Enjoy the Sights, Sea to Sky: Sightseeing in Vancouver

Natasha John

By , Local Expert, Vancouver
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Pack your walking shoes and charge up that camera — Vancouver is going to keep you busy. It doesn't matter what time of year you visit, any of these attractions can still be enjoyed. The mild winters and warm summers make Vancouver incredibly versatile.

The city is known for its breathtaking views of the ocean and mountains and there's no better place to enjoy those views than from one of Vancouver's 8 beaches. Located downtown, English Bay Beach is a convenient choice. Pack a picnic and you've got al fresco dining at its finest.

No visit to Vancouver is complete without a stop through Stanley Park. Once there, the world is...  Read more »

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    English Bay Beach

    If you're staying downtown, English Bay Beach is the easiest beach to get to in Vancouver.

    Local Expert Tip: "If the weather is warm, make sure to catch the sunset from English Bay one evening. It's pure bliss!"

     
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    Seawall

    The Seawall is one of a kind and the best way for active folks to explore the city. Plus, the views are spectacular!

    Local Expert Tip: "There are set paths for specific directions and different lanes for those walking or biking, so make sure to be in the correct lane and avoid getting in the way of oncoming traffic."

     
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    Stanley Park

    Stanley Park is larger than New York City's Central Park. As if that wasn't enough, there's so much to do within the grounds.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's a small water park along the Seawall and it's a great way to cool kids down on a hot day. Horse drawn tours are also offered, and a lovely way to see all of Stanley Park."

     
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    Vancouver Art Gallery

    The Vancouver Art Gallery is home to both local and international artists, making it a great place to see local art.

    Local Expert Tip: "Tuesday night is their cheap night, which makes it hard to resist visiting the Gallery. The cafe offers affordable meals, delicious desserts and freshly made coffee."

     
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    Museum of Anthropology

    Learn about Canada's First Nations people at the The Museum of Anthropology and check out a beautiful treasure trove of totem poles and artifacts.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Endowment Lands around UBC have beautiful trails, so after a visit to the MOA, enjoy the campus' surroundings."

     
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    Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

    Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an important piece of Vancouver's culture and history. Plus, it's downright beautiful.

    Local Expert Tip: "Chinatown is a great place to find all sorts of fun trinkets to bring home, so don't miss taking advantage of the shops close to the garden."

     
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    Grouse Mountain

    Grouse Mountain is awesome year-round! Whether you ski in the winter or hike in the summer, the views are stellar.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to bring a camera, the view from the top is awe inspiring. If you're doing the Grouse Grind, be sure to bring plenty of water and pace yourself while you climb the very steep hike."

     
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    Lighthouse Park

    Lighthouse Park gives you the opportunity to step outside the city and literally brush shoulders with the ocean as you hike the pleasant trails.

    Local Expert Tip: "There are a few areas of flat rock, which makes for a perfect spot to take a little rest, snack on a picnic, or take in some sun while a beautiful view makes itself at home in front of you."

     
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    Sea to Sky Gondola

    • Neighborhood: Outside the City

    The views and hikes at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola are unparalleled and suitable for all ages.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can purchase a season's pass to save money."

     
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    Vancouver Aquarium

    The Vancouver Aquarium is one of the best in North America and practices the ethical treatment of animals.

    Local Expert Tip: "They do scheduled shows with the animals and there's a listing inside the aquarium to let you know where and when they will be happening."

     

 

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