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  • 1 Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    900 W.-Georgia St.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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 Granville Island Museums

    Museums and art

    1502 Duranleau St.

    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..

  • 16 Yaletown

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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.

  • 17 Kitsilano

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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 ..

  • 18 Shaughnessy

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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 ..

  • 19 Bloedel Floral Conservatory

    Nature and gardens

    33rd ave. & Cambie St.

    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.

  • 20 Pacific Spirit Regional Park

    Nature and gardens

    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..

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