Top ChoicePark in Downtown & West End

Stanley Park

Stanley Park

This magnificent 404-hectare park combines excellent attractions with a mystical natural aura. Don’t miss a stroll or a cycle (rentals near the W Georgia St entrance) around the 8.8km seawall: a kind of visual...

Top ChoicePark in North Shore

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

As you inch gingerly across one of the world's longest (140m) and highest (70m) pedestrian suspension bridges, swaying gently over roiling Capilano Canyon, remember that its thick steel cables are firmly embedded...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Main Street

Science World

Science World

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 crammed with rugged fun (yes, you can lift 2028kg)....

Top ChoiceMuseum in Downtown & West End

Roedde House Museum

Roedde House Museum

For a glimpse of what the West End looked like before the apartment blocks, visit this handsome 1893 Queen Anne–style mansion, now a lovingly preserved museum. Designed by infamous architect Francis Rattenbury,...

Top ChoiceGardens in Fairview & South Granville

VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden

This highly popular green-thumbed oasis is a 22-hectare, 255,000-plant idyll that offers a strollable web of pathways weaving through specialized garden areas: the Rhododendron Walk blazes with color in spring,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Gastown & Chinatown

Vancouver Police Museum & Archives

Vancouver Police Museum & Archives

Illuminating Vancouver's crime-and-vice-addled history, this quirky museum has had a recent makeover, uncovering the former coroner's courtroom (spot the elaborate cross-hatched ceiling) and sprucing up exhibits...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Museum of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology

Vancouver's best museum is studded with spectacular indigenous totem poles and breathtaking carvings – but it's also teeming with artifacts from cultures around the world, from intricate Swedish lace to bright...

Top ChoicePark in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Arbutus Greenway

A former disused urban rail line that's being transformed by the city into a cool linear park, this 8.5km-long flora-fringed walking and cycling route is already paved and open to the public. Running south to the...

Top ChoiceGardens in Fairview & South Granville

Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory

Cresting the hill in Queen Elizabeth Park, this domed conservatory is a delightful rainy-day warm-up. At Vancouver's best-value paid attraction, you'll find tropical trees and plants bristling with hundreds of...

Top ChoiceGallery in Downtown & West End

Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery

Combining blockbuster international shows with selections from its striking contemporary collection, the VAG is a magnet for art fans. There are often three or four different exhibitions on its public levels but...

Top ChoiceMarket in Yaletown & Granville Island

Granville Island Public Market

Granville Island Public Market

Granville Island's highlight is the covered Public Market, a multisensory smorgasbord of fish, cheese, fruit, teas and bakery treats (near-legendary Lee's Donuts included). Pick up some fixings for a picnic at...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Downtown & West End

Marine Building

Marine Building

Vancouver's most romantic old-school tower block, and also its best art-deco building, the elegant 22-story Marine Building is a tribute to the city's maritime past. Check out its elaborate exterior of seahorses,...

Top ChoiceGallery in North Shore

Polygon Gallery

North Van's former Presentation House Gallery renamed itself and relocated to this dramatic, sawtooth-roofed waterfront landmark in 2017, providing greatly increased wall space for the multiple exhibitions staged...

Top ChoiceGardens in Gastown & Chinatown

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden & Park

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden & Park

A tranquil break from bustling Chinatown, this intimate 'garden of ease' reflects Taoist principles of balance and harmony. Entry includes an optional 45-minute guided tour, in which you'll learn about the...

Waterfront in Downtown & West End

Stanley Park Seawall

Stanley Park Seawall

Built between 1917 and 1980, the 8.8km seawall trail is Vancouver's favorite outdoor hangout. Encircling the whole of Stanley Park, it offers spectacular waterfront, mountain-fringed vistas on one side and dense...

Museum in North Shore

Fort Langley National Historic Site

A fortified trading post since 1827, this is where James Douglas announced the creation of British Columbia in 1858, giving the site a legitimate claim to being the province's birthplace. With costumed...

Beach in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Kitsilano Beach

Facing English Bay, Kits Beach is one of Vancouver's favorite summertime hangouts. The wide, sandy expanse attracts buff Frisbee tossers and giggling volleyball players, and those who just like to preen while...

Beach in Downtown & West End

Second Beach & Third Beach

Second Beach & Third Beach

Second Beach is a family-friendly area on Stanley Park's western side, with a grassy playground, an ice-cream-serving concession and the Stanley Park Pitch & Putt course. In summer, there are free outdoor...

Lake in Downtown & West End

Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon

This rustic area near Stanley Park's entrance was originally part of Coal Harbour. But after a causeway was built in 1916, the new body of water was renamed, transforming itself into a freshwater lake a few years...

Farm in North Shore

Maplewood Farm

This popular farmyard attraction includes plenty of hands-on displays, plus a collection of more than 200 birds and domestic farm animals. Your wide-eyed kids can pet some animals, watch the milking...