It’s also conveniently located within Stanley Park.

  3. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is nestled in North Vancouver just 20 minutes away. Walk the bridge over the canyon, and take in the forest from their tree walks for a unique perspective.

  4. If you’re up for a challenge the Grouse Grind is nature’s stair climber, and it’s waiting for you. Don’t worry though, you can always take the skyride up to the top of the mountain and avoid the workout.

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If you really have some time, take the 2 hour trip up to Whistler for a truly mountainous experience. The village has everything you need in a resort town with shops and restaurants all with amazing views. In the summer Whistler is great for all skill level walks, hikes, mountain biking and more. Or if you want to get a birds eye view of the beautiful west coast, hop in a seaplane (aka floatplane ;) ) and take a tour. There are a few great companies which fly from Coal Harbour, a stone throw away from the Vancouver Convention Centre, with flights starting at about $100.  

So there you have it! Just a few ideas to really make the most of your trip out in July 2019.

Happy Holidays!

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