Despite its metropolitan location, Vancouver has its fair share of panoramic parks, offering visitors not only a glimpse of greenery amidst the urban action, but also distinctive wildlife and architecture.
One of the city’s premier parks, Stanley Park is a panoramic green space offering a host of adventure opportunities, from bicycling to outdoor swimming. The landscape itself is stunning, combining beaches with old growth forest. The area is also blessed with an iconic First Nations totem pole display, and the famous Vancouver Aquarium. Stanley Park is a great place to catch wildlife in action, in various stunning settings.
Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses to towering evergreens, cedar-scented rainforest air and Treetops Adventure, 7 suspended footbridges offering views 110 feet above the forest floor. The new Cliffwalk follows a granite precipice along Capilano River with a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms.
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.
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.
Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.