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.
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.
This award-winning glass and concrete structure hold one of the world's most extensive collections of Northwest Coast First Nations art. This University of British Columbia Museum is a must-see while you are in the city. History, culture and art are on display in an atmosphere of tranquillity and light. See totem poles, canoes and sculptures in silver, gold and wood. There's also a gift shop if you wish to buy some souvenir for your family or friends.
Orpheum Theatre was built in 1927 and restored in 1976 to its former glory. Originally opened as a vaudeville house, it is now a beautiful, much-loved city landmark. Located in the entertainment district Downtown, it is the perfect venue for a glamorous night out on the town, offering a variety of concerts, musicals and ceremonies as well as being the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
After closing its doors in the mid-1990s amid protests from patrons and famous musicians, the recently refurbished and re-opened ballroom is making a bouncy comeback. Its dance floor lies atop tires that make everyone move. The 990-capacity venue, located in downtown, has a history of amazing performances ranging from Dizzy Gillespie and Tina Turner to Nirvana and the Clash, along with modern artists like Stereolab and the Flaming Lips. Its location in the entertainment hub makes it a perfect place to see a show before going clubbing. Call ahead for current event details.
Make the short trip out to the University of British Columbia campus for a musical experience you won't soon forget. The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts was built in 1997 and has since then been lauded by patrons and critics for its spectacular acoustic and architectural design. Recitals, concerts and symphony orchestra performances make up this venue's roster, taking place within the center's several venues, including the Chan Shun Concert Hall, Telus Studio Theatre, and Royal Bank Cinema. The uncommon interior design only adds to this internationally acclaimed experience. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
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.
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.
Feel like watching a thoughtful, non-Hollywood film to spark your imagination and entertain? The Park Theatre cinema usually fits the bill. A neighborhood landmark since the 1920s, this 504-love seat Art Deco-style theater has only one screen, but its owners carefully choose what graces it. Whether it's a Mike Leigh masterpiece or Paul Thomas Anderson's current cinematic genius, it will probably show here. Check website for details.
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.
Fox Cabaret is an upscale live music venue located in Vancouver. Inaugurated in 2013, the venue has a dance floor and plays some great music. The venue is available for private events as well. They are a popular venue for festivals and has played host to some popular names like Fast Times and Barbara Adler.