Sights in Vancouver

Vancouver is the major city of British Columbia and is home to botanical gardens, world-class museums, an aquarium, and several parks and beaches. It certainly appears to be a place worth checking out.

  • Ambleside Park and Beach—West Vancouver’s most popular beach with tennis courts, volleyball nets, and a water park in the summer as well as a large off-leash area for dogs; Argyle Avenue at 13th Street
  • BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum—a museum inside the BC Place Stadium complex that honors British Columbia’s top athletes through historical displays and galleries that commemorate the 2010 Winter Olympics and another honoring aboriginal artists; other galleries allow you to test your sprinting, climbing, and throwing abilities in a participation gallery and the Terry Fox Memorial pays tribute to a student who ran across Canada after losing his leg to cancer and raised millions of dollars for cancer research; BC Place, 777 Pacific Boulevard, South Gate A, at Beatty and Robson streets
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum—a museum on the campus of the University of British Columbia that showcases over 2 million specimens from the university’s collections including an 82-foot-long blue whale skeleton (the largest in Canada), bones, fossils, preserved lizards, animal skulls, stuffed birds, and other animal specimens as well as a Discovery Lab for children to examine animal refuse under a microscope and compare claws of different birds; 2212 Main Mall
  • Bill Reid Gallery—a small Aboriginal art gallery that showcases Bill Reid’s works and the works of contemporary aboriginal artists including wood carvings, jewelry, and sculptures; 639 Hornby Street
  • Canada Place—a four city-block long complex designed with Teflon-coated fiberglass that is home to Vancouver’s cruise-ship terminal and a simulated flight attraction that takes passengers on a trip around the country, the Canadian Trail that has displays about each province and territory, and the Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre which has a history wall with artifacts, images, and interactive displays; 999 Canada Place Way
  • Capilano River Regional Park—a park with 16 miles of hiking trails and footbridges over the Capilano River, the Capilano Salmon Hatchery where salmon can be viewed and visitors can learn about the life cycle of salmon, and the Cleveland Dam which dams the Capilano River to create the 3.5-mile-long Capilano Reservoir; Capilano Road
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge—Vancouver’s oldest attraction was built in 1889 and allows visitors to see rainforest scenery and walk across the 450-foot cedar plank suspension bridge hanging 230 feet above the Capilano River to the Treetops Adventure which lets you walk along 650 feet of cable bridges hung among the trees; besides crossing the bridge there are also viewing decks, nature trails, a totem park, and a carving center as well as history and forestry exhibits, a large gift shop in the original 1911 teahouse, and a restaurant; 3735 Capilano Road
  • Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives—a museum that illustrates the roles Chinese Canadians played in World War I and II and has an upstairs art gallery with traveling exhibits by Chinese and Canadian artists; across the street is the Chinatown Memorial Monument that memorializes the Chinese-Canadian community’s contribution to British Columbia, Canada, and Vancouver; 555 Columbia Street
  • Christ Church Cathedral—the oldest church in Vancouver that was built between 1889 and 1895 and built in a Gothic style with a sandstone and Douglas fir exterior and has 32 stained-glass windows depicting Old and New Testament scenes; 690 Burrard Street
  • Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden—the first Ming Dynasty-style garden outside China that was built in 1986 by 52 Chinese artisans from Suzhou and used design elements and materials from private gardens in Suzhou and guided tours are available during the summer and off-season during specified times; 578 Carrall Street
  • Equinox Gallery—housed in a former tractor company building, this is a 14,000-square-foot gallery that features artwork by modern Canadian and international artists; 525 Great Northern Way
  • Granville Island Public Market—a 50,000-square-foot building that sells locally grown fruits and vegetables; crafts; chocolates; artisanal cheeses and pastas; fish; meat; flowers; and exotic foods; 1689 Johnston Street
  • Granville Island Water Park—North America’s largest free public water park that has slides, pipes, and sprinklers and a grass patch for picnicking; 1318 Cartwright Street
  • R. Macmillan Space Centre—a space-themed museum with interactive exhibits, a flight simulator, an exhibit about Canada’s accomplishments in space, and a hands-on area with exhibits that feature a moon rock and a computer program that enables visitors to see what they would look like as an alien; Vanier Park, 1100 Chestnut Street
  • Kids Market—a child-friendly warehouse market with an indoor play area and two floors of shops that sell toys and books; 1496 Cartwright Street
  • Library Square—a library building in the shape of a spiral that has open plazas and a high atrium that includes a high-tech library, cafes, and fast food restaurants; 350 West Georgia Street
  • Lynn Canyon Park—a 616-acre park with a canyon landscape, a rain forest with waterfalls, and a suspension bridge that is 166 ½ feet above Lynn Creek as well as hiking trails, an ecology center that has maps of hiking trails, waterfalls, and pools, a gift shop, and a café; 3663 Park Road
  • Museum of Anthropology—this museum part of the University of British Columbia has one of the world’s top collections of Northwest Coast First Nations art including canoes, bentwood boxes, tools, textiles, masks, and artifacts from around the world as well as a ceramics gallery with 600 pieces from 15th to 19th century Europe; University of British Columbia, 6393 Northwest Marine Drive
  • Museum of Vancouver—a small seaside museum with a gallery that depicts Japanese internment during World War II and the local war effort, a 1950s gallery with a 1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria and a Seeburg jukebox, and a 1960s-themed revolution gallery that highlights Vancouver’s countercultural past; Vanier Park, 1100 Chestnut Street
  • Nitobe Memorial Garden—opened in 1960 in memory of Japanese scholar and diplomat Dr. Inazo Nitobe, this is a 2.5-acre walled garden with a pond, a stream with a small waterfall, and a teahouse and is considered to be one of the most authentic Japanese tea and walking gardens outside of Japan; University of British Columbia, 1895 Lower Mall
  • Old Hastings Mill Store Museum—the only remaining building from the 1886 fire in Vancouver and has existed since 1865 making it Vancouver’s first store and oldest building with displays of First Nations artifacts and pioneer era household products; 1575 Alma Street
  • Queen Elizabeth Park—a 130-acre park that has spacious sunken gardens; a rose garden; picnic areas; 18 tennis courts; an 18-hole putting green; and a restaurant; Cambie Street at 33rd Avenue
  • Roedde House Museum—an 1893 historic home set amid Victorian-era gardens with a restored interior that has antique furniture; 1415 Barclay Street
  • Science World—an interactive science museum with exhibits and demonstrations on the natural world, biology, anatomy, and other topics and next door is an outdoor science park which focuses on environmental issues; 1455 Quebec Street
  • Stanley Park Beaches—two beaches accessible from Stanley Park with a playground, heated pool with slides, and long stretches of sand; 7495 Stanley Park Drive
  • Stanley Park Miniature Train—a child-size steam train that takes children and adults through the woods of Stanley Park; off Pipeline Road
  • Stanley Park Nature House—Vancouver’s ecology center that has information, special programs, and guided tours; Stanley Park, Alberni Street
  • Stanley Park Seawall—a seawall path that includes a 5.5-mile shoreline section extending past marinas, cafes, and condos to downtown Canada Place
  • University of British Columbia Botanical Garden—a 70-acre botanical garden with 10,000 trees, shrubs, and rare plants from around the world including an Asian garden; a medicinal plants garden; an alpine garden with rare plants; and 1,010-foot-long Greenheart Canopy Walkway which is a network of suspension bridges between cedar and hemlock trees that takes visitors to eight platforms in the trees and a two-story viewing platform; 6804 Southwest Marine Drive
  • Vancouver Aquarium—a research and educational site home to sea otters, dolphins, sea lions, and harbor seals; an Amazon Gallery with a rainforest jungle with piranhas, caimans, and tropical birds; the Tropic Zone with clownfish, moray eels, and black-tip reef sharks; and hands-on displays; 845 Avison Way
  • Vancouver Art Gallery—western Canada’s largest art gallery featuring Canadian painter Emily Carr’s wilderness paintings and rotating historical and modern exhibitions; 750 Hornby Street
  • Vancouver Lookout Tower—a 553-foot-high observation deck with great views of Vancouver, a glass elevator, and a top-floor restaurant; 555 West Hastings Street
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum—a museum home to the RCMP Arctic St. Roch, the first ship to sail in both directions through the Northwest Passage and the first to circumnavigate North America; a maritime discovery center with hands-on activities and interactive touch displays; a large collection of model ships; and the Ben Franklin submersible that was built in 1968 as a marine research tool; Vanier Park, 1905 Ogden Avenue
  • Vandusen Botanical Garden—a 55-acre botanical garden with an Elizabethan maze, a formal rose garden, a meditation garden, and a collection of Canadian plants as well as a garden with hybrid water lilies and carnivorous plants, five lakes, a garden shop, a library, and a café; 5251 Oak Street

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