What You Should Not Miss While In Vancouver?
A mountainous backdrop and urban beaches define this downtown city in British Columbia. Vancouver has earned the reputation of being one of the cities with the most breathtaking scenery. Cathay Pacific airlines, makes this dream destination come true for hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers who visit the city. There are some exquisite sites and activities you can explore while in Vancouver.
The island is a haven for local live music fans, excellent chefs, and fun-loving tourists. It was home for factories, plants, and sawmills in the 1900s. Not so anymore.
Today, millions of tourists visit this sandpit for various activities. The Granville island market is a bee-hive of activities from dawn to dusk. Fruit -filled crates, a fascinating assortment of vegetables, and other supplies, find their way in the market ready to make Vancouver’s best culinary.
The market is also one of the best places to buy souvenirs to take back home. It offers unique crafts, outdoor outfitters, skilled artwork, and gourmet stores. At the far end of Railspur Alley are artisan studios where potters, jewelers make your choice gifts as you wait.
Your visit to Vancouver is never complete if you do not swim in the Pacific Ocean. Kitsilano Beach is devoted to all swimming enthusiasts. Kayaks or boats are not allowed here. From the beach, you can have a fantastic view of Vancouver’s skyline. The surrounding green mountains will make your swim fun.
If you do not like ocean swimming, then you can enjoy a good swim at the Kitsilano pool. However, this is not your ordinary pool; the water is as salty as the ocean’s but slightly warmer. From this open-air pool, you can have a splendid view of the coastline.
Every summer, theatre comes alive at the Kitsilano Beach. A Shakespeare Festival and other creative and cultural exhibitions happen in the open-air to the thrill of the visitors. Kitsilano Beach has tons of land and water sports. You can play tennis, basketball, or water aerobics and kayaking. If cycling is what you love, you can rent a bike from one of the many bike rental places on the beach.
The Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain is a favorite destination for foreigners and locals alike. It has all-year-round attractions from skiing and snow boating during summer, to skydiving in spring. There are also other outdoor activities such as sleigh rides and snowshoe trails ideal for individuals and families.
Should you visit the Grouse Mountain when it is too snowy, that should not dampen your hiking spirit. Have your footwear and warm clothing on and set for the most famous hiking trail in Vancouver. It is approximately 2.9 km from the Sky ride up to the face of Grouse Mountain. However, this is only for visitors who are considerably in good fit.
If you love heights, you will enjoy sky rides at Grouse Mountain. In just 8 minutes after you take the sky ride, you will be dangling from above and getting an aerial view of the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf Island, and the gleaming city below.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano suspension bridge attracts many adventure enthusiasts in Vancouver. It towers over the cedar rainforest and gives visitors unforgettable experiences. The 137 m long and 70m high suspension bridge has thrilled foreigners since 1889. The wobbly bridge is a landmark site of Vancouver that visitors can enjoy cliff walks along Capilano River. The Treetops adventure will take you 100 feet mid-air of Columbia’s rainforest. This adventure is not for the faint-hearted.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park was formerly a rock quarry and now a fantastic park that gives a panoramic view of the city and the mountains to the north. The beautiful flower gardens, grassy lawns, a public gallery, and beautiful flower gardens make the park a park worth the visit. While in the park, you can play golf, tennis, or visit the extensive outdoor arboretum.
Science World is a science center where the imagination is ignited with hands-on exhibits and mind-blowing science exploratory adventures. It’s a place of many mysterious things. The world’s largest screen at Omnimax theatre located at the top of the Science crowns all these. You can also explore various galleries that are dedicated to conservation efforts. The Science world is a place for all ages.
Museum of Anthropology
Visit the Museum of Anthropology to view a rich collection of West Coast First Nations artifacts. In this spectacular building, you will find impressive totem poles, bentwood boxes, canoes from the Coast Salish natives, among other objects. There are close to 10,000 different works of art such, as masks made from ceramics, earthenware, and stoneware. This collection is from the 16th to the 19th century.
The Museum of Anthropology and the University of British Columbia are located in the same ground. So you can enjoy the work of architecture and the splendid view of the surrounding mountains.
Vancouver Police Museum
This museum is operated by the Historical Society of Vancouver Police, the largest museum of its kind in North America. Situated in the city’s old morgue and autopsy suite adds a tinge to the museum. Here, you will learn of a thrilling journey of the city’s crime, justice, and policing history. The artifacts include confiscated weapons, archival documents, crime scene investigating exhibits, counterfeit currency, and other memorabilia. This collection has ranked Vancouver Police Museum as one of the best of Vancouver’s museums.
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Beaty Biodiversity Museum is an unusual natural history museum. Six sub-collections make the museum: Tetrapod, Herbarium, Marine Invertebrates, Fish, and Entomology. This sub-collection makes a total of over two million specimens that were collected between the 1910s and the present.
The most prominent display is an 82-foot skeleton of a female blue whale. It is housed in a glass atrium and is suspended without any external framework for support. You can watch a Discovery Channel documentary at the museum’s theatre to learn recovery, transportation, and display of the skeleton.