What to do in Vancouver

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Vancouver Attractions

A trip to Vancouver, British Columbia is on every adventure lovers dream vacation list. Vancouver, or as it is sometimes called Vansterdam or Raincouver, is a wonderful place to visit if you enjoy being active on your vacation. There are endless things to do in Vancouver, BC from trips to the area's lovely parks like Lynn Canyon Park to visits to the world renowned Vancouver Aquarium.

Nature lovers will want to be sure to visit Stanley Park while staying in Vancouver. Besides being home to a number of fine walking trails, the park also boasts a nature center and other delights to entertain visitors. An additional famous park you'll want to be sure to experience while in Vancouver, is Queen Elizabeth Park. This park is the highest point in the city and offers stunning must see views for its visitors. Pacific Spirit Regional Park offers lovely Vancouver excursions for hiking fans looking for the top spots to find a challenge. Many local people, along with tourists, love headint to Mount Seymour Provincial Park on winter time trips. The park has the best skiing conditions to be found in the area.

Vancouver tours by car of the famed Sea to Sky Highway are also a must for visitors headed to Vancouver for the first time. The drive takes you along the lovely Pacific Ocean and is easy to follow - especially if you have a map. Many a tourist comes to the city to visit English Bay, one of the most popular attractions in Vancouver. The bay is a great place for scuba diving and kayaking, amongst other water sports. If you like Vancouver activities that include swimming and picnicking, you'll want to be sure to head to Spanish Banks for a day of fun in the sun. After an invigorating day of enjoying the outdoor activities Vancouver offers many visitors head to Grandville Island to enjoy shopping and dining in this trendy part of the city.

Vancouver is truly one of the best places to visit in all of Canada for those interested in experiencing natural beauty at its finest.

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What to do in Vancouver

Free Things to Do in Vancouver

Taking a break in Vancouver on a budget? The following can be seen for nada.

Old Hastings Mill Store Museum - No matter your age, this gallery will stimulate your imagination and educate your mind.

Pacific Spirit Regional Park - Let down your hair and add a dash of extra fun to your vacation here.

Robson Square - Fans of architecture will enjoy marveling at the impressive modern design of this local landmark.

Dominion Building - If you plan to explore the history of the region through its landmarks, include this one on your travel schedule.

Cathedral Place - Spend a while in this popular location and imagine what life would be like as a local.

Lost Lagoon - There's something calming about being around water, so stop a while here.

Vancouver Central Public Library - Stop here for a while and discover the importance of this place to the local community.

Christ Church Cathedral - Connect with your spiritual side or just enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at this site of worship.

False Creek - Keep an eye out for tiny shells and other shiny treasures strewn along the coastline here.

Prospect Point - Bring along your camera and let nature spark a sense of wonder in you.

David Lam Park - If you're into digging about the garden, this attraction will satisfy your inner green thumb.

Things to Do in Vancouver with Kids

There's fun for the whole family wherever you wander in Vancouver. Here are a few family friendly experiences to do together that will make your escape a blast:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Vancouver on a sunny day?
What to do in Vancouver on a rainy day?
If it’s raining cats and dogs, these indoor activities will keep you on the go — and nice and dry!:

What is Vancouver famous for?
Head straight for Stanley Park and Granville Island Public Market if it’s major attractions you’re chasing.
What should I not miss in Vancouver?
You’ll want to put these attractions at the top of your must-do list to get the most out of your trip:

  • Canada Place
  • University of British Columbia
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Cypress Mountain

Are there cheap things to do in Vancouver?
What can you do in Vancouver for free?
You could even leave your cash in the hotel safe for the day, because these cool attractions can be seen for nothing:

  • Stanley Park
  • Granville Island Public Market
  • University of British Columbia
  • Metropolis at Metrotown

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