Top 10 Things to See in Vancouver

Vancouver offers a wide variety of things to do and see. You’ll want to include these top 10 attractions into your itinerary.

1) Stanley Park: With over 1000 acres of gardens, woodlands, trails, lakes, flowers, wildlife and beaches, this paradise is one of the largest North American urban parks. While you’re exploring the secluded beaches and coves, don’t forget to visit the Vancouver Aquarium, also located here.

2) Chinatown: As Canada’s largest Chinatown, this remains one of the most popular tourist attractions. Visit the many restaurants, tea shops, clothing stores and open markets.

3) Robson Street: Modelled after New York’s Fifth Avenue and London’s Oxford Street, Robson Street is home to sidewalk cafes, coffee shops, bookstores, and restaurants. If you are a movie buff, you’ll notice that this has been featured in many feature films.

4) Gastown: Named after the first settler, “Gassy Jack,” this is actually the birthplace of Vancouver. You will be charmed with cobbled streets, courtyards, and Victorian architecture. There are over 150 merchants offering native art, antiques and jewellery. You can also check out the brewery and over 27 restaurants. The various night clubs will cater to all ages.

5) Vancouver Art Gallery: This internationally acclaimed art gallery is contained in a stunning heritage building, and features world-class exhibitions. There are many family activities that are free on the weekends.

6) Classical Chinese Garden: This is the only Ming Dynasty-style garden built outside of China. Have a cup of complimentary tea, while you take in the beauty and authentic design of the gardens. This is a perfect stop in any kind of weather, thanks to the covered walkways and vistas.

7) Science World: Discover the wonders of science with hands-on, interactive displays. Perfect for the whole family, this will be a day you won’t soon forget.

8) Burnaby Village Museum and Carousel: This 1920’s community is a combination of heritage and historic buildings on a 10-acre site. You’ll be welcomed by costumed townsfolk, who will give you demonstrations in the various shops, homes and businesses.

9) Fraser Canyon: Explore the seven mountain tunnels as you relive the gold rush age. This unique spot includes many amenities such as an education centre, suspension bridge and gold panning.

10) Minter Gardens: These beautiful gardens are set against a majestic mountain backdrop. Explore the 32 acres of floral tapestry, full of colours, sounds and fragrances.

Vancouver is one of the most diverse and cultured cities in Canada. You will definitely want to come back often.

By Laura