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Top 10 Things to do in Vancouver

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  • Autumn Run, Stanley Park Seawall

    The Famous Seawall

    Taking a run or riding a bike along the Seawall is a great way to orientate yourself in Vancouver. There are shops near Stanley Park where you can rent a bike and helmet. The full Seawall ride is 8.8km and includes photo-worthy views of English Bay. The ride also takes you along Stanley Park, where you can explore its walking trails and check out historic totem poles. It can take 2-3 hours to walk, or an hour to cycle the Seawall.

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  • A festival

    Arts in the Parks

    With its spectacular waterfront vistas and beautiful parks, there’s no better place to spend balmy summer evenings than Vancouver. From outdoor cinema to a whole range of outdoor cultural events, the city really comes alive in summer. Stanley Park transforms into an outdoor cinema on Tuesday evenings during the Evo Summer Cinema Series. Alternatively, head to Bard on the Beach, where you can catch a Shakespearean play in Vancouver's magnificent Vanier Park.

  • Vancouver Aquarium

    Vancouver Aquarium

    The Vancouver Aquarium is dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action. Get up close with some of the world’s most elusive creatures; every visit is an unforgettable one. More than 35 million people have visited the Aquarium since our opening in 1956. Located in Stanley Park, they’re open to visitors from around the world 365 days a year.

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  • Sushi rolls

    Fresh Seafood

    Immerse yourself in the culinary diversity of Vancouver with the freshest sushi, Korean BBQ and Thai food in Canada. Add to that a farm-to-table ethos and incredible fresh local produce and you’re sure not to be disappointed. Freshly shucked oysters, seafood and classic sushi offerings are the staples of the Blue Water Café & Raw Bar. For a more traditional Japanese experience, try out the freshly prepared rolls and sashimi at Okada Sushi.

  • Shoppers explore a local farmers market in Vancouver

    Granville Island Market

    Thursdays are market days for many neighborhoods in Vancouver, where you can find incredible local produce, gifts and live entertainment. The Granville Island Public Market is one place to explore the delights to be found on Granville Island. The public market offers stalls filled with handmade goods, gastronomic tidbits and must-have jewelry and accessories. The island is like a town square, and visitors can catch a show, enjoy the kid-friendly Adventure Zone or just rub shoulders with locals.

  • Gastown steam clock in Vancouver

    Gastown Shopping

    The historic Gastown district bills itself as the heart of Vancouver thanks to its options for fashion, food and flair. Among the many offerings, shoe lovers will want to check out Fluevog, with its workshop vibe and eclectic style. Old Faithful Shop is a gorgeous modern version of a traditional trading store, where you'll find beautifully designed home accessories, books and gifts. Roden Gray carries an impressive range of menswear offerings for urban chic gents.

  • Skier and snowboarder waiting for sunrise

    Hike Grouse Mountain

    The Grouse Grind trail takes you up steep and rugged terrain from the North Vancouver plateau to Grouse Mountain peak. It’s been called “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster,” and after tackling this 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, it’s easy to see why. Less seasoned hikers can enjoy easier trails with sweeping views of the surrounding area. The Skyride departs every 15 minutes and travels above towering Douglas firs as the tramway takes you up to the summit.

  • Vancouver Art Gallery

    Canadian Art

    For those who feel no visit is complete without art, Vancouver Art Gallery, known for its works by Canadian artists, is a must. The gallery is has an especially strong collection of regional artists. The striking Museum of Anthropology houses an impressive First Nations collection in addition to extensive ethnographic collections from around the world. For contemporary art, head to Catriona Jeffries Gallery to view works by such up-and-coming Canadian artists as Brian Jungen, Ron Terada and Myfanwy Macleod.

  • Deep cove, North Vancouver

    Water Adventure

    For a completely different perspective on this stunning waterfront city, kayaking offers a wonderful way to see Vancouver. Downtown Vancouver is surrounded by inlets, estuaries and bays, which offer enticing views of the city and surrounding mountains. Even if you've not tried kayaking before, it's easy to learn with lessons from an outfitter. Kayaks can be rented at Deep Cove or False Creek, which are popular places for exploring as is English Bay and nearby lakes.

  • Butchart Gardens, Victoria British Columbia

    Victoria Day Trip

    It’s really worth taking a day to explore Victoria, BC, the provincial capital. Enjoy British-style High Tea in one of the elegant Victorian and Edwardian-era buildings after you’ve explored the local walking trails or local vineyards. The world-renowned Butchart Gardens, a 25-minute drive from downtown Victoria, dazzle the eye with nearly one million blooming plants. During summer, BC Ferries run between Vancouver and Victoria every hour from morning to evening (the trip takes about 1.5 hours).

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