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.
Este parque é conhecido como "Pequena Montanha" porque está situado no topo de um ponto geograficamente alto e no centro característico de Vancouver. Seus dois jardins submersos são um pano de fundo colorido para fotos de casamento. No topo do parque você encontra miradouros e lindas vistas do Centro e das montanhas do North Shore. Casais passeiam de mãos dadas, o exercício chinês tai-chi é praticado nas manhãs junto do nascer do sol, e crianças se divertem enquanto brincam perto da escultura de Henry Moore, Knife Edge. Há também quadras de ténis e um campo de golfe. A entrada do parque está localizada na 33rd Avenue e 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.
O Centro de Ciência do Aquário Marina em Vancouver se tornou um dos maiores aquários da América do Norte. No seu interior, os convidados encontrarão mais de 8.000 animais aquáticos, vindos de lugares distantes como o Árctico e a Amazónia. O recentemente inaugurado Pavilhão Pacific Canada contém uma exibição viva que interpreta questões que afectam a vida marinha no Estreito de Geórgia. As principais atracções são os espectáculos das orcas, as baleias de beluga e com golfinhos. Verifique a website para detalhes de preços.
Esta estrutura premiada de vidro e concreto abriga uma das mais extensas colecções de arte das Primeiras Nações da Costa Noroeste. Este museu da Universidade da Columbia Britânica é uma parada obrigatória. História, cultura e arte estão à mostra em uma atmosfera tranquila e de luz. Veja artefactos indígenas, canoas e esculturas em prata, ouro e madeira. Há também uma loja de lembranças e visitas guiadas. Visite o site para maiores detalhes.
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.