When visiting Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the major attractions range from Granville Island Public Market to the many sights of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
And making your way to other well-known sights throughout Vancouver's beautiful landscape is a great way to explore all that the city offers its visitors.
Walking through Stanley Park or discovering sealife at the Vancouver Aquarium will take you all day to get from one attraction to the next, but with a day pass from the Big Bus or Big Pink Sightseeing bus — a dollar from every ticket purchases goes to PINK Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation — hoping on and off the buses provides easy and timely transportation around Vancouver. Each bus includes a commentary about the city pointing out historical facts and sights throughout. The buses run within 10 minutes of each other so after hopping off, waiting times are kept to a minimum so you can enjoy all that Vancouver has to offer during daily hours.
Or, if you feel like a bit more adventure and physical exercise, a bike rental is a great option. ezeeRiders Bike Rentals offer a moderate bike inventory on the corner of Robson and Denman streets near Stanely Park. Self-rental makes it easy to choose a bike and get riding around the city stopping at each sight mapped out prior to your start. Cycle BC is another company renting bikes in Vancouver. Inside their rental office, the staff offers map and routes through the city to help plan your city tour. Vancouver is very bike-friendly so many of the streets have designated bike lanes to protect riders.
Capilano Suspension Bridge — Eco-walks along the bridge will have you souring above treetops, along granite cliffs and over sprawling canyons as the suspension bridge has visitors walking 450 feet across and 250 feet above the ground. This attraction offers visitors an appreciation for Vancouver's natural beauty.
Granville Island Public Market — Located on Granville Island, this famous local public market sells everything from freshly prepared food and snacks to local produce and raw seafood. Honey, breads, pastries and flowers are also being sold among the numerous vendors occupying the indoor market. Grab a bite to eat and sit outside on ledges and benches outlining the dock and listen to live music or other artistic performances. Be careful of the fearless seagulls flying low as they are ready to steal your food right from your plate. Stroll the beaches of the island after exhausting the public market or shop at the many small boutique shops lining the streets of Granville Island.
Stanely Park — Right in downtown, this park offers a greener side of Vancouver. There are no sky-rise buildings or traffic in this quiet park. Instead, it offers recreational facilities and natural attractions such as bird watching. A 13.7-mile seawall allows for walking and jogging throughout the day offering a peaceful break from the busy city.
Vancouver Aquarium — This is Canada's largest aquarium home to 800 different aquatic species. It's located in Stanely Park and offers Whale Shows and Sea Otter feedings for visitors to become acquainted with Vancouver's sealife.
Grouse Mountain — Head to the top of this mountain, a 15 minute Super Skyride from downtown, and go on trail hikes, zipline through the mountains or enjoy winter activities such as snowshoeing or skiing or summer activities depending on the time of your visit. The adventures at the top of this mountain provide a fun natural experience for everyone.
Classical Chinese Garden—This is the first Chinese Garden constructed outside of China. WIth flowers and plants native to the country, this garden offers a beautifully tailored landscape. The serenity and peace felt inside the garden is produced through authentic techniques and rock formations. Admission includes a guided tour and a cup of Chinese tea to enjoy during your walk.
The Vancouver Convention Center is the location of the 2010 Winter Games' Olympic Cauldron. The torch reflects blue and green spotlights at night and during special events in the city, the flame of the torch is lit. Richmond Olympic Oval, the facility that hosted the 2010 speed skating events, has since turned into a public ice rink with a track and other fitness facilities on site. And with delicious dining right next door to the Olympic Oval on Richmond Street, stop in one of the many restaurants for a bite to eat.
Among the large sky-rise building spotting the city, you can find natural beauty, fun activities, historical landmarks and a greener landscape throughout.
Vancouver is the ultimate destination to explore your inner adventure, while taking in the culture and customs of one of Canada's largest cities.
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