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  • 1 UBC Museum of Anthropology Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    6393 N W Marine Dr. - Campus université de Colombie-Britannique CDN - Vancouver V6T 1Z4

    Located in a sensational building, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is one of North America's most important cultural institutions. It's also a great place to spend an afternoon looking at wonderful things. Designed by Arthur Erickson, the concrete a..

  • 2 Stanley Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1798 West-Georgia St. CDN - Vancouver V6G 1Z4

    One of North America's best city parks. City residents are not only justifiably proud of their famous park, they use it avidly-and visitors are just as fond of the park's attractions. It's big (405ha/1,000 acres), beautiful,accessible and uncrowded. ..

  • 3 Vancouver Aquarium Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    CDN - Vancouver V6B 3X8

    With over 70,000 aquatic creatures, Vancouver Aquarium is particularly famous for its fantastic range of sea mammals: dolphins, white Arctic whales, called belugas, seals, sea otters and others. Sea and fresh water creatures from British Columbia, ex..

  • 4 Vancouver Art Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    750 Hornby St. CDN - Vancouver V6Z 2H7

    Designed by Francis Rattenbury, also responsible for Victoria's Parliament Building, this Neoclassical edifice served as the Vancouver Courthouse from 1911 to 1974. It was recast in 1983 as an art museum by Arthur Erickson, who transformed the rotund..

  • 5 Vancouver Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Vanier Park - 1905 Ogden Av. CDN - Vancouver

    The tentlike roof of the building shields the mast of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police patrol ship that was first to traverse the Northwest Passage through Canada's Arctic in both directions. Amazingly enough, despite its career bashing through icy wa..

  • 6 Vancouver Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Vanier-Park - 1110 Cgestnut St. CDN - Vancouver V6J 1A3

    You'll recognise the city's oldest museum by the huge stainless-steel crab that stands in front of the entrance. Its sculptor George Norris fashioned the crab to symbolize the creature that guards the harbour according to First Nations lore. Inside, ..

  • 7 Canada Place Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    999 Canada Place Way CDN - Vancouver V6C 3E1

    The work of Canadian architect Eberhard Zeidler, Canada's Expo '86 pavilion has become a landmark of the seafront. Its five Teflon "sails" are a tribute to the city's maritime history. The sails shelter a wide variety of infrastructures (ho..

  • 8 Library Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    350 W.-Georgia St. CDN - Vancouver V6B 6B1

    Hardly anyone is neutral about this colourful design by famed Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. Safdie denies the building's similarities to the Roman Colosseum-but the resemblance is obvious to virtually everyone else. Made of brown pre-cast concrete..

  • 9 English Bay Beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Beach Av. et Denman St. CDN - Vancouver V6G 2V4

    The city Parks and Gardens services tend a string of gardens planted with palm trees which bear witness to the mild (and humid) climate of Vancouver. The locals flock here on sunny afternoons, enjoying the flower-decked gardens and the warm sandy bea..

  • 10 Stanley Park Seawall Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1798 West-Georgia St. CDN - Vancouver V6G 1Z4

    The lifework of stonemason James Cunningham (1878-1963). A 9.5km/5.9mi barrier of 46kg/101-pound granite blocks built over the course of 46 years to withstand the battering of winter storms, the seawall follows much the same route as the driving tour..

  • 11 Van Dusen Botanical Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    5251 Oak St. (angle 37th Av.) CDN - Vancouver V6M 4H1

    This property of the Canadian Pacific Railways was turned into a colorful botanical garden, offering the visitor some 22ha/54ac of landscaped gardens with some 7500 plants from all six continents, in a bid to reflect the diversity of plant life on ea..

  • 12 Robson Street Recommended Recommended

    Towns and villages

    CDN - Vancouver V6E 1B5

    This narrow isthmus that separates False Creek from Burrard channel is home to the city's steel and glass skyscrapers, banks, luxury hotels, offices and apartment blocks. In the heart of the neighbourhood lies Robson Street, the city centre's main sh..

  • 13 Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    578 Carrall St. CDN - Vancouver V6B 5K2

    Finished in 1986 and laid out on the model of a Suzhou garden during the Ming Dynasty (14-17C), this haven of peace and quiet is home to a profusion of pine trees, bamboos and flowering cherry and plum trees, set in a landscape of waterfalls, bridges..

  • 14 UBC Botanical Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    6804 S.W. Marine Dr. CDN - Vancouver V6T 1Z4

    This 28ha/70-acre garden combines species from temperate climates with horticultural plants. Theme gardens are scattered throughout the property. The setting, on a bluff overlooking the Strait of Georgia, adds to the pleasure of a visit. Keen gardene..

  • 15 BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    777 Pacific Bd CDN - Vancouver V6B 4Y8

    Packed exhibit galleries in this comprehensive museum leave virtually nothing out, from the snowshoe races prospectors held for entertainment, to the stunning victory in the 1998 Olympics by Whistler resident Ross Rebagliati. He won the first snowboa..

  • 16 Gastown Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Granville-Island V6H 3S4

    The Victorian warehouses and hotchpotch of slums have given way to a restored neighbourhood, whose delightful brick, stone and wooden facades along cobbled streets and courtyards lit by period lamps are now the scene of vintage shops, native art gall..

  • 17 BC Place Stadium Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    777 Pacific Bd CDN - Vancouver V6B 4Y8

    Designed by Phillips Barratt and opened in 1983, the huge sports complex of Vancouver Stadium is covered by a circus-like marquee. Equipped with a retractable roof, it seats 60,000 fans, who regularly come here to cheer the local BC Lions Canadian Fo..

  • 18 Christ Church Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    690 Burrard St. CDN - Vancouver V6C 2L1

    Its steep, gabled roof, arched windows and huge stained-glass windows are architectural treasures, and the church is frequently the site of concerts and other performances, both religious and secular. Plans to demolish the cathedral and sell the land..

  • 19 Harbour Centre Tower Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    555 West-Hastings-St. CDN - Vancouver V6B 4N6

    The circular pod atop the tower houses a viewing platform and restaurant, reached by a glazed elevator. Officially opened in 1977, this somewhat ungainly 167m/550ft landmark on West Hastings Street commands a superb 360° panorama of the port, city an..

  • 20 Queen Elizabeth Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    33rd Ave. & Cambie St. CDN - Vancouver V5Z 1A1

    A 154m/505ft hillock, is the highest point of this 52.5ha/130-acre highly popular park, which stretches across the open hillside. At the northwest end of the park is an arboretum that features almost all the trees native to Canada, as well as many sp..

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