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Vancouver attractions


Vancouver boasts some of the most amazing, top-rated tourist attractions in all of North America. Together these stops make up an unsurpassed lineup of cultural, historic and natural experiences guaranteed to make your trip to Vancouver one you won't forget! Provided below are some of Vancouver's best places to visit and to eat.

MUST SEE ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND VANCOUVER

 Stanley Park 

Designated a national historic site of Canada, Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of the heavily built urban landscape of Vancouver. Explore the 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest and enjoy scenic views of water, mountains, sky, and majestic trees along Stanley Park's famous Seawall. Discover kilometers of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, great eats, natural, cultural and historical landmarks, along with many other adventures. The park offers a wide range of unforgettable experiences for all ages and interests.

 
Vancouver Aquarium 

The Vancouver Aquarium is a recognized leader in connecting people to the natural world. As a self-supporting, non-profit association, the Aquarium is dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action. More than 35 million people have visited the Aquarium since their opening in 1956. Located in Stanley Park, they are open to visitors from around the world 365 days a year.

Prepare to be amazed, engaged and inspired by what you see and learn in the exhibits and galleries. Watch adorable sea otters holding hands, catch a beluga show or get an up-close and intimate look at some of the creepy crawlers in the Amazon. With over 50,000 animals from all over the world and entertaining interpretive programs that give a better appreciation for the animals that live here, the Aquarium has no shortage of incredible experiences.

 
Science World at Telus World of Science 

Science World at Telus World of Science, Vancouver is a science centre run by a not-for-profit organization in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located at the end of False Creek, and features many permanent interactive exhibits and displays, as well as areas with varying topics throughout the years. Science World ignites the imagination as you explore hands-on interactive exhibits, watch jaw-dropping presentations, and experience the magnificence of the giant-screen OMNIMAX® Theatre. Fun for all ages, Science World is sure to jumpstart your imagination.

 
Capilano Suspension Bridge 

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vancouver, British Columbia. The reason is simple, there are so many things to see and do! Follow in the footsteps of the millions of visitors who have crossed Capilano Suspension Bridge since 1889. Voices from Vancouver’s past mingle with the sounds of nature, beautiful gardens skirt time-worn British Columbia First Nations totem poles and Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you to the serenity of a West Coast rainforest.

Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses to towering evergreens, cedar-scented rainforest air and Treetops Adventure, 7 suspended footbridges offering views 100 feet above the forest floor. The new Cliffwalk follows a granite precipice along Capilano River with a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms and only 16 anchor points in the cliff supporting the structure!

 
Gastown

Gastown is the historic and cultural heart of Vancouver and is the city’s oldest neighbourhood establishing itself in 1867. Designated a National Historic Site in 2009, you can find block upon block of grand Victorian buildings hold memories of Gastown's reign as Canada's third-largest city and one of the most cosmopolitan. Today, these historic aesthetics prove a glorious backdrop for today's urban lifestyle. It’s no surprise Gastown as named 4th Most Stylish Neighbourhood in the World in 2012. Gastown is the epicenter of Vancouver’s creative talent and independent businesses in design, culture, food, and fashion. The neighbourhood crackles with energy, with its dynamic streetscape, cutting edge boutiques and design stores, one-of-a-kind galleries, and award winning dining scene make it Canada’s coolest community. It sets the trends for the future while respecting its unique past. Gastown is the original Vancouver.

 
Granville Island Market 

If Granville Island is the king of Vancouver destinations, then the Public Market is the jewel in the Island’s crown. A fascinating assortment of colourful stalls, showcasing unique homemade products and the very finest in gastronomic delights. All fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field. Try closing your eyes right now and imagine the rich aromas permeating from the lavish displays. Shimmering seafood, warm baked goods, plump fruit. Come and browse for yourself and see just why words don’t begin to describe it.

 
Grouse Mountain - The Peak of Vancouver 

Just 15 minutes from downtown, Vancouver's premier attraction offers the perfect destination for a truly rewarding and memorable experience. Imagine a wilderness sanctuary where endangered animals can explore and play, knowing they’re safe and secure. You’ll find all this and more at the research, education and conservation centre on the mountain. The Refuge also offers leading-edge interpretative programs that make learning about nature fun and fascinating. From the Skyride that takes you up to the peak of the mountain, to enjoying a variety of fun activities including Ziplining, Paragliding, Scenic Tours, Dining, Climbing up the Eye of the Wind and much more! With a variety of cultural, educational and outdoor adventures to choose from, you'll love your trip up to Grouse Mountain!

 
Vanier Park 

Winding around Kitsilano Point towards Kits Beach, waterfront Vanier Park is more a host than a destination. Home to the Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver Maritime Museum and H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, it's also the venue for the tents of the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Vanier Park is also a popular picnic spot: bring takeout from Granville Island (a 10-minute stroll away via the seawall) and watch the kite flyers.

 
Vancouver Sea Wall 

Vancouver has the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path. The 28 km pathway, including the Stanley Park Seawall, extends from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks Park. Perfect for a walk, cycle, or jog, it is the most popular recreational spot in the city with bike and skate rentals conveniently located nearby. Not great on wheels? The Seawall is divided into two marked sections – one for walkers and one for joggers; it is a great route for everyone across different fitness levels. Ride the entire length of the path or stop along one of the many beautiful beaches or watermarks.

 
Lighthouse Park 

Lighthouse Park located in West Vancouver British Columbia is one of the most scenic parks on the West Coast. Families interested in hiking will be able to walk through acres of first-growth douglas firs and stand next to trees that are considered to be giants. This is one of the few places in the area immediately surrounding Vancouver that was never completely logged, making it an easily accessible virgin temperate rainforest habitat. The park provides numerous paths for hiking, and most require just an hour or two of your time. If you want to plan a picnic, there are tables and restrooms in the park to accommodate longer visits. The park is also a great place for bird watching with more than 60 different species known to frequent the area. The lighthouse is located at Point Atkinson and features a beacon that has been in operation since 1875.

 
Lynn Canyon Park and Ecology Centre 

This outdoor destination is the perfect place for a little learning disguised as family fun. Home to 616 acres of rainforest habitat, a suspension bridge 20 stories above the canyon floor and loads of natural sites, it's a fascinating introduction to Vancouver's natural setting. If you're here in the summer, your kids can swim in the crystal-clear waters of a natural pool. There's also a gorgeous waterfall in the park, which makes the perfect backdrop for a souvenir family photo. The Ecology Centre offers hands-on plants and animal displays, films in a small theatre, puppets to play with and piles of toys. Take advantage of public programs and events designed with kids in mind, many of which are free or require a small donation.

 

TOP NEIGHBORHOODS TO VISIT IN VANCOUVER

Gastown

Gastown is the historic and cultural heart of Vancouver and is the city’s oldest neighbourhood establishing itself in 1867. Designated a National Historic Site in 2009, you can find block upon block of grand Victorian buildings hold memories of Gastown's reign as Canada's third-largest city and one of the most cosmopolitan. Today, these historic aesthetics prove a glorious backdrop for today's urban lifestyle. It’s no surprise Gastown as named 4th Most Stylish Neighbourhood in the World in 2012. Gastown is the epicenter of Vancouver’s creative talent and independent businesses in design, culture, food, and fashion. The neighbourhood crackles with energy, with its dynamic streetscape, cutting edge boutiques and design stores, one-of-a-kind galleries, and award winning dining scene make it Canada’s coolest community. It sets the trends for the future while respecting its unique past. Gastown is the original Vancouver.

 
Granville Island Market 

If Granville Island is the king of Vancouver destinations, then the Public Market is the jewel in the Island’s crown. A fascinating assortment of colourful stalls, showcasing unique homemade products and the very finest in gastronomic delights. All fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field. Try closing your eyes right now and imagine the rich aromas permeating from the lavish displays. Shimmering seafood, warm baked goods, plump fruit. Come and browse for yourself and see just why words don’t begin to describe it.

 
Yaletown

Heritage meets modern describes the historic district of Yaletown. Yaletown provides the serenity of an oceanfront seawall, along with the largest selection of trendy patios and award winning boutiques. As a great escape within the big city, Yaletown offers an opportunity to explore acclaimed restaurants and eclectic shops set along heritage brick walkways. Yaletown is the only area in Vancouver that features world class restaurants with year round patios. This is the patio district that you’ve heard about. Originally the 1886 western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway, today the warehouse district of Yaletown is both vibrant and walkable, making the gleaming residential towers surrounding the area some of the most coveted in the city.

 
Commercial Drive

The 21 blocks of Commercial Drive from Venables at north end, to 13th Avenue at the south, over a mile long, are home to the most eclectic mix of businesses in the city. Of the more than 400 businesses on the Drive, the majority are single location, owner-operated, making our product mix, dining experiences, produce, entertainment and services completely unique. Frequently described as Vancouver's Greenwich Village, or as creative and bohemian as Paris' Rive Gauche, Commercial Drive has experienced a resurgence of interest in restoring its heritage commercial and residential buildings. A confluence of cultures makes Commercial Drive, or "The Drive," the place to go for an urban experience of the young and hip Vancouver crowd. Formerly known as "Little Italy," this diverse neighbourhood is home to students, writers, artists and other bohemians. Lots of different restaurants offering every kind of cuisine imaginable make this a great place to grab an authentic ethnic meal.

 
Kitsilano

Kitsilano, known locally as Kits, is synonymous with famous Kits Beach—named one of the "top 10 best city beaches in the world" by international travel magazines, and perfect for outdoor fitness. Kitsilano is one of the city's organic-food hubs, and has extensive restaurants and retail along West 4th Avenue and West Broadway. Running along the south shore of English Bay, between popular Granville Island and Point Grey, Kitsilano has plenty of culture with most of the action centered on West Fourth Avenue and West Broadway, with bookstores, ethnic restaurants, cafes and specialty retailers offering plenty of places to explore.

 
Granville Street

Located in the heart of Vancouver, Granville Street is where you'll find Vancouver's main downtown entertainment district. Countless restaurants, bars and nightclubs make this a popular late-night hangout, particularly on the weekends. The Pacific Centre shopping mall provides unique stores for those in search of the latest fashions, while the area between Robson and Drake streets offers a diverse collection of boutique shops where you can find the latest footwear, club gear, music or comic books.

 
South Granville

Located just a few minutes away from downtown Vancouver and easily accessible from all over the Lower Mainland, South Granville is an inviting neighbourhood full of attractions for all tastes. For gourmet lovers, South Granville boasts a variety of fascinating stores and award-winning restaurants, while fashionistas can shop the latest trends in the many designer boutiques. Lovers of fine art or beautiful interiors will equally be delighted by the many galleries, antique collections and designer décor stores across the neighborhood.

 
West End

A gateway to Stanley Park, the West End neighbourhood is organized around Denman Street between Robson and Davie streets and bordered to the south by English Bay. Primarily a residential area, this is one of the most densely populated areas in all of Canada, with 40,000 people living in high-rise condominiums and apartments. Coffee shops, fine-dining restaurants and plenty of shopping will keep you entertained in this area, with several beautiful parks and beaches perfect for taking a leisurely stroll after an evening meal.

 

TOP 'TAPAS' RESTAURANTS IN VANCOUVER

Bin 941 Tapas Parlour | DAVIE VILLAGE

Inspired by New York City's wine and tapas bars, chef and owner, Gord Martin, created Bin 941 for Vancouver. It is one of the city's first restaurants to feature small plates and tapas as a form of dining and has been around for over ten years. The menu uses sustainable, local and seasonal ingredients - freshness is guaranteed! Bin 941's menu has a handful of mainstay dishes, such as the beef tenderloin wellington with garlic mash and a marsala jus; it's a must order. The dishes are made to be shared and it's a fun way to explore and taste the menu. The wine selection is ample and the atmosphere is perfect for an evening out!

Guu | DOWNTOWN

In 1993 the first izakaya opened up in Vancouver. That izakaya is what we now as Guu. They offer tasty dishes that are affordable and ideal for sharing with friends. The Thurlow location is the original space that they opened up and due to their ever-growing success, they have four other locations in Vancouver and a couple in Toronto. Each location has something unique to offer, but the concept and idea remain the same. Dishes are all under $10, unless they're offering something special on their fresh sheet. The menu is made up of familiar favorites for those that are experienced with Japanese food; kabocha croquette, ebi mayo, yaki udon, tuna tataki, tako wasabi, oden, and other grilled, stewed, fried and sweet treats. Go grab a casual and affordable bite with friends and sip a cold beer.

Bodgea | YALETOWN

For decades, La Bodega on Howe Street in downtown Vancouver was a classic tapas joint that locals had a soft spot. When they had to vacate their old location due to property development, Vancouverites had high hopes that they'd come back. Moving out of the downtown core, Bodega on Main offers an updated version on an old classic. The menu is made up of bar snacks, soups, salads, vegetables, meats, cheeses, paella, hot and cold seafood options and dessert. Wash it all down with a crisp glass of cava or a bold glass of red and you've got an equation for a good time. They also have beer, white wine and coffee available.

Yaletown L'Antipasto | YALETOWN

Yaletown L'Antipasto is a quaint and unassuming restaurant in Yaletown that will blow you away. Though bold to say, L'Antipasto has some of the best fresh pasta in Vancouver. This family run joint will make you feel warm and welcome with their personable service and authentic Italian fare. They combine imported products from Italy with locally sourced and fresh ingredients from British Columbia to create delicious antipasti options, salads, pastas and desserts. On warmer days, sit outside and enjoy the patio - it's great for people watching! Open for lunch and dinner, Yaletown L'Antipasto is a favorite amongst locals. The price point here is very reasonable, making it an ideal spot for a date. Wash down your meal with a glass (or bottle) of wine from their well stocked wine list.

 Hapa Izakaya | YALETOWN

Hapa Izakaya is a local favorite and the word has spread as they have opened locations in Calgary and Toronto, on top of the four locations in Vancouver. Enter the dining room in this West End location and enjoy the sleek black-on-black decor. Order some sake from the extensive list or sample a martini and take your time looking over the menu. This is a place well-suited to share dishes, of which range from traditional to fusion. Save room for the equally creative desserts such as annin tofu and almond-scented coconut and milk pudding, topped with maple syrup.

Nuba Restaurant | YALETOWN

Nuba is one of Vancouver's favorite gems that has built a strong following which has leadi to its expansion across the city. Everything from the hummus, baba ghanouj, falafel, pitas and main plates are bursting with flavor and are quite healthful. Each item on the menu is very reasonably priced and made from quality, local ingredients (where possible). The West Hastings restaurant is a very popular lunch location amongst the business district workers. Dinner is no exception and is always packed with people waiting to get their Lebanese fix from Nuba. Each of their locations is equally delicious so don't be shy to give any of the properties a shot. Nuba specializes in Middle Eastern dishes and their mezzes are similar to tapas. Alongside the mezzes are larger plates if you're not into sharing.

 Provence Marinaside | FALSE CREEK

Provence Marinaside is a go-to restaurant when you're chasing the sun with a hungry belly. Open for breakfast, brunch (weekends), lunch and dinner, Provence Marinaside is there for you any time of the day. Breakfast and brunch has all of your classic favorites, like eggs Benedict, crepes and omelets. Feeling cheeky? Try one of their mimosas at your next brunch. Lunch and dinner offerings are comprised of French classics, West Coast inspired plates and small bites that are perfect for sharing when you're in the mood for tapas . The patio fills up quickly on those warm days when the sun is out in full force, so get there early. Lucky diners will enjoy the views of the Seawall, expensive yachts and False Creek.

Espana | WEST END

Espana Restaurant brings a taste of Spain to Vancouver's West End. Like any good tapas joint, there's an array of dishes to choose from that can be enjoyed in the cozy room and washed down with some sherry. The room never fails to fill up with hungry diners, but the food comes out at a steady pace, so you're never waiting too long. Start your meal with one of the toasts - the marinated white anchovies or chicken liver pate are delicious! The crispy chickpeas make a great snack to nibble on while you wait for your next items to come out. The menu changes from time to time, utilizing what's fresh and in season. There's a cured meat and cheese section, complimented by seafood, vegetable and carnivorous tapas. It's a good thing you're supposed to order a few tapas because it's hard to pick just one dish here.

 Sardine Can | GAS TOWN

Step inside this cozy space and grab a seat at the bar and sink your teeth into some delicious Spanish tapas. Don't forget to wash it all down with a glass of sherry! Traditional Spanish tapas can be hard to come by in Vancouver, but there are a couple of places where you can get your fix; the Sardine Can being one of them. On the menu you'll find dishes like chorizo con jerez, gambas al ajillo, albondigas and estufado de pulpo to name just a few. The prices are reasonable and most tapas are in the $8.50 and $11 range with a few hitting the $13.75 mark. With so many delicious dishes available, going with a big appetite and a couple of friends is the best way to sample a decent amount.


FOODIE TOURS IN VANCOUVER

Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour | Vancouver Foodie Tours | DOWNTOWN

The Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour showcases over 4 of downtown Vancouver’s award-winning restaurants and food shops on a three-hour food tasting and educational walking tour. Guests sample gourmet food paired with optional wines and beer, meet award-winning food artisans and learn about Vancouver’s food trends, culture and architecture. Guests also receive a Vancouver Gourmet Guide with special discounts.The Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour is the ticket to Vancouver’s most exciting food destinations.

Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour Tastings
Steamed Prawn and Pork Dumpling topped with Flying Fish Roe
Sticky Rice with Pork and Dried Scallop Wrapped in Lotus Leaf
Abalone Chicken Bun
Market Black Truffled Mini Burger
Salmon Sashimi on Crispy Rice
Fresh Ginger Lime Margarita
Fromage Frais Berry with Organic Raspberry in Phyllo Pastry
Vermeer Cheese, Winner of 2012 World Championship Cheese Contest
Caramel Pecan with Fleur de Sel Dark Chocolate Ganache by Thomas Haas Chocolate
Blasted Church Big Bang Theory
Blasted Church Hatfield Fuse
Salted Caramel Gelato
Organic Thai Coconut Gelato or Sorbetto, and more....
* Sample tastings listed above subject to change without notice

10% off for all IHS2016 delegates - Quote 'IHS2016' when making a booking

http://foodietours.ca/

 
Granville Island Market Tour | Vancouver Foodie Tours | GRANVILLE ISLAND

Noisy and chaotic, yet irresistibly atmospheric, Granville Island is Canada’s second most-visited destination, behind Niagara Falls, and Vancouver’s destination for lovers of food, art and culture. Offering fresh, local, seasonal produce, alongside a slice of local life, this is where guests rub elbows with Vancouver's chefs as they shop for tonight's menu.

During the tour, guests will savour a cornucopia of fine foods from independent farmers and food artisans throughout Vancouver and beyond, from cheeses to locally-made charcuterie, melt-in-yourmouth donuts, to silky smooth chai. Touring the Granville Island Public Market will be one of the most authentic ways to experience Vancouver — after all, what better way to feel the pulse of a city than to immerse yourself in the action?

Granville Island Market Tour Tastings
Hazelmere Hash (weekdays, changes with the season)
Eggs Benny on Cheddar Chives Biscuit w salad (weekends)
Medium Roast Single Origin Coffee
Walnut Sourdough
Pecan and Fruit Crisps
Okanagan Red Wine Prosciutto
Rosette de Lyon
Campagne Parisienne
Kazu Copa prosciutto
Elk & Juniper Salami
Bison Bresaola
Black Truffle Salami
Village Cheese Company 6 year old Cheddar
Little Qualicum Cheeseworks Rathtrevor Cheese
Ambrosia or Honey Crisp Apples
Chai
Honey Dipped Donut,
and more....
* Sample tastings listed above subject to change without notice

10% off for all IHS2016 delegates - Quote 'IHS2016' when making a booking

http://foodietours.ca/

 
World's Best Food Truck Tour | Vancouver Foodie Tours| DOWNTOWN

Some of the world’s most exciting food comes from passionate people who sell their fare from food trucks and carts—allowing them to connect with their customers on a direct level. The World’s Best Food Truck Tour celebrates Vancouver’s ever-growing food truck landscape —Travel + Escape named it the third best street food city in North America—by taking foodies on a global adventure to some of the hottest curbside kitchens in the city. Guests taste signature dishes (from decadent delights to healthy options and globally-inspired fare), meet talented ‘cartrepreneurs’, watch food being prepared before their eyes and learn where the ingredients originated.

Sample Tastings
Kurobuta Terimayo
Japadog
Ginger Mint Lemonade
Grilled Cheddar Cheese on Artisan Sourdough
Butter Chicken Naan Kebab
Local Ling Cod Fish Taco
Diablo Chocolate Cookie
* Sample tastings listed above subject to change without notice

10% off for all IHS2016 delegates - Quote 'IHS2016' when making a booking

http://foodietours.ca/

 

 

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