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Best Things To Do in Vancouver

Vancouver is meant to be experienced outdoors. Thanks to its temperate climate and abundance of rain, the city has its fair share of lush outdoor spaces, the largest among them being Stanley Park. If you're not up for strolling its nearly 1,000 acres, visit some of the city's other beloved outdoor attractions like Queen Elizabeth Park or VanDusen Botanical Garden. For a real thrill, take a walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which hovers 230 feet above Capilano River. When you're ready to refuel, you'll have your pick of delicious market eats at Granville Island and Lonsdale Quay.

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#1
Stanley Park Free attraction
Parks and Gardens, Recreation | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: This nearly 1,000-acre park on the tip of Vancouver's "thumb" (just north of the West End) is home ... read more»

#2
Granville Island Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This former industrial site is now one of Vancouver's most beloved neighborhoods. Practically its own mini-city, Granville Island's ... read more»

#3
Queen Elizabeth Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Attracting more than 6 million visitors a year, Queen Elizabeth Park is one of Vancouver's most popular outdoor spaces ... read more»

#4
Kitsilano Beach Free attraction
Beaches, Recreation, Swimming/Pools | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When the weather's nice, follow Vancouverites down to the shores of English Bay to Kitsilano "Kits" Beach. Often compared ... read more»

#5
Spanish Banks Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Spanish Banks boasts a few features that set it apart from the city's other beloved shorelines. "This one has ... read more»

#6
VanDusen Botanical Garden
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Often described by travelers as a hidden gem, the VanDusen Botanical Garden is spread across 55 acres in the center ... read more»

#7
Yaletown Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Vancouver's definitive late-night hot spot, Yaletown has steadily increased in popularity since it transformed from a warehouse district to ... read more»

#8
Grouse Mountain
Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Skiing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Towering over North Vancouver, Grouse Mountain has been a popular outdoor getaway for years, especially since the views from the ... read more»

#9
University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: While the city itself hasn't celebrated a large amount of birthdays, the area on which Vancouver was founded possesses ... read more»

#10
Vancouver Lookout
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Some travelers say the Vancouver Lookout should be your first sightseeing stop. From the panoramic observation deck, you can enjoy ... read more»

#11
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Those in the know say the Vancouver Aquarium is definitely worth exploring, whether you're traveling with kids or just ... read more»

#12
Capilano Suspension Bridge
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: Overcome your vertigo and experience Vancouver the way the birds do. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is the oldest tourist attraction ... read more»

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