Vancouver Mineral Museum |
Vancouver's newest museum profiles beautiful minerals, gemstones, meteorites, fossils and other natural geo-materials from around the world
This is Canada's largest civic museum. True to its name, it focuses on Vancouver's past, present and future. Displays and educational programs describe the history, culture and natural development of the Lower Mainland, open daily from 10am-5pm and on Thursdays from 10am-9pm, prices are $8 for adults, $7 seniors, $5.50 youth under 19 and students, and children under 4 are free.
Stanley Park is a favorite site for Vancouverites and visitors alike (for over 8 million people a year). The park, discovered by Captain Vancouver in 1792, sprawls over 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of land. A couple of great places to visit in the park are the Lost Lagoon, a miniature railroad, and the Vancouver Aquarium.
The aquarium offers visitors a look at more than 8,000 aquatic animals representing 600 species. This private, non-profit institution was founded in 1950 and today has more than 55,000 supporting members.
Science World is jam-packed with unique experiments and activities the whole family can enjoy, it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, admission for adults is $14.50, and $10 for seniors and people aged four to 18 and kids under four get in free.
Lions Gate Bridge
This 1,476-foot structure was the longest suspension bridge in the world during the first few years of its life. More than 60,000 drivers go across the three-lane bridge every day.
The famous Granville Island Market is a Vancouver attraction that most people don't want to miss. Its a 4,000 square foot indoor emporium featuring stalls selling seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, poultry, meat and cheese. Bridges' deck is a great place to go to wave at passing fishermen who are coming or going with their catches.
This is the second-largest Chinatown in North America, next to San Fransisco's. The community is encompassed by Pender and Keefer Streets, and Carrol and Gore Streets. The first Chinese immigrants settled in the province during the Fraser Gold Rush in the 1850s. Today the past is alive in Chinatown.