Hyper-Specific City Guide: What to Do With Your Vegan, Urban Planner Cousin on a Budget in Vancouver

A checklist for entertaining your vegan cousin who’s finishing up her urban planning masters—and is totally broke

This is part of our Ultimate, Hyper-Specific Vancouver City Guide, featured in the May 2024 issue of Vancouver magazine. We’ve created 25 unique personas and 25 unique itineraries to match. If this to-do list for ‘totally broke urban planner vegan cousin’ isn’t helpful, perhaps one of the other 24 bespoke schedules will be. Explore them all here. 

Pull up to Queen Elizabeth Park for some disc golf. It’s the perfect opportunity for a low-cost catch-up sesh with your fave cuz. Challenge each other on the 13-hole course with suspended chain targets while soaking in the natural beauty (and maybe dodging some ducks) at this hilly urban haven. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the park, city and the mountains lining the North Shore. And the best part? It won’t cost you a dime. Ontario St. and E 33rd Ave., vancitydiscgolf.ca

Swing by Edible Flours for some vegan treats. Indulge in jam thumbprint cookies ($3) or a blueberry and raspberry tartlette ($4), with lots of gluten-free options available, too. And don’t forget to grab a couple of small oat milk lattes for the road ($4 each). 2280 W Broadway, edibleflours.ca

Saunter over to Kitsilano Beach for some budget-friendly relaxation by the ocean. Whether you’re soaking up the sun, cooling off with a dip or watching the local bird population plot their food heists, it’s the ideal spot for an affordable beach day. Cornwall Ave. and Yew St., vancouver.ca

Explore the Vancouver Art Gallery’s latest exhibits, like Of and About Posters ($29, general admission). If you’re lucky enough to visit on the first Friday of the month, you’re in for a treat—it’s free from 4 to 8 p.m. 750 Hornby St., vanartgallery.bc.ca

exterior of the art gallery

Snag a Mobi bike from one of the city’s many docking stations and cruise toward 2Stanley Park. (Mobi bikes are priced at $0.25/minute; e-bikes at $0.35/minute, or opt for a 24-hour pass for $19.) If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the Stanley Park Pitch and Putt (18 holes, $17/person) or take a dip in the nearby Second Beach heated outdoor pool ($7). Just be prepared for it to be bustling with kids if school’s out. mobibikes.ca; Stanley Park Dr., vancouver.ca

the seawall curves around the bend as the ocean sparkles next to it
Photo: Micah McKerlich

Share a mezze sampler ($20/person) at Kitsilano’s Nuba as your cousin tries to explain her thesis to you again. And on Mondays or Tuesdays, snag 40 percent off bottles of wine to ease those financial woes (and any other woes… it’s wine, after all). 3116 W Broadway, nuba.ca

a table of mezze snacks

More from the Ultimate, Hyper-Specific Vancouver City Guide here.