Things to do in Vancouver
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Created as a matter of practicality by a Scottish engineer in the late 1800s, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has remained a popular Vancouver tourist attraction ever since. Linking each side of the Capilano River with a beautiful (and sturdy!) suspension bridge, the park provides a great day of adventure in tranquil, natural surrounds without requiring a trip too far from the city.
Capilano suspension bridge in the shadows
Located to the city's north, Grouse Mountain is a popular destination for those who love exploring the great outdoors but aren't looking to go as far as Whistler. The mountain offers everything from holiday shows to guided eco-tours for those who want to know more about the native flora and fauna. Hikers won't be disappointed either with plenty of camping grounds and hiking trails to the summit.
View of the snowy Grouse Mountain with Vancouver in the background
Vancouver sightseeing doesn't get much more iconic than the famous Vancouver Harbour. A port city since birth, Vancouver's harbour is one of the most impressive in the world. Especially if you're interested in maritime history, this is a must-visit attraction. Even if you're not, Vancouver Harbour will provide a fascinating glimpse into one of the industrial pillars of modern Canada.
Brockton Point Lighthouse in Vancouver Harbour
Let's say you're less interested in what's on the water and more what's in the water. For anyone with an interest in whale-watching, Vancouver will be your new favourite place. Daily tours depart from several ports around the city, taking excited crowds out onto the Strait of Georgia in search of orcas, humpbacks and more. Perfect if you're staying in Gastown!
An Orca in the Strait of Georgia near Vancouver
Ranked among the most familiar Vancouver landmarks, the historic Vancouver Aquarium is one of the most well-respected and animal-friendly conservationist organisations in the world. Both a living record of Canadian sea life and a determined effort to protect them, animal lovers need look no further than the Vancouver Aquarium for a life-affirming day out.
Sea nettles in the Vancouver Aquarium
Museum of Anthropology
Located on the grounds of the famed University of British Columbia, the Museum of Anthropology is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on natural history. Lauded for their many exhibitions, both permanent and rotating, the museum will leave you with a greater awareness of the natural world around you. This is a must-visit.
The Vancouver Museum of Anthropology
Vancouver Art Gallery
The largest art gallery in western Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery is dedicated to the preservation and proliferation of Canadian art and artists, modern and historic. Located in Downtown close to the historic Vancouver Police Museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery enchants and delights visitors of all ages. Brand new exhibitions are rotated in every few months.
Vancouver Art Gallery in front of Cathedral Place
Are you fascinated by astronomy and space travel? Prepare to spend some hours of your holiday in the Vancouver's HR MacMillan Space Centre. Filled with exhibits, theatres and tours for space geeks of all ages, the Space Centre seeks to entertain and educate everyone who walks through their doors. Dive into the wonder of outer space and discover our planet's place in the galactic community.
The MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Virtually next door to the Space Centre, you'll find the Vancouver Maritime Museum, a hub of information on the city's enduring history as a busy seaport. If you love the sea and the amazing craft that ride its waves every day, this wonderful place is not to be missed. It's an incredible time capsule of technology from not so long ago.
Vancouver Maritime Museum at sunset
Science World British Columbia
If you haven't expanded your mind enough yet, there's also the amazing Science World British Columbia to explore. A candy land for the curious, this museum is a monument to the simple act of asking a question and finding the answer. Science World is open year-round, and a journey through its exhibits is one of the most enriching ways to spend a day in Vancouver.
Science World dome and the Vancouver skyline