Vancouver Area

“Vancouver is a city unlike any other. Wherever I look, I see water or mountains — or both. And everyone looks so healthy.” The Daily Telegraph (UK)

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Coast Mountains, Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities. Bring a camera to capture the breathtaking panoramic views while walking along the Seawall, relax in Stanley Park, take a boat ride to Granville Island, enjoy world-class shopping and our famous West Coast cuisine and join a guided sightseeing adventure. Below is a list of things to do in Vancouver.

Stanley Park

Group Cycling on the SeawallVancouver’s largest park, Stanley Park is a 1,000-acre haven and is recognized as one of the greenest parks in the world. It boasts 28km of Seawall where 8 million visitors each year, run, bike and roller-blade all year round. Stanley Park is proud of its share of spectacular beaches, outdoor swimming pools and is home to Canada’s largest Aquarium: The Vancouver Aquarium

Photo Credit: Tourism Vancouver / Coast Mountain Photography

North Vancouver “The North Shore”

Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge ParkNorth Vancouver otherwise known as “The North Shore” is surrounded by Grouse, Cypress and Mount Seymour Mountains. There is hiking for all abilities or enjoy nature from the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Located only 20 minutes drive from Vancouver City Centre or take the Seabus over to Lonsdale Quay to enjoy the shops, restaurants and local galleries.

Photo Credit: Tourism Vancouver / Coast Mountain Photography

Queen Elizabeth Park

queen elizabeth parkAt 152m above sea level, it is the highest point in the City of Vancouver and has amazing views of the city. Within the park you can visit the Bloedel Conservatory, the arboretum with their collection of exotic and native trees and enjoy recreational activities such as lawn bowling, pitch & putt and tennis.

China Town

Chinatown GateVancouver’s China Town is the second largest China Town in North America after San Francisco and offers, food, shopping and activities for the whole family.

Submerse yourself in the Chinese culture by visiting the night market and enjoy the sanctuary of the  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Photo Credit: Claire Baxter

Gastown

gastownA national historic site in Vancouver, Gastown was established the same year as Canada became a nation, and grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy’ Jack and has grown into one of the most cosmopolitan areas of Vancouver, whilst retaining that historical charm.

Stroll down the cobble streets and visit local boutiques, with local designers, and sample some of the best restaurants in Vancouver.

Granville Island

Granville Island Marketing InteriorGranville Island is a peninsula located across from False Creek in Vancouver. It is centred around the Granville Island Public Market which houses merchants selling fresh produce, cheese and seafood to name a few.

Several professional and amateur theatre companies call Granville Island their home and in the summer the Island comes alive with artists and street performers.

Photo Credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Clayton Perry

English Bay

laughing statuesEnglish Bay, the most populated beach area of downtown Vancouver is often called First Beach. Rent a kayak or Stand up Paddle Board, or take a walk along the seawall to second beach and one of Vancouver’s outdoor pools.

Visitors also visit The Laughing Statues across the street from English bay. These statues were created by Chinese artist Yue Minjun and portray himself in various states of laughter.

Commercial Drive

commercial driveFormerly know as Little Italy and now known as “The Drive” this diverse neighbourhood is home to students, writers and artists. Explore the independent shops and restaurant patios.

It is also fast becoming the craft beer hub of Vancouver, with 8 in the area and counting.

Kitsilano

Beach Volleyball in KitsilanoKnown locally as “Kits”, Kitsilano made famous by Kits Beach, which was voted one of the top 10 city beaches in the world by international travel magazines.

In the summer you can enjoy a volleyball game or enjoy the extensive restaurants along West 4th Avenue.

Photo Credit: Tourism Vancouver / Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce

Mount Pleasant

Main StreetMain Street runs the entire length of Mount Pleasant, starting at false creek in the middle of Vancouver, where you can find Science World, up past 33rd in SoMa. t

Take in the Art Galleries, vintage furniture and clothing shops and  cafes along the way.

Museum of Anthropology

412413467_fd2384022d_qThe Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is renowned for its displays of world arts and cultures, in particular works by First Nation band governments of the Pacific Northwest.

If you are looking to book a tour in Vancouver please visit our Local-Sightseeing and Pre/Post Tour Web pages.

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