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VanDusen Botanical Garden has 22 hectares (54 acres) of plants and trees collected from around the world harmoniously set amidst lawns, lakes and rock work. Some areas demonstrate plant relationships, such as the Rhododendron Walk, or geographical beginnings, like in the Sino-Himalayan Garden. A Christmas light display goes up every December.
Vancouver should be pinned on your destination map, if you are a movie buff. The unique tours provide first-class trips to X-Files and other Hollywood-in-Vancouver movie and television series sites. You'll get to visit the spots where show highlights took place, and perhaps feel the eerie presence of Scully and Mulder.
Alien House is the changed name of a hotel which soon became the sets for the classic horror show X-Files. Along with the X-Files, various other production ventures such as Tru Calling, Blood Ties and Dead Zone have been shot at this venue. Film enthusiasts will be pleased to uncover behind the scenes processes if they encounter a filming crew at the same time. With a variety of silver screen ventures being shot at this place, it has carved itself a name called "Hollywood of the North".
Roedde House is a restored Victorian home in downtown's West End. Built in 1893 for city newcomers Gustav and Mathilda Roedde, its design is credited to the early B.C. architect Francis M. Rattenbury, who designed the impressive Legislative Buildings and Empress Hotel in Victoria. The style is Queen Anne Revival, which can be seen in fine details like its cupola, bay windows and veranda.
There's nothing quite as satisfying as settling down for a barbecue in the great outdoors after a day of kayaking. Lotus Land Tours offers guided kayaking tours and delicious barbecues. Paddle up Indian Arm to a fjord carved out in the last ice age and see seals, eagles, blue herons and geese on your way up. Once there, watch fresh local salmon being barbecued and served with roasted corn and crisp green salad. No experience or fitness level is required and pick-up from home and hotel can be arranged.
Having opened its door is the year 2014, Bomber Brewing is one of Vancouver's best microbreweries which specializes in creating a variety of small-back craft brews. Tours of the entire brewing facility are available thrice a week while the tap room is open all seven days. Book a tour and end your experience with a couple of pints of their beer in the cozy tasting room. Along with IPAs, Pilsners, and Blondes, you can also try out some of their seasonal and experimental brews.