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10 Must See Attractions in Vancouver
Any of following must-sees will kick-start your Vancouver sightseeing, and you are sure to stumble upon plenty of other Vancouver treasures along the way.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Make your way across the swaying suspension bridge, which stretches 137 metres (450 feet) across a canyon and the Capilano River 70 metres (230 feet) below. Then explore the beautifully lush fir- and fern-carpeted forests via a series of elevated suspension bridges in the Treetops Adventure, and the thrilling Cliffwalk.
The Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 50,000 fascinating creatures from the Arctic to the Amazon. Be sure to catch daily dolphin, shark and sea otter shows, and for an unforgettable extra try a hands-on animal encounter.
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
Journey through the universe at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, home to Vancouver's Planetarium Star Theatre. From planets to moons, and star clusters explore the wonders of the night sky in the Observatory. Check out our special events, virtual programs, and online resources! There's something for the entire family here.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Explore VanDusen Botanical Garden, an inspiring 55-acre outdoor oasis with over 7,500 plant species and varieties. Spot and photograph local wildlife, enjoy the hedge maze with the kids and relax in a serene setting located in the heart of Vancouver.
See Canada like never before at Vancouver's new must-see attraction! FlyOver Canada is a breathtaking, all-ages, flight simulation ride like no other. Take off into a huge dome screen with the latest in projection and ride technology creating a true flying experience, complete with wind, scents, and mist!
Located in the downtown Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Lookout, at a height of 130 metres (430 feet), is the perfect place to survey the city and plan - or reflect upon - your day.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
A sanctuary in the heart of the city, this incredibly manicured garden was the first authentic classical Chinese garden ever built outside of China. Walk along the peaceful paths and admire the harmonious elements designed in rock, water, plants, and architecture.
Vancouver Art Gallery
This highly acclaimed collection of national and international contemporary art is worth spending at least an afternoon exploring. Don't miss the collection of work by the well-known British Columbian artist Emily Carr.
Ignite your mind and discover the wonders of science with popular, hands-on interactive displays, inspirational feature exhibitions, jaw-dropping science demonstrations on Centre Stage, immersive films in the domed OMNIMAX® Theatre and awesome shows in the Science Theatre.
Just 20 minutes from downtown, The Peak of Vancouver offers the perfect mountaintop destination for a truly rewarding and memorable experience.
Best Places for Culture
Looking for culture in Vancouver? Then check out the following places of significance:
- Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art - a First Nation art gallery in downtown Vancouver
- Chinatown - this Vancouver neighbourhood is full of history and culture (TIP: A great way to learn about the area is through a guided walking tour with Historical Chinatown Tours)
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden - a beautiful place with authentic Chinese materials and design as well as informative guided tours
- Vancouver Art Gallery - Vancouver' main art gallery
- The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - the city's professional symphony, which performs at various venues throughout the year
- Vancouver Opera - with performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Vancouver Playhouse
- Museum of Anthropology - home to a collection of First Nations' art and other artifacts at the University of British Columbia (UBC)
- Museum of Vancouver - Vancouver's history museum, located adjacent the planetarium
- Old Hastings Mill Store Museum - a historic site near Jericho Beach
- Roedde House Museum - an 1890's home in Vancouver's West End
- Vancouver Police Museum - a place to learn about Vancouver's history of crime and policing
For more information about the city of Vancouver, visit Destination Vancouver's website: https://www.destinationvancouver.com/plan-your-trip/
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