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The Museum of Anthropology at the UBC campus is home to one of the world’s best collections of First Nations peoples' carvings, totem poles, and artifacts. Chinatown’s Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a must-see, as is the Bill Reid Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra have their home at the ornate Orpheum Theatre, and the city has a lively dance, opera, and theater scene.

Vancouver has more than its fair share of summer celebrations, from the cultural Bard on the Beach Shakespeare-fest, to the three-day Celebration of Light fireworks extravaganza, to the annual Seawheeze Half-Marathon, where 10,000 Lycra-clad yoga fans arrive for a weekend of running, partying in the park, and sunset yoga. But you'll find something fun to take part in no matter what time of year it is, including winter's Talking Stick Festival, which celebrates First Nations culture, and the spring Cherry Blossom Festival.