Top things to do

Top Choice National Park in Haida Gwaii

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve & Haida Heritage Site

This huge Unesco World Heritage site with a name that's a mouthful encompasses Moresby and 137 smaller islands at its southern end. It combines a time-capsule look at abandoned Haida villages with hot springs, amazi…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Main Street

Brassneck Brewery

Vancouver's favourite microbrewery concocted more than 50 different beers in its first six months of operating and continues to win new fans with an ever-changing chalkboard of intriguing libations with names like B…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Bard on the Beach

Watching Shakespeare performed while the sun sets against the mountains beyond the tented stage is a Vancouver summertime highlight. There are usually three of Shakespeare's plays, plus one Bard-related work (Rosenc…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Main Street

Regional Assembly of Text

This ironic antidote to the digital age lures ink-stained locals with its journals, handmade pencil boxes and T-shirts printed with typewriter motifs. Check out the tiny under-the-stairs gallery showcasing zines fro…
Top Choice Park in Bowron Lake

Bowron Lake Provincial Park

Forming a natural circle with sections of the Isaac, Cariboo and Bowron Rivers, the park's 116km canoe circuit (permits $30 to $60) is one of the world’s finest. There are eight portages, with the longest (2km) over…
Top Choice Museum in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Museum of Anthropology

Vancouver's best museum is studded with spectacular First Nations totem poles and breathtaking carvings – but it's also teeming with artifacts from cultures around the world, from Polynesian instruments to Cantonese…
Top Choice Bakery in Whistler

Purebread

When this Function Junction legend finally opened a village branch, the locals came running and they've been queuing ever since. They're here for the cornucopia of drool-worthy bakery treats, including salted carame…
Top Choice Museum in Alert Bay

U'mista Cultural Centre

This must-see longhouse-like facility proudly displays dozens of culturally priceless indigenous artifacts confiscated when potlatch ceremonies were outlawed in Canada. Distributed to museums and collections around …
Top Choice Museum in Victoria

Miniature World

Tucked along the side of the Empress Hotel, this old-school hidden gem is a must-see, especially if you appreciate the craft of extremely intricate model-making. Lined with dozens of diminutive diorama scenes, divid…
Top Choice Museum in Victoria

Craigdarroch Castle

One of Canada's finest stately home attractions, this elegant turreted mansion illuminates the lives of the city's Victorian-era super-rich. Lined with sumptuous wood paneling and stained-glass windows, the rooms ar…