Vancouver is a beautiful city. Between all the hikes, ocean views (and incredible donuts), it’s not hard to find an awesome activity to fill up your spare time.
When you first move here, ticking all of the tourist attractions off your list is the first thing you usually try to do.
But how often have you caught yourself 2 (or 10!) years into your Vancouver life saying, “wait… I still haven’t been to the Aquarium.”
Some of the city’s best attractions don’t need to be just for new-comers to the city. If you’re yet to see some of the below, you’re in luck!
Capilano Suspension Bridge
You already know that Vancouver is an outdoor oasis, but maybe you forgot just a little bit (fall arrived and Netflix took priority?). If that’s the case, the first place to visit on your list should be the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Watch the Capilano River rush 70 metres beneath you as you walk over the 137-metre-long bridge. Check out the beautiful sights of the rainforest and climb through old-growth fir trees as you take in the views of the Canyon with the new Cliffwalk. We just hope you’re not scared of heights.
There are over 50,000 creatures to see at the Aquarium. When was the last time you got to hold a starfish, see real life sea lions, sharks, and penguins, or even witness the fascinatingly slow pace of a sloth? Did we mention there are actual piranhas?
If you have a little one to entertain, this is definitely the place to do it. But The Aquarium is for adults too. Thanks to its recent renovation, the iconic Vancouver attraction is now more awesome than ever with the addition of a 4D movie theatre, café and coffee bar, courtyard, and more.
Yet to go to Grouse? As if the panoramic vista of the city wasn’t incredible enough, you can also ski, snowshoe, and see a Grizzly bear in real life (unless they’re hibernating in the winter). Sure, they’re in an enclosed area, but we don’t think you’d prefer the alternative.
Worried you’ll have to be down in time for dinner? The mountain also has a restaurant and a bar. If you have friends from out of town visiting Vancouver, as far as scenery and wildlife, it doesn’t get better than this.
Vancouver Art Gallery
If you’re an art lover and visiting the VAG has somehow been on the back-burner of your to-do list, you should definitely organize a visit soon. Even if you’ve been before, the exhibits are always changing. The iconic works of Cindy Sherman (her styled self-portraits from the 70s and 80s, before selfies were even a thing) are currently on display, and the gallery is permanently home to Emily Carr’s most significant collection.
Don’t miss a weekly gallery tour on either Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Did you see Seth Rogan get lost in the hedge maze of VanDusen Gardens recently? If you were as enticed as we were, know that it’s just as fun IRL.
But the VanDusen Botanical Garden isn’t only home to an awesome Elizabethan hedge maze. The 55-acre gardens situated right in the middle of the city has stunning seasonal displays with over 7,500 species of plants.
Whether you’re looking to show some visitors in town some West Coast plant life or snap some photogenic pics for the gram, VanDusen is the place.
Gastown’s Vancouver Lookout, in the Harbour Centre, is seriously under-rated. The attraction might be synonymous with tourists and tourists only, but even if you’ve lived here for what seems like an eternity, the spot never fails to wow visitors and locals alike.
Atop the 553-foot tower, you’ll see incredible 360-degree views of Burrard Inlet, the faraway towers of Burnaby, the mountains of the North Shore, and beaches of Point Grey.
Go at night to see the twinkling lights of the city, or during a clear day to experience Vancouver through a birds-eye view.
Don’t hold off on the opportunity to save 20% on these incredible Vancouver attractions. You might have lived in Vancouver for a while, but that doesn’t mean these attractions are for tourists only.
Book these attractions and more by visiting tourismvancouver.com/mustdovancouver.
Have people visiting from out of town? Tourism Vancouver are giving away $200 in Vancouver attractions as part of their #MustDoVancouver contest.
It gets better. One grand prize winner will win a round-trip airfare for two to Vancouver, a five-night stay, and passes to multiple top attractions around the city.
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How to enter:
To win a roundtrip for two to Vancouver so you can bring your special ones from afar:
- Share your favourite Vancouver attraction or activity on Instagram using the #MustDoVancouver hashtag
- Tag @inside_vancouver
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