Vancouver's equipped with a vast mountain terrain, beautiful ocean, sandy beaches and an urban playground, making it an incredible outdoor city to explore. During the summer months stroll along the Seawall and explore Stanley Park. There are ample indoor and outdoor activities within the park that can easily fill an entire day.
With the Capilano Suspension Bridge and the North Shore mountains just across the water, you will never run out of hiking and biking trails. North Vancouver's Capilano Suspension Bridge will get your heart pounding up as you walk across the wobbly suspension bridge that's perched above a deep gorge. If you're want to keep your spending down, a free alternative is Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge.
If you're in the mood to do something cultural, Vancouver's Chinatown is the second largest in North American. While you're in the neighborhood, enjoy a peaceful visit to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden and leave relaxed and full of zen.
A rainy day in Vancouver can be enjoyed indoors and you won't want to miss FlyOver Canada. This 4D attraction is unlike anything else in Canada and will take you on a cross-country journey, complete with sights, scents and wind!
Vancouver's TELUS World of Science is sure to excite all ages with the cool and educational exhibits. Science World keeps things fresh and interesting by hosting rotating exhibits alongside their permanent displays. The OMNIMAX theatre is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. Science World received a large renovation budget and they have upgraded the entire facility, complete with an outdoor area that's unique to this location and is fun to explore. Located at the end of Vancouver's False Creek, Science World is easily accessible by bus, Aquabus or Skytrain. If you feel like getting some fresh air, you can also get to Science World via the Seawall.
Jacques Cousteau has said that Vancouver has some of the best underwater wildlife in the world, the only problem is that the waters off the coast can be rather chilly. Not interested in putting on a dry suit and submerging yourself under the frigid waters? No problem, the Vancouver Aquarium has solved that problem and brought some of British Columbia's most interesting sea creatures inside to inspire and educate visitors. The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit organization and they partake in worldwide marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation projects. When inside the aquarium, step into the rainforest exhibition, where you will be greeted by sleep Sloths, tropical birds, crocodiles, snakes and fish. Also, don't miss the display of fish that call British Columbia home. Make sure that you go outside and watch the Sea Otters goof around and catch one of the many shows that include dolphins, Beluga whales and Sea Lions.
Constructed in an authentic Ming Dynasty-style, the garden is renowned as being the first of its type built since the late 15th century. Traditional materials from Suzhou, the Garden City of the People's Republic, were used in the construction. It was built with only carefully arranged rocks, wood, plants and water, all without using screws, nails or power tools. The principles of yin and yang opposites, such as light and dark and rough and smooth, are a strong element in this garden's design. After a visit to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, make your way around the neighborhood and treat yourself to some of the delicious baked good in the area.
This stunning piece of shoreline offers views of North Shore Mountains, Howe Sound, Stanley Park, Bowen Island, Vancouver's skyline, passing cruise ships and spectacular sunsets. Both beaches have large sandy shorelines, as well as grassy areas ideal for picnicking. Jericho Beach has windsurfing boards for rent, and Locarno is a designated "quiet beach." Lifeguards are generally on duty 11:30am-8:30pm daily from mid-May through Labor Day. There is a beach concession where you can purchase drinks, ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and other fast food delights. Public washrooms and change rooms are also located within the same vicinity. There are a few washroom facilities spread out along the beach.
Once Vancouver's industrial manufacturing area, Granville Island is now home to many local artists, restaurants, theatres, a hotel and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Granville Island has something for everyone; a children's area, jewelry stores, art shops, a beer brewery, boat rental offices and unique clothing stores. Once you have made your away around the shops, head over to the Public Market. There you can treat your taste buds to some local smoked salmon, artisan cheeses, local produce and fresh fudge. Make sure you don't miss the food hall where you can grab a bite from one of the many food vendors. Sit inside to enjoy your treat or make your way outside to watch some of the city's finest street performers. Located in False Creek, an adventure to Granville Island is just a boat or bus ride away from Downtown.