Top Attractions in Vancouver
Top Attractions in Vancouver
Settled amidst the North Shore hills and magnificent Pacific coast, Vancouver is a heavenly contrast of urban refinement and wilderness. The majestic mountains, verdant rainforests and sparkling seascapes make the city an open air playground for climbing, skiing, kayaking, cycling, and cruising. A place where you can ski in the morning and sail under the scorching daylight, the city’s oceanside setting continues to grab the attention of the Alaskan Voyagers. With an influx of more than 9 million tourists every year, Canada's third-biggest metropolitan territory is dubbed to be the ‘Hollywood of the North’. The top notch shopping, gourmet dishes, green spaces, enticing sights, diverse neighborhoods, interesting festivals and events, a variety of outdoor activities and not to mention the access to Canadian Rockies makes Vancouver a destination for all. Beyond the museums and cultural institutions, and the culinary grub, lie the soaring Coast Mountains, the sparkling shorelines and the emerald Stanley Park, adding sides to this city of many landscapes.
The sprawling landmass of the iconic Stanley Park stretches across 1,000 acres throwing open ample of opportunities for indoor and outdoor activities. Being the city's most-visited tourist spots, Stanley Park lives up to its grand status by attracting close to 8 million visitors annually, all thanks to its expanse that reaches out to ivory beaches, dirt trails and a forest. Children are particularly fascinated by its aquarium, waterpark, miniature railway and a plethora of other recreational options. Being a "greenspace" for over a century, the park is dotted with hemlock and fir trees that unfurl the beauty of nature in all its glory. You can explore an extremely scenic and tranquil side of this park through a meandering train journey. Be it a fun-filled family outing or a peaceful time out alone, the park has something for everyone - an oceanic backdrop, jagged highlands and an unfathomable verdancy.
Capilano Suspension Bridge:
Captivating the visitors since 1889, this iconic monument stretches about 137 meters across and suspends 230 feet above the river of Capilano. Unleash the adventurist within you as this oasis takes you on an exhilarating treetop and cliffwalk adventure above the lush greens and frothing white water and offers you mind-boggling panoramas of the rainforest and canyon. Soar through the sky at this motherland of millennia of legends and myths of first nations for an all-encompassing view of the native fauna in their natural habitat. All in all, Capilano Suspension Bridge is the perfect place to engage yourself in the unspoiled ancient ecosystem.
Uncover the hidden secrets of the ocean at the largest aquarium in Canada. The Vancouver Aquarium, opened in 1959, mimics various habitats of the marine animals, ranging from icy tanks of the Canadian Arctic to the reefs of the Tropic Zone. Look beyond the glass and get close to more than 70,000 marine specimens of a different species like dolphins, anacondas, sea otters, eels and more. Attend their shows and learn more about the numerous species that reside here or experience a close encounter with the wildlife through their interactive exhibits and fun activities.
Smack in the middle of Vancouver's downtown harbor front, Canada Place is an emblematic structure that welcomes tourists, locals and passersby to the Western coastline. A multi-purpose venue, this center is home to some of the iconic attractions of the city including Flyover Canada, VINCI Park parkade, Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver Convention Centre East and World Trade Centre office tower to name a few. Embark upon a journey to learn more about the rich heritage of the country on The Canadian Trail or admire the 90-foot white sails that are illuminated with different hues from dusk to dawn or visit the place at noon to hum to the tunes of first 4 notes of the national anthem played by the Heritage Horns. You can also experience the nooks and crannies of Canada come to life in the form of photographs at the Dream of Canada exhibit. The place is known to hosts some of the most spectacular events like the Canada Day, Christmas, National Aboriginal Celebration and more.
Note: You can also gain in-depth knowledge about the historical and cultural heritage of the country through different walking tours.
Follow the locals down the shoreline to Kitsilano Beach, a vivacious place geared for the young 20-something crowd. Sit back among the sun-seekers and watch the waves roll in or mingle with the athletes and volleyball players at the 'Kits' beach. A perfect summer hotspot, among the ocean swimmers, loungers, watersport adventurers and fine diners, you are sure to find an activity for yourself at the Canadian equivalent to Los Angeles' Venice Beach. If the ocean water is too cold, you can just sit back and admire the panoramic views of the Vancouver skyline at the heated saltwater Kits pool, the largest pool in Canada. During summers, the beach hosts the largest Canadian Shakespeare festival.
Science World at TELUS World of Science:
Discover the mysteries of science and provoke your mind through various demonstration and exploration at Science World at TELUS World of Science. Enriching each visitor's life by revealing the wonders of science, this futuristic sphere-like building offers a range of new inventions and astonishment to kids. Divided into themes like air, water, invention and motion, the center features various interactive exhibits to spark interest among visitors. This massive space is also home to a theater with an IMAX screen that enthralls you with its educative shows.
Hop aboard on a skyride to this 4,000-feet high mountain and be whisked by the breath-taking panoramic views of the city, sea, and the surrounding region. Apart from the skyride, you can also opt for a hike up to the summit and participate in various heart-thumping activities like ziplining, helicopter tours, paragliding or just enjoy live entertainment and lumberjack shows. Be allured by the unmatched mountain scenery during the summer or visit during the winter and get your adrenaline rushing with activities like snowshoeing, outdoor mountaintop ice skating, sleigh rides and some of the best in local skiing and snowboarding. Sit back in one of the restaurants at The Observatory and devour a delicious meal while you see the jaw-dropping majestic nature of BC unfold in front of your eyes.
One of the most beloved districts of the city, Granville Island welcomes you with an array of trendy restaurants, museums and art galleries. However, the spotlight of the island is the public market where the local chefs show off their culinary skills and present you with some of their best recipes cooked with fresh produce. Known to be one of the best open-air markets in the continent, fuel up at the food stalls before heading to various craft stalls selling creative handicrafts. Sit by the water and watch the ferries travel back and forth from English Bay or admire the remodeled warehouses that reflect the industrial history of the island. The playtopia, is a kids only market that features an indoor play area along with selling different toys.
Get a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes as you explore one of the major sports and entertainment arenas in the continent. Experience the “cathedral of hockey” that invites sports fanatics to watch the legendary Vancouver Canucks perform live. Visit the complex where history was redefined when the women's and men's hockey teams paved their way to victory during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Queen Elizabeth Park:
The horticultural gem in the geographical heart of the city, Queen Elizabeth Park is a 130-acre urban oasis and the highest point in Vancouver. The second most visited park in the city after Stanely Park, it is a major attraction for nature lovers. Whether you just wish to lounge back and enjoy the sweeping vistas of the city and the north shore colossal hills or exercise your muscles by playing sports like tennis, Tai Chi, Disc golf and pitch & putt or use this location to pose for some crazy wedding photos, this park attracts people with diverse interests. This massive parkland is also home to the remarkable Bloedel Conservatory, a splendidly manicured quarry garden, a magnificent arboretum with a wide collection of exotic and native flora and impressive structures including one by internationally renowned artist, Henry Moore. This is a perfect setting to just cuddle with your favorite book or stargaze.