Vancouver has many well-known tourist attractions, some of which are free while others such as a chartered flight over glaciers are expensive. Destination Vancouver (200 Burrard Street, a two-minute walk from Canada Place) is a good source of reliable information. The following ideas are from the Organizing Committee of WATOC 2020.
- The Seawall Proceed West from the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) and go as far as you have time. The 28-km Seaside Greenway is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. If you get tired, catch a bus or train back to Waterfront Station.
- Stanley Park is consistently ranked as one of the best city parks in the world. Access via a 30-minute walk along the Seawall or take the #19 trolley bus from Pender and Hornby Streets to the end of the line near the Rose Garden. If you end up at English Bay, catch bus # 5, 6 or 23 at Davie and Denman, and tell the driver you want to get back to Canada Place or Waterfront Station.
- The Steam Clock in Gastown is one of the most photographed landmarks in Vancouver. It is located at Cambie and Water Streets, an 8-minute walk to the East of the VCC, in the heart of Gastown.
- A-maze-ing Laughter at the intersection of Denman and Davie Streets on English Bay is the best-known public art in the city. Proceed along South Burrard Street, West on Robson Street, and South on Denman Street. It is a 35-minute walk from Canada Place.
- Granville Island, an eclectic mix of a public market, arts and culture and places to eat and drink, is a year-round destination for locals and visitors. Take the #50 bus from Waterfront Station or walk south along Hornby for 25 minutes and then catch a small ferry from the Hornby Street Dock.
Attractions with an admission fee
- The Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest art museum in Western Canada with an emphasis on art from the region. One of the current exhibits, The Imitation Game, provides an interesting perspective on the impact of AI (artificial Intelligence) on our lives. The collection also has a focus on First Nations art and art from Asia. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of the collection can be displayed due to space constraints. The VAG is located at 750 Hornby Street, a 10-minute walk South of Canada Place.
- Vancouver Lookout in the Harbour Centre (555 West Hastings Street, a 5-minute walk) provides a panoramic view of Vancouver. It includes an upscale revolving restaurant called the Top of Vancouver.
- Bill Reid Gallery (639 Hornby Street, an 8-minute walk) is a small gallery that exhibits sculptures, carvings and more by Bill Reid and other Northwest Coast artists.
- Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street) was named the World’s Top City Garden by National Geographic in 2011. It is an 18-minute walk along Cordova, Cambie and Pender Streets. The adjacent Sun Yat-Sen Park is free and is delightful in all weather.
- Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is the premier museum in the city. Take the Canada Line to Broadway-City Hall and the 99 B Line to UBC.