Nic’s guidebook

Nic
Nic’s guidebook

Sightseeing

Welcome to Stanley Park, Vancouver's first, largest, and most beloved urban park! Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of the urban landscape of Vancouver. Explore the 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest and enjoy scenic views of water, mountains, sky, and majestic trees along Stanley Park's famous Seawall. Discover kilometres of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, great eats, natural, cultural and historical landmarks, along with many other adventures. The park offers a wide range of unforgettable experiences for all ages and interests, including Canada’s largest aquarium.
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Stanley Park
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SEASONAL so check for dates. Play land is a great place for kids and adults. It has all kinds of rides including two roller coasters, with one being a 50+ year-old wooden antique. At Playland there is also the Flume (log chute), AtmosFear and Drop Zone (the last of which is kind of like bungee-jumping, except that they shoot you up through the air). There are also all kinds of rides for tiny folk. Playland is a great place – it’s not modern and fancy like Disneyland, but still tons of fun. Think of Playland kind of like a large fancy midway carnival that comes to your town once a year and sets up in a parking lot – with the usual Tilt-a-Whirl, Scrambler and Ferris Wheel. Playland has some fancier rides too though, like the giant Wave Swinger, the Beast and Hellevator. It’s impressive and kids love the place!
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Playland at the PNE
2901 E Hastings St
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SEASONAL so check for dates. Play land is a great place for kids and adults. It has all kinds of rides including two roller coasters, with one being a 50+ year-old wooden antique. At Playland there is also the Flume (log chute), AtmosFear and Drop Zone (the last of which is kind of like bungee-jumping, except that they shoot you up through the air). There are also all kinds of rides for tiny folk. Playland is a great place – it’s not modern and fancy like Disneyland, but still tons of fun. Think of Playland kind of like a large fancy midway carnival that comes to your town once a year and sets up in a parking lot – with the usual Tilt-a-Whirl, Scrambler and Ferris Wheel. Playland has some fancier rides too though, like the giant Wave Swinger, the Beast and Hellevator. It’s impressive and kids love the place!
In the early 1900s, Granville Island was home to factories, plants and sawmills. Things are a little different today—Granville Island is both a locals’ favorite and a huge draw for visitors. Technically a sandspit and not an island, the neighbourhood sits just south of the downtown peninsula, right under the Granville Bridge. The Granville Island Public Market acts as a hub of activity, but it’s also one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theatres, artisan workshops and craft studios. Aquabus Photo: TOTORORO.RORO / Flickr Seeing and Doing One of the best ways to get to Granville Island is one of the adorable mini-tugboat ferries that criss-cross False Creek – they’re favourites among young and old! Once you’re there, the biggest attraction on Granville Island is the Public Market. Housed indoors, there are endless rows of stalls that feature fresh produce, gourmet foods, baked goods, and seafood. For the food-focused, a walking tour of the market can be a great way to get an insider’s insight. Outside of the market, catch a show at one of the many theatres on the island, browse an art gallery show, or appeal to your outdoorsy side with a kayaking or paddleboarding tour. Sandbar Restaurant Granville Island Eating and Drinking The market itself is often described as a “food lover’s paradise,” and an impromptu picnic is easily picked up between vendors offering cheese, charcuterie, bread and fresh produce. If you’re looking for something casual but already put together, try the popular food court at the end of the market building. If a restaurant is more your style, there are some great seafood offerings down here, and there’s nothing like dining by the waterfront. Don’t forget to fill your glass while you’re down here! The area is home to an artisan sake maker (the first in Canada), a spirits distillery, and two breweries. Granville Island Carving Area Shopping and Souvenirs With a mix of unique crafts, skilled artisans, outdoor outfitters and deluxe gourmet stores, Granville Island is one of the best places in the city to purchase souvenirs for back home. The public market is a great place to start; pick up smoked salmon, exclusive teas, and other gourmet goodies. Check out the stores in the Net Loft building for First Nations artworks, B.C. wines, and other unique gifts. Take a stroll along Railspur Alley and the far end of the island to peek into artisan studios where glassblowers, potters, jewellers and even a broom maker ply their crafts. For more information, visit Granville Island online.
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Granville Island
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In the early 1900s, Granville Island was home to factories, plants and sawmills. Things are a little different today—Granville Island is both a locals’ favorite and a huge draw for visitors. Technically a sandspit and not an island, the neighbourhood sits just south of the downtown peninsula, right under the Granville Bridge. The Granville Island Public Market acts as a hub of activity, but it’s also one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theatres, artisan workshops and craft studios. Aquabus Photo: TOTORORO.RORO / Flickr Seeing and Doing One of the best ways to get to Granville Island is one of the adorable mini-tugboat ferries that criss-cross False Creek – they’re favourites among young and old! Once you’re there, the biggest attraction on Granville Island is the Public Market. Housed indoors, there are endless rows of stalls that feature fresh produce, gourmet foods, baked goods, and seafood. For the food-focused, a walking tour of the market can be a great way to get an insider’s insight. Outside of the market, catch a show at one of the many theatres on the island, browse an art gallery show, or appeal to your outdoorsy side with a kayaking or paddleboarding tour. Sandbar Restaurant Granville Island Eating and Drinking The market itself is often described as a “food lover’s paradise,” and an impromptu picnic is easily picked up between vendors offering cheese, charcuterie, bread and fresh produce. If you’re looking for something casual but already put together, try the popular food court at the end of the market building. If a restaurant is more your style, there are some great seafood offerings down here, and there’s nothing like dining by the waterfront. Don’t forget to fill your glass while you’re down here! The area is home to an artisan sake maker (the first in Canada), a spirits distillery, and two breweries. Granville Island Carving Area Shopping and Souvenirs With a mix of unique crafts, skilled artisans, outdoor outfitters and deluxe gourmet stores, Granville Island is one of the best places in the city to purchase souvenirs for back home. The public market is a great place to start; pick up smoked salmon, exclusive teas, and other gourmet goodies. Check out the stores in the Net Loft building for First Nations artworks, B.C. wines, and other unique gifts. Take a stroll along Railspur Alley and the far end of the island to peek into artisan studios where glassblowers, potters, jewellers and even a broom maker ply their crafts. For more information, visit Granville Island online.
Departing from Granville Island in downtown Vancouver, the Wild Whales experience allows you to observe whales and the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast in their natural habitat. It is an unforgettable, trip of a lifetime! Board one of our four vessels at Vancouver’s unique and historic Granville Island. Keep your cameras ready as you travel down False Creek and into English Bay, where the views of Vancouver, the Coast Mountains and Stanley Park are unparalleled. From English Bay, we pass the Fraser River estuary into the Strait of Georgia. Every trip, every day is different as we explore the Canadian Gulf Islands, the US San Juan Islands and beyond in search of our killer whales, humpbacks, and all of the other wildlife along the way. Sightings guaranteed or your next trip is free! Our trips vary greatly in length, from 3-6 hours. We are often asked why we have such variation in our schedule. The answer? The wildlife we are looking for is unpredictable. Whales are always moving and searching for food, we cannot say where they will be from one day to the next. However, we want to give all of our guests the opportunity to experience these amazing mammals. We will therefore travel those extra miles on days when the whales are further away from Vancouver. Departures We offer daily departures from downtown Vancouver beginning April until the end of October. Reservations are always recommended and we ask you to arrive at our office 45 minutes before your scheduled departure. Trips can last anywhere from 3-6 hours depending where the whales are found.
Wild Whales Vancouver
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Departing from Granville Island in downtown Vancouver, the Wild Whales experience allows you to observe whales and the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast in their natural habitat. It is an unforgettable, trip of a lifetime! Board one of our four vessels at Vancouver’s unique and historic Granville Island. Keep your cameras ready as you travel down False Creek and into English Bay, where the views of Vancouver, the Coast Mountains and Stanley Park are unparalleled. From English Bay, we pass the Fraser River estuary into the Strait of Georgia. Every trip, every day is different as we explore the Canadian Gulf Islands, the US San Juan Islands and beyond in search of our killer whales, humpbacks, and all of the other wildlife along the way. Sightings guaranteed or your next trip is free! Our trips vary greatly in length, from 3-6 hours. We are often asked why we have such variation in our schedule. The answer? The wildlife we are looking for is unpredictable. Whales are always moving and searching for food, we cannot say where they will be from one day to the next. However, we want to give all of our guests the opportunity to experience these amazing mammals. We will therefore travel those extra miles on days when the whales are further away from Vancouver. Departures We offer daily departures from downtown Vancouver beginning April until the end of October. Reservations are always recommended and we ask you to arrive at our office 45 minutes before your scheduled departure. Trips can last anywhere from 3-6 hours depending where the whales are found.
Walk across the magnificent Capilano Suspension Bridge Try out the new Cliffwalk and have unobstructed views of the canyon Explore the temperate rainforest through the eyes of a squirrel on the Treetops Adventure Take a complimentary guided history or nature walk Free shuttle between downtown Vancouver and Capilano Suspension Bridge
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Capilano Suspension Bridge
3735 Capilano Rd
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Walk across the magnificent Capilano Suspension Bridge Try out the new Cliffwalk and have unobstructed views of the canyon Explore the temperate rainforest through the eyes of a squirrel on the Treetops Adventure Take a complimentary guided history or nature walk Free shuttle between downtown Vancouver and Capilano Suspension Bridge
Guarantee your ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola with this day trip See some of the best views of the coastal rain forest and Howe Sound from up in the air Explore all Whistler has to offer at your own pace
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Sea to Sky Gondola
36800 BC-99
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Guarantee your ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola with this day trip See some of the best views of the coastal rain forest and Howe Sound from up in the air Explore all Whistler has to offer at your own pace
It’s easy to be dazzled by Vancouver’s geographical splendor, but to properly get acquainted with this city, you have to start at the beginning, the very beginning. Vancouver and what is known as the Lower Mainland was peopled some 10,000 years ago. Overlooking the Burrard Inlet, on campus at the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Anthropology offers up a mosaic of Aboriginal works, both ancient and contemporary, all weaving together a story that is rarely told to visitors of this great city. If you really want to learn about the city’s roots, and its relationship with the global community, this is one of the most important things to do in Vancouver.
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Museum of Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Dr
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It’s easy to be dazzled by Vancouver’s geographical splendor, but to properly get acquainted with this city, you have to start at the beginning, the very beginning. Vancouver and what is known as the Lower Mainland was peopled some 10,000 years ago. Overlooking the Burrard Inlet, on campus at the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Anthropology offers up a mosaic of Aboriginal works, both ancient and contemporary, all weaving together a story that is rarely told to visitors of this great city. If you really want to learn about the city’s roots, and its relationship with the global community, this is one of the most important things to do in Vancouver.
If getting up close and personal with mother nature is your idea of the perfect day out, ocean kayaking is one of the most popular things to do in Vancouver, and Deep Cove is one of the best and safest places to do it in Canada. A tranquil paddle up Indian Arm, a picturesque fjord where the forests creatures come down to the water’s edge to greet you with curiosity.
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Deep Cove Kayak Centre
2156 Banbury Rd
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If getting up close and personal with mother nature is your idea of the perfect day out, ocean kayaking is one of the most popular things to do in Vancouver, and Deep Cove is one of the best and safest places to do it in Canada. A tranquil paddle up Indian Arm, a picturesque fjord where the forests creatures come down to the water’s edge to greet you with curiosity.
You don't have to love hockey or even sports to love watching a live game with our world famous hockey team!
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Vancouver Canucks
800 Griffiths Way
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You don't have to love hockey or even sports to love watching a live game with our world famous hockey team!
If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with what lies beneath the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean, or what’s living above in canopies of the Brazilian Amazon, the Vancouver Aquarium gives you that opportunity. One of North Americas largest aquariums, and conveniently located in the heart of Stanley Park, this attraction is one of the most popular things to do in Vancouver. There is lot’s to see, and as the Aquarium sees a regular rotation of unique exhibits, you may want to give yourself at least a day to come nose-to-nose with Belugas and learn about how essential the salmon is here in the Coastal ecosystem.
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Vancouver Aquarium
845 Avison Way
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If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with what lies beneath the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean, or what’s living above in canopies of the Brazilian Amazon, the Vancouver Aquarium gives you that opportunity. One of North Americas largest aquariums, and conveniently located in the heart of Stanley Park, this attraction is one of the most popular things to do in Vancouver. There is lot’s to see, and as the Aquarium sees a regular rotation of unique exhibits, you may want to give yourself at least a day to come nose-to-nose with Belugas and learn about how essential the salmon is here in the Coastal ecosystem.
Shop until you drop.
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Robson Street
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Shop until you drop.

Neighborhoods

Chinatown is known for its buzzing food scene, which includes traditional Asian bakeries, dim sum restaurants and hip cocktail bars. Jars of ginseng and dried fish line the shelves of old-school apothecaries, while Chinese groceries stocked with live seafood and exotic vegetables share the streets with indie fashion shops. Nearby, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has tranquil paths and pavilions.
Lively Gastown is known for its whistling Steam Clock and mix of souvenir shops, indie art galleries and decor stores in Victorian buildings. A trendy food and drink scene includes chic cocktail lounges and restaurants serving everything from gourmet sandwiches to local seafood. Hip eateries also dot the neighboring Downtown Eastside area, while the up-and-coming Railtown district is home to edgy fashion studios.
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Gastown
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Lively Gastown is known for its whistling Steam Clock and mix of souvenir shops, indie art galleries and decor stores in Victorian buildings. A trendy food and drink scene includes chic cocktail lounges and restaurants serving everything from gourmet sandwiches to local seafood. Hip eateries also dot the neighboring Downtown Eastside area, while the up-and-coming Railtown district is home to edgy fashion studios.
Chinatown is known for its buzzing food scene, which includes traditional Asian bakeries, dim sum restaurants and hip cocktail bars. Jars of ginseng and dried fish line the shelves of old-school apothecaries, while Chinese groceries stocked with live seafood and exotic vegetables share the streets with indie fashion shops. Nearby, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has tranquil paths and pavilions.
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Chinatown
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Chinatown is known for its buzzing food scene, which includes traditional Asian bakeries, dim sum restaurants and hip cocktail bars. Jars of ginseng and dried fish line the shelves of old-school apothecaries, while Chinese groceries stocked with live seafood and exotic vegetables share the streets with indie fashion shops. Nearby, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has tranquil paths and pavilions.

Food scene

Reminiscent of the all-night shopping extravaganzas seen across Asia, the Richmond Night Market offers a food and retail experience unmatched anywhere else in Canada. 74.1 per cent of Richmond’s population claims Asian heritage, so it’s no surprise the Richmond Night Market showcases an impressive cross-section of cultures and cuisine—over 100 food stalls and over 200 retail vendors.
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Richmond Night Market
8351 River Rd
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Reminiscent of the all-night shopping extravaganzas seen across Asia, the Richmond Night Market offers a food and retail experience unmatched anywhere else in Canada. 74.1 per cent of Richmond’s population claims Asian heritage, so it’s no surprise the Richmond Night Market showcases an impressive cross-section of cultures and cuisine—over 100 food stalls and over 200 retail vendors.
Choose your tour, loosen your belt buckle, and get ready to enjoy some of Vancouver's most delicious food and drink.
Vancouver Foodie Tours
1592 Johnston St
Choose your tour, loosen your belt buckle, and get ready to enjoy some of Vancouver's most delicious food and drink.