Occupying a sizable space in Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium offers unseen glimpses into the beauty of the marine kingdom with enchanting displays and a strong emphasis on conservation. Officially known as the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, this aquarium is divided into distinct spaces that feature aquatic wildlife from the Arctic to the Amazon. Nearly 58,000 creatures inhabit in this sprawling marine centre, from playful yet majestic Steller sea lions and genteel dolphins who dive through the air, to killer whales and African penguins. There is a touch pool for visitors to discover the magic agility that cownose and southern stingrays are blessed with. The aquarium also acts as the crusader of sorts for sea creatures, evident from its Ocean Wise program. Not only does it employ professional naturalists to interpret animal behavior, but also contains a living exhibit that illustrates the issues faced by marine life in the Georgia Strait.
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.
Towering at 1,250 meters (4,100 feet), Grouse Mountain's ethereal peaks bear testament to the unspoiled beauty of British Columbia. Named after the native dusky grouse that inhabits the alpine reaches of the province, this soaring attraction forms part of the North Shore mountains of North Vancouver. The mountain's all-year-round access means that life's luxuries don't escape even this great natural landmark. Grouse Mountain is home to a stunning mountaintop cinema, a chalet and lodge built along its base, and a nifty chairlift that allows for sweeping panoramic views of the soul-stirring scenery of the region. There is also a wildlife refuge and a ski area that occupy the mountain's alpine corners.
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.
Vancouver is blessed with one of the world's most spectacular skylines, so see it from the ocean if you get the chance. The popular Sunset Dinner Cruise lets you take in the view over three hours while you dine on a gourmet buffet. If you prefer something short and sweet, take the Harbour Tour. If you want to plan a special event or corporate function, you can charter a boat too.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Granville Island Brewery is an interesting place for all beer lovers. The aroma, the froth and of course the taste is just irresistible. The Tap Room at Granville Island Brewery is an event venue facility which you can hire for private events. It is here that wine tasting sessions and brewery tours are undertaken. So get along a group of friends and party at this beer haven.
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