Vancouver Attractions & Activities
Information courtesy of Tourism Vancouver.
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Outside of the beautiful Granville Island, Vancouver has endless opportunities!
Below is just a taste of the wide breadth of things there are to do in Vancouver. From suspension bridges to aquariums to festivals and gardens, this is a great sampling of Vancouver to whet your appetite.
A charming public market overflowing with fresh produce, breads, seafood and a bounty of other goods is reason enough to visit Granville Island. Be sure to also stroll the narrow lanes of the island to check out its unique shops and photo-worthy views of downtown across False Creek.
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You won’t be able to resist the beauty of this 400-hectare (1,000-acre) park covered in vibrant green grass and majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees. Attractions such as the Vancouver Aquarium, seawall path, totem poles, hiking trails, horse-drawn tours and outdoor swimming pool offer nearly endless diversions.
World-renowned shopping is most certainly the main attraction on this downtown thoroughfare. But you can also people watch from cafe patios (keep an eye out for celebrities), dine on delicious fare at trendy restaurants, get pampered at a spa or simply stroll along with the crowds.
Located in the downtown Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Lookout, at a height of 130 metres (430 feet), is the perfect place to survey the city and plan – or reflect upon – your day.
Adventure awaits just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Ride the Skyride for dramatic views, hike the Grouse Grind (a challenging 2.9-kilometre/1.8-mile trail up the face of the mountain), see grizzly bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, ski, ride a zipline or even paraglide.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
A sanctuary in the heart of the city, these incredibly manicured gardens were the first authentic classical Chinese gardens ever built outside of China. Walk along the peaceful paths and admire the harmonious elements designed in rock, water, plants and architecture.
Vancouver Art Gallery
This highly acclaimed collection of national and international contemporary art is worth spending at least an afternoon exploring. Don’t miss the collection of work by the well-known British Columbian artist Emily Carr. Stop in at the Satellite Visitor Centre on the southwest side of the gallery for great information and tips.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Make your way across the swaying suspension bridge, which stretches 137 metres (450 feet) across a canyon and the Capilano River 70 metres (230 feet) below. Then explore the beautifully lush fir and fern-carpeted forests via a series of elevated suspension bridges in the Treetops Adventure.
Sea to Sky Highway
The drive from Vancouver north on Highway 99 takes you past glimmering turquoise inlets, old-growth rain forests and craggy cliffs. You can stop to explore waterfalls, hiking trails, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park and BC Museum of Mining. The year-round resort at Whistler, the designated Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Winter Games, and the dramatic Coastal Mountain Range mean your destination will be as exciting as the journey. You can also travel the route by train on the Whistler Mountaineer.
Dim sum in Chinatown. Trendy shops on cobblestone lanes in Gastown. Art galleries galore in South Granville. These favourite discoveries and other hidden gems await in Vancouver’s neighbourhoods.
Looking for Special Events? Check out the Tourism Vancouver event calendar! This link will provide you with all the exciting upcoming events to experience during your stay! Still looking for dates? Why not check out the events calendar!
When it comes to Exploring Vancouver, your only limit is your imagination.