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What to Do in Vancouver: Must See Attractions

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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.

Things to Do in Vancouver with Kids

There's fun for the whole family in Vancouver. Here are some family friendly experiences to try together that promise to make your escape unforgettable:

Free Things to Do in Vancouver

Heading to Vancouver on a budget? The following can be seen for nothing.

Old Hastings Mill Store Museum - Stroll the halls and explore the intriguing displays and carefully curated collections at this popular museum.

Pacific Spirit Regional Park - Make room for play and add a dash of extra fun to your escape here.

Robson Square - Architecture fans will no doubt love marveling at the impressive modern design of this local landmark.

Dominion Building - If you enjoy delving into bygone eras, this is one stop you really should visit.

Cathedral Place - Spend a while in this thriving spot and experience life as a local.

Lost Lagoon - Find a nice spot to sit and appreciate the feeling of calm that comes with being near the water.

Vancouver Central Public Library - Allow some time to stroll around this place of local importance.

Christ Church Cathedral - Do some quiet reflection and discover a few things about this site's religious importance.

False Creek - Go for a nice, relaxing stroll by the water's edge and perhaps even dip your toes in.

Baden-Powell Trail - Take a break from the big city and reconnect with Mother Nature at this inspiring spot.

David Lam Park - If you like digging about the garden, this place will appeal to your inner green thumb.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

Amble along the waterfront at Vancouver Harbour and visit theaters, shopping avenues and museums in the heart of one of Canada’s largest cities.

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Gastown

The birthplace of Vancouver is full of old-world charm with cobbled streets, Victorian buildings, and a unique steam-powered clock. 

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Yaletown

This trendy residential neighborhood and nightlife destination on the False Creek waterfront was once a neglected warehouse district. 

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Kitsilano

Ethnic food, fashionable shops and one of Vancouver’s best beaches are all part of this bayside neighborhood.

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Richmond City Centre

Known for its first-class casinos and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Richmond City Centre. Check out top attractions like Richmond Centre Mall and Richmond Night Market, and jump on the metro at Lansdowne Station or Richmond-Brighouse Station to see more of the city.

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Coal Harbour

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are a few things travelers love about Coal Harbour. Check out Vancouver Waterfront or Granville Street while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Burrard Station to get around town.

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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?

What is Vancouver famous for?

Make it a priority to visit Stanley Park and Granville Island Public Market if you want to be wowed.

What should I not miss in Vancouver?

If you want to explore the best of this place, slot these attractions into your itinerary:

  • Canada Place
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • University of British Columbia
  • Metropolis at Metrotown

Are there cheap things to do in Vancouver?

Join a Vancouver Art Gallery Skip-the-Line Admission Tickets or a Medieval Adventure - The Duellist and enjoy a taste of this destination without handing over a whole lot of cash.

What can you do in Vancouver for free?

You could put your money in the hotel safe for the day, because these fantastic attractions can be seen for nothing:

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