Guidebook to Vancouver

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Guidebook to Vancouver

Sightseeing

Take a walk on Vancouver's wild side as you stand 230 feet (70 m) above the waters of the Capilano River on a breathtaking 450-foot-long (137-m) suspension bridge. Appreciate nature from 3 breathtaking perspectives at this sprawling urban park—the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Treetops Adventure, and the thrilling Cliffwalk. Head north of city centre and arrive at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. This 27-acre (11-ha) park was made famous by its namesake bridge, which was built back in 1889, and has been added onto with even more attractions to let you experience the temperate rainforest of beautiful British Columbia. Start your exploration by taking a vertigo-defying walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, gazing down at the Capilano River and at the towering conifers and pines that flank the mountainsides. From there, test your daring on the Cliffwalk, a cantilevered walkway that hugs a granite cliff face. In some sections, open grated walkways are all that stands between your feet and the canyon below. Next, get a squirrel's-eye view of the forest at the Treetops Adventure, 7 suspension bridges nestled among the Douglas firs at heights up to 110 feet (33.5 m) above the forest floor. For a contactless experience, our Kids’ Rainforest Explorers Programme will now be offered in a downloadable Agents of Discovery App. Our Kids’ Rainforest Explorers Programme is a self-guided interactive kids programme which allows kids (of all ages) to explore the rainforest looking for signs and collecting research data while learning all about our West Coast rainforest. Before leaving, pay a visit to Kia'palano, where you can admire totem poles and learn about the history of British Columbia's First Nations people.
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Capilano Suspension Bridge
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Take a walk on Vancouver's wild side as you stand 230 feet (70 m) above the waters of the Capilano River on a breathtaking 450-foot-long (137-m) suspension bridge. Appreciate nature from 3 breathtaking perspectives at this sprawling urban park—the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Treetops Adventure, and the thrilling Cliffwalk. Head north of city centre and arrive at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. This 27-acre (11-ha) park was made famous by its namesake bridge, which was built back in 1889, and has been added onto with even more attractions to let you experience the temperate rainforest of beautiful British Columbia. Start your exploration by taking a vertigo-defying walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, gazing down at the Capilano River and at the towering conifers and pines that flank the mountainsides. From there, test your daring on the Cliffwalk, a cantilevered walkway that hugs a granite cliff face. In some sections, open grated walkways are all that stands between your feet and the canyon below. Next, get a squirrel's-eye view of the forest at the Treetops Adventure, 7 suspension bridges nestled among the Douglas firs at heights up to 110 feet (33.5 m) above the forest floor. For a contactless experience, our Kids’ Rainforest Explorers Programme will now be offered in a downloadable Agents of Discovery App. Our Kids’ Rainforest Explorers Programme is a self-guided interactive kids programme which allows kids (of all ages) to explore the rainforest looking for signs and collecting research data while learning all about our West Coast rainforest. Before leaving, pay a visit to Kia'palano, where you can admire totem poles and learn about the history of British Columbia's First Nations people.
This popular year-round attraction is a hub of culture, nature, and activities just 15 minutes from downtown. Grouse Mountain has been a destination for hikers and adventurers since 1894.The site has undergone extensive upgrades and expansions in the decades since the world’s first double chairlift was installed in 1949. It now offers visitors a range of ways to enjoy the stunning natural beauty. Winter sports enthusiasts can choose from traditional snow activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. There are dozens of ski runs, ranging from easy to black-diamond level for experts only. If you’re a beginner, book a ski or snowboard lesson before heading out. If you prefer to relax while enjoying the sights, take a sleigh ride through the winter terrain. Snow "limos" are available, complete with experienced chauffeurs to take you on a sled ride of the slopes. In summer, book a zip line experience and soar above the canyons and forests. Learn a little bit about the history and culture of the area at the entertaining Lumberjack Show. This 45-minute performance features axe throwing, a springboard chop, tree climb and log rolling. Performances are held three times a day from the May long weekend until the October long weekend and are weather dependent, so check the current conditions on the Grouse Mountain website before traveling. Nature lovers should check out the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife and the Birds in Motion show. Look out for the informative ranger talks and learn about the local animals. When you need to recharge, there are a number of restaurants and cafés located on-site, offering everything from quick snacks to five-star dining. The proximity of the attraction to the center of Vancouver makes it a great option for a day trip. Getting to Grouse Mountain is easy with buses running regularly from downtown Vancouver. It’s also a quick drive from downtown. Prices and activities vary for the busy winter and slower summer seasons.
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Grouse Mountain
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This popular year-round attraction is a hub of culture, nature, and activities just 15 minutes from downtown. Grouse Mountain has been a destination for hikers and adventurers since 1894.The site has undergone extensive upgrades and expansions in the decades since the world’s first double chairlift was installed in 1949. It now offers visitors a range of ways to enjoy the stunning natural beauty. Winter sports enthusiasts can choose from traditional snow activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. There are dozens of ski runs, ranging from easy to black-diamond level for experts only. If you’re a beginner, book a ski or snowboard lesson before heading out. If you prefer to relax while enjoying the sights, take a sleigh ride through the winter terrain. Snow "limos" are available, complete with experienced chauffeurs to take you on a sled ride of the slopes. In summer, book a zip line experience and soar above the canyons and forests. Learn a little bit about the history and culture of the area at the entertaining Lumberjack Show. This 45-minute performance features axe throwing, a springboard chop, tree climb and log rolling. Performances are held three times a day from the May long weekend until the October long weekend and are weather dependent, so check the current conditions on the Grouse Mountain website before traveling. Nature lovers should check out the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife and the Birds in Motion show. Look out for the informative ranger talks and learn about the local animals. When you need to recharge, there are a number of restaurants and cafés located on-site, offering everything from quick snacks to five-star dining. The proximity of the attraction to the center of Vancouver makes it a great option for a day trip. Getting to Grouse Mountain is easy with buses running regularly from downtown Vancouver. It’s also a quick drive from downtown. Prices and activities vary for the busy winter and slower summer seasons.
Ambleside is a perfect place to spend summer days at the beach and go for strolls year-round while admiring the views of Stanley Park across the water and ships going under the Lions Gate Bridge. From Ambleside, you can walk all the way to Dundarave, another little village area in West Vancouver. You will pass soccer fields, children’s playgrounds and sandy beaches along the way. Ambleside is the location of West Vancouver’s main festivals. These include the Persian New Year Fire Festival in mid-March, West Vancouver Community Day in early June, the Harmony Arts Festival in early August, Ambleside Live Rock Festival in late August and the Coho Festival in early September each year. From May until October, Ambleside is also home to West Vancouver’s weekly farmers market. The market takes place on Sundays from 10 am until 3 pm at the entrance to the park.
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Ambleside Beach
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Ambleside is a perfect place to spend summer days at the beach and go for strolls year-round while admiring the views of Stanley Park across the water and ships going under the Lions Gate Bridge. From Ambleside, you can walk all the way to Dundarave, another little village area in West Vancouver. You will pass soccer fields, children’s playgrounds and sandy beaches along the way. Ambleside is the location of West Vancouver’s main festivals. These include the Persian New Year Fire Festival in mid-March, West Vancouver Community Day in early June, the Harmony Arts Festival in early August, Ambleside Live Rock Festival in late August and the Coho Festival in early September each year. From May until October, Ambleside is also home to West Vancouver’s weekly farmers market. The market takes place on Sundays from 10 am until 3 pm at the entrance to the park.
Eat Fresh & Live Local. A welcoming and versatile gathering place that promotes social connection. The Quay is the place to bring the community and visitors together to interact and share experiences; to explore, enjoy and learn about locally made food, drink, and products in a fun, vibrant setting.
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Lonsdale Quay Market
123 Carrie Cates Ct
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Eat Fresh & Live Local. A welcoming and versatile gathering place that promotes social connection. The Quay is the place to bring the community and visitors together to interact and share experiences; to explore, enjoy and learn about locally made food, drink, and products in a fun, vibrant setting.
Lynn Canyon is a beautiful, densely forested, natural park located in North Vancouver. The park has a variety of well-maintained, easy and accessible hiking trails, some waterfalls and gorgeous lush plant life. Lynn Canyon is a peaceful place to go for a hike and enjoy the gorgeous natural environment. The main attraction here is the suspension bridge which crosses a deep gorge. It is a fantastic (and free) alternative to the more expensive and touristy Capilano Suspension Bridge nearby.
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Lynn Canyon Park
3690 Park Rd
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Lynn Canyon is a beautiful, densely forested, natural park located in North Vancouver. The park has a variety of well-maintained, easy and accessible hiking trails, some waterfalls and gorgeous lush plant life. Lynn Canyon is a peaceful place to go for a hike and enjoy the gorgeous natural environment. The main attraction here is the suspension bridge which crosses a deep gorge. It is a fantastic (and free) alternative to the more expensive and touristy Capilano Suspension Bridge nearby.

Neighbourhoods

Gastown is one of the busiest and most popular Vancouver Nightlife Districts; it's home to bars, pubs, and several of Vancouver's Best Cocktail Bars (including The Diamond and L'Abattoir). Gastown restaurants include several unique restaurants from pioneering Gastown restauranteur Sean Heather, including The Irish Heather (and it's famous Long Table Series of communal dining) and Judas Goat. Other popular restaurants include the Pourhouse and Chill Winston (which has one of the best patios in Vancouver).
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Gastown
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Gastown is one of the busiest and most popular Vancouver Nightlife Districts; it's home to bars, pubs, and several of Vancouver's Best Cocktail Bars (including The Diamond and L'Abattoir). Gastown restaurants include several unique restaurants from pioneering Gastown restauranteur Sean Heather, including The Irish Heather (and it's famous Long Table Series of communal dining) and Judas Goat. Other popular restaurants include the Pourhouse and Chill Winston (which has one of the best patios in Vancouver).
From the butcher to the baker and everything in between the village is a one-stop shop for all the local residents. One of the newest and nicest children’s playgrounds in the area is Murdo Fraser Park which also features tennis courts, a duck pond and a trail that leads up to Edgemont Village. Multiple movies and TV shows are filmed in Murdo Fraser Park by the cabin near the duck pond, check out our ‘To Do’ page to see a list of them. Edgemont Village is also known for its mid-century modern architecture.
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Edgemont Boulevard
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From the butcher to the baker and everything in between the village is a one-stop shop for all the local residents. One of the newest and nicest children’s playgrounds in the area is Murdo Fraser Park which also features tennis courts, a duck pond and a trail that leads up to Edgemont Village. Multiple movies and TV shows are filmed in Murdo Fraser Park by the cabin near the duck pond, check out our ‘To Do’ page to see a list of them. Edgemont Village is also known for its mid-century modern architecture.

Food scene

Granville Island is a popular place year round. In the summer the place is especially vibrant and there is often live entertainment outside. Around Christmas there are festive lights, and throughout the year there are plays to watch, events to enjoy and restaurants to eat at. The views of the city across the water are spectacular 365 days of the year. At Granville Island there is a world-famous indoor Public Market with vendors selling everything from fresh fruit and fish, to cheese, pastries and maple syrup. There are also boutiques selling beautiful and unique artisan products in the Net Loft, in Railspur Alley and all around the area. Granville Island is also home to a wide variety of art studios, galleries, restaurants and theatres.
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Granville Island
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Granville Island is a popular place year round. In the summer the place is especially vibrant and there is often live entertainment outside. Around Christmas there are festive lights, and throughout the year there are plays to watch, events to enjoy and restaurants to eat at. The views of the city across the water are spectacular 365 days of the year. At Granville Island there is a world-famous indoor Public Market with vendors selling everything from fresh fruit and fish, to cheese, pastries and maple syrup. There are also boutiques selling beautiful and unique artisan products in the Net Loft, in Railspur Alley and all around the area. Granville Island is also home to a wide variety of art studios, galleries, restaurants and theatres.
This is one of the best places to get some amazing chocolate creations ever. Their artistry is at the top! Some unusual flavours for their cakes and they match them so well with chocolate. It’s always busy so finding a parking can be a challenge. If you are looking for a nice sandwich, croissant or coffee this is a place to go to
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Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie
998 Harbourside Dr
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This is one of the best places to get some amazing chocolate creations ever. Their artistry is at the top! Some unusual flavours for their cakes and they match them so well with chocolate. It’s always busy so finding a parking can be a challenge. If you are looking for a nice sandwich, croissant or coffee this is a place to go to
The Dope Bakehouse location of Nemesis is located outside of The Polygon Gallery. Featuring single-origin coffees, pastries and a brunch-focused cafe menu.
Nemesis Coffee Polygon
101 Carrie Cates Court
The Dope Bakehouse location of Nemesis is located outside of The Polygon Gallery. Featuring single-origin coffees, pastries and a brunch-focused cafe menu.
Full service Italian restaurant specializing in wood fired Neapolitan pizza. They also now serve brunch on saturday and sunday.
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Nicli Antica Pizzeria
3142 Highland Blvd
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Full service Italian restaurant specializing in wood fired Neapolitan pizza. They also now serve brunch on saturday and sunday.

City/town information

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER Join over 2 Million Adventurers Already Connected. Your Email Address GET CONNECTED Whistler needs no introduction. Home to Whistler Blackcomb, North America’s largest ski resort, this year-round mountain playground is glamorous and youthful with an adventurous soul. Just beyond the comforts and cafes of Whistler, the meandering trails and ancient forests of British Columbia’s untamed wilderness beckon casual adventurers and outdoor purists alike. Pair a morning of crisp turns on the mountain with an afternoon on the golf course, or spend your day mountain biking, hiking, or relaxing lakeside.
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Whistler
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SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER Join over 2 Million Adventurers Already Connected. Your Email Address GET CONNECTED Whistler needs no introduction. Home to Whistler Blackcomb, North America’s largest ski resort, this year-round mountain playground is glamorous and youthful with an adventurous soul. Just beyond the comforts and cafes of Whistler, the meandering trails and ancient forests of British Columbia’s untamed wilderness beckon casual adventurers and outdoor purists alike. Pair a morning of crisp turns on the mountain with an afternoon on the golf course, or spend your day mountain biking, hiking, or relaxing lakeside.

Summer Sports

Deep Cove is a beautiful seaside village at the far eastern edge of North Vancouver. It’s a wonderful place for walks, hikes, kayaking and paddle boarding. There are a couple of nice parks along the waterfront which on Friday evenings in the summer play host to free live music concerts. The sheltered bay is perfect for photos and boating, and kayak, paddle board, and canoe rentals are available during the warmer season. Boating of any kind in Deep Cove is highly recommended.
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Deep Cove
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Deep Cove is a beautiful seaside village at the far eastern edge of North Vancouver. It’s a wonderful place for walks, hikes, kayaking and paddle boarding. There are a couple of nice parks along the waterfront which on Friday evenings in the summer play host to free live music concerts. The sheltered bay is perfect for photos and boating, and kayak, paddle board, and canoe rentals are available during the warmer season. Boating of any kind in Deep Cove is highly recommended.

Winter Sports

Cypress Mountain is Vancouver's Spectacular Mountain Playground with 52 Downhill winter skiing and riding runs accessed by 6 chair lifts (2 high speed), plus a magic carpet surface lift in our kids camp area. We also offer 19 kms of track set Cross Country Skiing trails, a Snowtubing park with a tube tow lift, our amazingly popular snowshoeing tours around the historic Hollyburn Lodge built in 1926 and Vancouver’s BEST Sunsets. Located only 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver (Hwy 1-Exit 8 in West Vancouver), Cypress Mountain is proud to provide our skiers, riders and sliders with the most vertical drop, most terrain, most lifts and best snow conditions on the highest peak of Vancouver's Legendary North Shore Mountains. Cypress Mountain was the Official Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard Venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. With the best Winter Skiing & Riding in Vancouver, Canada's most popular Cross Country Skiing Area, a huge Snow Tubing Park, and our unique Snowshoeing Tours, Cypress truly offers something for everyone!
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Cypress Mountain
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Cypress Mountain is Vancouver's Spectacular Mountain Playground with 52 Downhill winter skiing and riding runs accessed by 6 chair lifts (2 high speed), plus a magic carpet surface lift in our kids camp area. We also offer 19 kms of track set Cross Country Skiing trails, a Snowtubing park with a tube tow lift, our amazingly popular snowshoeing tours around the historic Hollyburn Lodge built in 1926 and Vancouver’s BEST Sunsets. Located only 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver (Hwy 1-Exit 8 in West Vancouver), Cypress Mountain is proud to provide our skiers, riders and sliders with the most vertical drop, most terrain, most lifts and best snow conditions on the highest peak of Vancouver's Legendary North Shore Mountains. Cypress Mountain was the Official Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard Venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. With the best Winter Skiing & Riding in Vancouver, Canada's most popular Cross Country Skiing Area, a huge Snow Tubing Park, and our unique Snowshoeing Tours, Cypress truly offers something for everyone!