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Best Landmarks in Vancouver

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Vancouver City Hall

Opened in 1936, the Vancouver City Hall forms a popular historical landmark. The unique architecture of the building makes it one of the most identifiable buildings in the area and hidden details within the structure and decor is what attracts most buffs to its doors. With the Vancouver Coat of Arms embedded on the outer doors and each door knob carrying the building's monogram, it is understandable why the building took a whopping one million to construct. So the next time you are in the city, be sure to check out the city's pride and joy, the Vancouver City Hall.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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BC Place

Home of the BC Lions, this massive, multi-purpose stadium was the host of the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. At the time of its construction in 1983, BC Place featured the world's largest air-supported dome. Following the 2010 Olympics, the stadium underwent renovations, opening 16 months later with a new retractable roof. Once more, the grand stadium garnered accolades from architects the world over for its magnanimous design and innovative features. The stadium's roof remains the largest of its kind in the world. Besides the BC Lions, the arena also hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and has been the venue of choice for numerous prestigious events, including the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The BC Sports Hall of Fame is a popular attraction at the site, a mecca of sorts for local sports fans. Concerts and other major events are also hosted here.

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Vancouver Public Library

It isn't a replica, but this library was clearly inspired by the classical Roman Coliseum, awing visitors with its elegant linear design. Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, it was built in 1995 and draws book lovers and tourists alike. Bring the kids and go to the toddlers' play area or kids' lounge. There is also an art gallery, public readings, speakers and seven stories of books to browse. There is a large promenade with a six story-high ceiling that is filled with perfect people-watching seats. Shops and cafes dot the entrance, so grab a bite or souvenir as you explore. Please visit the website for the holiday list and other services provided.

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Bloedel Conservatory

This trigonometric dome sits on the highest point of the city, in Queen Elizabeth Park. Enter a miniature world of waterfalls and bamboo bridges. You can talk to parrots or watch 50 species of birds fly around 500 plant species, in climates ranging from lush tropics to deserts. Colorful fish swim in an indoor pond. The huge conservatory is also home to seasonal garden displays.

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Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden is the first classical Chinese garden built outside China. It employs the ancient techniques of the Ming Dynasty, condensing the serenity of the mountain, streams, valleys and hills into an urban sanctuary. Every niche and arch of the garden is meticulously laid out. Each plant, rock and piece of architecture is selected for its symbolic meaning and mood. The Chinese lettering at the entrance reads 'Garden of Ease'. A place filled with lush green grass and tranquility.

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Sun Tower

At one time, this historic building used to be the tallest in the entire British Empire. Built in 1912, it is a fine example of the Beaux-Arts architecture with a cornice depicting nine maidens or caryatids and a dome made of faux-patina steel giving a copper-like look. The maidens were sculpted by Charles Marega. The building was constructed by L.D. Taylor for his newspaper The Vancouver World and was called The World Building. However, The Sun bought the building from him and renamed it as the Sun Tower, as it is popularly known today. Today, it houses a number of offices and is a well known landmark.

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Woodward's Building

Originally built in 1903 as the Woodward's Department Store, it used to be touted as a one-stop-shop due to the numerous products that were available here, some of which were difficult to find elsewhere. Slowly, it grew to a size of 12 stories and attracted people from everywhere due to its sheer magnitude. The area around the building developed into a commercial area. In 2004, it was demolished and rebuilding it took six years. Today, this multi-story commercial building can be seen prominently with a miniature Eiffel Tower gracing its roof, the 'W' sign on its head (that stands for Woodward's) visible from afar.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Dominion Building

An office building today, the Dominion Building was the first steel high-rise to be made in the city. It is believed that the architect John Helyer died after falling off the staircase of this building. His ghost can be seen here occasionally. The 13-story structure is a Class A heritage site. It has also been showcased in various films and TV shows. It is located in the Downtown area of the city and can be easily seen from afar.

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Vancouver Lookout

Get a 360-degree view of Vancouver and its outlying areas from one of British Columbia's tallest buildings at the Harbour Centre. Its observation deck gives an unobstructed view of the city, Burrard Inlet, the North Shore mountains, Burnaby Mountain, West Vancouver and Bowen Island. Getting there is a fun experience in itself; glass elevators whisk you up 168 meters (553 feet) in just 40 seconds. There are multilingual guides available for those who are interested.

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VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden has 22 hectares (54 acres) of plants and trees collected from around the world harmoniously set amidst lawns, lakes and rock work. Some areas demonstrate plant relationships, such as the Rhododendron Walk, or geographical beginnings, like in the Sino-Himalayan Garden. A Christmas light display goes up every December.

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Canada Place

Operated by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada Place forms a modern, yet legendary structure that juts out prominently on the city's bustling harborfront. The structure is famously iconic for its sprawling splendor, replete with five spiked roofs fashioned out of fabric that collectively resemble a ship's sails. Besides being the main cruise ship terminal for the region, Canada Place is home to the city's most striking and eminent facilities, including the Pan Pacific Hotel, the Vancouver Convention Centre, FlyOver Canada, and Vancouver's World Trade Centre. With an unusual roof that asserts a maritime influence, Canada Place blends beautifully with the rest of the harborfront vista.

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