When planning your trip to Canada, keep the following sights to see in mind upon arriving in Vancouver. This comprehensive list has something for everyone including outdoor adventure seekers, art lovers, and those in search of retail therapy.
Granville Island: This bustling people place is as popular with the locals as it is with the tourists. A place to see and be seen, as you wander at the public market lined with stalls packed with fresh fruit, vegetables and specialty shops. Explore art galleries and pick up a special handcrafted gift for that someone special back home. Here you can also see endless views of the water filled with kayaks, fishing boats and yachts.
Grouse Mountain: This Mountain is located on Vancouver’s North Shore and is very popular for outdoor enthusiasts. Here, you will see panoramic views of the entire city. Also, there are activities including Skyride, the Air Grouse Zipline, daily entertainment, and numerous hiking trails.
Capilano Suspension Bridge: Also located on the North Shore, this suspension bridge is Vancouver’s oldest tourist attraction. Built in 1889, it stretches 450-ft across and 230-ft above the Capilano River.
Robson Street: This is Canada’s version of Rodeo Drive. Here, you will find great shops including all the big name boutiques as well as restaurants and cafes.
Yaletown: Where converted heritage buildings are home to some of the city’s top fashion and design shops, as well as cutting edge restaurants and bars. Old loading docks act as giant sidewalks and create a unique setting for strolling and shopping. The atmosphere is casual yet chic- comparable to Soho in NYC.
Chinatown: North America’s second biggest Chinatown, after San Francisco’s. There are lots of interesting markets with many varities of fresh and dried seafood and mushrooms. You’ll also find inexpensive housewares and traditional Chinese medicine.
Stanley Park: Vancouver’s first park is a 1,000 acre oasis close to the heart of the city’s downtown area. Enjoy the shade under the plentiful cedar, hemlock and fir trees known to this region. Besides gorgeous and lush scenery, Stanley park offers a variety of recreational facilities including a mini golf course.
Vancouver’s Seawall: This 13+ mile path starts in Coal Harbour and winds its its way around Stanley Park, along the English Bay Beach, through Vanier Park and finishes at Kitsilano Beach. It boasts unparalleled views of the North Shore Mountains, the Lions Gate Bridge and the downtown Vancouver skyline. Along this path, there are many places to stop and take in the scenery or picnic on the beachside.
The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art: This museum is located in downtown Vancouver and houses the permanent exhibition, Restoring Enchantment: Gold and Silver Masterworks by Bill Reid. Restoring Enchantment features 65 works from the Bill Reid Foundation Collection in addition to privately-held pieces borrowed especially for the opening exhibit.
Museum of Anthropology: The Museum of Anthropology houses one of the world’s best collectiosn of Northwest Coast First Peoples’ art in an architectural gem overlooking the mountains and ocean. Displayed in the Great Hall are huge totem poles, feast dishes, and canoes from the Kwakwaka’wakw, Giutsan, and Coast Salish peoples.