How often does somebody stop and ask you for directions to a main attraction, only to leave you walking away with the realization that you know very well where it is, but have never been there yourself? There’s always time to go see it, right? After all, you live here! Well, there's no time like the present, Vancouver! Build yourself a mini vacation this weekend, grab a loved one, and check out these must-see attractions that make Vancouver the city it's known as today.
Nurture Your Love of Nature
While there are so many amazing trails to hike around the North Shore, one attraction that is often overlooked is the Capilano Suspension Bridge. While it's known for the swinging bridge that stretches 450 feet across the Capilano River Canyon, there's more to this site than an entry fee and a heart pounding experience walking across the bridge. With this treetop adventure, you'll find yourself 100 feet above ground in a coastal rainforest with several other suspension bridges attached. A new feature recently added is the "Cliffwalk," a labyrinth of narrow stairs, bridges, and platforms that take you down a path to discovery along the granite rock surrounding the Capilano River. On your way back, discover the world's largest private collection of totem poles.
Speaking of totem poles, Stanley Park (Vancouver's gem, and larger than New York's famous Central Park) not only has exquisite greenery and giant firs to offer, but you can also see flower gardens, Beaver Lake, a lighthouse, and a collection of totem poles. And if you think it ends there, it doesn't. The Vancouver Aquarium has a stunning collection of marine and freshwater aquatic life, with various new exhibits a year. Dedicate an entire day to Stanley Park, and be sure to pick up a map. Your last stop could very well be for dinner at renowned restaurant "The Fish House," a favourite of locals and tourists alike.
Size Doesn't Matter
After your nature tour, why not hit the water and cross over to Granville Island on the Aquabus. Best suited for a sunny day, Granville Island, while small, has a days worth of activities to offer. From perusing the food market to local crafts, jewellery, and specialty shops, you can also discover an array of street performers, live theatre, comedy improv, and art shows. Set against a magnificent architecture showcasing Vancouver's industrial past, Granville Island is something to see through a tourist's eyes. Book some dinner reservations at the Sandbar and enjoy a great meal overlooking the city before seeing a show at the Arts Club Theatre, where some of the best productions hit the stage in Vancouver.
And on a Rainy Day…
There are many rainy days in Vancouver, but that doesn’t mean you should stay in the house. A cherished tourist attraction should not go overlooked just because it’s in your own backyard. The Vancouver Art Gallery is located on Robson Street in the heart of Downtown, beside a plethora of the city's most popular food trucks. Known for changing its exhibits every few months, this art gallery is worth the price of a yearly pass, not just for the exciting new shows to see, but also for discounts on their events. Speaking of new exhibits, Science World at False Creek has gone through a major makeover in the past few years. Not only do they offer a fun, interactive, and comprehensive look into the world of science, their special exhibitions are worth looking out for. Past events include "The Science of Sexuality," and a future exhibition will offer you a peek into the world of fantastical Lego creations, starting February 1st, 2014.
There is always something to do and see in Vancouver, BC, so don't let the rain keep you indoors. Explore the city as you would another, and before you know it, you daily routine will turn into a weekend getaway.