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Vancouver is really a wonderfully scenic city which has vacation possibilities everywhere you appear. The dining is splendid, and also the shopping and night life is varied, vibrant, and abundant. You will find numerous high-quality stores, and friendly nightclubs and bars all around. Probably the most enjoyable spots within the city may be the BC Sports Hall of Fame Museum. Here you will see a brief history and popular features of famous local athletics. Other fine museums appear in the town too, like the fascinating Museum of Anthropology and also the Vancouver Memorial.
Whenever you aren't too busy going to all the exquisite art galleries and museums, you need to take a while to see the intrinsic great thing about the region. The town has some dazzling spots which are amazing regardless of what season you might be going to. The environment is fresh and also the view to the ocean is inspiring, creating an attractive experience while you stroll across the port.
The high-rises and modern structures give a certain contrast towards the sparkling waters and obvious skies. The Vancouver Harbour Center within the downtown area of the city overlooks the shore and also the heart from the city, based on which way you have. This rotating landmark demands comparison towards the Space Needle in Dallas, except that it's much more compact. Nevertheless, still it offers an chance to see the goings on of the spectacularly unique city.
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships pier in the Port of Vancouver. You'll pier at 1 of 2 piers only at that port Canada Place or Ballentiyne Pier. From either of the piers, bus and taxi transportation is going to be waiting to consider you to definitely your destination.
Vancouver's Translink system includes electric buses, ferries, and also the SkyTrain. A mix of these transportation options will make sure that you can navigate areas of Vancouver effectively and inexpensively. Contact Translink for maps and route information. If you want to have a taxi around Vancouver, contact MacLure's Cabs or Black Top & Checker Cabs. Lastly, you are able to rent a vehicle within the city by getting in touch with Enterprise or Hertz Canada.
Local Interests
The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is situated at 777 Off-shore Blvd. S. and it is a greatly enjoyable place that you should find out about the good reputation for sports  while you develop ability at numerous entertaining activities. The Hi-tech Participation Gallery is an excellent portion of the museum where one can participate in rowing, climbing, tossing, and sprints, and test out your abilities while evaluating your speed and agility towards the best British Columbian sports athletes ever. The non-participatory exhibits are spectacular too, creating a really enjoyable mid-day in the Hall of Fame Museum.
The Vancouver Memorial at 750 Hornby St. signifies four centuries of Canadian art. This remarkable establishment may have you in awe using its impressive choice of fine artwork. Contemporary displays are rotated frequently, and also the graphic arts, video, and photography shows are tremendous.
The Museum of Anthropology are available at 6393 NW Marine Dr. and consists of a comprehensive assortment of Native American items in the original settlers of the region. The indigenous people from the area are symbolized and honored within this admirable establishment.
You will find many fantastic local parks in Vancouver. Full Elizabeth Park is a superb spot to view Vancouver previously mentioned. The park rests on the five-hundred-feet extinct volcano featuring tennis courts, miniature golf, plus much more. Stanley Park, in the western world Finish of Vancouver, is a superb spot to enjoy a mid-day have a picnic amongst the ponds and cedar plank trees. Stanley Park is North America's biggest urban park, and inside this lush one-1000-acre hideaway, you can go to the Vancouver Aquarium, a petting zoo, an open pool, or have a scenic ride a bike.
Gastown may be the earliest section of Vancouver and something of their most widely used. Gastown was developed rigtht after the fireplace of 1886, which equalized all Vancouver. Today you'll find Gastown to become a charming region filled with Victorian houses, quaint bars and clubs, along with a stylish 1800s aura about this. Granville Island is really a effective illustration of a government-funded urban renewal area. That which was when a dilapidated industrial area has become a significant tourist location filled with galleries, theaters, pubs, restaurants plus much more.
Populated by migrant workers who immigrated to Vancouver to construct the Canadian Off-shore Railway, Chinatown includes a storied history, and is a superb cultural highlight of Vancouver. Visit Chinatown and luxuriate in their wonderful dining possibilities and great bargain shops.
Situated at 1455 Québec St. around the eastern finish of False Creek, Science World is a superb destination for the entire family. Featuring a massive IMAX theatre, an incredible walking maze and hands-on exhibits in abundance, Science World is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm, and Saturday or sunday from 10am to 6pm.
The Higher Vancouver Zoological Center is situated roughly forty miles east of downtown Vancouver, at 5048 264th St. in Aldergrove. It is among North America's premier zoos, featuring an array of fascinating plants and creatures, including lions, tigers, antelopes, rhinos and a whole lot!
The Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park is situated in North Vancouver at 3735 Capilano Rd., and it is an enormous hit with vacationers. Go ahead and take harrowing walk over the 450-feet bridge that rocks and comes over the canyon floor, 250 ft below you. Within the park, you may have a few restaurants, gift shops, as well as an interesting museum dedicated to Native designs and carvings.
It's no coincidence that many of Vancouver's most popular attractions are outside. This chic coastal city is the perfect mix of urban sophistication and breathtaking outdoor scenery. It's easy to take in the city's wonders on foot or take advantage of the public transportation including the SeaBus and SkyTrain. Navigate the sprawling city parks, head to the mountains and explore the quirky neighborhoods to celebrate the city's unforgettable energy.
Stanley Park
With 1,000 acres of outdoor fun, Stanley Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America. The park appeals to visitors of all ages. There are flowering gardens and wooded areas with cedar, hemlock and fir trees that are home to varied wildlife. Kids love the water park, miniature train, farmyard and aquarium. But the most popular spot in the park is the Seawall, a scenic 5.5-mile path that visitors can explore on foot, bikes or roller blades.
Granville Island Public Market
Bakers, fishmongers, gardeners, butchers, importers and chefs of all kind peddle their goods at Vancouver's largest public market on Granville Island. This foodie epicenter welcomes over 12 million hungry visitors each year looking for rare mushrooms, artisanal cheeses, homemade charcuterie from Oyama Sausage Company and ultra-fresh fish. Make reservations in advance for a 2-hour guided tour with Edible BC to learn about the market's best-kept secrets with local chefs.
Grouse Mountain
Winter on Grouse Mountain means there's skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice-skating and sleigh rides just 15 minutes from downtown. But the fun doesn't end come summer. In the warm weather, locals head to the mountain for hiking and paragliding. Ziplines also zoom through the air and traverse the canyon year-round. If outdoor adventure isn't your speed, climb aboard the largest aerial tramway for a 1-mile ride to the top of the peaks and the swanky Observatory restaurant.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
A treetop adventure awaits visitors at the Capilano Suspension Bridge and park. The first footbridge was built in 1889 using hemp rope and cedar planks to stretch across 450 feet. While today's bridge is made of reinforced steel, much of the 27-acre park's historic charm remains. Totem Park displays colorful story poles telling the stories of local First Nations ancestors. The park's newest addition is Treetops Adventure, a series of 7 suspension bridges that sway 100 feet above the sweeping evergreen forest.
Whistler Blackcomb
Less than 2 hours from Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb beckons snow bunnies and outdoor enthusiasts with over 8,000 acres of fun. These 2 mountains have distinct personalities that adventurers can discover only through experience. Ride the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola to explore them both. The mountains are hopping in the winter with skiing and snowboarding and equally fun in warm weather with great mountain-biking trails and outdoor adventures like ziptrekking. And when you're ready to head inside, Whistler village has 134 restaurants and bars and over 200 shops for indoor fun.
Millennium Gate's bright colors welcome visitors to Chinatown. No visit is complete without eating. Grab one of the 1,000 seats and try some authentic Cantonese Dim Sum at Floata Seafood Restaurant. Then walk off those pork buns and chicken feet on a stroll through the tranquil rock-lined paths at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
Gastown is lovingly referred to as the place where Vancouver began when local hero "Gassy Jack" Deighton enlisted the local millworkers to help build his saloon in a single day. The neighborhood has maintained its distinctive charm, earning it a spot on the National Historic Site of Canada. Today the cobblestone streets are still lined with watering holes that draw locals and tourists in for a snack and a pint.
Sea Safari
Seals, whales, bald eagles and blue herons all make their homes in the waters off the coast of Vancouver. You can experience this wildlife on a tranquil kayak trip or don some special waterproof gear and set off on a sea safari. Sewell's Marina in West Vancouver offers 2-hour trips from Howe Sound in high-speed Zodiac-style boats.
Museum of Anthropology
The Museum of Anthropology was recently renovated to add more space for the world-recognized exhibits. The museum celebrates those artifacts and objects that express human creativity from a variety of world cultures. It recognizes the rich history of the First Nations people in Vancouver with striking sculptures and artwork.
Vancouver Lookout
Vancouver Lookout the “Best First Stop” during your visit to Vancouver. Visit and  see the spectacular 360-degree view of cosmopolitan Vancouver, the majestic North Shore Mountains and perhaps even Vancouver Island. Journey fifty storeys above street level in a glass elevator in less than 50 seconds. This elevating experience will get you ready to visit the rest of the must-see attractions. Our knowledgeable staff are happy to guide you around the deck and provide you with a 360-degree city tour. Admission ticket(s) valid throughout the day and evening, enjoy the view by day and by night. Come and enjoy the night lights! website: www.vancouverlookout.com
Hell’s Gate Airtram
Drive the Scenic Fraser Canyon with its’ 7 mountain tunnels into the historic heart of British Columbia and visit the biggest ‘rush’ on the Gold Rush Trail.  You can see this place for yourself as you exchange mountain ranges aboard one of the only descending gondolas in North America.  These aerial trams will give you a birds’ eye view of this historic landmark where 200 million gallons of water per minute thunder through this 33 Mt. wide passage.
“We had to travel where no human being should venture for surely we have encountered the gates of hell”. – Simon Fraser, 1808.  You will witness firsthand what these words really meant to this early explorer.
Facilities include:  Simon's Cafe, Gold Panner Gift Shop, Education Centre, Fudge Factory, Gold Panning, Observation Decks and Suspension Bridge.  (Open Seasonal). Website: www.hellsgateairtram.com
Organized Tours
Air Tours
Harbour Air (1075 W. Waterfront Rd. [Coal Harbour terminal]; tel. 800/665-0212 or 604/274-1277; www.harbour-air.com) and West Coast Air (www.westcoastair.com) operate under the same company, offering daily floatplane flights from the downtown Vancouver terminal next to the Canada Place cruise-ship terminal. Floatplanes are single-prop, usually six-seater planes that take off and land on water. The 20-minute "Vancouver Panorama" tour (C$99 per person) flies over Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains, and all around the metro region, giving you an unparalleled bird's-eye view of the magnificent terrain; on the Mail Run, small planes zip between island villages to pick up or drop off parcels (C$185 per person). Other tours will take you to Victoria, glacial lakes, and whale-watching spots. The full-day "Victoria Day Trip" tour (C$315 per person) flies you across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island, where you can spend the night, go orca watching, or tour the world-famous Butchart Gardens.
From April through September, Helijet Charters (tel. 800/665-4354; www.helijet.com) offers a variety of daily tours that depart from their terminal next to Canada Place and their helipad on top of Grouse Mountain. The "Coastal Scenic Tour" is a 20-minute tour of the city, Stanley Park, and North Shore mountains for C$179 per person.

Boat Tours
Harbour Cruises (501 Denman St.; tel. 604/688-7246; www.boatcruises.com) will take you on a 2 1/2-hour Sunset Dinner Cruise, including a buffet meal and onboard entertainment. Cost is C$75 adults, seniors, and students; C$65 children 2 to 11. The cruise leaves daily at 7pm May through mid-October. The 4-hour Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise (May–Sept) includes a salmon or chicken lunch, with departure at 11am. Cost is C$65 per person.
Harbour Cruises also conducts a 1-hour narrated Harbour Tour aboard the MPV Constitution, a 19th-century sternwheeler with a smokestack. Tours depart at 11am, 12:15, 1:30, and 2:45pm daily from late April to late September (dates vary yearly). Fares are C$30 adults, C$25 seniors and children 12 to 17, C$10 children 5 to 11, and free for children 4 and under. This tour allows you to see harbor facilities and gets you out onto Burrard Inlet, but the narration, read from a script, is rather dull and unengaging.
Accent Cruises (1676 Duranleau St.; tel. 800/993-6257 or 604/688-6625; www.accentcruises.ca) runs a 3-hour Sunset Cruise departing Granville Island daily at 6pm. Cost for adults is C$60 with dinner, C$30 for the cruise only.
Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours (New Westminster Quay, New Westminster; tel. 604/525-4465; www.vancouverpaddlewheeler.com) operates Fraser River tours from New Westminster aboard the 19th-century vessel SS Native. The company offers a 3-hour Sunset Dine and Dance cruise Saturday evenings at 7pm. Ticket prices are C$65 adults, C$60 seniors, C$50 children 6–12. More interesting but less frequent are day trips to historic Fort Langley, Steveston, and Harrison Hot Springs; call or visit the website for dates.
Bus Tours
Big Bus (317 Water St.; tel. 877/299-0701 or 604/299-0700; www.bigbus.ca) runs a fleet of double-decker buses on a 90-minute "hop-on, hop-off" sightseeing loop around the city. Two-day passes cost: C$45 adults, C$40 students and seniors, and C$25 children 6 to 12, free for children 5 and under, and C$100 family pass. Buses depart from Canada Place daily between 9am and 6pm, running every 15 to 20 minutes during peak summer hours; a 1-day pass is also available for weekend warriors.
Landsea Tours (tel. 877/669-2277 or 604/255-7272; www.vancouvertours.com) offers a wide array of tour options, including a 4-hour excursion through Vancouver in a 24-person van. Offered year-round at 9am, and April to early November at 2pm as well. The tour costs C$69 adults, C$45 children. The van picks you up from downtown hotels. You can also take a tour up to Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Departing at 11am year-round (and 8am from early May to late Sept), it costs C$139 adults, C$99 children 3 to 12. Other options are tours of wineries, Victoria, and Whistler.
Vancouver Trolley Company (875 Terminal Ave.; tel. 888/451-5581 or 604/801-5515; www.vancouvertrolley.com) operates propane-powered trolleys on a route through downtown, the West End, Stanley Park, Kitsilano, Yaletown, and Chinatown. Between 9am and 6pm in spring and summer (until 5pm in fall and winter), passengers can get on and off at any of the 30 stops, explore, and catch another scheduled trolley. Onboard, drivers provide detailed commentary. Purchase 1-day and 2-day tickets from the driver (or, in summer, at the Gastown ticket booth at 157 Water St.) for C$38 adults, C$35 seniors and children 13 to 18, and C$25 children 4 to 12.
First Nations Tours
The Tsleil-Waututh Nation of North Vancouver leads a number of cultural and ecotours that provide an introduction to both First Nations culture and the stunning Indian Arm fjord. Their company, Takaya Tours (700 Apex Ave.; tel. 604/904-7410; www.takayatours.com) operates from the Cates Park Paddling Centre, North Vancouver in summer (tel. 604/985-2925), and conducts a roster of outdoor tours such as excursions in traditional northwest canoes and plant nature walks. Prices run from C$35 to C$60, with dinner options available for groups.
Specialty Tours
Playing off Vancouver's growing reputation as a culinary tourism destination, Chef and Chauffeur (603-36 Water St.; tel. 604/267-1000; www.chefandchauffeur.com) has launched several tours of the Fraser Valley, located an hour east of the city, and the more distant Okanagan Valley, famed for its fruit, produce, meats, cheeses, and wines. Participants start the day with coffee, fresh orange juice, and cinnamon buns or berry scones while their guide maps out the day's adventures. The tours, in a luxury SUV, visit a variety of wineries, farms, bakeries, and cheese makers. Optional dinner and overnight add-ons are available. Tours range from C$195 to C$2,995 per person.
Walking Tours
Walkabout Historic Vancouver (tel. 604/720-0006) offers three 2-hour walking tours (downtown and Gastown, Gastown and Chinatown, and Granville Island), and for large groups the guides dress as 19th-century schoolmarms. Tours depart daily at 10am and 2pm April through October, and by request during other months. Tours are wheelchair accessible. The cost is C$25 per person; you must reserve in advance.
During the summer months (July–Aug), the Architectural Institute of BC (tel. 604/683-8588, ext. 306; www.aibc.ca) offers a number of architectural walking tours of downtown Vancouver neighborhoods, including Chinatown and Granville Island, for only C$10 per person. The 2-hour tours run on a rotating basis from Tuesday through Saturday, departing at 1pm sharp from the AIBC Architecture Centre, 440 Cambie St. Call or visit the website for details and to book.
The Vancouver Police Museum offers an entertaining "Sins of the City" walking tour. Or devise your own walking tour with brochures from the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre at 200 Burrard St.
The Sierra Grill at 701 West Georgia St. features exquisitely prepared meats and grilled chicken main courses. District is open all day long, and also the breakfasts listed here are great. Whenever during the day is a great here we are at a delectable steak or perhaps an enjoyable all-around dining experience at Sierra Grill. For more than thirty-5 years, The William Tell is a staple in Vancouver. This lovely eatery is situated at 765 Beatty St. and it is yearly acknowledged as being among the premier restaurants in most of Canada. To begin with, splurge with William Tell's French Onion soup, which can make you want you can eat here every evening. For individuals having a complex palate, the escargot in plant garlic clove butter is heavenly.
The Roasting Australian Lamb Rack and also the Potato Crusted Off-shore Fish Fillet are wonderful, and also the desserts listed here are absolutely amazing. Sinking the teeth in to the fruit, cheese, and almond tart is enormously enjoyable, out of the box the homemade frozen treats having a crisp sugar cookie and fresh berries. Hy's Encore Restaurant are available at 637 Hornby St. in downtown Vancuover, and it is a top-notch restaurant renowned for its dark and mysterious interior accented by incredible charcoal-broiled meats and beef dishes.
When the weather's lovely and also you haven't had your share of proper beef and sea food, make sure to visit Joe Forte's, situated at 777 Thurlow St. in downtown Vancouver. Joe Forte's was chosen Best Overall Restaurant by Where Magazine around 2000, so that as you sit in fashion atop their roof garden, you'll unquestionably concur this eatery is among the top restaurants in Vancouver.
Probably the most popular bars to have an after dinner drink may be the Gotham Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar, situated at 615 Seymour St. The entrepreneurs of the outfit take pride in serving very potent drinks, so don't say we did not warn you if you need to be transported home. A wonderful nightclub within the city may be the Blue Note Jazz Bistro, available at 2340 W. fourth Ave. The background music is soothing and also the ambiance is relaxing, so shuffle on over if you're in a mood for any little peace. The Trend is a well-liked concert hall in Vancouver, and it is situated at 750 Off-shore Blvd. South. If you are within the mood to gamble, mind to 1 of Vancouver's many casinos, such as the Great Canadian Casino situated at 709 W. Broadway.
Narcissist Design Company is definitely an elegant clothing store that has a wonderful choice of top quality apparel. Hambleton Art Work Services, within the downtown district of Vancouver at 1497 Adanac St, hosts several exquisite artworks varying from the reasonably priced towards the insanely expensive.
Robson Street and Downtown Vancouver – Vancouver’s best-known shopping district is lined with international designers and famous brands, making it a great destination for clothes, accessories, shoes and bags. A huge variety of shopping can also be found in the surrounding streets, including book stores, electronics, Pacific Centre Mall, high-end Holt Renfrew and the ultimate Canadian department store The Bay. One block north of Robson Street, you’ll find Tiffany, Brooks Brothers and other luxe shops on Alberni Street, Vancouver’s version of Rodeo Drive.
Metropolis at Metrotown – With nearly 400 stores, this is B.C.’s largest shopping centre. It’s just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver by SkyTrain.
South Granville - South Granville is a frequently overlooked Vancouver shopping district just over the Granville Street Bridge from downtown. It offers independent clothing boutiques, one-off homeware stores (as well as big chains, like B.C.’s only Williams-Sonoma) and dozens of commercial art galleries, earning it the nickname Gallery Row.
Gastown – Historic Gastown is the centre for interior design in Vancouver—check out the internationally-acclaimed Inform— and also one of the best places to find independent Vancouver fashion, First Nations art (Coastal Peoples Fine Art Gallery), antiques and fabulous home decor gifts (Parliament).
Main Street – The hip, local counterpart to downtown’s glitzy Robson Street, Main Street has a variety of original Vancouver and Canadian fashion boutiques—Twigg&Hottie is a must-visit—plus high-quality second-hand wares, collectibles (at Front & Company), a famous skate shop and antiques.

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