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From Gastown to Kitsilano, Vancouver is home to many diverse neighbourhoods to explore. Join in on a sightseeing tour, or embark on a self-guided tour through one of the “most livable cities” in the world.
- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
- Sea to Sky Gondala
- Science World at Telus World of Science in False Creek
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown
- UBC Botanical Gardens at UBC
- H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Museum of Vancouver in Kitsilano
- Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours and Vancouver Trolley in Stanley Park
- Vancouver Lookout and Vancouver Art Gallery in Downtown Vancouver
To learn more about Vancouver’s neighbourhoods, visit our community page.
British Columbia features an abundance of wildlife and boasts some of the most stunning provincial parks in the country. Take in the incredible scenery and explore BC’s parks and trails. With so much to offer, the choices are endless.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1st, 2017, Parks Canada is offering free admission to national historic sites and national parks for the entire year.
British Columbia has hundreds of hiking trails throughout the province and more than 850 parks and protected areas. These trails allow for anything from short walks to long, multi-day backpacking trips. Hikers from all around the world travel to British Columbia to tackle the province’s best-known trail, the 75KM long West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island.
Downtown Vancouver is just a short drive from many hiking and walking trails. From easier hikes such as Lighthouse Park and Capilano River Regional Park to more advanced trails such as the Baden-Powell Trail, there are activities for everyone!
For more information about hiking destinations, visit HelloBC.com.
For both mountain bikers and cyclists, British Columbia is home to magnificent terrain to ride, and stunning natural scenery to enjoy. Whether you prefer riding on trails or paved paths, are looking for a challenge or a leisurely ride, BC is renowned as a premier cycling destination.
Nestled in ocean pockets surrounding the urban centre, Vancouver’s beaches promise clear blue waters, sandy shores, and spectacular views. Each Vancouver beach boasts its own ambiance and personality. Go for a swim at Spanish Banks, kayak at Jericho Beach, or show off your volleyball skills at Kitsilano Beach.
British Columbia’s two major coastal cities, Vancouver and Victoria, are situated right by the Pacific Ocean. Whether you are looking to go fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, river rafting, boating or even whale watching, the choice is yours. BC’s coastal waters are home to some of the most diverse marine life in the world.
Arts, Culture & History
While British Columbia is known for its impressive scenery, the province also has a vibrant arts and cultural side with many thriving artisan communities. Whether your interests be art, culture or history centred, BC has a variety of museums and heritage sites to explore.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is the city’s premier destination for innovative contemporary art displays and significant pieces of historical art. Vancouver’s largest art gallery is a world-class art encounter showcasing a range of historical masters to groundbreaking contemporary artists.
British Columbia is also home to a diverse collection of Aboriginal artwork. Visit the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art or take a stroll through Stanley Park to find the incredible totem poles site.
The city is also has several artsy neighbourhoods, such as Granville Island and Gastown, which are home to various independent artisan shops and art galleries.
Museums in British Columbia have collections for all passions and interests: history, Aboriginal culture, fisheries, boats, policing and more.
Explore the Museum of Vancouver beside Kitsilano Beach, which includes the HR MacMillan Space Centre and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Or visit the Museum of Anthropology to learn more about Aboriginal culture.
Vancouver’s only Marathon began in 1972.