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Things to See & Do in Vancouver


Vancouver tourist information is located at Centre Plaza Level, 200 Burrard St. (604) 683-2000.

Day Tours

City Sights Walking Tours  
Offer 1, 3, 5 & 6 hr tours of Vancouver. (604) 669-4412

Walkabout Historic Vancouver  
Walking tours led by guides dressed in period costumes. Folklore and architecture are the
focus. Costs $25. (604) 720- 0006

Free Things to See & Do

Grouse Grind   
2.9km, 3700ft, free trail to hike up mountain (pay to gondola down)

Lynn Canyon
Suspension Bridge and Ecology Center (take bus # 229)

Gastown Walking Tour   
90 mins, June-Aug, starts at 2pm (604-683-5650)

Movies or TV shows  
In production find out where and see if you can watch (www.bcfilm.bc.ca)

Open air nightmarket  
In Chinatown (June-Sept); located around Pender and Keefer Sts., and Carrol and Gore Sts.

Wreck Beach  
Clothing optional

The Punjabi Market   
Main and 49th Sts. and is the heart of the Indian community. Bakeries, restaurants, saries and more.

Vancouver Art Gallery  
Historical and contemporary art by regional, national, and international artists. Admission by donation on Tuedays from 5pm to 9pm. 750 Hornby St. (604) 662-4719

Must See & Do

Grouse Mountain and Grind  
You can hike the 2.9km trail to the top of Grouse Mountain, which stands at 3700 ft. Then take the skyride down for $5. N. Vancouver.

Stanley Park  
Stanley Park, a semi-wilderness haven, has everything from an aquarium to nature trails, lakes, gardens and a sea cannon which is fired off every night at 9pm. Within the 1,000 acres, is a 10km (6-mile) seawall, a great place to rollerblade, bike or walk. It offers views of the ocean and the mountains around Vancouver. The park is located just north of downtown at the end of Beach Ave.

Granville Island & Granville Island Brewing Co.  
Tours are offered daily for $9.75. 1441 Cartwright St. Granville Island. (604) 687-2739

There are over 180 free public courts including 15 in Stanley Park, 17 at Queen Elizabeth Park (33rd/Cambie) and 10 at Kitsilano Beach Park. All are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Lookout  
A glass skylift takes you up over 500 ft. for spectacular views of the city, water and mountains. 555 W. Hastings St. Top of Harbour Centre. Costs $13, $9 with a student id. (604) 689-0421

This Victorian neighborhood was the birthplace of Vancouver back in the 1860’s. Today, it’s quite touristy, with street artists and the world’s first steam powered clock.

Museum of Anthropology  
Northwest Coast Indian art plus other exhibits. Located on a cliff overlooking the Strait of Georgia on the UCB campus. 6393 N.W. Marine Dr. (604) 822-5087

Seabus ride across harbor
Kitsilano Beach

Money Saving Tips

Nightlife...many of the hostels have bars and drink specials (Cambie, HI Van Central, SameSun)
Vancouver Art Gallery pay what you want Tues 5-9pm (750 Hornby St)
Buy $9Cn unlimited day pass for skytrain, seabus and buses around Vancouver


Excellent bars and clubs are located all around Vancouver including Gastown and Granville and Richards Streets. Many of the hostels have their own pubs. There are many cheap eats around the city. You can get an excellent burger and beer for $5 at Cambie Bars . Or head to Kitto Japanese House at 833 Granville St. for inexpensive sushi ( $1+ per piece)! You can head to the Chinatown Night Market Fri-Sun or to the Punjabi Market on Main and 49th Sts. It’s the heart of the Indian community with bakeries, restaurants, saries and more. Also check out the cheap markets in Little Italy.


Granville Street
UBC Campus
North Vancouver

Shopping Areas

South Granville Street
Granville Island Market
Main Street (16-33rd Aves)
Robson Street

Day Trips

Whistler (2hrs)
Vancouver Island (3hrs bus/ferry)

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