Vancouver Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Vancouver; our list of the best things to see, including Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Art Gallery and Science World.
  • The best place in Vancouver: Vancouver Aquarium

    Vancouver Aquarium

    845 Avison Way
    Open 10AM-5:30PM, summer hours 9:30AM-7PM. Adult $24.95, Senior/Student/Youth $19.95. Located in Stanley Park near its eastern edge. Be sure to visit the Amazon River section for some truly unusual and extraordinary animals. The last weekend in April, there is a salmon release event where you can learn about the Aquarium's new salmon breeding program and get to release and name your own fish.
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  • Vancouver Art Gallery

    Vancouver Art Gallery

    750 Hornby Street
    50 admission ($17 students). You can see and learn a lot about Emily Carr in the permanent collection, but the rest of the gallery varies in quality depending on what they have been able to attract as special exhibits. Take advantage of admission by donation on Tuesday (5PM-9PM) and sample what is there before paying the full admission.
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  • Science World

    Science World

    TELUS World of Science1455 Quebec Street
    This science centre is located in the distinctive building from Expo 86 at the end of False Creek. Has a wide range of participatory exhibits. Get off the Skytrain at the Main St/Science World station. The building is a unique shaped building that was constructed for Expo 86. Popular with the young and with those who like science. An Omnimax theatre is in this building as well.
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  • VanDusen Botanical Garden

    VanDusen Botanical Garden

    5251 Oak Street
    Open 10AM to around sunset (varies from 4PM-9PM depending on time of year). Adults $6.25-$8.50 (winter/summer), Seniors and Youth less. VanDusen Botanical Garden has a very large collection of plants in the outdoor gardens. Especially interesting are the Canadian ecosystems, with samples of prairie and deep woods fauna. On the last weekend in April, the garden has a giant plant sale with many species from all over the world (they don't always have a Canadian official there to grant export, however). Plant seeds are available in the gift shop.
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  • Mountain Equipment Co-op

    Mountain Equipment Co-op

    130 West Broadway
    M-F 10AM-9PM, Sa 9AM-6PM and Su 11AM-5PM. $5 lifetime membership required to purchase goods.
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    Ten Thousand Villages
    Notable shops include the Mountain Equipment Coop [59], Ten Thousand Villages, Starbucks, Bridgehead (fair trade coffee), Kitchenalia, a chocolatier and several others. (Richmond Road becomes the western part of Wellington St. from Island Park Drive and a second strip of shops and restaurants runs along Wellington from Island Park Drive to Holland.)
  • Mountian Equipment Co-op

    Mountian Equipment Co-op

    Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is Canada's leading retailer of outdoor clothing, gear and services for self-propelled activities like hiking, cycling and paddlesports.
  • Mountain Equipment Coop

    Mountain Equipment Coop

    Ten Thousand Villages
    Notable shops include the Mountain Equipment Coop [59], Ten Thousand Villages, Starbucks, Bridgehead (fair trade coffee), Kitchenalia, a chocolatier and several others. (Richmond Road becomes the western part of Wellington St. from Island Park Drive and a second strip of shops and restaurants runs along Wellington from Island Park Drive to Holland.)
  • Vancouver Police Museum

    Vancouver Police Museum

    240 Cordova St E
    $7/$5 (adult/seniors & students). Exhibits on the history of Vancouver's police, unusual weapons that have been confiscated and notable Vancouver crimes. There are also a number of programs and activities geared towards kids.
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  • PNE


    2901 E Hastings St
    Open daily from 11AM - late during the second half of August. Gate ticket $15, Ride ticket $27-$40. Two week exhibition where extra rides and events are added to the usual Playland activities.
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  • John Fluevog

    John Fluevog

    65 Water St
    A shoe shop with interesting architecture that is built with glass panels between the two walls of an alleyway. Fine shoes.
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    239 Abbott St
    Selling trendy streetwear and footwear
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum

    Vancouver Maritime Museum

    1905 Ogden AveVanier Park
    Summer (Victoria Day - Labour Day): M-Su 10AM-5PM; Winter: Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. $10+GST, senior or student $7.50+GST. Canada's premiere western maritime museum. Covers the maritime history of Canada, includes artifacts, models and the St. Roch ship. The museum apparently has far more things than space to show them, so they frequently rotate their exhibitions in fascinating thematic arrangements. Previous exhibitions included such familiar topics as the history of the Vikings, to the less familiar "1500 years of Croatian sailors." Check for $2 discount coupons that you can print from web site.
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  • BCMP Bookstore

    BCMP Bookstore

    307 W Hastings St
    usually to 9pm. $5 per hour (lounge only). The BCMP "Bookstore" is arguably the centre of the marijuana subculture of Vancouver. It is the party headquarters for the provincial marijuana party as well as a store and lounge. Proceeds from the BCMP go towards the party and the legal battle against the extradition of the party leader who faces life in prison in the USA. The front half of the store is taken up by display shelves of bongs, pipes, rolling papers and pretty much anything you could imagine. The lounge costs $5 to go into but it has a very relaxing atmosphere and you're able to use the Volcano Vaporizers.
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

    Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

    A great night out at reasonable prices. Students can purchase $10 tickets with the VSO Access Pass.
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  • Canada Day Fireworks

    Canada Day Fireworks

    1 Jul only, 10:30PM-11PM. Free viewing from streets, premium Canada Place seating for a fee. Restarting an old tradition, there is a fireworks display after dark on Canada Day. In 2008, this was a coordinated two-barge show, one barge off Canada Place and the other off West Vancouver.
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  • Farmers' Market at Trout Lake

    Farmers' Market at Trout Lake

    but this is the first
    It is only open on Saturday mornings and only in the summer and the last market day of the year is around Canadian Thanksgiving (early Oct).
  • Westbeach


    1758 West 4th Ave
    The outlet store for a snowboarding-oriented clothing brand.
  • Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Club

    Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Club

    Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium4601 Ontario St
    Vancouver's minor league (single A) baseball team.
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  • obakki


    44 Water St
    High-end clothing boutique
  • Vancouver Opera

    Vancouver Opera

    835 Cambie St
    Offers world-class performances from some of the world's best composers.
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  • Library Square & Vancouver Public Library

    Library Square & Vancouver Public Library

    350 W Georgia St
    M-Th 10AM-9PM, F-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su Noon-5PM. The modern and attractive central branch of the City of Vancouver's Public Library is located in an architecturally interesting building, designed by Moshe Safdie. Constructed as a 'square within a circle', this building is reminiscent of a modern Roman Colosseum. Its design was chosen in a public competition. There are large public spaces around the building and a nice atrium space in the lobby. Guest internet access is available at VPL and visitors can also obtain guest wireless privileges from the library. If you prefer not to obtain a guest login, there are a few terminals that allow access to selected resources (bus schedules, government pages, etc) without logging in.
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  • Gay Pride Parade and Festival

    Gay Pride Parade and Festival

    Takes place on the Sunday before the first Monday in August (Sunday July 31 in 2011). The parade runs along Robson Street to Denman Street to Beach Avenue, with the festival happening at Sunset Beach. This is the largest celebration of its kind in Western Canada, in 2008 attracting over 500,000 festival-goers from all over North America. Parties, arts and cultural events lead up to this colourful parade and beach side festival.
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  • Public Dreams Illuminares Lantern Festival

    Public Dreams Illuminares Lantern Festival

    Coal Harbour Seawall outside Canada Place
    Annually near the end of July. Free. This popular annual festival, previously held at Trout Lake in East Van, is a feast for the eyes thanks to the procession of beautiful and remarkably creative handmade lanterns that light up the dark. Public Dreams holds lantern-making workshops in the weeks leading up to the festival so keep an eye on their website in early July for details.
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  • Museum of Vancouver

    Museum of Vancouver

    1100 Chestnut St
    Tu-Su 10AM-5PM (Th until 8PM); Mon 10AM-5PM in summer only. $12, senior or student $10, youth $8. The largest civic museum in Canada, with over 1 million items from Vancouver's history, only a fraction of which fit in the exhibit halls. Tucked away to the left off the Orientation Gallery is a series of rooms telling Vancouver's story from the 19th century to the 1970s. The museum makes an effort to tell many stories of Vancouver: English Canadian, First Nations, various immigrant groups, etc. Kid-friendly exhibits.
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  • Stanley Park Pitch & Putt

    Stanley Park Pitch & Putt

    along Lagoon Drive
    18 hole course set amid rhododendron gardens. Holes range in length from 40 - 100 yards.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Vancouver uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.