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Top 10 Vancouver Attractions

What to See & Do in Vancouver, B.C.


The Top 10 Vancouver Attractions offer something for everyone, from history and architecture to sports and outdoor recreation. From Stanley Park to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver attractions are world-class!

See also: Reviews of Vancouver Attractions for Kids

1. Stanley Park

Vancouver attractions: Stanley Park Seawall
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One the most famous parks in the world and definitely the most famous of these Vancouver attractions, Stanley Park is as cherished by locals as it is by tourists. Home to the scenic Seawall--perfect for walking, biking and rollerblading--as well as gardens, walking trails, beaches, historic Totems, and the Vancouver Aquarium, the park has something for everyone.

Learn More: Guide to Stanley Park

2. Granville Island

Vancouver attractions: Granville Island, Vancouver
Photo by Dana Lynch

Granville Island is one of the most-visited Vancouver attractions, and for good reason! Situated on False Creek with views of downtown Vancouver, the 37-acre island is home to an array of shops, restaurants and theatres, as well as the immensely popular Granville Island Public Market.

Learn More: Guide to Granville Island

3. Chinatown

Vancouver attractions: Chinatown Vancouver's Millennium Gate
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Historic, vibrant and diverse, Chinatown Vancouver is one of the largest Chinatowns in the western hemisphere and a definite must-visit Vancouver attraction. It's second only to San Francisco in land-size and has the third-largest population (after San Francisco and New York). Home to shops, restaurants and historic sites, including the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden and the Chinese Cultural Centre, this is one of the best places to stroll, explore and dine.

Learn more: Guide to Vancouver Chinatown

4. Gastown

Vancouver attractions: Gastown, Vancouver
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One of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhoods, Gastown is packed with historic architecture, galleries, restaurants, and fashion boutiques. It's also the place to shop for innovative, high-end interior design.

Learn More: Gastown Guide

5. Grouse Mountain

Vancouver attractions: Grouse Mountain, Vancouver
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Situated just north of downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is another one of the Vancouver attractions that's equally popular with visitors and locals: it's a ski-and-snowboard destination in the winter and an outdoor entertainment venue in the summer. Facilities on top of Grouse Mountain include restaurants and hotels, sports and recreation, a mountain bear refuge, lumberjack shows, and incredible views of the city.

Learn more: Guide to Grouse Mountain

6. Capilano Suspension Bridge

Vancouver attractions: Capilano Suspension Bridge
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One of the most popular and unique Vancouver attractions is this swaying, scenic suspension bridge, which stretches 137 metres (450 feet) across and 70 metres (230 feet) above the Capilano River.

Learn more: Guide to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

7. Vancouver Shopping

Vancouver attractions: South Granville Shopping, Vancouver
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For shopaholics, Vancouver shopping certainly deserves a place on a list of Vancouver attractions! From luxury brands to inexpensive imports, you'll find what you need at Vancouver's best shopping destinations, which include downtown's famous Robson Street and multicultural centres like Vancouver's Little India / Punjabi Market.

Learn more: Top 10 Places to Shop in Vancouver

8. Deep Cove

Vancouver attractions: Deep Cove, BC
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Located in North Vancouver, Deep Cove is one of the most beautiful destinations in all of the Lower Mainland, including Vancouver. Best in summer, kayaking in Deep Cove brings you close to nature--eagles, seals and sea lions are common--and keeps taking your breath away with the sheer glory of this tranquil spot.

Learn More: Best Spots for Kayaking in Vancouver

9. VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver
Photo by Amy Kelso

Delightful year-round, the VanDusen Botanical Garden is a fairytale land of winding paths, ponds full of lily pads and an astounding array of plants and flowers. It's a perfect example of the botanical Vancouver attractions; find more here: Top 5 Vancouver Gardens.

Learn more: Guide to VanDusen Botanical Garden

10. Vancouver Museums & Galleries

Vancouver attractions: UBC Museum of Anthropology
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Explore Canada and Vancouver's art, history, people and environment at the city's world-class museums and galleries, including the Vancouver Art Gallery and the amazing UBC Museum of Anthropology, two major Vancouver attractions.

Learn more: Vancouver's Best Museums & Galleries

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