The Drive's grassy alfresco neighborhood hangout is named after the sterling views peeking between its trees: to the north are the looming North Shore mountains and to the west is a cityscape vista of twinkling glass towers. Teeming with buskers, dreadlocked drummers and impromptu sidewalk sales, the park is a big summertime lure for locals and Drive visitors.

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1. Monte Clark Gallery

1.16 MILES

Joining its arty, white-walled brethren here in 2013, Monte Clark is well worth a look. Past exhibitors have included photography by local-boy-made-good…

2. Equinox Gallery

1.18 MILES

One of Vancouver's oldest established private galleries, Equinox pioneered this area's arty new credentials by being one of the first big names to move…

3. Macaulay & Co Fine Art

1.32 MILES

One of the area's top smaller galleries represents a stable of brilliant, newer artists who may be the next big thing. Look out for eye-popping…

4. Vancouver Police Museum & Archives

1.42 MILES

Illuminating Vancouver's crime-and-vice-addled history, this quirky museum has had a recent makeover, uncovering the former coroner's courtroom (spot the…

5. Carnegie Community Centre

1.42 MILES

The city's first public library was a landmark corner building funded by US philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in the early 1900s. Now a community center…

6. Science World

1.51 MILES

Under Vancouver's favorite geodesic dome (OK, it's only one), this ever-popular science showcase has tonnes of hands-on galleries and a cool outdoor park…

7. Playland

1.57 MILES

Combining traditional rides and thrill-making coasters, this is Vancouver's main fairground attraction.