Vancouver's Top 20
Collected by Lisa Cheng , AFAR Contributor
1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
Thousands of humpback, orca, gray and minke whales migrate through the waters surrounding Vancouver from March to October. Although you can occasionally spot these giant creatures off the coast, the best way to view them is to book a cruise or a...
4600 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2Z1, Canada
A manicured space of shrubs, cascading streams and flowers in bloom, Queen Elizabeth Park is the garden of choice for meditative walks and games of lawn bowling and pitch and putt. The grounds are studded with fountains and sculptures, and a rose...
Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
In Vancouver, B.C., on business this fall, I spent one morning zipping around Stanley Park on a bike I borrowed from my hotel. These totems, which were carved and painted by people from the Squamish Nation, stand to honor the original residents of...
555 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6, Canada
It’s not the Burj Khalifa or even the Empire State Building, but the Vancouver Lookout still has a lot of height—it’s a good 169 meters to the top of the needle tower. A glass elevator whisks you upward to the observation deck, where you can soak...
639 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3, Canada
One of Canada’s most revered artists—and once the face on the Canadian $20 bill—Bill Reid was born to a European father and a Haida mother. This gallery displays a collection of his sculptural masterpieces, and gold and silver jewelry which...
5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1, Canada
This 22-hectare green space in the Shaughnessy neighborhood is an assemblage of stylized gardens with connecting paths. Different sections spotlight plants from ecosystems as diverse as a Louisiana swamp and the coastal Mediterranean. Evergreen...
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
The Vancouver Art Gallery is always the first, or last, place I visit when I stop in the West Coast city. This image was taken during one of its best international exhibits—the Surrealism exhibit with classic works by Dali, Ernst, Breton,...
6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9, Canada
At the top of Grouse Mountain I came across the bear enclosure and managed to see this beautiful baby Grizzly Bear. Whilst being Summer time, there was still snow prevalent on the top of the mountain, which is also called the Peak of Vancouver.
3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1, Canada
A quick side trip from Vancouver is the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It's high, it's surrounded by delicate and gorgeous scenery and is something that you can't do everywhere. High above the ground, you are transported to a wonderland in the forest...
6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
The UBC Museum of Anthropology has an incredible collection of artifacts from all over the world. It's the most extensive collection I have ever seen, not to mention an excellent resource for the history and contemporary perspectives of the First...
6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 3T6, Canada
This open-air museum is a replica of a 1920s pioneer town complete with a one-room schoolhouse, an ice cream parlor and a restored tram with oak and cherrywood trim. Grab a map of the village and stop by the print store or blacksmith shop for a...
Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC V6C 3C1, Canada
This sandy expanse near Stanley Park in the West End neighborhood is one of Vancouver’s most popular downtown beaches. Also called First Beach, it offers easy access to the Seawall, which runs along the beach’s eastern edge. Kayaking and...
2645 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver, BC V7H 1B1, Canada
Forty minutes from downtown Vancouver, this 300-acre nature sanctuary makes a good day trip for nature lovers, particularly for bird-watchers. The area’s woodlands, wetland beaches and tidal marshes harbor 230 avian species, including ospreys and...
8700 McKim Way #3063, Richmond, BC V6X 4A5, Canada
Twenty minutes south of downtown, Richmond is a celebration of Vancouver’s ethnically diverse population. Head to one of the 400-some restaurants for a tasty array of Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Malaysian cuisines. In the summer, Richmond hosts...
3511 Moncton St, Richmond, BC V7E 3A3, Canada
This fishing village on the Fraser River was once a thriving community with numerous salmon canneries. Today, its heritage is still on proud display at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, which preserves West Coast fishing history; the London Heritage...
121 Lower Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2T4, Canada
A 35-minute floatplane ride from the city, this Gulf Island operates at a laid-back pace that’s a departure from the rest of Metro Vancouver. Artists and craftspeople have built a community here; the Saturday market sells many of their...
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