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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.
One of the best places for a day of recreation and unwinding, the Granville Island Water Park is a storehouse of fun for all age groups. Whats more, it is absolutely free too! This water park has a number of rides, water slides, geysers, flumes and sprinklers that would make children go berserk with excitement. The is great for adults too, with plenty of adult water rides to boot. There are lots of eateries and shops in the vicinity. Head here with children and make it one of the most memorable times that one could spend with one's kids.
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.
This is where the temple of the body is worshiped: in the height of Vancouver's summer, there are hordes of bikini-clad fitness addicts, testosterone-fueled displays and rollerblading fans. With views of the North Shore mountains, this beach offers special amenities and activities. A large grassy area behind the beach has playgrounds, tennis courts, and more then enough room for several rounds of Frisbee and volleyball. The largest outdoor pool in the city is here, perfect when the water is too chilly. There are change rooms, showers, and concession stands.
This popular beach is close to everything: cafes, bars, an indoor pool, the vibrant West End and all of downtown. Just blocks away from the daily grind of business, this sandy strip attracts sun-worshipers each sunny day. It is located along the Seawall, so take a picturesque stroll after enjoying the rays. Home of the January Polar Bear Swim and the popular Symphony of Fire fireworks display. Concession stands, changing rooms and showers are available.
Corraled by the English Bay on one side and the Vancouver Harbour on the other, this stunning stretch of land was declared the city's first public park in 1886. Unlike most city parks, Stanley Park was not laid-out by a landscape architect, but instead, grew organically over the years. The rainforest forms the core of Stanley Park, with trees towering to a height of 76 meters (249 feet) and close to 100 years old, while the seawall hems the park's waterfront. Scattered throughout are monuments, landmarks and public art, as well as gardens with vivid floral displays and totem poles; a tapestry of varied habitats teeming with native wildlife that is held together by a network of trails. The park is also home to attractions like a miniature railway, the Malkin Bowl and the Vancouver Aquarium.
Possibly the city's least crowded beach, this is a great place to go to appreciate the sea's wonder in peace and quiet. This is a long stretch of clean and sandy waterfront in West Point Grey. It is family-friendly and home to summertime events like a sandcastle competition in late July, beach soccer competition mid August and the Jewish Worldbeat Festival in late August. There are concession stands, changing rooms, showers and grassy areas. Skimmers alert: this is the perfect place for skim boarding once you learn the optimal tidal conditions. Great for swimming and other adventurous water sports such as windsurfing. Lifeguards are assigned for the safety of the visitors and parking is free.
Amid the surf, sand and trees at the end of miles of rocks and sand lies this beach, where clothing-optional sunbathing is permitted. The festive atmosphere here includes children, seniors and everyone in between. Located near the University of British Columbia, it even has its own society that organizes events like sandcastle building, an art show, beach ball, kite-flying and sand croquet - all sans apparel. Vendors sell everything from jewelry and clothing to special cookies and beer. Get your hair cut, a massage or even a pedicure.
Opened in 1912, the Lynn Canyon Park covers an area of about 250 hectares (617 acres). A respite from the grey jungle of the city, this park is home to century year old trees and in terms of activities, the park is covered with multiple hiking trails. The Baden-Powell Trail being the most challenging for its passage across the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. And for the more daring, cliff jumping is also organized during the summer months. So for a walk back to nature, load the car and head off to Lynn Canyon Park.
Connecting two sides of the extensive hiking tracks of the Lynn Canyon Park known as the Baden-Powell Trail is the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, a narrow rope structure, constructed in the early 20th Century. The structure is 164.04 feet (50 meters) above the actual canyon and it is an absolute adventure to walk across the narrow wooden planks which consist the bridge. In fact the bridge is so popular that people who do not hike also visit the bridge just to cross it and get the experience. Since it is narrow, it tends to move and sway if the number of people on it is high.