Experience the Best of Vancouver: A May Long Weekend Itinerary

The Perfect Weekend Retreat in the City.

May 17th, 2024

As the days grow warmer and the sun shines brighter, Vancouver eagerly welcomes the arrival of the May long weekend. With the city buzzing with excitement, it invites residents and visitors to indulge in a weekend of exploration, relaxation, and unforgettable experiences.

Whether you are a local looking for a staycation or a visitor eager to explore, here is an exciting itinerary to make the most of your May long weekend in downtown Vancouver.



Day 1: Welcome to the City


Kick-start your day with a hearty breakfast at one of the many charming brunch locations in Vancouver. Some of the most loved spots in the city are Café Medina, Jam Café, Twisted Fork, and Palate Kitchen. Each restaurant is famous for its distinctive menu and exceptional service, making it the perfect way to start your weekend.

Late Morning / Early Afternoon

Head to Stanley Park, one of Vancouver’s crown jewels. Spend time cycling or walking along the seawall, taking in breathtaking views of the city skyline, mountains, and ocean. You can also visit the Vancouver Aquarium, check out Brockton Point Totem Pole, or relax at one of the many beaches located within the park.


For lunch, make your way to Granville Island Public Market. Indulge in a culinary adventure as you sample gourmet delights from local vendors. From freshly baked pastries to artisan cheeses and seafood, there is something for every taste bud!


As the sun begins to set, explore Downtown Vancouver’s vibrant streets. Stroll along Robson Street for some shopping, then immerse yourself in the city’s diverse culinary scene with dinner at one of the many acclaimed restaurants. Some restaurants worth the visit include L’Abattoir, Miku Vancouver, Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie, Atlas Steak + Fish, and Botanist.


Day 2: Outdoor Adventures


Rise and shine early for a day of outdoor ventures. Pack a picnic and head to Grouse Mountain for a thrilling hike or scenic gondola ride. Enjoy panoramic views of the city surrounding the mountains as you explore the mountain’s trails and attractions.


After your outdoor adventures, make your way back to downtown for a leisurely lunch. Make the best of the weather at one of the city’s patio or waterfront restaurants. Consider Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio, ARC restaurant, Lift Bar Grill View, or Cardero’s, to soak in the picturesque views of the harbor.


Wrap up your day with a sunset cruise around Vancouver’s breathtaking waterfront. Relax, unwind, and raise a glass to a memorable weekend while gliding past iconic landmarks and savoring the city’s charm. Harbour Cruises’ Evening Dinner Cruise offers a 2.5-hour journey complete with live entertainment, delectable cuisine, and incredible landscapes – making it the ideal finale for an outdoor-themed day.



Day 3: Relaxation and Pampering


Start your day with a leisurely breakfast, then treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa session. Vancouver boasts a plethora of spas offering a range of holistic treatments to help you unwind and recharge. Willow Steam Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim is worth considering, featuring nine treatment zones, three lounges, a comprehensive fitness center, and a spa terrace, all accompanied by food and beverage amenities.


After your spa session, it is time to soak up some sun and enjoy ultimate relaxation at Fairmont Pacific Rim’s rooftop pool and cabana. With stunning mountain and harbor views, experience the perfect weekend getaway as you indulge in gourmet snacks, lounge by the pool, and sip on refreshing cocktails. Make the most of the private cabanas and personalized poolside assistance as you enjoy some well-deserved time off.

While you are here, take advantage of the special beverage selection available exclusively at Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Pac Rim Patio throughout the long weekend!


Switch up your dinner plans as you wrap up the long weekend and embark on a food tour! Dive into Vancouver’s dynamic food scene, tasting delicious dishes from around the globe under the guidance of seasoned local experts. With an abundance of options available, you can opt for a walking tour or a more intimate culinary journey.

  • cocktails
  • poolside cabana at Fairmont Pacific Rim
  • Harbour Air

Whether you are seeking excitement, tranquility, or a little bit of both – plan to spend the upcoming May long weekend in Vancouver, where a variety of experiences await every visitor!

mountains and harbour view

Extend Your Stay

Make your May long weekend truly unforgettable by extending a stay at Fairmont Pacific Rim. Residents of BC, Alberta, and Washington State can enjoy exclusive pricing and benefits using the Summer Residents Offer when they book.


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