Things to Do in Downtown Vancouver

With millions of visitors a year, Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada. With a large urban population and a strong cultural foundation, Vancouver offers music, dance, museums and theater, as well as fine dining and accommodations. Such a large city naturally offers many popular attractions.
Vancouver Aquarium

Featuring dolphin and sea otter shows, as well as hands-on interactive animal exhibits, the Vancouver Aquarium has consistently been rated one of Canada's best attractions, and it is not hard to see why. With more than 70,000 animals and animal encounter experiences, including behind the scenes aquarium tours, the Vancouver Aquarium is a great local attraction, particularly for families. Don't miss the 4-D film Planet Earth, featuring 3-D visuals and immersive sensory effects, such as wind and lightning.

Vancouver Aquarium
845 Avison Way
Vancouver, BC V6B 3X8
(604) 659-3474

Granville Island

For locals and tourists alike, Granville Island, in downtown Vancouver, offers a little bit of everything. Take in some street theater, tour a brew pub, shop for creations by local artisans, and try some of the finest cooking in all of Vancouver, all within a cozy 37-acre spread. What was once an industrial area was reborn in the 1970s as an artists community, complete with a farmer's market, hand-crafted chocolate, and some of the best improv comedy in North America. Granville Island demonstrates the best of the spirit of Vancouver in a small, friendly easily accessible area.

Museum of Vancouver

Exhibiting the past and present of the region, the Museum of Vancouver displays artifacts of more than 100 years of Vancouver's and British Columbia's past. Interactive exhibits bring Vancouver's roots to life in permanent exhibitions, such as "The 1950s" and "Gateway to the Pacific" as well as rotating seasonal exhibits. The Museum of Vancouver also exhibits various collections of artifacts, including those of the First People (Canada's Native residents) and the Vancouver History Collection, featuring Neon Vancouver and Hippie Vancouver, displaying physical remnants of the city's past.

Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 736-4431

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