Although it's safe, you will want to grip the rope as you step out on to the creaky wooden planks of Capilano Suspension Bridge, which provides a look at the glorious Capilano River raging down at 230 feet (70 meters). This popular attraction, situated at the park of the same name, isn't recommended for those who fear heights. Ten minutes from Downtown, the attraction includes a restaurant, post and gift shop and offers guided tours as well. All the park attractions are included in the admission price.
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.
With sweeping ocean and island views, this park is a photographer's paradise. Take a picnic basket along and lay down a blanket and enjoy the fresh air. The area's calm waters make it a popular spot for scuba divers. The cobble beach is great for beachcombing, and there are secluded spots among the rocky cliffs for picnics. There are various short, well-worn trails that lead to view points on the cliffs overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Summer weekends are the busiest. It is easily accessible by public transit bus from Downtown.
Near the sunlit banks of the Lower Fraser River, the village of Steveston became home to a booming salmon cannery in 1894. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery burgeoned to great heights, going on to become British Columbia's leading producer of sockeye salmon, a feat that earned it the moniker 'Monster Cannery'. Besides being a beacon of the fishing industry on Canada's West Coast, the cannery also promoted a healthy multicultural philosophy, one where people of various descents worked alongside each other, rolling can after can of the indigenous fish. While the industry soon collapsed after the advent of machinery and the conclusion of the war, the building of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery continues to acquaint visitors with the golden heydays of fishing, through riveting guided tours of the cannery-turned-museum, and exhibits of age-old canning machinery and equipment.
This national history museum at the University of British Columbia has a mammoth collection of over two million specimens which includes the famed 25 meter (82 feet) female blue whale skeleton, supposedly bigger than a brontosaurus. The museum's main aim is to spread the awareness of biodiversity and how it impacts the world we live in. This underground museum is worth the trip for the suspended blue whale skeleton itself. Enjoy the information shared by the guides about the blue whales and other specimens. There is also an interactive lab where you can try to be a scientist by comparing the claws of different bird species and more, under a microscope. The museum also has a family space filled with books, art and interactive exhibits to keep the kids interested and entertained.
This museum, housed in Vancouver's former Coroner's Court, boasts displays of Vancouver's most infamous era of crime. The Police Museum now offers numerous programs specifically for kids. A walking tour called "Sins of the City" details Vancouver's rich history of vice and vice crime. The museum is located in Gastown.
Established in 1976, this Educacentre College is recognised as a non-profit organization since 1992. Being the only French college in British Columbia, it has made a mark for itself. Primarily offering courses in French and English, they also offer Spanish and Family Literacy. Giving an option for distance education, they have campuses in Victoria, Vancouver as well as in Prince George. Apart from this, they also offer guidance in career options, support for immigrants, counselling, employment research and much more. For more information, visit their website or call ahead.
This company offers scheduled golf guides and packages to some of the top local golf courses. You can be received from your downtown hotel and given the choice of playing the course of the day, or, with prior scheduling, the course of your choice. The package price includes green fees, power cart and transportation from your hotel. Prices depend on the course. There are also overnight packages available to Whistler's top courses, including Chateau Whistler and Nicklaus North.
The False Creek is a creek that divides downtown from the rest of the city. You can see that the creek is made up of the four major water bodies of Vancouver. The creek was named by George Henry Richards a hydrographer in his survey of 1856-63. A beautiful inlet and a must-see.
An art lovers' home, Catriona Jeffries Gallery provides a variety of discourses since 1994. The contemporary art scene at the venue exposes you to the works of renowned Canadian and international artists like Ron Terada, Damian Moppett, Brian Jungen, Geoffrey Farmer etc. to name a few. Treat yourselves to their historical documents, art works and collections and encourage the ambitions of new and established talents. The interactive exhibitions also gives an opportunity to learn and understand their beautiful creations. Whilst in Vancouver, this place is a must-visit! For more information, visit their website or call ahead.
This expansive art gallery was created by artists for the artists. Located on Granville Island in Vancouver, the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery presents roughly 20 unique exhibits throughout the year. Rather than organize by mediums, the art found here is centered around broad themes. Aside from displaying unique and unusual pieces of art from national artists, the gallery also provides workshops, classes, lectures and critiques by fellow artists. A true labor of love, this gallery is a Vancouver must-visit.
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.