Top Attractions in Vancouver

Top Attractions in Vancouver
Vancouver is British Columbia's biggest city and the third largest urban center in Canada. Fronting the Pacific Ocean and backed by sweeping mountain ranges, Vancouver offers both cosmopolitan urban activities and exhilarating outdoor adventures. Discover some of the indoor and outdoor attractions in Vancouver for a Canadian vacation you won't soon forget.

Chinatown

Vancouver's downtown Chinatown district is the second largest in North America, and one of the biggest found outside of Asia itself. It was also one of the earliest settlements in the province, existing long before Vancouver was a city. The district starts near the corner of Taylor and Pender Street, and sprawls along Pender for several blocks. Explore notable landmarks like the Dollar Meat Store, where local Vancouver residents get local and exotic meat such as pressed duck. For Chinese cuisine, stop at favorites such as Foo's Ho Ho or the Floata Seafood Restaurant. Go without an agenda and let the sounds, sights and smells of Chinatown carry you through an unpredictable adventure.
Dollar Meat Store
266 Pender Street East
Vancouver, BC V6A 1T7
(604) 681-1052
Foo's Ho Ho
102 Pender Street East
Vancouver, BC V6A 1T3
(604) 609-2889
Floata Seafood Restaurant
400-180 Keefer Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 4E9
(604) 639-8875

Whistler

Perched atop BC's Coast Mountains outside of downtown Vancouver, this mountain resort region is one of North America's best mountain sports destinations. You will find outdoor enthusiasts skiing, snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking year-round. When you're done exploring the mountain face, relax in Whistler Village where you'll find dozens of hotels and bed and breakfast locations, and over 290 stores, bars and restaurants. Whistler underwent major renovations from 2007 through 2009 in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Whistler
4545 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
(800) 944-7853
whistler.com

Shopping

Vancouver offers world-class, internationally-flavored shopping along its famous Robson Street district. This area is Vancouver's most notable shopping area, and residents from as far as the Langley and Victoria travel here to shop. Visitors will discover hundreds of restaurants and stores, ranging from family-run cafes to high-class lounges and little boutique stores to designer stores like Armani. Check the forecast before heading out, as most of the sidewalks are uncovered.
Robson Street Business Association
Suite 412-1155 Robson St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 1B5
(604) 669-8132
robsonstreet.ca

Stanley Park

Think of Stanley Park as Vancouver's version of New York's Central Park. Over 1,000 acres of wooded forests, beachwalks and fine dining can be found literally a block from the crowded streets of downtown Vancouver. Explore the Vancouver Aquarium, splash around at the Variety Kids Water park, or take a stroll through the park's many public and private-run gardens. After a day of fun, stop for dinner at one of the park's four on-site restaurants and watch the sunset from the Stanley Park Seawall. Maps can be found throughout the park to help you find the nearest points of interest.
Stanley Park
Stanley Park Drive
Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2
(604) 681-8847
vancouver.ca/PARKS/parks/stanley

Article Written By Josh Duvauchelle

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.

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