Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to Do in Vancouver, BC

What are the top tourist spots in Vancouver BC?

Sea to Sky Gondola by Stephen H via Unsplash

Vancouver Bucket List: 15 Best Places to Visit in Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities globally, offering plenty of best things to do in Vancouver, BC, for tourists visiting the picturesque nature and highly urbanized city.

The city is the home of Canada’s vast outdoor spots and has the perfect view of the Pacific Coast. To add up to your list, here are the 15 best things to do in Vancouver, BC.

1. Museum of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology at UBC by Wpcpey via Wikipedia CC
Museum of Anthropology at UBC by Wpcpey via Wikipedia CC

Situated at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver campus, the Museum of Anthropology is a must-visit tourist attraction.

Even if you are not a history enthusiast, visiting the museum is an informative tour exhibiting indigenous arts and archeological artifacts from huge totem poles to 17th-century European ceramics.

2. Grouse Mountain

Skyride at Grouse Mountain photo via Pixabay
Skyride at Grouse Mountain photo via Pixabay

One of the best places to visit in Vancouver is the Grouse Mountain for its scenic view of Vancouver, whether it’s winter or summer.

If you love hiking, then this is the best place to go. And if you want a more breathtaking experience, hop on the Skyride.

3. Stanley Park

View from Stanley Park in Vancouver photo via Pixabay
View from Stanley Park in Vancouver photo via Pixabay

Constructed in 1888, Stanley Park is a 1,000-acre public park and a must-visit in Vancouver.

According to Trip Advisor, Stanley Park is the World’s Best Park for plenty of activities such as cycling, long walk at the seawall, and other places to explore such as botanical gardens, pools, beaches, tennis courts, and a golf course.

4. Gastown

Gastown Vancouver by Aditya Chinchure via Unsplash
Gastown Vancouver by Aditya Chinchure via Unsplash

A national historic site and the oldest part of the city, Gastown is a lively district where all the social fun is from shopping to nightlife.

Today Gastown is filled with several fashion and furniture boutiques, European restaurants, galleries, nightclubs, and so much more.

5. Granville Island

Granville Island by Patrick Boucher via Unsplash
Granville Island by Patrick Boucher via Unsplash

Another charming spot and a must-visit for the shopaholic are Granville Island. The island has over 275 enterprises and a great public market filled with artisan vendors and quaint shops. There is also a market dedicated only to kids.

6. Vancouver Chinatown

Vancouver Chinatown Millennium Gate by Suman Chakrabarti via Wikipedia CC
Vancouver Chinatown Millennium Gate By Suman Chakrabarti – Chinatown gate, Vancouver, BC, CC BY 2.0

If you are craving Asian foods, head to Canada’s oldest and largest Chinatown in Vancouver. Vancouver’s Chinatown is known for its mouthwatering foods, from Asian pastries to the best restaurants serving dim sum.

They also celebrate Chinese New Year yearly.

7. Canada Place

Canada Place by Pascal Bernardon via Unsplash
Canada Place by Pascal Bernardon via Unsplash

An iconic landmark and the most photogenic spot in Vancouver is Canada Place. Originally constructed in 1927, Canada Place is an amazing piece of architecture.

Visitors can walk around the pier or dine at nearby coffee shops. They also offer a ticket for a 30 minutes show of Flyover Canada.

8. Sea to Sky Gondola

Sea to Sky Gondola by Stephen H via Unsplash
Sea to Sky Gondola by Stephen H via Unsplash

Surrounded by ancient volcanoes and snow peaks, the Sea to Sky Gondola offers a scenic view of Howe Sound. Tourists can hop on a gondola ride to enjoy the spectacular view of nature.

There are also various trails to choose from and restaurants and cafes at the peak of the trails.

9. Deep Cove

Deep Cove Kayak Centre, North Vancouver, Canada by Angela Porisky via Unsplash
Deep Cove Kayak Centre, North Vancouver, Canada by Angela Porisky via Unsplash

If you are looking for an exciting summer, head to the small bay Deep Cove and go on kayaking.

Situated at the foot of Mount Seymour, Deep Cove is a popular summer destination in Vancouver, with an on-site Kayak Centre offering equipment rentals such as kayak and stand-up paddleboards.

10. English Bay

English Bay by Mike Benna via Unsplash
English Bay by Mike Benna via Unsplash

Offering one of the best views of the sunset in Vancouver, the English Bay is an open bay and one of the most populated beaches in Vancouver.

The place is great for long walks, biking, and picnics. English Bay also has great landscaping and is filled with various entertainments on the beach.

11. Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium by Ferdinand Stohr via Unsplash
Vancouver Aquarium by Ferdinand Stohr via Unsplash

Established in 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium is another must-visit tourist spot in Stanley Park, Vancouver. The facility is a public aquarium that houses over 58,000 animals and serves as a rehabilitation center for rescued marine animals.

There are various exhibits on the aquarium facility, such as Pacific Canada Pavilion, Penguin Point, and the Tropic Zone.

12. Richmond Night Market

Richmond Night Market photo via FB Page
Richmond Night Market photo via FB Page

Held during the months of summer, Richmond Night Market is a night market held annually near Bridgeport Station.

It is the best marketplace in town with many delectable food selections, fun games for kids, and live performances from various cultures.

13. Museum of Vancouver

Museum of Vancouver by Mj via Wikipedia CC
Museum of Vancouver By ? – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

Situate in Vanier Park, the Museum of Vancouver is a civic history museum established in 1894. The museum is small yet very informative, especially about the Canadian Navy.

One of the highlights of the museum is the Haida Now exhibit. The Seat at the Table exhibit is also another great feature the museum has.

14. Science World

Science World Vancouver via Pixabay
Science World Vancouver via Pixabay

Originally built as an Expo Center for the Expo 86 world’s fair, the Science World is a non-profit organization founded in 1989. Situated nearby the Skytrain Station, Science World is a top-notch facility perfect for children for learning and sensory play.

15. Food Tour

Vegan Food in Vancouver
Vegan Food in Vancouver

One of the best things to do when visiting a new country or city is going on a Food Tour. Vancouver Food Tour will guide you to one of the best restaurants and places in British Columbia.

They offer several tours suiting everyone’s taste, including Richmond Dumpling Trail Tour, Vancouver Vegan Food Tour, Urban Foodie Experience, and Craft Beer ‘n Bites Tour.

References

  • 25 Best Things to Do in Vancouver (BC, Canada), The Crazy Tourist
  • Ernst, Law, (2020), 16 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Vancouver, BC, Planet Ware
  • Lopez, Read, (2019), The 21 best things to do in Vancouver, Timeout

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