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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

    Totem poles and the sensational building that houses them-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 E..

  • 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

    Vancouver Aquarium has become one of the leading conservation enterprises in North America. The beautiful and exotic sea creatures it introduces to thousands of awe-struck spectators are almost all threatened in some way, and the aquarium works hard ..

  • 4 Vancouver Art Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    750 Hornby St. CDN - Vancouver V6Z 2H7

    Represents the work of BC's two best-known architects, and holds the largest collection of the province's most famous artist-Emily Carr (see sidebar). Designed by Francis Rattenbury, who also did the Parliament Buildings in Victoria (see Excursions),..

  • 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. Don't worry, it's harmless; sculptor George Norris fashioned the crab to symbolize the creature that guards the harbour according to Firs..

  • 7 Canada Place Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    999 Canada Place Way CDN - Vancouver V6C 3E1

    The graceful canvas "sails" of Canada Place lift 70m/230ft above the water below-and are, cynics say, a blatant rip-off of the Sydney Opera House (just as Denver International Airport is undoubtedly a copy of Canada Place). Aside from their..

  • 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

    If you're in Vancouver in the winter, spring or fall months, you may wonder why the beach here looks so neatly tended, the sand raked and logs lined up back from the water. Do people really swim here? Yes, they do. By noon on sunny summer days, assor..

  • 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 VanDusen Botanical Garden Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

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

    Imagine houses filling this lovely spot, instead of the colourful botanical garden. That's what it came perilously close to being. Once the site of a golf club for the nearby Shaughnessy mansion district (see Neighbourhoods), the land that now holds ..

  • 12 Robson Street Recommended Recommended

    Towns and villages

    CDN - Vancouver V6E 1B5

    Once known as "Robsonstrasse" to reflect the street's erstwhile German character, this thoroughfare leading from downtown to the West End has transformed itself into a cosmopolitan district with ethnic flair. It is particularly popular with..

  • 13 Vancouver Lookout Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    555 West-Hastings St. CDN - Vancouver V6E 4R5

    Visitors ascend this distinctive office building via exterior elevators to arrive at the circular observation deck, 167m/553ft above ground, with its magnificent view of the city, mountains and ocean.

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

    Nature and gardens

    578 Carrall St. CDN - Vancouver V6B 5K2

    The stucco, tile-roofed walls of the compound shelter one of the finest formal gardens in North America. Indeed, this was the first true Ming Dynasty-style garden built in North America. In 1886 Chinese artisans crossed the Pacific to help create it,..

  • 15 UBC Botanical Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

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

    This 28ha/70-acre garden melds Northwest species 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. In case the gardening bug bit..

  • 16 Granville Island Public Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Vancouver V6H 3S4

    A large, hangar-like building right along False Creek. Here you can wander among dozens of independent stalls whose offerings embrace a cosmically broad range: artisan cheese and bread, seafood, fresh BC fruits and vegetables, condiments, jams and pr..

  • 17 BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 18 Gastown Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Granville-Island V6H 3S4

    Housed in a fine collection of 19C buildings is a hodge-podge of 20C curio shops, art galleries, restaurants and stores. This is where the city's first timber mills began cutting wood from nearby forests in 1862; many of the brick and stone buildings..

  • 19 BC Place Stadium Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    777 Pacific Bd CDN - Vancouver V6B 4Y8

    Though some have derided its appearance as a puff pastry left out too long, this fabric-dome-roofed structure has served its role admirably since 1983, and will be pressed into service during the 2010 Winter Olympics for opening and closing ceremonie..

  • 20 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..

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