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Best Attractions in Vancouver
09 January 2012

Whether you have arrived by air, car, bus, boat or rail, visitors to Vancouver will not find themselves in short supply of things to do. This enormous, modern city is Canada’s third-largest metropolitan city and is filled with great family attractions.

The entire province is known for its natural beauty, for its spectacular wildlife, sightseeing opportunities, world-class skiing and outdoor recreation. Vancouver is the hub to many of these elements and hosts a large number of the provinces’ mainstay attractions.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is probably one of the most famous named parks in North America. Located in the west end of Vancouver, this massive inner city park is host to numerous outdoor activities and attractions within itself. Offering up more than 1,000 acres of parkland, Stanley Park is an ideal place to spend an entire day. Pack a picnic, walk the sea wall, visit the aquarium, look at totem poles, lie on the beach, visit a lighthouse or take in a concert at the Malkin Bowl.

This famous green oasis was opened in 1888 by Lord Stanley of Preston. Its primary purpose was to gather various food and material however, today it is a public park with more than half a million trees. It is also home to the Vancouver Aquarium, the Malkin Bowl, numerous monuments, beaches and endless walking, biking and hiking trails. There are also 5.5 miles of glorious seawall that can be walked, cycled or bladed for those who wish to take in the outer portion of the park.

Granville Island

Holidays to Vancouver would not be complete without a stop at Granville Island. Located in an area known as False Creek, this island was once part of Vancouver’s industrial manufacturing area. Much has changed as the island is now home to a venue of trendy shops, theatres, hotels and artists as well as the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The island is designed for great shopping opportunities and is family friendly with a children’s area. It is also outfitted with a beer brewery, unique clothing stores, art shops and boat rentals.

Once you have made your way through the Granville shops, walk over to the Public Market where amazing local foods await. Get ready to sample some of the best smoked-salmon, fresh fudge made onsite, artisan cheeses and locally grown produce. After a little food shopping make your way into the food hall for a bite to eat. Just outside the food halls are some of Vancouver’s best street performers that will surely entertain everyone in your group.

Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park

Another must-see, or in this case it’s a must-do, is a walk across the Capilano bridge, which is located along the North Shore of Vancouver. If you’re not sure what the big deal is you may realise once you arrive that this bridge is a wobbly wooden plank suspension bridge more than 70 metres above the roaring river directly below. The bridge was built in 1888 but it has undergone many reinforcements and upgrades. However, it still offers the original breathtaking view.

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