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  • 1 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 (see Musts for Fun); you can access it via a glass-walled elevator. Astronaut Neil Armstrong officially opened the building in August 1977, leaving behind-you guessed it-a footp..

  • 2 Queen Elizabeth Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

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

    A 154m/505ft hillock, is the pinnacle of this 52.5ha/130-acre park, which spreads across the largely open hillside. Six million visitors a year make Queen Elizabeth the city's second most popular park. The northwest end of the park is an arboretum th..

  • 3 Hotel Vancouver Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    900 W.-Georgia St. CDN - Vancouver V6C 2L1

    Built by Canadian railroads in the late 19C and early 20C, the "Hotel Van" is a city icon. Its copper roof and gabled tower are often photographed to symbolize the city. Built by the Canadian National Railway and opened in 1939, the hotel w..

  • 4 Law Courts and Robson Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Robson St. CDN - Vancouver V6C 2L1

    Designed by Arthur Erickson, the facility you see here today was not the one originally intended for this site. A massive 55-storey tower was planned in the early 1970s, but never realized. The hundreds of workers, visitors and residents you'll see e..

  • 5 Chinatown Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Vancouver V5K 1A1

    It dates back almost 150 years, to the days when Chinese laborers were brought across the Pacific to build the Canadian railroads and wagon roads; its continuing vitality reflects the mid-1990s exodus from Hong Kong to Canada, as well as Canada's pol..

  • 6 Marine Building Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    355 Burrard St. CDN - Vancouver V6C 2L1

    The terra-cotta frieze over the entrance, the phantasmagoric "Mayan" tilework in the lobby, the massive, figured-brass elevator doors-all are palatial in colour and form and sing of a bygone day when style was as important as function (or b..

  • 7 H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    1100 Chestnut St. CDN - Vancouver V6J 3J9

    Exhibits explain the basics of planetary orbits, the nature of galaxies, the history of human space exploration. A special section delineates Canadian contributions to the latter. The two highlights are a motion simulator, which takes a virtual trip ..

  • 8 Orpheum Theatre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    884 Granville St. CDN - Vancouver V6B 2P1

    Opened in 1927, the 2,800-seat hall was once the largest theatre in Canada. Interior arches, columns and moldings of travertine, marble, stone and plaster are designed in Spanish Baroque style by architect Marcus Priteca. Converted to a movie theatre..

  • 9 Byrnes Block

    Archaeological and historical sites

    2 Water St. - Gastown CDN - Vancouver V6H 3S4

    An 1886 brick edifice decked out with pediments and pilasters, this block-long structure has several distinctions-it was one of the city's first brick buildings, and it occupies the site on which "Gassy" Jack Deighton built his second saloo..

  • 10 Gaolers Mews

    Museums and art

    Water & Carrall Sts CDN - Vancouver V6H 3S4

    Across Water Street, the 19C customs house and jail now houses several Native art galleries.

  • 11 Hotel Europe

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    43 Power St. CDN - Vancouver V6H 3S4

    This 1908 poured-concrete structure is one of the first of its kind in North America. All modern construction is required to blend with the district's heritage buildings.

  • 12 Roedde House Museum

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1415 Barclay St. CDN - Vancouver V6H 3S4

    Built for Vancouver bookbinder Gustav Roedde, the house is thought to have been designed by Francis Rattenbury, the architect responsible for the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel in Victoria (see Excursions). The home's most distinctive fea..

  • 13 Pool at Second Beach

    Towns and villages

    Stanley Park Dr CDN - Vancouver V6G 1Z4

    Located in the southwest part of Stanley Park, Second Beach pool once held unheated saltwater. Now filled with heated freshwater and outfitted with slides for kids, the pool still enjoys fresh breezes off English Bay.

  • 14 Kitsilano Pool

    Towns and villages

    2305 Cornwall St. CDN - Vancouver V6G 2V4

    Directly across the bay, at the intersection of Arbutus and Cornwall streets, the famed Kitsilano pool is the largest saltwater pool in Canada-and it's even heated.

  • 15 Miniature Railway and Children's Farmyard

    Museums and art

    Stanley Park CDN - Vancouver V6G 1Z4

    In 1886, Canadian Pacific locomotive No. 374 pulled into the Vancouver railyards, completing the first train transit of Canada. The engine pulling the Stanley Park miniature train is an exact replica of Engine 374, a fact that means more to the adult..

  • 16 Granville Island Museums

    Museums and art

    1502 Duranleau St. CDN - Vancouver V6H 3S4

    You don't have to have a passion for sport fishing, trains or ships to enjoy a jaunt through these three closely linked attractions. The Sport Fishing Museum, Model Train Museum and Model Ship Museum all share a building, large collections, and a mis..

  • 17 Yaletown

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Vancouver V6Z 2V4

    Long before it was a warehouse district, Yaletown was the edge of a tidal flatland. The curving brick wall in the tiny park at Mainland and Davie streets marks the shoreline of two centuries ago, before dredging and filling converted much of False Cr..

  • 18 Kitsilano

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Vancouver V6G 2V4

    From 1966 and into the '70s, peace signs were prominent front-door insignias, a VW van was parked on almost every block, and a protest of some sort was the subject of constant telephone-pole posters. Nearby Vanier Park witnessed any number of be-ins ..

  • 19 Shaughnessy

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Vancouver V6M 4H1

    A sublime hill where the city's first tycoons-such as timber baron H.R. MacMillan-who made their fortunes in the lumber, rail and trade industries, built stone and timber mansions in the early part of the 20C. Curving streets (the city's first) wind ..

  • 20 Bloedel Floral Conservatory

    Nature and gardens

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

    At the park's high ground sits Bloedel Conservatory, a geodesic-style greenhouse that houses 500 tropical plants and 150 birds. Paths wander amid the gardens and aviaries.

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