Enjoy the Sights, Sea to Sky: Sightseeing in Vancouver

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 your oyster. There you can hop on a horse-drawn tour of the park, ride along the Seawall, take a stroll through the perfectly manicured gardens, cool down in the ocean and explore marine life in the Vancouver Aquarium.

If you enjoy culture and cutting edge architecture, head to the Museum of Anthropology. This architectural masterpiece houses a number of important First Nations pieces, including 38,000 ethnographic and 535,000 archaeological objects and quite a few other beautiful carvings and Totem poles.

Peace and tranquility can be found in Chinatown's Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The intricate designs and beautiful garden create a soothing atmosphere that will help you find your inner zen.

Jacques Cousteau has said that Vancouver has some of the best underwater wildlife in the world, the only problem is that the waters off the coast can be rather chilly. Not interested in putting on a dry suit and submerging yourself under the...  Read More

Outside the City

The Sea to Sky Gondola takes you on a 10-minute ride up the mountain to the Summit Lodge. Once at the top, this magnificent piece of nature is yours to explore. There are hiking trails, a suspension bridge, viewing platforms, mountain biking...  Read More

North Shore
Lighthouse Park
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This rugged, forested park, which is located along West Vancouver's Marine Drive and 20 minutes from downtown, features several trails that lead to tidal pools. In order to keep impact on the environment to a minimum (and to avoid getting lost,...  Read More

Grouse Mountain is open all year long for outdoorsmen and women to enjoy and it's conveniently located right across the water from downtown Vancouver. Hike the Grind, or ride up the Gondola to reach the top, and once there, the scene of the city...  Read More

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Constructed in an authentic Ming Dynasty-style, the garden is renowned as being the first of its type built since the late 15th century. Traditional materials from Suzhou, the Garden City of the People's Republic, were used in the construction....  Read More

Museum of Anthropology

In 1976, the famed museum was completed and open to University of British Columbia's students, and the public. The inspiration behind Arthur Erickson's MOA, as locals call it, was architecture of Northwest Coast First Nations people,...  Read More

Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery is the fifth largest art gallery in all of Canada. The VAG has rotating exhibitions, along with its permanent collection that boasts over 9,100 items. Art junkies will be impressed by the 200 major works by the Group of...  Read More

Stanley Park
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Located in Downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park offers a green oasis to city dwellers that stretches over 1,000 acres of land. Lord Stanley of Preston opened the park in 1888, and at the time it was a haven for gathering various material and food....  Read More

Stretching 5.5-miles (8.8km) around Stanley Park, this lovely jaunt is perfect on a sunny day to bike, walk, run and blade around. Going around the Seawall is best enjoyed with a few stops here and there, and fortunately for you, there are...  Read More

English Bay Beach

This popular West End beach is a favorite of swimmers and sunbathers. Located right at the end of Davie and Denman streets, English Bay Beach is easily accessible by bus, foot and Seawall. Driving may prove to be slightly challenging on busy...  Read More


Meet Natasha John

Natasha is not born and raised in Vancouver, but is pretty certain it's her spirit hometown. After jumping around Canada, Texas, Arkansas and the UK, she has her feet firmly planted in...  More About Natasha