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.
Stanley Park's Seawall is one of the most famous places for outdoor activities in Vancouver. The 5.5-mile (8.8km) concrete route circles the perimeter of the park, offering a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and mountains. The salty breeze fused with hemlock and cedar, immense open space, and surroundings rejuvenate even the staunchest of workaholics. Parents pushing strollers, joggers, walkers, cyclists, and rollerbladers traffic the pedestrian thoroughfare. Benches are placed along the way. The sandy beaches that lay just off the wall are ideal for picnics and naps.
Questo parco è conosciuto come "Piccola montagna" perchè si trova su un altipiano e proprio nel centro di Vancouver. I suoi due giardini infossati sono il panorama colorato preferito per le foto di matrimonio. In cima al parco si trovano dei punti panorimici da cui si gode di una vista spettacolare del Downtown e delle montagne North Shores. Le coppiette passeggiano mano nella mano, all'alba ci sono gruppi che fanno Tai Chi e i bambini ridono e giocano attorno alla scultura di Henry Moore, Knife Edge. Ci sono anche dei campi da tennis e da golf. L'entrata del parco si trova sulla 33rd Avenue con Cambie Street.
Since 1973 the Cultch has been providing Vancouver with quality contemporary productions in the arts. The theater was actually originally a Methodist church, long since converted into the venue that it is known and loved. The Cultch also provides art programs for youth and hosts an annual youth arts festival. See website for more details.
Il centro di Scienza Marina e l'acquario di Vancouver è ormai uno dei più grandi del Nord America. All'interno si trovano più di 8.000 animali acquatici, nati in zone remote come l'Artico e le Amazzoni. Il Padiglione del Canada Pacifico, aperto da poco, contiene una mostra che mette in mostra aspetti della vita marina dello stretto della Georgia. L'attrazione più importante sono le orche, i beluga e le esibizioni dei delfini. Sul sito web si possono trovare maggiori dettagli.
Questa struttura multi premiata di vetro e cemento ospita una delle più importante collezioni al mondo di arte della costa nordoccidentale. Questo museo della Università della Columbia Britannica non si può perdere. In mostra si trovano storia, cultura e arte in una atmosfera tranquilla e luminosa. Si possono vedere pali di totem e sculture in argento, oro e legno. C'è anche un negozio di oggetti ricordo e vengono organizzate visite guidate. Sul sito web si trovano maggiori dettagli.
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.
For an evening of laughter and merriment, visit Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, nestled in Downtown Vancouver. This, chain of comedy clubs created in 1977 by Mark Breslin, a stand-up comedian, is one of Canada's prime places for a laughter riot. A line up of events by popular names like Sean Cullen, Nikki Payne and various artistes from New York, leaves the audience in splits of laughter. Yuk Yuk's is one of the best places to drop by when you are gloomy. After a show take home a memorabilia from Yuk Yuk's; you can choose from sweatshirts, tank tops, bags, hats and more. Visit the store and check out their collection.
You've probably taken a ride on Vancouver's SkyTrain, Seabus and buses while touring around the city, but have you been on an interurban rail car dating back from the early 1900s? These electric rail cars used to ply the routes between Marpole and Steveston in the early 1900s. Completely restored, the cars now travel a demonstration line from Granville Island to Science World.
The Beaumont Studios is a boon to upcoming creative talents. It offers studio space for rent to a host of artistes from the fields of visual art, photography, fine arts, fashion among other things. So you will always find some exhibition or the other lining up the walls of the space. The venue is often used to put up theatrical shows, musical performances and other cultural events. Check website for more details.