What to See in Vancouver

With its spectacular West Coast setting, great tourist attractions, hotels, shopping, parks, beaches and more, Vancouver BC is a favourite destination among international travellers! The scenery is second to none, making for some incredible sightseeing. Take advantage of our comprehensive guide to help you decide what to see in Vancouver during your visit. Every Vancouver attraction we feature is easy to get to on public transit with the help of our included map and verified directions.

Top Vancouver attractions include Stanley Park, Notre-Dame Basilica, Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Gardens, Grouse Mountain, the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Space Centre, Historic Gastown and Granville Island, however when you are planning what to see in and around Vancouver, do try to include some of the many other superb attractions and activities from the selections below. Also, don't forget to enjoy a ride on the SkyTrain and Seabus for some inexpensive sightseeing!


Parks, Beaches, Gardens and Views

Burnaby Lake ParkBurnaby Lake Park

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Metrotown | Sperling

Burnaby Lake Regional Nature Park features a glacier formed lake that is abundant with many species of wildlife. ..... read more

Capilano Suspension BridgeCapilano Suspension Bridge

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Waterfront Station

The Capilano Suspension Bridge attracts about 800,000 visitors every year. It is a 'people only' foot bridge suspended a dizzying 230 feet above the Capilano River and spans 446 feet. The original bridge was ..... read more

Cleveland Dam and Capilano LakeCleveland Dam and Capilano Lake

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Waterfront Station

Cleveland dam is located at the south end of Capilano Lake at the head of Capilano River Regional Park. Unlike most dams in BC that were built to produce hydroelectric power, Cleveland Dam was built in ..... read more

Central ParkCentral Park

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Patterson Station

Burnaby's Deer Lake Park features a serene lake in the heart of the city. It is an ideal place to visit for those who prefer a peaceful and serene locale. You can rent a canoe and paddle out onto the lake or ..... read more

Deer Lake ParkDeer Lake Park

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Metrotown Station | Sperling Station

Burnaby's Deer Lake Park features a serene lake in the heart of the city. It is an ideal place to visit for those who prefer a peaceful and serene locale. You can rent a canoe and paddle out onto the lake or ..... read more

Dr. Sun-Yat Sen GardensDr. Sun-Yat Sen Gardens

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Stadium - Chinatown Station

The Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Gardens were recently featured in National Geographic as one of the top ten city gardens in the world, so they are well worth a visit ..... read more

Lighthouse ParkLighthouse Park

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Granville Station | Vancouver City Center

Can a lighthouse save a forest? That is exactly what happened at the popular 185 acre Lighthouse Park which guards the entrance to Burrard Inlet in West Vancouver. The Lighthouse was built ..... read more

Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension BridgeLynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Waterfront Station

Lynn Canyon Park offers a rugged west coast landscape nestled into the southern slopes of the north shore mountains. Lynn Creek drops rapidly through the canyon and there are a ..... read more

Vandusen Botanical GardenVandusen Botanical Garden

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Waterfront Station

Opened in 1975 this garden has gained an international reputation with its diverse collection of over 7500 varieties of plants from around the world. These are all displayed in a ..... read more

Fort Langley Day TripFort Langley Day Trip

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Surrey Central Station

You will easily be able to spend the better part of a day exploring this historic site and the neighbouring village making this an ideal spot for a day trip from Vancouver ..... read more

Queen Elizabeth ParkQueen Elizabeth Park

Nearest SkyTrain Station: King Edward Station

Queen Elizabeth Park is a beautiful 130 acre park situated at the highest point along a ridge that runs east-west across the City of Vancouver. Some of the highlights of this beautiful ..... read more

Parks with Beaches

English Bay and Sunset BeachEnglish Bay and Sunset Beach

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Granville Station | Yaletown-Roundhouse Station

Who says there are no palm trees in Canada? English Bay Beach Park, located at the southern edge of downtown Vancouver's West End, features not only palm trees, but also expansive sandy ..... read more

Jericho Beach ParkJericho Beach Park

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Waterfront Station - Weekdays Only | Granville Station

Located a little ways west of downtown Vancouver, Jericho Park boasts a beautiful expansive sandy beach. Jericho and the adjacent beaches tend to be less crowded than ..... read more

Stanley ParkStanley Park

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Burrard Station | Waterfront Station

At 1001 acres Stanley Park, located immediately north of downtown Vancouver, is one of the largest urban parks in the world. Largely surrounded by seawater, ..... read more

The Vanier Park and Kitsilano BeachVanier Park and Kitsilano Beach

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Burrard Station

Located a short bus ride from downtown Vancouver, Vanier Park offers great views across English Bay toward downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. This waterfront park features ..... read more

White Rock Beach and PromenadeWhite Rock Beach and Promenade

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Bridgeport Station

When you arrive in White Rock you can enjoy a stroll along the 2 kilometer promenade and out onto the ½ kilometer long pier for some great views across the water and back toward the hillside homes of White Rock. ..... read more

Best Views in Vancouver

Simon Fraser UniversityBurnaby Mountain Conservation Area and Simon Fraser University

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Production Way - University Station

A quick 15 minute bus ride from Production/University Station up to Simon Fraser University will put you on top of Burnaby Mountain at an elevation of 1200 feet above sea level. As the mountain highway rounds the last curve, the forest opens up to reveal ..... read more

Canada PlaceCanada Place

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Waterfront Station

Overlooking Canada's busiest harbour, Canada Place is arguably not just Vancouver's most iconic landmark, but along with the CN Tower in Toronto it is also one of the most recognized structures in Canada. Designed with a unique ..... read more

Day Trip on BC FerriesDay Trip on BC Ferries

You will take in some spectacular scenery as you sail close to the rugged shores of the Gulf Islands with their rocky shorelines, lighthouses and beautiful waterfront homes. The Tsawwassen to Victoria route offers...... read more

Grouse MountainGrouse Mountain

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Waterfront Station

Public Transit takes you right to the base of the Grouse Mountain Gondola (Skyride) where you can pay an admission charge for a spectacular gondola ride up to the Chalet and a variety of included activities ..... read more

Harbour Air Seaplanes Sightseeing TourHarbour Air Seaplanes Sightseeing Tour

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Waterfront

If you take a fancy to the idea of an aerial sightseeing tour of Vancouver, you will be in very good hands. Harbour Air has been operating in the Vancouver area for many years ..... read more

The Vancouver LookoutThe Vancouver Lookout

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Waterfront Station

Vancouver Lookout offers up a panoramic overview of much of Vancouver from it's 360&fegree; observation deck 430 feet above the city. The view is especially good toward Stanley Park and ..... read more

Museums, Galleries and Science

Burnaby Village MuseumBurnaby Village Museum

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Metrotown | Sperling

This 10 acre site is a fun place for the whole family to explore. In convincing fashion, it will transport you back to nearly 100 years ...... read more

Fort Langley Day TripFort Langley National Historic Site

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Surrey Central Station

You will easily be able to spend the better part of a day exploring this historic site and the neighbouring village making this an ideal spot for a day trip from Vancouver ..... read more

Museum of AnthropologyMuseum of Anthropology

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Broadway-City Hall

Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology showcases a large collection of Northwest Coast First Nations art as well as large collections from the South Pacific, Africa, and Asia. Articles include ..... read more

Museum of VancouverMuseum of Vancouver

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Burrard Station

the Museum of Vancouver features four permanent exhibits along with historic and archeological collections. There are also ..... read more

Vancouver Maritime MuseumVancouver Maritime Museum

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Burrard Station

The Vancouver Maritime Museum houses a historic ship used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to patrol the artic. It also features many ..... read more

Science and Technology

Vancouver Space CentreVancouver Space Centre

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Burrard Station

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Planetarium has two theatres featuring shows throughout the day, rides on the Virtual Voyages Motion Simulator, and interactive exhibits, displays and ..... read more

Telus World of ScienceTelus World of Science

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Main Street-Science World

If you're planning some things to see with your kids while visiting Vancouver Telus World of Science is a great choice. This longstanding Vancouver attraction offers families a wide range of both permanent and changing interactive and educational science exhibits along with a variety of fascinating..... read more

Vancouver Airport Observation AreaVancouver Airport Observation Area

Nearest SkyTrain Station: YVR Airport Station

Vancouver Airport Observation Area features complimentary telescopes by the windows, a large interactive model of the airport, and interactive touch-screen kiosks that provide all kinds of interesting information ..... read more

Vancouver AquariumVancouver Aquarium

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Burrard Station | Waterfront Station

Beluga whales, sea lions, sea otters and dolphins are just a few of the thousands of species on display at the Vancouver Aquarium which is the largest aquarium in all of Canada. ..... read more

Art

Vancouver Art GalleryVancouver Art Gallery

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Burrard Station | Vancouver City Centre Station

The 41,400 square foot gallery features a collection of over 10000 works including the largest collection from renowned BC artist Emily Car ..... read more

Historic Districts and Markets

ChinatownChinatown

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Stadium-Chinatown Station

Vancouver's historic Chinatown is the colourful home of many authentic Chinese restaurants, marketplaces and businesses along with the award winning Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. ..... read more

Fort Langley Day TripFort Langley

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Surrey Central Station

You will easily be able to spend the better part of a day exploring this historic site and the neighbouring village making this an ideal spot for a day trip from Vancouver ..... read more

GastownGastown

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Waterfront Station

Gastown, Vancouver's original 'downtown' is rich in history, unique shops, restaurants and clubs. Named after a steamboat captain and barkeeper named 'Gassy' Jack Deighton who ..... read more

Granville Island Public MarketGranville Island Public Market

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Waterfront Station | Olympic Village Station

Granville Island Public Market is an extremely popular shopping, entertainment, and tourist enclave repurposed from a deprecated industrial area on the south side of False Creek adjacent to downtown Vancouver. ..... read more

Lonsdale Quay Public MarketLonsdale Quay Public Market

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Waterfront Station

This public marketplace is just a short ride from Downtown Vancouver across Burrard Inlet on the Seabus. Here you will enjoy some great views of the Vancouver Skyline as well as exploring a wide variety of specialty food retailers and restaurants. ..... read more

Robson StreetRobson Street

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Burrard Station | City Center Station

Every major city seems to have a street that is famous for its high end boutique shops and great restaurants. In Vancouver that street would be Robson Street. ..... read more

YaletownYaletown

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Yaletown - Roundhouse Station

Once a contaminated and run down area of old factories, warehouses and railway buildings, Yaletown is an example of how dramatically an area can be transformed. Home of .... read more

White RockWhite Rock

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Bridgeport Station

Located just above the Canada-US border the City of White Rock slopes steeply down to Semiahmoo Bay in the Georgia Strait. Well away from the north shore mountains, White Rock receives. ..... read more

Steveston Fishing VillageSteveston Fishing Village

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Brighouse Station

At the historic fishing village of Steveston you will enjoy viewing the scenery and boats from the waterfront boardwalks, checking out the historic sites, and enjoying some fresh fish and chips or ..... read more

Theatre, Sports and Entertainment Venues

BC Place StadiumBC Place Stadium

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Stadium-Chinatown Station

BC Place is the home field for the BC Lions CFL football team as well as the Vancouver Whitecaps Soccer Team. In addition, it hosts many other events, including concerts, trade shows of all sorts, and. ..... read more

EXIT Canada EntranceEXIT Canada

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Lansdowne Station

EXIT Canada is a unique and fun new attraction that is rapidly gaining popularity - so much so that you should book your time well in advance. Imagine yourself trapped in an unfamiliar and scary place trying to. ..... read more

EXIT CanadaCanada Place

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Waterfront Station

Visitors to Canada Place on Vancouvers harbourtfront can enjoy a variety free and paid activities including the incredible new FlyOver Canada attraction coming to Vancouver in the Spring of 2013. ..... read more

FlyOver CanadaFlyOver Canada

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Waterfront Station

This exciting new Vancouver attraction is opening on June 29th, 2013. Strapped into your seat in front of a 20 metre domed screen, you will enjoy a virtual flying experience that explores Canada's breathtaking scenery from ..... read more

Vancouver Space CentreVancouver Space Centre

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Burrard Station

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Planetarium features a daily schedule of interesting and educational shows in both the Planetarium and the GroundStation Canada theatre ..... read more

Orpheum TheatreOrpheum Theatre

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Granville Station | Vancouver City Center Station

First opened in 1927 and extensively renovated in 2009, the Orpheum Theatre is the most beautiful concert venues in Vancouver, if not the entire continent. It has ..... read more

PNE Playland and the Pacific National ExhibitionPNE Playland and the Pacific National Exhibition

Nearest SkyTrain Station: 29th Avenue Station | Waterfront Station

The annual Pacific National Exhibition is a very popular annual fair held every during the lasts 2 weeks of the summer vacation. Playland is a permanent amusement park located on the same grounds that operates not only during the PNE but on weekends starting in late April and daily throughout the summer. ..... read more

Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the Vancouver PlayhouseQueen Elizabeth Theatre and the Vancouver Playhouse

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Stadium Station

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is home to the Vancouver Opera and Ballet BC and adjoining Vancouver Playhouse is home to the Playhouse Theatre Company. ..... read more

River Rock Show TheatreRiver Rock Show Theatre and Casino Resort

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Bridgeport Station

The River Rock Show Theatre is part of the River Rock Casino Resort which includes a 4 Star Hotel and a huge Casino. The theatre features many famous entertainers throughout the year. .... read more

Rogers ArenaRogers Arena

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Stadium Station-Chinatown | Yaletown-Roundhouse

In addition to hosting Vancouver Canucks home games, Roger Arena features numerous big name concerts and a number of other events throughout the year. ..... read more

Shadbolt Centre for the Performing ArtsShadbolt Centre for the Performing Arts

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Metrotown Station | Sperling Station

The Shadbolt Centre for the Performing Arts is a community based theatre located in beautiful Deer Lake Park in the heart of Burnaby. The theatre has ..... read more

Telus World of ScienceTelus World of Science OMNIMAX Theatre

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Main Street-Science World

Inside the landmark geodesic dome of Science World is a giant OMNIMAX theatre which offers a daily schedule of interesting and educational shows. Admission to the theatre is and optional addon to entry to the Science Centre. .... read more

Architecture and Landmarks

BC Place StadiumBC Place Stadium

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Stadium-Chinatown Station

A very significant Vancouver landmark, BC Place stadium's white Teflon roof was supported by nothing more than air pressure and was visible from miles away. Recently however, the stadium has undergone a major retrofit and now features the world's largest retractable roof. ..... read more

Canada PlaceCanada Place

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Waterfront Station

Overlooking Canada's busiest harbour, Canada Place is arguably not just Vancouver's most iconic landmark, but along with the CN Tower in Toronto it is also one of the most recognized structures in Canada. Designed with a unique ..... read more

Museum of AnthropologyMuseum of Anthropology

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Broadway-City Hall

Designed by the famous architect Arthur Erickson, Vancouver's extremely popular Museum of Anthropology features a unique and striking design ..... read more

Simon Fraser UniversitySimon Fraser University

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Production Way - University Station

Another design by renowned architect Arthur Erickson, Simon Fraser University boasts striking architecture that still looks so modern that it defies its 1960's design. ..... read more

Telus World of ScienceTelus World of Science

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Main Street-Science World

Telus World of Science, a legacy of the Expo 86 World's Fair is as striking and interesting on the outside as the interesting exhibits that are happening on the inside. ..... read more

Vancouver Art GalleryVancouver Art Gallery

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Burrard Station | Vancouver City Centre Station

Completed in 1906, the historic Vancouver art gallery, a focal point of social events in downtown Vancouver, is a work of art itself. .... read more

The Vancouver LookoutThe Vancouver Lookout

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Waterfront Station

While not the tallest structure in the city, Vancouver Lookout is capped with a round observation level and restaurant 430 feet above the city is certain one of Vancouver's distinctive landmarks ..... read more

Vancouver Public LibraryVancouver Public Library

Nearest SkyTrain Stations: Stadium-Chinatown Station | Vancouver City Centre Station

The main reason for tourists to visit this Vancouver landmark is to take in it's radical architectural design. The design by Moshe Safdie was the ..... read more

Vancouver Space CentreVancouver Space Centre

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Burrard Station

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Planetarium is housed in a striking building that looks as futuristic today as when it was first opened in 1968. ..... read more

Waterfront StationWaterfront Station

Nearest SkyTrain Station: Waterfront Station

This grand and majestic building is located on the waterfront of downtown Vancouver, just a few steps from the entrance to historic Gastown on the east .... read more

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