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THINGS TO DO IN VANCOUVER

Vancouver boasts ten top-rated, essential stops. Together they make up an unsurpassed lineup of cultural, historic and natural experiences, and while visiting one of these stops, you are sure to stumble upon plenty of other Vancouver treasures along the way.

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Stanley Park 1.2 km

Explore the natural West Coast rain forest and enjoy scenic views of the ocean, mountains, sky and majestic trees along Stanley Park’s famous Seawall. If you want to experience the park the way the locals do, walk, cycle or jog around 20 mile-long Seawall that hugs Vancouver waterfront. During the summer you can enjoy Theater Under The Stars or movie nights for free.

Vancouver Aquarium 1.9 km

The Vancouver Aquarium is a beautiful sanctuary that protects, studies, and cares for a variety of ocean creatures. Their goal is to inspire others to join the mission and help protect the ocean environment. Some animals include dolphins, sea otters, penguins, reef sharks, rays, and sea lions. 

Bring your family and explore the beauty of nature at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Queen Elizabeth Park 1.6 km

At the top of Queen Elizabeth Park is the Bloedel Conservatory, plus exceptional views of the city and North Shore Mountains. The park features a rose garden, meticulously manicured quarry garden and an arboretum with about 1.500 native and exotic trees. The Bloedel Conservatory features more than 120 free-flying exotic birds, not to mention 500 tropical plants and three different climate zones.

Queen Elizabeth Park 6.1 km

At the top of Queen Elizabeth Park is the Bloedel Conservatory, plus exceptional views of the city and the North Shore Mountains. The park features a rose garden, meticulously manicured quarry garden and an arboretum with about 1.500 native and exotic trees. The Bloedel Conservatory features more than 120 free-flying exotic birds, not to mention 500 tropical plants and three different climate zones.

UBC Campus And Botanical Garden 12.9 km

The University of British Columbia is the most prestigious university in Western Canada and one of the most beautiful Campus. The oldest University Campus in British Columbia and Botanical Garden in Canada offer a delightful showcase of BC’s native flowers and trees. Established in 1916, the UBC Botanical Garden features a variety of plantings, including alpine, rain forest and medicinal gardens. Lose yourself in the peace and tranquility of an authentic Japanese garden or a vast Pacific rain forest. 

Grouse Mountain 11.3 km

Grouse Mountain was home to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. As a top skiing and snowboarding spot in BC, this alpine playground also offers winter snowshoeing, ice- skating and sleigh rides. Enjoy a summer Lumberjack show on the top of a mountain and bears.

Capilano Suspension Bridge 7.7 km

It is one of Vancouver’s top tourist attractions. Capilano Suspension. Bridge Park is home to famous, eponymous Capilano Suspension Bridge as well as several other outdoor adventure attractions, including Cliff walk and Treetops Adventures. It is originally built-in 1889. Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses to towering evergreens, cedar-scented rain forest air and Treetops Adventure seven suspended footbridges offering views 110 feet above the forest floor. 

Kitsilano Beach 3.6 km

If you want to see many residents in the summer, then you have to visit Kitsilano beach! There’s ample parks space around the beach for picnics, volleyball and saltwater swimming pool. 

Lighthouse Park 19.4 km

Lighthouse Park is one of the most scenic parks on the West Coast. Many hikes take people along the coastline. The park is a biologically precious and unique resource and is an example of a remaining old-growth coastal forest in the Lower Mainland. 

Seymour Mountain 27.5 km

Mt. Seymour is a Vancouver family owned and operated ski-hill delivering a relaxed West Coast. One of the local Vancouver ski hills in the winter, the summer hike wanders up to the mountain, passing over a couple of peaks before reaching a panoramic view of the city and the Coastal Mountain Range.

Lynn Canyon is the perfect location for a family picnic. There are several quiet places to relax for the day and trails throughout the park and many breathtaking waterfalls. 

Granville Island 4.4 km

Granville Island is a vibrant urban oasis featuring a variety of theaters, festivals, street performers, musical shows, and art exhibits. With a unique and exciting atmosphere, the island also offers many family attractions. 

Vancouver Art Gallery 0.9 km

Vancouver Art Gallery is the most extensive gallery in Western Canada and features both historical and contemporary exhibits by regional, national and international artists. 

Gastown 2.1 km

 Gastown Vancouver is one of Canada’s most cosmopolitan areas. This vibrant area of Vancouver thrives from it is rich history and unique charm. With a variety of upcoming events and programs. 

Pacific Center Shopping Mal  1.3 km

The Pacific Center Shopping Mall is the largest mall in downtown Vancouver. At the cutting edge of fashion. Pacific Center features a number of your favorite stores and great places to dine.

Orpheum Theater 1.3 km

The Orpheum Theater, along with Queen Elizabeth and the Vancouver Playhouse is part of the Vancouver Civic Theater group of live performance venues. It has featured a variety of acts since its development in 1927 and is home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Cantata Singers and much more.

Canada Place 1.5 km

If you want to see beautiful views, impressive architecture, historical significance, lovely promenade walk, central location, then you should visit Canada Place!. Canada's place is where many of Vancouver’s visiting cruise ships come to dock, and you can also take your cruise to Alaska!. During the summer, enjoy every Tuesday free outdoor movie night.

FlyOver Canada 1.5 km

See Canada like never before at Vancouver's new must-see attraction! FlyOver Canada is a breathtaking, all-ages, flight simulation ride like no other. Take off into a huge dome screen with the latest in projection and ride technology, creating a real flying experience, complete with wind, scents, and mist!

Photo from https://www.flyovercanada.com/stories/

Rogers Arena   2.2 km

Vancouver is a sports fan paradise, and with Rogers Arena located within steps of Gastown and Chinatown, attending a Vancouver Canucks game is a breeze. Aside from walking from your hotel, public transit is really the easiest way to get to Rogers Arena. Stadium-Chinatown Station is right opposite the arena, accessible on either the Expo or Millennium lines. Rogers Arena is within an easy walk of over 7,000 parking spots. 

Museum Of Anthropology 12 km

Located at the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) features a variety of exhibits, collections, and programs. Explore this world-renowned museum, which holds approximately 38,000 ethnographic objects among its 535,000 archaeological objects. 

English Bay 1.8 km

English Bay Beach, also called First Beach, located along Beach Ave between Gilford St and Bidwell St, is the most populated beach area in Vancouver's downtown area. The Stanley Park Seawall, a popular running and biking route, runs along the east side of the beach.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden 2.5 km

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first classical Chinese Garden in all of Canada! Chinatown is home to one of Canada’s most impressive Chinese gardens, Dr. Sun Yat Sen. What makes it so exquisite is unique construction. Constructed with wholly traditional methods (by hand), the site mimics complex gardens found on the Mainland with courtyards, meandering brooks, impeccably sculpted vegetation, all in keeping with the Confucian and Buddhist tradition.

Science world 3.4 km

Built for the 1986 World’s Fair, Science World is the modern-looking landmark building at the east end of False Creek that looks like it has a giant mirrored ball on top. Inside that ball is the Omnimax Theater where you can see terrific films on the world’s massive domed movie screen.