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Top places to visit and things to do in Vancouver


Vancouver is far more than just a beautiful city with fantastic shopping and a vibrant city centre. Vancouver is all about the location, with the views of mountains and sea making this one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


Exploring Vancouver includes cycling, kayaking, hiking and wandering through old growth forest – all in the center of the city. Combine this with attractions like Grouse Mountain, where you can ride a gondola to the top of a mountain for a view over the city – and great walking and skiing depending on the season, or Capilano Suspension bridge which has been thrilling visitors for over a hundred years, world class museums and some of the best shopping options in Canada, and you have a truly great city to visit.


Chichaku’s picks:


  1. Stanley Park - Visit this thousand-acre downtown park - explore its historic totem poles, enthralling aquarium or simply walk or bike along the seawall. 
  2. Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park - Cross the hair-raising suspension bridge, and take the new cliff-walk journey along walkways hanging above the Capilano River. 
  3. Steveston Harbour - Explore this historic fishing village’s canneries and Japanese culture, or set off on a whale-watching adventure from the docks. 
  4. UBC Museum of Anthropology - Get up close to ancient totem poles and discover British Columbia’s aboriginal heritage at this museum set on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
  5. Grouse Mountain – take a gondola tram to the top of the mountain, dine on gourmet food and explore the mountain on skis in the winter or on foot in the summer.
  6. Vancouver Aquarium – a world leader in marine research and conservation, the Vancouver Aquarium is also a great place to spend the day with the family discovering dolphins, belugas, sea otters and thousands of fish.
  7. Granville Island – Once an industrial area, this island in the heart of Vancouver has been turned into an artist’s haven and a huge public market place complete with tiny ferries linking it to the city centre, with its own hotel and a large number of restaurants.
  8. Science World – Housed in a huge geodesic dome on the edge of False Creek, Science World delves into the heart of science through interactive exhibits and fun play.
  9. Gastown shopping – The historic heart of Vancouver is now a delightful area with brick and cobblestone streets and a huge selection of souvenir shops, restaurants and galleries.
  10. Harbour Cruises – head out on a cruise to see Vancouver from the water. With the mountains towering around and the glass walls of the city rising above the treetops, this is truly a beautiful way to appreciate a beautiful city.


Apart from the above, the following are excellent choices to explore Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.


  • Queen Elizabeth Park - apart from the beautiful setting, the park offers a tropical conservatory and a nice view of the city below and the North Shore.
  • VanDusen Gardens - also located inside the city and not far from Queen Elizabeth Park, this one is top notch and is an oasis from the noisy city.
  • Burnaby Mountain Park - located near the Simon Fraser University campus, this park has a stunning view of the Burrard Inlet and North Shore.
  • Canada Place, Vancouver Convention Centre, Olympic Torch - beside these downtown landmarks, you can also enjoy the breathtaking view of North and West Vancouver across the harbour.
  • Abbotsford International Air Show (mid-August) - sample the hardware, listen to the sound and fury and the aero-acrobatic shows of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and their American counterparts. This year is their 50th Anniversary year.
  • historic site of Fort Langley - visit the historic fort of the birthplace of British Columbia.




Explore this historic fishing village’s canneries and Japanese culture, or set off on a whale-watching adventure from the docks.