Architecture fans should save time for a stroll through the marble-lined lobby of one of Vancouver's best art-deco buildings. Completed in 1936, its highlights include a mirrored ceiling, streamlined signs, cylindrical lanterns and embossed elevator doors. Duck inside one of the elevators to peruse their intricate inlaid wood design, then check out the handsome heritage homes on surrounding Yukon St and W 12th Ave.
Exit the building on the north side and you'll find a stature of captain Vancouver, not a superhero but the historic seafarer the city is named after. This is the spot to take your photo, with City Hall in the background. Glance at the far less elegant 1960s addition to the complex here, then check out the rest of the neighborhood: many of the grand wooden heritage homes nearby were built for early mayors and merchants. If you're on a deco roll, also hit downtown's lovely Marine Building .