Vancouver, located in Western Canada, is a beautiful coastal seaport city. The city is the most populated one in Canada and is among the top 5 cities in the World for quality of life. Further, the Government here aims to make it the greenest city in the World. Yes, these facts arouse curiosity for visiting the place. But, the most intriguing thing about the city is its versatility, whether its ethnic diversity or contrasting places to visit in Vancouver.
As a destination, Vancouver has a lot to offer right from historical places to parks, nature, as well as nightlife. If you go to the place during the season, you might get lucky to witness whale sightings too. Here are a few fantastic places to visit in Vancouver.
1. Stanley Park
Surrounded by water, lies this fantastic 1000 acre Stanley Park with the World’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. The park is a complete rejuvenating place with an outdoor enclosure, outdoor pool for kids, four playgrounds, a miniature train ride, and Vancouver Aquarium. You could spend more than a day while going on guided tours, trails, walks, jogs, bike rides along the beautiful 20-mile long seawall.
A visit to Vancouver is incomplete without taking a stroll down the oldest part of the city, the Gastown. Don’t forget to get clicked with the statue of Gassy Jack, after whom the place is named. The area also is home to a rare Steam Clock and restored Victorian structures, cobblestone paths, and iron lampposts.
3. Granville Island
Head to the Granville Island easily accessible from Vancouver city to witness how a former industrial site is transformed into a lively and colorful mini-city. One’s Vancouver itinerary must include the famous open-air Granville Island Public Market and Granville Island Brewing, Canada’s first microbrewery located on the island. You could enjoy great food and shop for souvenirs too.
4. Grouse Mountain
Situated very close to the city is the Grouse Mountain, where you could find skiing and snowboarding on snow-peaked mountains. The place also boasts of North America’s largest aerial tramway – The Skyride. The hill offers fine dining, observatory, café, cinema with beautiful panoramic views.
5. Kitsilano Beach
Relax on the Kitsilano Beach (Kits for locals) with the backdrop of mountains. The place also boasts of a heated seawater outdoor pool, tennis courts, and various outdoor activities. In short, it is an ocean lover’s paradise with cafes and shopping options too nearby.
Don’t miss the saltwater Kitsilano pool that runs along Kitsilano Beach, you will find lots of families and Volleyball players enjoying the sunny day.
6. Canada Place
Canada Place is a must-visit landmark & venue in Vancouver and often the first place in the itinerary list. It is home to Vancouver convention center, Pan Pacific hotel and a ferry terminal that has become an iconic building with its feeling of a massive sailing vessel. You could enjoy here Sails of Light Show, the Canadian Trail, and the FlyOver Canada, a fun flight simulator.
7. Museum of Anthropology
A World World II-era fort transformed into a world-class museum with rich history awaits you at the Museum of Anthropology. The museum located at the University of British Columbia focuses on the Natives of the Pacific Northwest with its Haida houses and Musqueam house posts. The timing for the museum is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Tuesday when it is open till 9 p.m.
8. Capilano Suspension Bridge
The 140 m long Capilano Suspension Bridge is located 230 feet above the Capilano River. The bridge offers mesmerizing views of Canadian natural beauty. Further, it leads to an activity park complete with trails and walks into the mysteries of nature. There is also the Cliffwalk – a suspended platform that is transparent, offering all the thrill.
Yes, you will find a small Chinatown located right in Vancouver city, Canada. A beautifully ornate Gate will welcome you into the place where you will find old and new Chinese buildings. Even the shop and restaurant signs are written in the Chinese language. The site also has a traditionally designed walled garden, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, as well as the narrowest office building in the World, the Sam Kee Building.
10. Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park is a beautiful outdoor park in the city with the Bloedel conservatory with exotic birds, 500 tropical plants. The park is adorned with sculptures, dancing water fountains, and well-maintained gardens. The center point of the park is the highest in Vancouver city with breathtaking views of the mountains, seas, and the city itself.
11. Science World
The Science World is one of the favorite places for kids to visit in Vancouver. The exploration center is shaped like a sphere and consists of exhibits, demonstrations, theatre, and a huge IMAX screen. The place uses kid-friendly methods to focus on various scientific themes with timings from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Thursday till 9 p.m.)
12. Robson Street
Robson Street features in the list of must-see places in Vancouver, not only because it is a shopper’s dream with all famous brands to offer. The area also has the Vancouver Art Gallery, the top art institution of the city displays famous paintings and works of many artists. The artistically designed Robson Square is a public place worth a visit and includes an ice-skating rink.
13. English Bay Beach
The English Bay is the top among the most loved beaches in Vancouver. It is also called the first beach and is an accessible hang-out location for the people of the city. The place has many shops, restaurants, and public art installations where people love spending their time. You could walk, bike, or laze around the beach.
14. Vancouver Lookout
The panoramic observation deck, Vancouver Lookout, offers a 360-degree view of the Vancouver city. The deck is located on the 55th floor of the Harbor Centre Building at the height of around 168.8 m from the city level. The Lookout is designed as a UFO and looks stunning on the city’s skyline.
15. VanDusen Botanical Garden
VanDusen Botanical Garden is a manicured garden located right in the center of Vancouver. The 55 acres garden is a yet not fully discovered places by tourists in Vancouver. Visitors love the picture-perfect Laburnum walk, stone garden, and hedge maze.
Vancouver in Canada is undoubtedly a city that finds a highly rated place in the must-visit destinations in North America. The city has a lot to offer as a travel destination. Apart from the top 15 places, there are numerous other attractions in Vancouver waiting to be explored, including the Spanish Banks Beach, Yaletown, Metropolis at Metrotown, Museum of Vancouver, and Richmond.