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West Vancouver

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West Vancouver

Known for Ferry, Walking and Sea

Take a ferry from downtown Vancouver to this district where you can see fine artwork and majestic architecture or stroll beside the sea against a backdrop of snowy mountains.

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Lose yourself in a labyrinth of enthralling galleries and delightful cafés in West Vancouver. Sit by the ocean on the beautiful city-side beach or leave the noise behind you and head up the hill into tranquil forestland.

Step away from the skyscrapers and crowded streets of the inner city and take your time exploring the more peaceful western side. Start at the district’s southeast corner at the Ferry Building Gallery where constantly changing exhibitions ensure there is always a superb range of artwork that spans centuries and all genres.

Stop for a coffee or bite to eat nearby before you head to the West Vancouver Museum, a 10-minute walk northwest. Temporary displays here investigate the relationship between art and lifestyle while there are also works by celebrated local artists such as Gordon Smith, B.C. Binning and Emily Carr.

After a morning spent indoors get out into the sun and view some of the larger-than-life sculptures around town. The Centennial Seawalk goes past several of these glorious creations as it winds along the front of West Bay. Sit in peaceful Dundarave Park or continue further to leafy Ambleside Park and the adjoining beach.

If you are looking for more of an adventure, slip away into the lower woodland slopes of the North Shore Mountains. Try the signposted 3-mile (5-kilometer) Brothers Creek Trail or take the longer Baden Powell Trail to secluded Horseshoe Bay.

West Vancouver is separated from the southern district of the city by the spectacular Lions Gate Bridge. West Vancouver has a range of restaurants to suit all budgets; however, being a predominantly residential area there is a wider range of accommodation elsewhere in the city.

See the best that this spellbinding city has to offer at West Vancouver.

Things to do in West Vancouver

Parks seem like refuges when they are surrounded by a large city. Get immersed in nature in this special spot near tall buildings.

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

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

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

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

Zip down slopes that were on show to the world at the 2010 Winter Olympics at this popular ski resort in West Vancouver.

This popular year-round attraction is a hub of culture, nature and activities just 15 minutes from downtown.

The site of world records and world-class hockey, this is one of Vancouver’s most significant stadiums. Catch a game and explore the surrounding park.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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