Weekend Breaks to Vancouver
Planning a short break to Vancouver? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Vancouver. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Vancouver. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Vancouver on a Short Break
Avison Way. More than 60 000 aquatic animals call this aquarium home and it has been voted as British Columbia's best-loved attraction. Its inhabitants include the Artic beluga whale, giant Amazon arapaima's, tropical reef sharks, dolphins, sea lions and the otters of Canada's west coast.
P.S There are daily Aquarium hands-on animal encounters and trainer tours. You are guaranteed to have a whale of a time here.
3735 Capilano Rd. The bridge and historic theme park are Vancouver's oldest visitor attraction and was built in 1889. 450 ft across and 230 ft above the Capilano river, visitors can thrill to cross one of the world's greatest suspension bridges. The park has rainforest trails, living forest and story centre exhibits, Totem Park, Big House Carving centre and a wide variety of garden to explore.
Crossing racial, gender and generational barriers, the Hip Hop festival will feature films from countries like, France, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Cuba and the United States, to name but a few. Movies from first -time directors to seasoned filmmakers and some of the genre's classics will be showcased as a celebration of Hip Hop's vibrant and multi-faceted culture. Held annually in September.
Downtown Vancouver. Vancouver's first park was officially opened in 1888 and the then mayor declared it a place for Vancouver's inhabitants to, " spend time amid the beauty of nature away from the busy haunts of men." It is still an evergreen oasis of over 1000 acres and offers numerous activities and attractions, like the children's farmyard, a miniature railway set amongst the walks and trails designed to still help the locals and visitors alike to, " spend time amid the beauty of nature".
False Creek. What is now the most popular public park in Canada, was once two seaweed-laden sandbars lying half-submerged at the entrance to False Creek. Industry grew around it, but it was only in 1915 that enough money was raised to suck 760 000 cubic metres of sea mud from the bed and transform the sand bars into an island. Originally an industrial island, it is now a public park and the Granville Island market is the most success public market in North America. Theatres, art schools, galleries and community centres have now made it Vancouvers cultural hotspot.
6400 Nancy Green Way. This wilderness paradise of awe-inspiring mountain scenery and fresh, crisp air starts with an aerial tram that takes you on a 6 minute ride high over the forest that grows on mountain peaks.Once at the top, the options are endless from a guided walking tour,like the Interpretative walk around Blue Grouse lake, to the Tribute to the Forest tour. You can also continue upwards to the summit in a chairlift and enjoy skiiing and snowboarding in winter. A helicopter ride gives you the scenic wonder of Vancouver from the eyes of the eagles that soar around the mountains.
Downtown Vancouver. This is the street that makes the city and has been attracting thousands of people from all over the world for well over 100 years. This vibrant shopping and eating district has an exciting mix of chic boutiques, high-end retailers, unusual and artistic goods, hip cafes and everything from casual to exquisite dining which all serve to draw a diverse group of individuals to Vancouvers famous hot spot.
578 Corrall Str. The only full-sized classical Chinese garden outside of China and built in the 1980's, the gardens are named after the founder of the first Chinese Republic. The garden is a harmony of contrasts, of dark and light, solid and empty, hard and soft, straight and undulating, yin and yang.This placid spot in the middle of bustling Chinatown, with its architecture, rocks, plants and water artfully combined was created as a place to be savoured.
The website is www.chinesegarden.com
1415 Barclay Street. Set in the West end block and called the Barclay Heritage Square, it features nine historic houses built between 1890 and 1908. Roedde House, itself, was built in 1893 for Vancouver's first bookbinder and some of its rooms still reflect that profession of the late 1800's. All the homes have been restored to their original, handsome condition and visitors can enjoy guided tours and traditional high teas.
240 Cordova Str. The only police museum in Canada, visitors can discover mystery, history, crime and intrigue. You can view and unravel crime scenes, see the coroner's court and pretend to be a forsenic scientist.
See fake money, weapons and police uniforms from all over the world and end your visit with a ride in a cop car, complete with sirens and flashing lights.
Steveston iVillage - Tourist Attraction
The quaint, historic fishing village of Steveston, BC is a 30 minute drive south of Vancouver. Lots of things to see and do for the entire family. A relaxing getaway from the hussle and bussle of the big city.
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