i've got a trip planned this summer in which there will be a 12-hour layover (from 11 am - 11 pm) in Vancouver. What can one do during this time? And does the airport have secure luggage storage for a few hours while I explore the city? How long does it take from the airport to the city? I'm not into visiting museums - rather I prefer shopping for unique/local stuff, I love architecture, photography, and getting to experience the local culture and cuisine.
Any suggestions for an 8-hour day? (allowing enough time for me to get to and from the airport & check-in)