Sure, there’s rainy weather, but the spring is when things also begin to warm up. Highs are in the 70s for the next few days—or should we say the upper teens (oh, metric system)—and days will only get more moderate as the month continues. You should be fine enjoying and taking in the sights of Stanley Park, or making your way over to Granville Island to take in the famed Public Market.
Cool neighborhoods—we like Yaletown and Gastown—are everywhere to be found, but we’d recommend checking out some of the sights along the water first to get oriented. Check out the cauldron leftover from Vancouver's Olympics, and wave to all the grandparents getting ready to disembark on their cruises up towards Alaska. Gastown is close by the water and has plenty of shops, restaurants, and old timey charm, so be sure to pay a quick visit (don’t miss the steam-powered clock and excellent coffeeshops).
There’s museums, beaches, parks, and other attractions as well, but we’d suggest getting a little outside of the city after a day or two. Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver has that dose of forests and streams you're looking for, plus an awesome suspension bridge. It’s a little less of a tourist attraction than the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and we found it to truly embody the outdoorsy spirit of the region. Bonus! Lynn Canyon Park is accessible by public transportation, just a ferry and bus ride away.
For travels further afield, hop the world's first carbon-neutral airline, Vancouver's Harbour Air, for Victoria, Nanaimo, Whistler and beyond.
The only problem with visiting Vancouver? You might not want to leave.
Below: cycling the Stanley Park Harbour seawall