Top 9 Vancouver Attractions

Vancouver is an ideal city for exploration by tourists. Whether you are staying for a couple of days or for a week or more there is so much to do in Vancouver that you will never run out of possibilities for entertainment.

You simply can't miss the two major centers of activity for visitors and locals alike.

1. Stanley Park

Good for a day or half-day of walking or biking along the waterfront or in the forest of stately Douglas Firs. On warm summer days the Sunset Beach is a popular hangout and depending on the tide and wind it is popular with skimboarders. Visit the world-renown Vancouver Aquarium located in Stanley Park and be sure to take in the exhibit of marine treasures of the B.C. coast.

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2. Granville Island

An abundance of food will tempt everyone and the shops that sell everything from crafts to yachts will entertain you for hours. With a kids indoor Adventure Zone, live theatres and in the summer constant performances by buskers, Granville Island is a happening place. It is connected to various other Vancouver attractions by little water busses from which you can get fantastic views of the city.

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3. Gastown

Visit the Vancouver's historic district right in the downtown core. It's full of interesting, high-end shops and quality restaurants. You can combine shopping, with searching out the best places for a drink, have desert or settle into some delectable seafood. Don’t miss the steam clock. Although it was created in 1977 it has the aura of an antique. It is a focus of attention of the vast numbers of locals and tourists who throng to Gastown.

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4. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden

This is the place where you can take a break from the frenetic activity of Vancouver and re-energize yourself. This place of contemplation that combines architecture, monuments and plants is an oasis in the heart of Chinatown.

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5. The International Summer Night Market

Locatged in Richmond, one of Vancouver's fast growing suburbs, also takes you into another world. It may seem like a bit of a journey from downtown but it is easily reached by bus from the Metrotown Sky Train Station. On the ride out you will get a good idea of the layout of Vancouver and see the surrounding mountains.

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Visitors to Vancouver with a passion for culture will be surprised at the wealth of galleries, music venues and non-stop summer festivals. Here are a few suggestions:

6. Vancouver Art Gallery

The gallery is located right in the centre of downtown Vancouver. With a great program of changing exhibitions and one of the best permanent collections of art in Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery is a must see. Take your time looking at the paintings and sculpture created by British Columbia's past and present artists.

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7. UBC Museum of Anthropology

This is the place to go if you are interested in the rich cultural heritage of West Coast indigenous peoples. The setting and the architecture of this museum are unforgettable as are the many treasures to be found there. After you have made your way to the University of British Columbia you should also take in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Pacific Museum of the Earth that are also on campus and check out what is on at the next place on this list.

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8. The Chan Centre for Performing Art

Located on the campus of the University of British Columbia is an architectural marvel designed by a Vancouver architect. The performers who on stage here include luminaries from the jazz, classical, pop worlds as well as dancers.

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9. Orpheum Theatre

Positioned in downtown Vancouver, this absolutely stunning concert hall is a National Heritage Site dating from 1927. Here you can take in concerts by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Bach Choir and visiting performers in all genres of music.

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