CELEBRATE SHAKESPEARE

Set near the magnificent waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, Bard on the Beach presents Shakespeare plays, dramas and special events from June until September.

CROWD-PLEASING COMEDY

The Vancouver TheatreSports League is a worldwide phenomenon, providing some of the most innovative and award-winning Improv comedy.

GRANVILE ISLAND PUBLIC MARKET

At the market, find the freshest produce, scintillating live music, and unique local souvenirs.

GASTOWN

The birthplace of Vancouver charms with its cobblestone streets, chic galleries and independent boutiques.

EAST MEETS WEST

Conjure up the pictures of ancient China and appreciate the serene Chinese Garden.

Vancouver is full of exciting activities and events for those who want to enjoy life to the fullest. During wintertime, Vancouver features some of the best downhill and cross-country ski facilities available in North America. Visitors can also enjoy kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, golfing, rafting and wine touring during the summer.

For a fun excursion, a visit to the incredible outdoors or outlying islands creates an unforgettable experience.

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ART

The Vancouver Art Gallery

One of the largest art museums in Canada, The Vancouver Art Gallery showcases the work of established masters alongside exhibitions of internationally renowned contemporary artists. For an extra special experience, guests can enjoy a private-guided tour before the gallery opens, at an extra cost.

Bill Reid Gallery

The Bill Reid Gallery presents a homage to the late prolific artist Haida Gwaii, whose work is featured on the Canadian $20 note. With pieces large and small housed inside an architecturally stunning building, this presents a visual feast for art-lovers.

EAT & DRINK

Wildebeest

As the recipient of Best New Restaurant and Best New Design from the Vancouver Magazine ‘Restaurant Awards 2013,’ Wildebeest has a solid reputation for its re-invention of farm-to-table dining. The adventurous dining experience is delivered by Executive Chef Wesley Young. Located in the historic Vancouver neighborhood of Gastown, the restaurant includes a front house cocktail bar & lounge, large kitchen tables, an inviting dining room with banquette seating and an underground wine bar.

Vij’s

Home to the renowned Lamp Popsicles, Vij’s is a Vancouver favorite. Vij’s employs cooking techniques from all regions of India to create authentic flavors and textures. Vij’s has been hailed as one of the finest Indian restaurants in the world by notable reviewers at The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Art Culinaire. Although notorious for long lines, the waiting area is a great place to start a conversation with locals over the restaurant’s free appetizers.

The Keefer Bar

The Keefer Bar is a must for cocktail connoisseurs. Located in Chinatown, The Keefer Bar is the perfect place to escape the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Vancouver. The bar’s menu offers Apothecary style drinks in a unique and funky atmosphere. Using ingredients from local Chinatown markets and herbalists, the small plated food and specially crafted drinks have quickly become a local favorite.

ESSENTIALS

Stanley Park

A Vancouver landmark, Stanley Park covers 1,000 acres of beautiful landscape at the edge of the city’s downtown center. Set against the backdrop of majestic mountains, hemlock and fir trees, and the Pacific Ocean, the Park is frequented by locals and visitors alike. Stanley Park boasts a visitor center, bathing beaches, tennis courts, playgrounds, restaurants, horse & carriage rides and the Vancouver Aquarium.

Granville Island Public Market

By far the biggest attraction on Granville Island is the Public Market - a foodie's paradise! Grab the whole family, and peruse the endless aisles of gourmet food: from fresh fish to pastries, chocolate and local produce, even the pickiest of eaters will find something to enjoy.

Museum of Anthropology

Uniquely set on the cliffs of the University of British Columbia, the UBC Museum of Anthropology is famed for its spectacular architecture. Home to 60,000 artifacts, it is a sure destination for cultural buffs. 

FAMILY

Science World

Ignite your mind and discover the wonders of science at the recently renovated Science World at Telus World of Science. Immerse yourself in interactive displays, inspirational feature exhibitions, jaw-dropping live science demonstrations at Centre Stage, and larger-than-life films in the Omnimax Theatre. Children can enjoy educational fun while parents take in the views of False Creek and the city skyline.

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 70,000 fascinating creatures including majestic beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, curious sea otters, harbour seals and stellar sea lions. Also discover moon jellies, the Scarlet ibis, anacondas, a sea turtle, giant Pacific octopus, sharks, moray eels, three-toed sloths and thousands of brilliantly-coloured fish. Plus, you will enjoy daily dolphin and beluga sessions and sea otter feeds.

FlyOver Canada at Canada Place

This highly-anticipated attraction opened to the public in June 2013. The first of its kind, FlyOver Canada offers a one-of-a-kind experience in which visitors can enjoy the latest virtual flight ride technology as they soar over Canada. The spectacular aerial journey includes sound, wind, scents, and mist and highlights events unique to all regions of Canada. The new attraction is located on Vancouver’s waterfront at Canada Place and is available for guests of all ages.

OFFBEAT

Hiking the Sea to Sky Corridor

With over 100 kilometers of mountain range, the Sea to Sky Corridor—often referred to as the Sea to Sky Country—between West Vancouver and Whistler draws hundreds of thousands of outdoor adventurists each year. Also popular is the Sea to Sky Highway that meanders along the Pacific coastline and offers breathtaking views of Fraser Valley and Pembroke Valley.

Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

To explore the historic streets of Vancouver, take a Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tour. Regarded as Canada’s leading walking tour company, Forbidden Vancouver guarantees memorable experiences delivered by hand-picked actors, historians and entertainers. Tours include Prohibition City, The Lost Souls of Gastown, The Granville Street Reveal, and the Hidden History Photowalk.

Gastown Tasting Tour

Experience Vancouver’s burgeoning food scene with a Vancouver Food Tour. The Gastown Tasting Tour offers visitors an excursion through the historic Gastown, Vancouver’s most vibrant restaurant scene and Canada’s cocktail capital. The tour includes stops at award-winning restaurants, local brew pubs, craft cocktail bars and a Barcelona-inspired taberna.

Summer Recreation

During the summer, the sky’s the limit in Vancouver. Outdoor activities such as kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, golfing, rafting and wine touring are just a taste of the wide breadth of things to do in this exciting city.

Day Trips

Vancouver is a world-class city surrounded by the great outdoors. Visitors may embark on day trips to explore North and West Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Sea to Sky Country including Whistler, Victoria, Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

A sanctuary at the heart of North America’s second largest Chinatown, this stunningly manicured Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden was the first authentic classical Chinese gardens ever built outside of China. A walk along the peaceful paths will allow visitors to admire the many harmonious elements integral to its architecture – rock, water, and greenery, and to embark on a quintessentially Chinese journey.

Hours:
Spring (May 1 to June 14), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Summer (June 15 to August 31) 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fall (September 1 to 30) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Winter (October 1 to April 30) 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SHOP

Pacific Centre

Located conveniently across the street is Vancouver’s premier shopping destination, featuring a host of brand names, including Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, Sephora, Apple, Max Mara and much more.

Robson Street

The city’s commercial shopping district – Robson Street - is the place to see and be seen in this hip and happening city. Offering a plethora of premier fashion stores, coffee houses and casual dining, visitors can spend a leisurely afternoon shopping, drinking and dining.

Alberni Street

The Rodeo Drive of Vancouver includes global fashion houses like Hermes, Burberry and Escada. Other fashion heavyweights such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and St. John are also in the vicinity, making this a true mecca for the style-conscious.

SPORTS

Vancouver Canucks

No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a stop at Rogers Arena, home to the Vancouver Canucks. Cheer on the Canucks for a truly authentic Canadian experience. Next years' season will begin in the Fall.

Winter Recreation

While the city of Vancouver itself isn't known to amass much in the way of snowfall, nearby mountains boast ample fresh powder in the winter. Skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are all popular here. Within an hour from Vancouver's downtown core, winter sport enthusiasts can explore any one of three spectacular snowy mountain settings: Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain.

BC Place

BC Place is the home of the BC Lions Football Club and the Vancouver Whitecaps Soccer team. It features a retractable roof that transforms the stadium into an open-air field in minutes and it was the Olympic Stadium during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

THEATRE

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Since 1990, Bard on the Beach has remained Vancouver’s preeminent festival. Each summer, Shakespeare comes alive at the waterfront at Vanier Park with featured classics like “Much Ado about Nothing” and “Othello.” In addition, Beard on the Beach offers wine and beer tastings, fireworks displays, youth workshops and lectures. With a spectacular backdrop, brilliant acting and delicious wine, it’s no surprise the festival draws nearly 100,000 people each year.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Orpheum Theatre

The 2013/2014 season marks the 95th anniversary of the Grammy Award-winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. To commemorate this special milestone, the VSO will add exciting, new additions to the Vancouver musical scene in the upcoming season, including the VSO Spring Festival, Pacific Rim Celebration and New Music Festival. This year’s performances are held at the Orpheum Theatre, a designated National Heritage Site and one of the finest live performance venues in Vancouver.

Ballet British Columbia at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Regarded as the granddaddy of Vancouver theaters, Queen Elizabeth Theater is home to Ballet British Columbia, an interactive contemporary ballet company that performs for over 25,000 guests each season. Led by renowned Artist Director Emily Molnar, Ballet BC has received international acclaim for its efforts in the creation, production and education of contemporary ballet. This year, expect tour-de-force performances with the world premieres of New Work and Walking Mad.