See Vancouver from the city’s vintage double-deckers and retro open-top buses. Sights include: Gastown, Chinatown, Stanley Park, Granville Island, English Bay, Robson Street and more. Phone: (604) 684-5605.
The Canadian Pavilion for Expo ’86. Now includes a luxury hotel, cruise-ship terminal, the Vancouver Trade & Convention Center and CN IMAX cinema. Within walking distance of the ACLA hotels. http://www.canadaplace.ca/
578 Carrall Reputed to be the largest Chinatown outside San Francisco, containing the only authentic classical Chinese garden outside China. Within walking distance of the ACLA hotels.
Street. Phone: (604) 662-3207
A leisurely beach area with cafes and restaurants in the downtown close to Denman Street. The bar and restaurant in the Sylvia Hotel is cool and elegant.
Presents the Hudson Bay Company trading post, first built in 1827, where British Columbia began. Costumed interpreters transport a visitor to a colorful time where First Nations, French-Canadians, Scots and Hawaiians worked together trading furs, packing salmon and farming.
A provincial heritage site, named after “Gassy” Jack Leighton, who opened the first bar here in 1867. This historic area has 19th-century ambiance, cobbled streets and a steam clock. The area thrives as Vancouver’s latest center for chic dining and clubbing. Within walking distance of the ACLA hotels.
Ten-minute bus-ride from the ACLA hotels, Granville Island is a site of a famous public market, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as studios, workshops, art galleries and restaurants.
Panoramic views of the Lower Mainland just 15 minutes from Downtown Vancouver. The Peak Chalet serves award-winning dinning. Phone: (604) 980-9311.
View Vancouver’s waterfront from the MPV Constitution. Phone: (604) 688-7246.
Suspended wooden-slat bridge offers a spectacular view of the rushing water through Lynn Canyon. 3663 Park Road.
MOV presents Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs related to the city’s social, political and cultural life. The History Galleries tell Vancouver’s stories from the early 1900s to the late 1970s. The museum is located in the Vanier Park, 1100 Chestnut Street. Phone: (604) 736-4431.
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Authentic Japanese gardens with seasonal displays. Located on the grounds of the University of British Columbia (UBC). 6804 S.W. Marine Drive.
Located in a Triodetic dome of the EXPO ’86 site, its science and technology exhibits and demonstrations change regularly. Located close to downtown. Phone: (604) 443-7440.
Stanley Park and Vancouver Acquarium
The largest civic park in Canada located right next to the downtown area. Contains miles of bike and hiking trails as well as the Vancouver Aquarium is in the park. (604) 659-3474. http://www.vanaqua.org/
Boasts extensive holdings of Canadian art in a permanent collection that also contains a variety of classical and contemporary art. VAG is open 365 days a year and located within walking distance of the ACLA hotels, 750 Hornby Street. Phone: (604) 662-4700.
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Displays Vancouver’s marine history.
1905 Ogden Ave. Phone: (604) 257-8300.
Designed by Moshe Safdie, this library is the third largest public library system in Canada. The building’s grandeur, postmodern architecture evokes forms of the Roman Coliseum and a parchment scroll denoting thus a variety of its educational, environmental and public activities.
It is located within walking distance of the ACLA hotels, 350 Georgia Street.
Phone: (604) 331-3603.
A living museum of plant collections from around the world, this botanical garden is also a site of sculptures done by international artists. Free parking, convenient access by public transportation, wheelchair accessible. Phone: (604) 878-9274.
Exhibits the First Nations culture collections and works of art in a building which is an architectural masterpiece in itself. Located at the University of British Columbia, 6393 N.W. Marine Drive. Phone: (604) 822.5087.
This transformed warehouse district is now a trendy neighborhood of fashionable restaurants, brew pubs and speciality shops.