We are quite certain the cruise you're coming back from, or the one you're about to board, will be jam-packed with entertainment, sightseeing and some good eating. But who is to say that the fun has to stop there? Even with a short amount of time in Vancouver, there is so much sightseeing that can be done without having to stray too far from the Cruise Ship Terminal at Canada Place. It doesn't matter if you have as little as an hour, or as much as a day – take advantage of these fun attractions.
A cruise ship departs Canada Place — Photo courtesy of Natasha John
Right at Canada Place is the Canadian Trail, which is a fun and educational attraction that will give you some insight into Canada's history. The summer of 2013 will also see a new attraction landing at Canada Place, and FlyOver Canada is soon to be one of Vancouver's most popular attractions. This area around Canada Place also has a few pieces of public art that make a great picture!
A few blocks up from Canada Place is the Vancouver Lookout Harbour Centre Tower, and this is the attraction to go to if you want to see a full 360-view of Vancouver and its surroundings. The 53-second elevator ride to the top transports you to the lookout area. While you make your way around the space, there are information pieces that explain what you're looking at.
Gastown is right down the street from Canada Place, and this is where you will find the monument dedicated to 'Gassy' Jack, the man Vancouver credits to founding Gastown, trendy boutiques, cute cafes, swanky restaurants and the Steam Clock. Gastown's architecture is unlike the rest of Vancouver, and its cobbled streets, old buildings and heritage street lamps are worth checking out and taking a few pictures.
Pixelated Orca in Vancouver — Photo courtesy of Natasha John
The Vancouver Art Gallery is about a 15-minute walk from Canada Place. This building used to be Vancouver's old courthouse and is now home to the works of well-known artists from around the globe. The exhibitions change every couple of months, so don't hesitate to make a repeat visit if you've been before!
The Gallery Cafe is located up the stairs from the main lobby and has one of Vancouver's best patios. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy some people watching with other locals.
If you don't want to stray too far from the cruise ship terminal, don't worry. You'll see that there is plenty to do within just a few blocks of Canada Place!