"It is not down in any map; true places never are" - Herman Melville

We are two Vancouverites who were born and raised in this city. Not ones to sit down for long, we spend our weekends exploring, finding the best tea (for Sarah) and coffee (for Will), eating anywhere that looks interesting and searching for Vancouver's nooks and crannies. 

Before resettling in Vancouver, we lived and travelled within and outside Canada. We discovered during our travels that the best places were usually the ones only the locals knew about. We also honed our passion for urban design and architecture.

When we married, we wanted to make sure our out-of-town guests experienced Vancouver and its surrounds as we see it - as people who grew up here and who are constantly trying out new places and things. We put together a book of our favourite places with photos and (usually) sarcastic descriptions. Our guests liked the book so much they encouraged us to make it public. 

This website is designed to help visitors (and non visitors) find things to do and places to go in and around a city that has something to offer everyone. It is a local's perspective on what makes the city great.  

All photos and entries on this site are the property of The Local Visitor.