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Fondly known as the golf ball because of the glittery geodesic dome that sits atop it, this science center is a former Expo '86 pavilion. Today, it is a top family destination, offering educational, entertaining and interactive exhibits. Three main galleries explore the areas of biology, physics and music. A 3D laser show presents fun images. The biggest attraction is the OMNIMAX Theatre, which features science and nature films on one of the world's largest dome screens.
The Atelier Gallery has been displaying art for more than 30 years. The gallery provides a platform for local artists who are aspiring to have to a more prominent presence. The focus of the displays changes regularly and covers everything from urban appeal to simple landscaping.
There are many ways to see Vancouver, and this way is literally a classic. This company refurbished some locally manufactured early 1900s trolley cars, setting them back on the tracks that they once plied daily. There are 16 stops along the tour, and passengers can get on or off at their needs. The trolley stops at some of the city's highlights, including Gastown, Canada Place and the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park. The tours are offered all-year round. Call +1 1.888 451 5581 for details.
First Nations culture often provides a significant voice in the city's art scene. Located in the heart of trendy Gastown, Coastal Peoples Fine Arts gallery displays the work of over 150 established and lesser-known First Nations artisans. It displays a range of customized gold and silver jewelry, each piece a reflection of contemporary and traditional native styles. Artistic traditions from tribal nations along the coast, arctic and plains are celebrated. It has an exceptional selection of masks, ceremonial bowls, carvings, totem poles and prints.
Walk into this 110-year-old church and feel as though you've stepped back in time to a serene place. The historic cathedral, located across the street from the equally impressive Hotel Vancouver , features 29 striking Gothic and stained glass windows, each reflecting a story from the New Testament. The public art displayed in the lobby is also mesmerizing. The downtown landmark plays host to many choir recitals and concerts that are worthwhile for the acoustics alone. Check the website or call for information on special events and hours of worship.
Considered one of the best such facilities in North America, this structure has had many transformations. Aside from the planetarium and observatory, H.R. MacMillan Space Center also features the Cosmic Courtyard hands-on gallery, a Virtual Voyages full-motion simulator, Ground-station Canada exhibits and multimedia and popular laser shows. Its overnight adventures and space camps are popular. Don't forget to visit the gift shop with space-related souvenirs. Check the website or call ahead for timings of the evening laser shows. Admission prices mentioned are applicable throughout the day.
As part of the complex of museums located in Vanier Park, Vancouver museum is paired with the Macmillan Planetarium at the Pacific Space Centre. It has been in operation since 1894, with most exhibits and presentations focusing on the history of the city and the regions surrounding it. Renowned for its collection of natural history, ethnology, archaeology, and Asian artifacts, there are many things here to see and explore.
Vancouver is blessed with one of the world's most spectacular skylines, so see it from the ocean if you get the chance. The popular Sunset Dinner Cruise lets you take in the view over three hours while you dine on a gourmet buffet. If you prefer something short and sweet, take the Harbour Tour. If you want to plan a special event or corporate function, you can charter a boat too.
Take a ride in an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage and watch the splendor of Stanley Park roll by. See sights like Deadman's Island, the city harbor and Lions Gate Bridge. The totem poles, Girl in a Wet Suit statue, S.S. Empress of Japan Figurehead and the Rose Gardens are all stopovers. The one-hour tours are narrated and depart every 20 minutes from the park's information booth. No reservations are required but do call for the rates of these tours.
Attractions abound in this massive open space, a veritable rain forest within a metropolis. To name a few, the park is home to the Children's Farmyard, Miniature Railway, tennis courts, beaches, children's water park, heated ocean-side swimming pool, the Theater Under the Stars, the Vancouver Aquarium and the 10.5-kilometer (seven-mile) perimeter Seawall, which is packed with joggers and walkers. Once a military reserve, the park became one of the city's premier attractions by action of the city's first council.
Towering at 1,200 meters (4,000 feet), Grouse Mountain is as awe-inspiring as it is fun to visit. Whether you visit Grouse Mountain in the summer, fall, winter, or spring, you are sure to find plenty of fun activities to keep you busy. The mountain, which is located just 15 minutes outside of downtown Vancouver, offers a variety of adventures to choose from, including hiking, skiing, wildlife experiences, zip-lining and more. You can even have breakfast with two grizzly bears (from a safe distance of course.) Â