Forget about visiting shopping malls while here in Vancouver-that is nonsense.
Vancouver is a thriving multicultural metropolis on the edge of the rainforest spending any time at all inside a bland airless shopping mall is a complete waste.
Rent some bicycles and tour the city it's easy cheap and fun-head out to Spanish Bank for a picnic.
If you can afford to take a short Kayak tour it's a great way to see the area no matter whether close to the city or on the Island.
Asian food of all varieties is everywhere, cheap and tasty.