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Vancouver Adventures

We don’t just work at our downtown Vancouver — we live and play here too! These are some of our favourite spots near our pet friendly hotel you won’t want to miss while you’re in Vancouver. We’ve highlighted a few well-known attractions as well as a couple of local gems you may not have heard about, but we think they are well worth a visit while you are staying at our hotel near the Vancouver Convention Center. Need more hints about where to go and what to do? Just ask! We’d love to give you the inside scoop.

Gastown

The oldest of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods, Gastown is a thriving urban community of gourmet restaurants, independent boutiques, art studios and cocktail bars.

Walk the cobblestone streets, visit historic sites (such as the statue of “Gassy Jack” and the Steam Clock) and be sure to sample the award-winning food and drinks from some of Vancouver’s premiere foodie destinations.

Yaletown

Chic, hip and trendy, Yaletown is the home of top-shelf cuisine, locally-owned boutiques and glamorous night-life.

During the day, browse independent fashion shops that are quirky and stylish. Stop for lunch at one of many open-concept patio restaurants. Then, as night descends, stay and check out Yaletown’s dance clubs, craft pubs and luxe lounges.

Granville Street

Interested in a bit of night life? This colourful street cuts through the centre of Downtown Vancouver and has come to be known as Vancouver’s “Neon District”.

During the day, Granville is a bustling cosmopolitan paradise, where you can find department stores like The Bay, Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew and the Pacific Centre Mall. But it’s at night that Granville comes alive! Here you will find the historic Orpheum Theatre, home to the Vancouver Symphony and Orchestra, as well as popular concert venues Vogue Theatre and the Commodore Ballroom. Dance clubs, luxe lounges, cocktail bars, Irish-style pubs, food vendors and street performers – Granville Street has it all!

Canada Place/Coal Harbour

Once a thriving shipyard, Coal Harbour has since become a quiet, picturesque neighbourhood both residential and commercial. Here you will find the world-renowned Vancouver Convention Centre, as well as the Cruise Ship Terminals.

A perfect area for a leisurely stroll along the sea-wall, where you can observe close-up the official 2010 Vancouver Olympic Cauldron, as well as other sculptures designed by local artists. You can also rent a bicycle, buy a ticket for a Harbour Cruise Cruise (or even a float-plane!), or go in for a 4-D simulated flight across the country at “FlyOver Canada”. Then, when it’s time to relax. try one of Coal Harbour’s many sea-side pubs, lounges and restaurants.

English Bay

When the sun is out, there’s no better place to be! This chain of sandy beaches stretches along the south-west edge of Downtown Vancouver.

English Bay offers many fun diversions. Children can splash and plat at Second Beach Public Pool. Adults can rent a canoe, kayak or paddle-board for an afternoon! Get the team together for a round of beach volleyball or even rent a bike or roller-blades and explore the seawall! Or just lay back and soak up the sun. When the day’s activities are over, grab a patio chair at one of English Bay’s sea-side eateries.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

The first of its kind outside of China, an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition, which reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar’s residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding path and corridors and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature.

Breathtaking, rain or shine…step into the Garden’s door and out of your daily life, as your heart and mind relax and your energy renews. Journey back in time to 15th Century China and enjoy this “window to another world”.

Granville Island

Originally home to factories, plants and sawmills, Granville Island has become a hub of activity. It is one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theatres, artisan workshops and craft studios. Located south of Downtown Vancouver, the island lies directly underneath Granville Street Bridge.

A favourite area for locals and tourists alike, Granville Island offers much in the way of shopping, food and activity. Spend an afternoon browsing the many unique, independently-owned artisan shops. Visit the famous Granville Island Public Market and see why it’s been called “a food-lover’s paradise.” Satisfy your urge for adventure by renting a kayak, canoe or paddle-board. As evening sets in, enjoy a meal at one of many exquisite restaurants, most boasting a scenic seaside patio, and then catch a live show!

There is something for everyone at Granville Island!

Science World at Telus World of Science

Go on a fun-filled voyage of discovery! Science World offers interactive & educational exhibits designed to captivate and inspire young minds. Fun for the whole family!

Featuring live science talks, eye-catching artwork, educational games, a food court and the largest OMNIMAX Theatre in the world!

 

Local Food Trucks

Recently exploding onto Vancouver’s culinary scene, food trucks are now a common sight in Vancouver’s downtown core.Renowned restaurants are launching their own food trucks – from Vij’s comes Vij’s Railway Express – in addition toVancouver’s hidden gems, like JAPADOG originally only found at Burrard & Smithe.

Robson Street

Known as “Vancouver’s Runway”, Robson Street is one of the city’s oldest commercial districts, extending east to west across downtown, from BC Place Stadium to the doorstep of Stanley Park.

Spend an afternoon browsing a wide array of medium-to-high-end apparel and cosmetic outlets: Banana Republic, Sephora, Zara, Armani Exchange, Lululemon, J.Crew & many, many more!

Stanley Park

Consistently ranked #1 Best Park In The World by TripAdvisor, this natural wonder is a must-see! Measuring approximately 1,000 acres, the park is home to flower gardens, totem poles, exhibits by local and indigenous artists, not to mention resident wildlife and some of the city’s oldest known trees.

Walk, jog, bike or roller-blade along the seawall. Bring the kids for a ride on the Stanley Park Train or enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage tour. Take in the view at Prospect Point. Visit Brockton Lighthouse, as you gaze upon the Burrard Inlet and the city of North Vancouver beyond. Or, just choose a path and go for a stroll – just make sure you don’t get lost!

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is a self-supporting, non-profit association dedicated to promoting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action.

Spend a day exploring the wonders of Earth’s oceans! Say hello to the cownose and southern stingrays in the “Discover Rays” touch pool or venture outside to see the ever playful sea otters. Take in a 4-D theatre experience or enjoy “Animal Encounters” – live shows designed to entertain and inform.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Celebrating the work of leaders in the field of contemporary art and Vancouver’s own internationally renowned artists through cutting-edge exhibitions, the Vancouver Art Gallery also houses the most extensive collection of Canada’s beloved Emily Carr.