Tourism

A cosmopolitan city right on the edge of nature, Vancouver makes it easy to combine an urban getaway with outdoor adventure. From family-friendly fun to thrill-seeking exploits, marine exploring to mountaintop luxury, you'll find plenty of things to do in this port city. 

PORT OF VANCOUVER DISCOVERY CENTRE

  

Learn about Canada’s largest and busiest port in a fun and interactive way. The Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre, located at the north point of Canada Place, includes touchscreen benches and screens with animated graphics and video telling stories and providing information about the port’s activities and people. Enjoy this free learning experience as you engage in the stories and history of the Port of Vancouver.   

 FLY OVER CANADA

FlyOver Canada is an amazing virtual flight ride in which you will “take off” into a huge domed screen to enjoy a breathtaking flight across Canada’s most spectacular sights. You will be seated in a suspended chair, with your feet dangling, in front of an impressive 4-storey spherical screen. The special effects including wind, mist, and scents, combined with the chair’s motion, will make you feel like you’re truly soaring.

VANCOUVER MARITIME MUSEUM

 

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is located within Vanier Park just west of False Creek on the Vancouver waterfront. The main exhibit is the St. Roch, an historic arctic exploration vessel used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The museum also has extensive galleries of model ships, including a particularly fine bone model of the French warship Vengeur du Peuple which was built around 1800 by French prisoners of war, a Children's Maritime Discovery Centre, a recreation of the fo'c'sle (forecastle) of Vancouver's ship Discovery, an extensive collection of maritime art, and a large library and archives.

VANCOUVER AQUARIUM

The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada's largest aquarium and one of the most visited sites in Stanley Park. It is home to more than 70,000 creatures including dolphins, sea otters, anacondas, three-toed sloths, eels and more.

The Vancouver Aquarium is widely respected for its research and marine stewardship, and visitors can learn more about the region's marine life through the numerous exhibits. Adults and kids alike will love the entertaining and educational "encounters" program, which allows visitors to go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with the animals and the people who train them. This includes feeding, helping train and learning about the habitats and lifestyles of dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, sea turtles and other sea creatures.

GASTOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD

Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton back in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit. Victorian architecture houses a thriving fashion scene, impeccably curated décor boutiques, one-of-a-kind galleries and some of the best culinary fare in Vancouver. It’s a gathering place for stylish locals and an ideal neighbourhood to explore on foot. Gastown lies along the north of the downtown Vancouver peninsula, from Richards east to Main Street, and south to Hastings Street. 

CHINATOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD

Located on the eastern side of downtown Vancouver, the bustling district is North America’s third largest Chinatown by population. Its roots trace back to the late 1800s, when early Chinese immigrants who arrived to work on B.C.’s railroads and in the mines, were settled in a ghetto on the edge of the city. With time, the neighbourhood grew into a proud centre of Chinese culture, home to traditional restaurants, markets, temples and gardens, as well as a booming business district.  

GROUSE MOUNTAIN

Rising 1,250 metres (4,100 feet) above Vancouver and just 15 minutes from the city’s downtown core, is the vast alpine playground of Grouse Mountain.  The iconic Red Skyride gives visitors and locals alike the opportunity to see the jaw-dropping majestic nature of B.C. unfold in front of them during the 8-minute ride from the Valley Station to the summit. As Vancouver’s most popular attraction, Grouse Mountain is the only truly four-season destination in the lower mainland and features a wildlife refuge, vast selection of dining options, thrilling outdoor adventure, summer activities galore, the best in local snow sports…and much more.

VANCOUVER ART GALLERY

If you don’t equate Vancouver with the fine arts, it’s time you discovered the Vancouver Art Gallery. Housed in a beautiful neoclassical courthouse located in the thick of Robson Street’s hustle-and-bustle, the Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest public art museum in Western Canada. Spend an afternoon exploring photographs by masters such as Ansel Adams, Emily Carr and other respected British Columbian artists.

GRANVILLE ISLAND

No trip to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Granville Island and its Public Market, arguably the epicentre for Vancouver's culinary enthusiasm. Despite being home to 300 businesses, studios and facilities, the destination still retains an old-fashioned, timeless feeling. Craftsmen and artists take up residence here, and it's clear that the tradition of apprenticeship and mastery is alive and well.

STANLEY PARK

Stanley Park is Vancouver's urban oasis and one of the top city parks in North America. It is one of the city's main tourist attractions and is ideally situated on a peninsula at the northwestern edge of downtown.

FRASER RIVER DISCOVERY CENTRE 

As "The Voice of the Fraser," The Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster presents the stories of the Fraser River and its contribution to the life, history, and future of British Columbia. Discover the environment, economy and culture of the Fraser River through rotating exhibits and hands-on programmes.

New Westminster is accessible by Skytrain, get on at WATERFRONT STATION (601 W Cordova Street) and get off at NEW WESTMINSTER STATION (Columbia and 8th Street). This is a 25-minute commute.

ABORIGINAL TOURISM

 

Aboriginal Vancouver - Immerse yourself in the living traditions of British Columbia’s Aboriginal peoples, and experience authentic music and dance, food, arts, stories, and fascinating cultural artifacts.

TOURISM VANCOUVER

A cosmopolitan city right on the edge of nature, Vancouver makes it easy to combine an urban getaway with outdoor adventure. From family-friendly fun to thrill-seeking exploits; from marine exploring to mountaintop luxury, you'll find plenty of things to do in Vancouver. 

           
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