Vancouver Attractions

  • Granville Island
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    In the 1970s this former industrial site was turned into a recreational and entertainment area. The popular island is best known for its indoor public market. Read more...
  • Canada Place
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    Canada Place is one of Vancouver's main landmarks, originally built for the 1986 World Exposition. The building is now mainly used as a convention center. Read more...
  • Stanley Park
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    Stanley Park is a 1000-acres large park on a peninsula bordering downtown Vancouver. This forest-like park, surrounded by the ocean, comprises many recreational areas. Read more...
  • Museum of Anthropology
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    Vancouver's most interesting museum, located on the grounds of the University of British Columbia, covers the culture of the aboriginal peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Read more...
  • Harbour Centre
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    The tallest building in Vancouver when it was completed in 1977, this 28 story skyscraper boasts an observation deck and revolving restaurant with 360 degree views. Read more...
  • Chinatown
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    Vancouver's Chinatown is one of the largest in North America. The neighborhood's main attraction is the beautiful Dr. Sun-Yat-Sen garden, an authentic Chinese garden. Read more...
  • Gastown
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    Gastown, named after the saloon proprietor Gassy Jack Deighton, is the area where Vancouver was founded in 1867. The historic area is especially popular with tourists. Read more...
  • Coal Harbour
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    Not much more than a railyard in the 1980s, Coal Harbour has been transformed into an attractive neighbourhood along the waterfront near Stanley Park. Read more...
  • Waterfront Station
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    This neoclassical building served as Vancouver's main railway station from its opening in 1915 until 1979. While not a railway station anymore, the building still functions as a transportation hub. Read more...
  • Vancouver Public Library
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    This modern building, reminiscent of Rome's Colosseum, opened in 1995. It was the most expensive public project ever undertaken by the city of Vancouver. Read more...
  • Marine Building
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    This landmark Art Deco building, hailed for its beautiful design, was built in 1930 as the city's tallest building. It would hold on to that title until 1971, when the Toronto Dominium Center was completed. Read more...
  • Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden
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    The small Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden was created for the 1986 Expo in Vancouver. It was the first authentic full-scale classical Chinese garden outside of China. Read more...
  • Hotel Vancouver
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    This landmark hotel in the style of a mock French Chateau opened in 1939. Like several other grand buildings in this style, the hotel was built by the Canadian National Railway. Read more...
  • Capilano Bridge
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    This wood-and-rope suspension bridge spans the Capilano Canyon 70m (230 ft) above the canyon floor. It was originally built in 1889 by a pioneer with the help from local Indians. Read more...
  • Yaletown
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    In the 1980s this area was a rather desolate industrial site. After a developer purchased the site it was transformed into a hip residential and commercial area. Read more...
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden
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    This 25 hectare large garden opened in 1975 at the site of a former golf club in South Vancouver. The beautiful garden features more than 255,000 plants from around the world. Read more...
  • Queen Elisabeth Park
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    Established in 1930 at the site of a former quarry, this 130acre / 65ha large park includes a conservatory, a fountain, colorful gardens and even a wedding pavilion. Read more...
  • Wall Centre
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    Wall Centre is a complex of three high-rise buildings, of which the highest held the title of Vancouver's tallest building for seven years until 2008, when it was eclipsed by the Shangri-La tower. Read more...
  • Robson Street
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    Robson Street is Vancouver's main retail strip, ideal for shopping, dining or people watching. Some of the city's attractions are located here, such as the Art Gallery and the modern library building. Read more...
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
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    Established in 1931, the Art Gallery moved to its current location - a former courthouse - in 1983. Special attention is given to well-known local Canadian artist Emily Carr. Read more...
  • UBC Botanical Garden
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    The collection of the university's diverse botanical garden was originally created in the early 20th century as part of a survey of plants in British Columbia. Read more...
  • Vanier Park
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    Vanier park is the setting for three of Vancouver's most interesting attractions: the Space Centre with its planetarium, the Vancouver Museum and the Maritime Museum. Read more...
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