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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

#1 in Vancouver

This nearly 1,000-acre park on the tip of Vancouver's "thumb" (just north of the West End) is home t... more

Parks and Gardens Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
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Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
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#2 Granville Island

#2 in Vancouver

This former industrial site is now one of Vancouver's most beloved neighborhoods. Practically its ow... more

Shopping Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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#3 Queen Elizabeth Park

#3 in Vancouver

Attracting more than 6 million visitors a year, Queen Elizabeth Park is one of Vancouver's most popu... more

Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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#4 Kitsilano Beach

#4 in Vancouver

When the weather's nice, follow Vancouverites down to the shores of English Bay to Kitsilano "Kits"... more

Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Kitsilano Beach
Beaches, Recreation, Swimming/Pools Type

#5 Spanish Banks Beach

#5 in Vancouver

Spanish Banks boasts a few features that set it apart from the city's other beloved shorelines. "Thi... more

Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Spanish Banks Beach
Beaches, Recreation Type

#6 VanDusen Botanical Garden

#6 in Vancouver

Often described by travelers as a hidden gem, the VanDusen Botanical Garden is spread across 55 acre... more

Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Parks and Gardens Type

#7 Yaletown

#7 in Vancouver

Vancouver's definitive late-night hot spot, Yaletown has steadily increased in popularity since it t... more

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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#8 Grouse Mountain

#8 in Vancouver

Towering over North Vancouver, Grouse Mountain has been a popular outdoor getaway for years, especia... more

Hiking Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Grouse Mountain
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#9 University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology

#9 in Vancouver

While the city itself hasn't celebrated a large amount of birthdays, the area on which Vancouver was... more

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology
Museums Type

#10 Vancouver Lookout

#10 in Vancouver

Some travelers say the Vancouver Lookout should be your first sightseeing stop. From the panoramic o... more

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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#11 Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

#11 in Vancouver

Those in the know say the Vancouver Aquarium is definitely worth exploring, whether you're traveling... more

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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#12 Capilano Suspension Bridge

#12 in Vancouver

Overcome your vertigo and experience Vancouver the way the birds do. The Capilano Suspension Bridge ... more

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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