HR MacMillan Space Centre
Popular with schoolkids – expect to have to elbow them out of the way to push the flashing buttons – this slightly dated science center...
Museum of Vancouver
The MOV has hugely improved in recent years with cool temporary exhibitions and evening events aimed at culturally-minded adults. It...
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Combining dozens of intricate models, detailed re-created ship sections and some historic boats, the prize exhibit in this waterfront...
Bard on the Beach
Watching Shakespeare performed while the sun sets against the mountains beyond the tented stage is a Vancouver summertime highlight....
A short stroll westwards along the seawall from the Granville Island entrance, this almost-too-popular seafood stand is one the city's...
Vanier Park information
Winding around Kitsilano Point towards Kits Beach, waterfront Vanier Park is more a host than a destination. Home to three museums, it's also the venue for the tents of the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. It's also a popular picnic spot: bring takeout from Granville Island (a 10-minute stroll away via the seawall) and watch the kite flyers.
If you want to avoid the sweaty crush in English Bay during the Celebration of Light fireworks event, bring your blanket and spread it out here. You'll have great views of the aerial shenanigans among a far more convivial and family-friendly crowd.