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.
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.
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 Haida artist, whose work is featured on the Canadian 20 dollar note. With pieces large and small housed inside an architecturally stunning building, this presents a visual feast for art-lovers.
EAT & DRINK
After his last brainchild, Farmer's Apprentice, took Resturant of the Year at the Vancouver Magazine Awards, acclaimed local Chef David Gunawan has finally brought his locavore ways to downtown. Enjoy this throwback diner's farm-to-table menu, including a butcher's station and fresh pasta complimented by hand-crafted cocktails. Serving lunch on weekdays and dinner Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Many of the best local chefs have worked under Umberto Menghi who trained in Rome, London and Paris before settling in Vancouver. Locals were distraught when he sold his original restaurant but it was only a temporary sojournment as he has since re-opened in what many consider an even more beautiful dining room. The classic atmosphere compliments the traditional and hearty Tuscan cuisine with a spotlight on housemade pasta and voluptuous dishes of rustic lamb and veal.
The Keefer Bar is a place to go to unwind in a unique atmosphere where cocktails, food and music are in harmony. The intricately designed cocktail program focuses on Apothecary-style drinks created to soothe ailments and balance one's mood. Ingredients for the Asian influenced small-plated food and specially crafted drinks are sourced from local Chinatown markets and herbalists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
This Grammy award winning musical ensemble performs at the Orpheum Theatre, a designated National Heritage Site and one of the finest live performance venues in Vancouver. From Beethoven to Bollywood and Bugs Bunny to the Godfather, the symphony delves in both the classical and the contemporary to entertaining results.
Founded in 1958, the Arts Club continues to inspire generations of theatre goers with both classical Broadway musicals and off the beaten path plays by local, national and international playwrights.
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.
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.