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Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

Known for Dining, Walking and Biking

Amble along the waterfront at Vancouver Harbour and visit theaters, shopping avenues and museums in the heart of one of Canada’s largest cities.

How do you get to Downtown Vancouver?

Downtown Vancouver is a vibrant and intriguing area with bright lights, skyscrapers and an eclectic port area. Many of the city’s main attractions and cultural highlights line the shores of the Vancouver Harbour and False Creek, which borders the city center. Experience the country’s diverse terrain with the FlyOver Canada simulator at Canada Place.

Arrive in the downtown area via the historic Waterfront Station, an example of the city’s impressive architecture. Admire its neoclassical style, red-brick façade and white columns. A few blocks southeast is Gastown, the oldest part of Vancouver’s downtown area. Enjoy the romantic ambiance here as you stroll down cobbled streets lined with Victorian houses.

For a more modern part of downtown Vancouver, visit the iconic shopping avenue of Robson Street. Browse upscale boutiques and immerse yourself in the fashionable setting. Dine in style at a sushi restaurant or enjoy an abundance of international cuisine along the street.

Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery to discover local artists and established international names. Peruse its collection of landscape paintings and modern photo exhibits. Another artistic highlight is the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, which hosts the Vancouver Opera and Ballet British Columbia. Watch a performance in the auditorium, which seats almost 3,000 people.

Spend some time in Chinatown to see the Sam Kee Building, which is known as the world’s narrowest commercial edifice. Visit the Chinese Cultural Centre and enjoy Chinese food from one of the many restaurants. Relax in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden for some peace and quiet in the middle of the bustling city.

Downtown Vancouver is the sports hub of the city, with stadiums home to many of the city’s most popular teams. Attend an ice hockey match at Rogers Arena, where the Vancouver Canucks play. Watch Canadian football and soccer matches at BC Place Stadium.

Immediately north of the downtown area is one of the city’s highlights, Stanley Park. Follow nature trails for views of the mountains that surround the city, the expansive English Bay and dense forests.

Downtown Vancouver is a major transport hub for British Columbia and can be easily reached by bus, SkyTrain and on foot from surrounding Vancouver neighborhoods.

Things to do near Downtown Vancouver

Join a guided tour of Vancouver’s major art institution to see modernist landscapes and photo exhibits. Learn about the region’s important art movements along the way.

Fly above Canada’s stunning scenery aboard a flight simulator and watch a movie in the open-air cinema at this expansive entertainment complex.

Shop with the locals and tourists at this bustling market located near Vancouver’s city center.

Through exciting games and exhibits learn about science at one of Vancouver’s most family-friendly educational attractions.

Canada’s largest underwater tourist attraction, located in Stanley Park, mixes education with entertainment.

Check out this local favorite since Victorian times for its forested walking trails, beachside activities, attractive gardens and wildlife.

One of Vancouver’s most popular attractions offers a unique perspective on nature and is just a few minutes from the city center.

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Explore Vancouver's seaside sights and forested parks at your own pace from the comfort of an open-air bus. With up to 30 stops around this Canadian city, you can ride to within walking distance of tops Vancouver attractions like the brick buildings of historic Gastown.

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Enjoy convenient shared coach transportation between select Vancouver locations and the Seattle International Airport or select Seattle locations via coach bus. The pick-up and drop-off locations in Vancouver, British Columbia are: Vancouver City Center Select this option for hotels located in Vancouver city center.

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Immerse yourself in the magnificent marine world of the Vancouver Aquarium. Come face-to-face with playful otters, lovable walruses, and adorable sea lions at this 91,480 square-foot (8,498-sq m) facility in the heart of Stanley Park.

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Explore VanDusen Botanical Garden, an inspiring 55 acre outdoor oasis with over 7,500 plant species and varieties. Spot and photograph local wildlife, enjoy the hedge maze with the kids and relax in a serene setting located in the heart of Vancouver.

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Take a walk on Vancouver's wild side as you stand 230 feet (70 m) above the waters of the Capilano River on a breathtaking 450-foot-long (137-m) suspension bridge.

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Grouse Mountain is Vancouver’s most visited year-round attraction located just minutes from downtown Vancouver.. Enjoy panoramic views as you travel to the alpine aboard the iconic Skyride.

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