BC Tourist Attractions – Vancouver Must-See Landmarks

bc tourist attractionsVancouver is a diverse and beautiful city, a jewel of the West Coast with many exciting activities for the whole family. Here is a list of the top 10 Vancouver BC Tourist Attractions you should include in your visit to Vancouver BC.

Stanley Park

Designated as a national historic site of Canada, Stanley Park is a magnificent jewel in the midst of a bustling, busy downtown Vancouver. It is one of the most popular BC tourist attraction: a 400-hectare rainforest that has recently been noted as “the best park in the world” by TripAdvisor. There are kilometres of trails, the fabulous seawall to walk, bike or run upon, beaches upon beaches, restaurants, historical landmarks and the Vancouver Aquarium. Be sure to include a visit to Stanley Park if you plan on visiting Vancouver.

Science World

Set inside a giant dome, iconic from the world fair of Expo ‘86, the interactive and educational science displays & films inside Science World will delight kids to toddlers to early teens. They have feature exhibitions that change throughout the year and offer an amazing Omnimax 3D Movie experience as well. A visit to Science World will provide an exciting and informative adventure to people of all ages.

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium, located within inside Stanley Park, is a fantastic interactive aquarium that also acts as a non-profit entity. The Aquarium is dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life and aids in marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation program for the province of BC. With more than 35 million people having visited the Aquarium since the opening in 1956, it is one of the most popular BC tourist attractions. The Vancouver Aquarium is home to amazing exhibits that will delight people of all ages.

Be sure to visit the belugas, always a family favorite, and the new addition of the Discover Rays exhibit, which is a touch where you can interact and touch cownose and southern stingrays. See the sharks, marvel at the jellyfish tank and visit the rainforest room where you might even spot a lazy, slow-moving sloth!

Robson Street

Robson is a hub for shopping, dining and excitement in Vancouver. Located right downtown Vancouver, you can spend the day wandering along Robson and shopping stores such as Nordstrom, Lush, MAC and Zara, and even hit a patio for lunch and a refreshing drink. Robson is certainly a bustling hub of Vancouver, both for shopping and people watching. Check out http://www.robsonstreet.ca/discover-robson/ for a full list of shops.

Vanier Park

Vanier Park is located in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver and is home to the Vancouver Museum, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the City of Vancouver Archives, and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. The Space Centre has an impressive metal crab sculpture at the front entrance that makes a great photo op, and the Maritime Museum is a great place to check out some nautical exhibits and totem poles.

Playland

Playland is the go-to amusement park of Vancouver! Experience fun and games, try your luck to win a giant stuffed animal at the midway, ride the almost 60-year old historic wooden roller coaster, check out the kiddie rides and eat some cotton candy! Visit http://www.pne.ca/playland/ for ticket pricing, hours of operation and more information.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Originally built in 1889, Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches a daring 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River. If you’re not brave enough to try the bridge, there are guided nature tours, a Kids’ Rainforest Explorer program, a Living Forest rainforest exhibit and a delicious café that sells the most decadent homemade fudge!

Granville Island

Granville Island is a bustling hub of culinary delights, gorgeous flowers, playgrounds, art galleries and more. You can find anything your heart desires in the marketplace – seafood, warm baked goods, vibrant fruits and fresh roasted coffees. You can easily spend an entire day browsing all the shops and sights to see on Granville Island – there is even a brewery that offers tastings and specialty beers brewed on-site. If it’s a warm day, pack your swim suit and bring the kids to the awesome water park that features a huge outdoor waterslide!

Fairmont Pacific Rim

The Fairmont Pacific Rim, located at 1038 Canada Place, is a luxury and sophisticated and contemporary hotel in the heart of Vancouver. This hotel shimmers with style. Featuring 3 unique dining destinations, including the “be seen” Lobby Lounge and RawBar, as well as the Willow Stream Spa with a private outdoor terrace and meditation pods, The Fairmont Pacific Rim is the elite place to be in Vancouver. If you do stay, be sure to visit the rooftop pool and cabanas and the art collection in the lobby.

Commercial Drive

Commercial Drive is not only a unique neighbourhood and delicious restaurant district within Vancouver, but it’s repeatedly named the Georgia Straight Reader’s Choice award for best Vancouver neighbourhood year after year, as well as has been ranked one of the hippest neighbourhoods in North America by Utne Reader. If you desire some of the most delicious Italian food in the city, Commercial Drive is your destination.

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