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Must Visit Attractions in Vancouver

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Vancouver Olympic Village

The Village is made up of 110 unit low-rise complex bordering False Creek. Along with the 2730 athletes and trainers housed during the Winter Olympics, the facilities also hosted the 350 Paralympic athletes. The Olympic Village completes the full renovation and development of the False Creek waterfront area and puts the athletes within easy walking distance to downtown sights as well as the evening Victory Ceremonies. The Village was designed to become a sustainable and affordable community after the Olympics. All construction that was part of the Village was designed and constructed with LEED Green Building Certification Gold Standard or higher in mind, making it one of the most sustainably constructed sites in Canada to date.

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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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Yaletown

Once a warehouse area, this is now the city's newest shopping, high-tech and film industry district. Turn-of-the-century buildings that now house high-end furniture, home design and designer clothing retailers characterize the neighborhood, and it has become the favorite spot for film industry offices and shooting. Stick around and you might see a Hollywood star along the streets. Some of the city's best pubs and restaurants can also be found here. Great sips can be had at the Yaletown Brewing Co.

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Granville Island

Brimming with a delightful vibrancy, Granville Island is a veritable haven of shopping, entertainment and culture located only a few minutes away from Downtown Vancouver. At the crack of dawn, water taxis can be seen ferrying across False Creek, bearing local wares and fruit crates ready to be sold at the Public Market. The Island's colour, warmth and jubilant personality are fed by each of the 300 businesses and vendors that inhabit its charming stretch. Whether it is the assortment of handicrafts, Aboriginal Art and locally curated souvenirs sold at its homegrown shops and galleries or the pull of culture on display at its performing arts venues, Granville Island saves something for everyone. Notable among its many landmarks is the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the Vancouver Theatresports League and the Granville Island Brewing Company.

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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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Queen Elizabeth Park

Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Park is a myriad of awe-inspiring sights rolled into one. This verdant retreat is the crown jewel of Vancouver's urban landscape, perched at the city's highest point, in full view of the North Shore Mountains and the city itself. The park is a diverse tapestry of luxuriant spaces, each a cornucopia of delights. At the Quarry Garden, the former wasteland has been transformed into a lush garden complete with a babbling brook and cascading waterfall, while the Rose Garden abounds in variously hued floral displays. Nearby, the Arboretum shelters a collection of native and exotic trees, interspersed with sculptures and public art by the likes of Henry Moore. The Dancing Fountain is another popular feature, as is the Painters' Corner where local artists can be seen working on picturesque landscapes, their original artwork on display. For the more actively inclined, the park also features sports facilities like tennis courts, mini-golf and lawn bowling.

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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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Chinatown

Known as the third largest in North America, Vancouver's Chinatown is a colorful area filled with exotic wonders. The profusion of markets and stores sells everything from star fruit, gai lan, ginseng, herbal medicine and tea sets to hand carved chopsticks, rice paper pads and Buddha figurines. It's a very inexpensive place to shop for gifts and groceries. Pender Street, between Carral and Main, has shops selling curios, clothing, herbs and house wares. You can grab a drink at The Keefer Bar, dine at Bao Bei and then spend a few hours at the wonderful Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden.

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Gastown

This part of downtown got its name from saloon owner Gassy Jack Deighton, who was a rather chatty fellow. In case anyone doubts the true root of the area's title, there is a large statue of this historical figure on Water Street. Cobblestone streets and original architecture, shops, restaurants and bars fill the area. Highlights include The Landing, Hill's Native Art, Deluxe Junk Co., Salmagundi West and the Irish Heather Bistro.

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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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Christ Church Cathedral

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.

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Robson Street

This was where the original German community in Vancouver shopped. Robsonstrasse, as it was formerly known, was lined with delis, bakeries and restaurants. Today, Robson Street one of the city's most fashionable shopping streets: Alfred Sung, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chanel, Rodier Paris and Stephane de Raucourt are just some of the big names in this urban shopping destination. Options for grabbing a bite abound. Find everything from schnitzel to sushi along this bustling thoroughfare. It is also cruising central in the summertime, with cars and sidewalks filled with people enjoying the warm summer air.

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