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Explore Vancouver, B.C.

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Exploring Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver, B.C.-- major port, cultural center and great family travel destination.  Just one hundred years old, Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada in British Columbia.  The heart of the city is a peninsula Vancouver Skylineimmersed in greenery with bordering majestic mountain peaks, salty waters of the Pacific and fresh waters of the Burrard Inlet and Fraser River.  Reminders of the Coastal Salish Indians who inhabited the area some 5000 years ago are seen and felt throughout the city.
More Information:  (604) 682-2222
www.tourismvancouver.com/


Stanley Park, a few blocks from downtown, encompasses some 1000 acres of natural beauty: wildlife, marine life, Douglas fir and cedar forests, gardens and ponds and beaches that follow the contour of the peninsula.  You can run, skate, cycle, walk, hike, swim, golf, picnic, or just sit and take in the scenery.  Rentals are available.  Other attractions in Stanley Park: Children’s Petting Zoo, functional lighthouse and foghorn, totem pole display, rose garden, children’s miniature steam railway, cormorant nesting site, children’s water park and Vancouver Aquarium.
More Information:  (604) 681-6728
vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanley-park.aspx  

Vancouver Aquarium is the third-largest aquarium in North America, with more than 8000 marine species.  You can see several re-created environments: North Pacific Habitat with giant octopus, orca whales; Arctic Canada with beluga whales; Tropical Gallery featuring species from the Amazon, Indonesia and Pacific waters.  Also, enjoy exhibits showing the efforts and successes of Canada’s largest Marine Mammal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. 
More Information:  (604) 659-3474
www.vanaqua.org

Granville Island, on False Creek, a public market of food and crafts, marine activities, and artist studios.  The only residents being a community of houseboats. Check out the children’s Water Park and Adventure Playground with wading pools and slides.  Kids Only Market offers two floors of toys, crafts and other kid’s merchandise. 
More Information:  (604) 666-6655
granvilleisland.com

Science World, a hands on scientific discovery museum located inside the silver domed building built for Omnimax Theatre, Expo 1986.  You’re encouraged to touch and participate in a multitude of themed exhibits like: create a cyclone; lose your shadow; step on sound; stand inside a beaver lodge; find your way through a 1700 sq. ft. maze.  Enjoy featured films in the Omnimax Theatre.
More Information:  (604) 443-7440
www.scienceworld.ca

B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum highlights B.C.’s greatest athletes, referees and coaches as well as sports history.  Participation Gallery, a huge playroom, encourages all ages to join in athletic play of many kind.
More Information:  (604) 687-5520
www.bcsportshalloffame.com

Vancouver Maritime Museum overlooks English Bay.  Tour the Arctic patrol vessel St. Roch; view collections of ship models, exhibits of the fishing industry, early explorers; then, make your way through the cabin of a schooner and the bridge of a tugboat to the Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre where computers, drawers of artifacts, and telescopes are perfect height for the little explorer.
More Information:  (604) 257-8300
www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com
 
Pacific Space Center offers laser-light shows in the planetarium’s 62-foot domed ceiling.  Experience space in the Cosmic Simu-lator and through the geosphere’s satellite-image display.
More Information:  (604) 738-7827
www.spacecentre.ca

Vancouver Museum exhibits Vancouver’s history through prehistoric time, Coast Salish, pioneer settlement and up to the present. Exhibits include a walk through a section of a 19th century immigrant ship, replica of the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post and a 1897 Canadian-Pacific passenger car.
More Information:  (604) 736-4431
http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

Vancouver’s Skyline, best seen high atop the space needle observation deck at “The Lookout”--  553 feet high, 360 degrees of panoramic view, angled windows and telescopes make for an amazing sight.
More Information:  (604) 689-0421
www.vancouverlookout.com

Burnaby Heritage Village and Carousel recreates a Victorian city with costumed townspeople.  Walk among the folks, watch the blacksmith, stop in at the general  store, and enjoy an ice cream as you ride a vintage carousel.
More Information:  (604) 297-4565
www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

Fort Langley Historic Site is the birthplace of British Columbia.  Join the costumed loggers, settlers and fur traders who barter at the Hudson’s Bay trading post within the fortress walls.
More Information:  (604) 513-4777
www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/index.aspx

Vancouver Game Farm/Zoo leads a safari through 120 acres of lush  farmland with 100 species of exotic animals roaming free--lions, tigers, jaguars, ostriches, elephants, buffalo, and camels.
More Information:  (604) 856-6825
gvzoo.com/

Maplewood Farms offers kids the chance to roam among some 200  domestic barnyard animals.  The 5 acre farm is run by the parks department as an attraction with scheduled year-round events.
More Information:  (604) 929-5610
maplewoodfarm.bc.ca

Richmond Nature Park sits on a natural wetland bog, home to countless birds.  Enjoy many educational displays for children, “rubber boot” hikes, and the boardwalk around the duck pond.
More Information:  (604) 718-6188
www.richmondnatureparksociety.ca

Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park contains a foot bridge spanning 450 feet across and looming 230 feet above the roaring Capilano River and falls. Constructed in 1889, it’s the oldest tourist attraction.  The park has gardens, totem poles, and life-size carvings of native peoples.
More Information:  (604) 985-7474
www.capbridge.com

Capilano Salmon Hatchery offers tours showing coho, chinook salmon and steelhead trout development.  Young fish can be viewed from glass-fronted tanks.
More Information:  (604) 666-1790

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge a foot bridge spanning 225 feet  across and 240 feet above the canyon floor.  Located in 617 acres of old growth forest.
More Information: lynncanyon.ca/

Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, 55 acres of formal garden set amid lawns, lakes and rock displays with views of the city and mountains.  Children will enjoy the hedge maze and marble sculptures.
More Information:  (604) 257-8335
www.vandusengarden.org

Vancouver Trolley Co is an entertaining way to view the city.
More Information:  (604) 801-5515
www.vancouvertrolley.com


BC Ferries offer a fun way to travel and view sights from the water.
More Information:  (888) 223-3779
www.bcferries.com/schedules/mainland/tssw-current.php

Stanley Park Horse Tour rides through Stanley Park, forest, rose garden, and along the waterfront.
More Information:  (604) 681-5115
www.stanleypark.com/

Victoria, originally called Fort Victoria, now a quaint, British seaside town filled with shops, restaurants, museums and gardens that bloom year-round.  Located on the southeastern tip of  Vancouver Island.
More Information:  (800) 663-3883
www.tourismvictoria.com/

Special Vancouver Events
Spring:  Children’s Festival
Summer:  Int’l Dragon Boat Festival, Sea Festival
Fall:  Molson Indy Formula race
Winter:  Polar Bear Swim, Christmas Carol Ships

More Information: 
Vancouver Web Site
http://www.tourismvancouver.com

 

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