Building sights in Vancouver
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Opened in 1915, this handsome, multi-columned heritage building at the foot of Granville St was originally the old Canadian Pacific Railway station and the western terminus for transcontinental passenger trains. These days it houses offices, cafés and shops, and acts as the main link between SkyTrain and SeaBus transit services (the West Coast Express commuter train also rolls into town here). It’s well worth boarding the SeaBus for the short hop across Burrard Inlet – you’ll have a lovely duck’s-eye view of the city as well as some bustling port life. Aim for a seat at the front of the boat for the best views.
Not in the market, but close enough to be worth the extra trip, is the Sikh Temple. Designed by revered local architect Arthur Erickson, the building has the hallmarks of traditional Indian architecture. Visitors are welcome to look inside as long as they follow the prescribed customs: women need to bring a scarf to cover their head, and you’ll be asked to leave your shoes at the entrance. It’s off SE Marine Dr, near Knight St.