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Vancouver History & Landmarks

Vancouver’s attractions aren’t just for tourists. Explore the city’s landmarks and learn more about Vancouver’s rich history and cultural diversity.

Top 10 Vancouver Attractions
Vancouver's Top 10 attractions have something for everyone, from history and architecture to sports and outdoor recreation, shopping, multiculturalism, and more.

Reviews of Vancouver Attractions for Kids
In this Guide to Vancouver Attractions for Kids, I provide candid reviews of Vancouver's most popular kids attractions as well as all the information you need to make an informed choice before you plan a visit. Reviewed attractions include the Vancouver Aquarium, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Science World, and more.

Vancouver Aquarium
Home to 70,000 animals--including Beluga whales, dolphins and sea lions--the Vancouver Aquarium is Canada's largest aquarium and one of the city's landmark destinations.

Totem Poles at Stanley Park
Stanley Park is home to a wide variety of monuments, but there are none more visited than the totem poles at Brockton Point. In fact, these totem poles are the most-visited tourist attraction in all of BC!

Vancouver First Nations Art & Attractions
Find the top spots to experience First Nations art and culture in Vancouver, from famous landmarks like the Stanley Park Totem Poles to museums, art galleries, and special cultural events.

Guide to Robson Square in Vancouver, BC
Robson Square is Vancouver's de facto town square and one of the city's most important landmarks. Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Robson Square is ground zero for intra-city outdoor activities (including ice skating in winter and dancing in summer), plays host to a parade of events throughout the year, and is the best spot for picnicking on street food or just taking in the hustle and bustle of downtown Vancouver life.

Vancouver Viewpoints: Best Views of Vancouver, BC
Where can you go in Vancouver to see the best views of the city? See Vancouver in a new way at the sky-high Harbour Centre, the revolving Cloud 9 restaurant at the Empire Landmark Hotel, atop Grouse Mountain and Queen Elizabeth Park and the other best Vancouver viewpoints around town.

Top 5 Museums & Galleries in Vancouver, BC
Is it raining again? Explore Canada and Vancouver's art, history, people and environment at the city's many world-class museums and galleries.

Chinatown Walking Tour
Historic, vibrant and diverse, Chinatown Vancouver is one of the western hemisphere's largest Chinatowns and one of Vancouver's best neighbourhoods for strolling, exploring, shopping, and--of course--eating.

Granville Island Walking Tour
Vancouver's Granville Island is one of the city's most famous landmarks. Situated on False Creek with views of downtown Vancouver, the island is home to shops, restaurants, theatres, and the Granville Island Public Market.

Guide to The Drive: Top 5 Things to Do on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC
Located in north-east Vancouver, Commercial Drive is the cultural heart of East Van and one of the city's most beloved neighbourhood destinations. With it's large assortment of shops, delis, cafes, restaurants, and parks, it's a go-to destination for every-day living in Vancouver.Use this Guide to the Top 5 Things to Do on Commercial Drive in Vancouver to discover the best things to do on Commercial Drive any day of the year.

Capilano Suspension Bridge & Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Vancouver
One of Vancouver's top attractions, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is home to the famous, eponymous Capilano Suspension Bridge as well as several other outdoor adventure attractions, including the dramatic Cliffwalk and Treetops Adventures.

Granville Island Market Walking Tour
Granville Island's Public Market, home to over 100 vendors, is Vancouver's epicurean centre and the heart of Granville Island. The market is home to a wealth of fresh produce and seafood as well as specialty foods from around the world.

Grouse Mountain, Vancouver - Guide to Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, BC
Grouse Mountain is a year-round resort that offers skiing and snowboarding in winter, hiking in spring and summer, and entertainment, outdoor activities and unparalleled views in every season.

Vancouver's UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
One of Vancouver's greatest museums, UBC's Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is home to over 500,000 archaeological objects from around the world. Most famous for its collection of B.C. First Nations art and artifacts, MOA is also home to the iconic Bill Reid sculpture Raven and The First Men, which appears on the back of the Canadian $20 bill.

The Miniature Burnaby Central Railway
Open on weekends and holidays from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, this miniature railway lets visitors of all ages ride mini trains over six acres of tracks.

Guide to the PNE Vancouver: PNE, Playland, Special Events, Hastings Park & More
The PNE began in 1910 as an exhibition to showcase British Columbia and Canada to the rest of the world. Today, the PNE is a beloved Vancouver landmark that is home to Hastings Park and Playland, and holds many of Vancouver's favourite celebrations, including the annual summer Fair at the PNE and Halloween's Fright Nights.

5 Reasons to Visit Playland in Vancouver, BC
Playland in Vancouver, BC, is Canada's oldest amusement park. Learn about Playland's top attractions--including the world-famous wooden roller coaster--plus everything you need to know to plan your visit.

Vancouver Maritime Museum
The Vancouver Maritime Museum is Canada's premiere Pacific Coast maritime museum and home to the fully-restored St. Roch, a 1928 schooner that traversed the Northwest Passage and circumnavigated North America.

Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver is home to permanent displays, exhibitions and educational programs about the natural, cultural and human history of the Vancouver region, from First Nations to industrialization to today.

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
One of Vancouver's best-known attractions, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is part space and science museum, part planetarium, and part observatory.

Vancouver's Science World British Columbia
Arguably Vancouver's best museum for children (particularly young children) and a great place to take kids on a rainy day, Science World in Vancouver teaches kids about science and technology through hands-on, interactive exhibits and displays.

Burnaby Village Museum
Located just 30 minutes east of downtown Vancouver, the Burnaby Village Museum is an open-air museum that replicates small town life in 1920s B.C. The village has period "shops," including a working blacksmith and general store, as well as a working Interurban tram and a restored 1912 carousel.

Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver, BC
The last remaining farm in the North Shore, Maplewood Farm is a "petting zoo" and kids' attraction that is home to over 200 animals, including goats, sheep, pigs, horses, ponies, chickens, and rabbits. Kids can pet the goats, feed the rabbits and ducks, visit the other animals, or ride a rented tractor-tricycle around this five acre farm.

Top 5 UBC Attractions: Museums & Attractions at University of British Columbia
Located 20 minutes south of downtown Vancouver, University of British Columbia (UBC) is a worth visiting for its top five attractions, including the famous Museum of Anthropology, beautiful UBC Botanical Garden and the Chan Centre for Performing Arts.

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Klahowya Village at Stanley Park
Every summer, the Miniature Train Plaza at Stanley Park transforms into the Klahowya Village, where visitors can experience British Columbia's First Nations cultures through art, dance, and storytelling.

Haunted Vancouver: Most Haunted Places in Vancouver, BC
From the "Lady in Red" who haunts the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver to multiple hauntings at Gastown's Old Spaghetti Factory, Vancouver has plenty of legendary ghosts. Use this Guide to the Most Haunted Places in Vancouver, BC, to find out which local landmarks are haunted, plus Vancouver ghost guides, haunted Vancouver tours, and more.

Guide to Kerrisdale Village in Vancouver, BC
Full of charm, history and locally-owned shops, Kerrisdale Village in southwest Vancouver is a great shopping and dining destination.

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