Taking a Carriage Ride Through Stanley Park
One of the largest urban parks in the world, Stanley Park is nothing short of magnificent. Sample the highlights on a delightful 1-hour carriage ride that winds through the forest, along Burrard Inlet, past cricket fields, rose gardens, and the park's superlative collection of First Nations totem poles.
Wandering the West End
Encompassing the über-shopping strip known as Robson Street, as well as cafe-lined Denman and a forest of high-rise apartments, the West End is the urban heart of Vancouver. Enjoy the lush trees lining the streets, the range of architecture, the diversity of cultures, the latest fashions and fashionistas, and neat little surprises on every side street.
Dining Out on Local Seafood
Visitors are rightly amazed at the abundance of fresh-that-day seafood available in Vancouver's restaurants. This is a city where an appetizer of raw oysters often precedes a main course of wild salmon or halibut.
Visiting the Vancouver Aquarium
It's a Jacques Cousteau special, live and right there in front of you. Fittingly enough, the aquarium has an excellent display on the Pacific Northwest, plus sea otters (cuter than they have any right to be), beluga whales, sea lions, and a Pacific white-sided dolphin.
Fishmongers call out their wares before a shop filled with crabs, eels, geoducks, and bullfrogs, while farther down the street elderly Chinese women haggle over produce as their husbands hunt for deer antler or dried sea horse at a traditional Chinese herbalist. When you're tired of looking and listening, head inside to any one of a dozen restaurants to sample succulent Cantonese cooking.
Marveling at First Nations Artwork in the Museum of Anthropology
The building -- by native son Arthur Erickson -- is worth a visit in itself, but this is also one of the best places in the world to see and learn about west coast First Nations art and culture.
Browsing the Public Market on Granville Island
Down on False Creek, this former industrial site was long ago converted into a truly eye-popping and sense-staggering indoor public market. Hop on the mini-ferry at the foot of Davie Street in Yaletown, and in 10 minutes, you'll be there. At the market, you'll find incredible food and goodies; put together a picnic and sit outside by the wharf to people- or boat-watch as you nosh.
Kayaking on Indian Arm
Vancouver is one of the few cities on the edge of a great wilderness, and one of the best ways to appreciate its splendor is by kayaking on the gorgeous Indian Arm. Rent a kayak or go with an outfitter -- they may even serve you a gourmet meal of barbecued salmon.
Discovering the Paintings of Emily Carr at the Vancouver Art Gallery
It's always a thrill to discover a great artist, and Emily Carr's work hauntingly captures the primal appeal of BC's rugged, rain- and wave-washed forests and shores.
Crossing the Capilano Suspension Bridge
Stretched across a deep forested canyon, high above trees and a rushing river, this pedestrian-only suspension bridge has been daring visitors to look down for more than 100 years. Now, you can explore the giant trees, too, on a series of artfully constructed tree walks.
Watching the Sunset from a Waterside Patio
Why else live in a city with such stunning views? Many places on False Creek, English Bay, and Coal Harbour have great waterside patios.
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