Vancouver Travel Planner, Student and Tourist Guide

Things to See

Vancouver and its surrounds offer a feast for the eyes. Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, Queen Elizabeth Park, the Sears Harbour Tower, Prospect Point in Stanley Park – from these and many more points of interest – you can drink in the spectacular views that have become world-famous, which include the signature Lions Gate Bridge and the every-changing Vancouver skyline. Just a few reasons why Vancouver is named the most livable city in the world.

While the views of the city are spectacular, there are plenty of other attractions that Vancouver offers, favourites for tour companies to include on their stops, as well as for Vancouver locals to enjoy.

Stanley Park, HMCS Discovery and Vancouver
Stanley Park, HMCS Discovery and Vancouver

Parks

Green space abounds and is open for all to enjoy the fabulous parks, beaches, cycling paths, etc., meticulously cared for by The Vancouver Parks Board.

Gardens

All around the city you will find special gardens to enjoy. Popular also for taking wedding photos, most of Vancouver’s famous gardens are open all year and have seasonal displays. And if you are planning a day trip to Victoria, include a stop at the world-famous Butchart Gardens.

Beaches

The mainland is protected by Vancouver Island, so the waters are calm and the beaches are clean. Take a stroll along Ambleside in West Vancouver, enjoy a summer day at Spanish Banks near UBC, or do some great people-watching at the beach in Kitsilano; and if it is a nudist beach you are looking for, Wreck Beach awaits you.

Port of Vancouver

The Port of Vancouver is a working harbour that creates a unique atmosphere, one of contemporary lifestyle combined with classic industry. Vancouver’s harbour boasts two terminals for the popular Vancouver-Alaska cruise, waterfront parks, sulphur and wheat storage terminals, restaurants.

The Great Outdoors

There is of course no shortage of natural beauty in and around Vancouver. See it from above on the Capilano or Lynn Valley Suspension Bridges in North Vancouver, book one of many tours on a floatplane or helicopter, or enjoy time on the hiking trails.

First Nations Art

As the first settlers in British Columbia, the First Nations people’s traditions form part of the history of Vancouver. Part of the traditions is the beautiful artwork, which can be seen at museums as well as which can be purchased from one of the many local artists.

Live Theatre

A treat for the eyes and the ears, live theatre can be found year-round. Take in a performance at the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island, the restored Stanley Theatre, Deep Cove Stage or the North Shore Presentation House in North Vancouver, Orpheum and Queen Elizabeth Theatres in Downtown Vancouver, Bard on the Beach at Vanier Park.

Public Markets

Not only do the public markets have great shopping, they also are nice for strolling around. You will find works from local artists, children’s activities and beautiful settings to enjoy. Steveston in Richmond, Granville Island in Vancouver, Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver and, New West Quay in New Westminster are a feast for the eyes.

Day Trips

Science World

IMAX Theatre

Transportation

Chinatown

Commercial Drive


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