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  • 1 Fairmont 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..

  • 2 Robson Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Robson St. CDN - Vancouver V6C 2L1

    Designed by Arthur Erickson, this urban project (1979) has transformed the city centre. At one point, the huge esplanade passes under Robson Street where it is home to an ice rink, café terraces and a convention centre; it then spans Smithe Street to..

  • 3 Chinatown (Vancouver) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Vancouver V5K 1A1

    The neighbourhood dates back to 1885, when Chinese laborers were brought across the Pacific to build the Canadian railroads; its continuing vitality reflects the mid-1990s exodus from Hong Kong to Canada, as well as Canada's pro-immigration policy. R..

  • 4 Marine Building (Vancouver) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    355 Burrard St. CDN - Vancouver V6C 2L1

    The historic 21-storey building, built at a time when Canada was in the depths of the Great Depression and inaugurated in 1930, is one of the finest examples of Art Deco in the world. The ceramic ornamentation, in particular over the entrance, depict..

  • 5 H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    1100 Chestnut St. CDN - Vancouver V6J 3J9

    The huge H.R. MacMillan Space Centre features a space station, flight simulator and a host of interactive exhibits and others devoted to space research. The Southam observatory enables visitors to observe the sun, the moon, planets and stars through ..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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.

  • 9 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.

  • 10 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 Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel in Victoria. The house's most distinctive feature is its cupola r..

  • 11 Granville Island Public Market

    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..

  • 12 Pool at Second Beach

    Nature and gardens

    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.

  • 13 Kitsilano Pool

    Nature and gardens

    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.

  • 14 Stanley Park Miniature Train

    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..

  • 15 Yaletown

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Vancouver V6Z 2V4

    Prolonging the West End, the warehouses of Yaletown (Davie and Nelson streets in the vicinity of Homer St) have been converted into elegant cafés, fashionable shops, luxury grocery stores and smart offices.

  • 16 Kitsilano

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CDN - Vancouver V6G 2V4

    From 1966 up until the '70s, peace signs adorned many of the front doors, 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 sit-ins and ..

  • 17 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 ..

  • 18 Bloedel Floral Conservatory

    Nature and gardens

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

    The upper part of Queen Elizabeth Park is the site of Bloedel Conservatory, a huge geodesic-style greenhouse that houses tropical plants and 150 brightly colored birds. Paths wander amid the gardens and aviaries.

  • 19 Pacific Spirit Regional Park

    Nature and gardens

    CDN - Vancouver V6T 1Z4

    This sprawling expanse of woods borders Southwest Marine Drive on its approach to the University of British Columbia campus. An extensive network of hiking trails and biking trails includes many paths that lead downhill to the shore of English Bay, t..

  • 20 Ambleside Park

    Nature and gardens

    CDN - Vancouver

    Locals favour this strip of green space interspersed with sandy beaches that starts at the Capilano River and hugs the shoreline for several miles west.

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