Central Vancouver, to the south of the centre of Vancouver, contains the majority of the suburbs attached to the downtown region. These include the Kitsilano, Shaughnessy and Point Grey regions which also offer some of the most exclusive and expensive real estate in the city.

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With the influx of homes, Central Vancouver also includes popular stretches of beaches such as Kitsilano, Jericho, Spanish Banks and Vancouver's only clothing optional beach, Wreck Beach. In the warmer months they are full of people enjoying the beautiful Vancouver weather and oceanside lifestyle.

Parks and other natural attractions have made Central Vancouver a popular tourist and weekend area for locals. Queen Elizabeth Park and the VanDusen Gardens draw horticulturists and visitors from around the world, as well, Pacific Spirit Regional Park at the western end of Central Vancouver sees hiking and biking enthusiasts making their way through the plethora of pathways available to the public.

The Regional Park cushions Vancouver's finest learning institution, the University of British Columbia Campus from the rest of the city. Inside, hundreds of artifacts are on display at the Museum of Anthropology, one of Vancouver's best museums as well as the nearby Nitobe Memorial Gardens and the UBC Botanical Gardens.

No matter the interest, Central Vancouver is filled with beautiful scenery, fun activities and learning experiences for all ages and encompasses a variety of things to do throughout the year.

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Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Encompassing 763 acres of forest and coastline, Pacific Spirit Regional Park in the Point Grey region of Vancouver is a beautiful and ethereal place filled with flora and fauna and 54kms of trails.

Spanish Banks

Offering beautiful views and natural surroundings as well as modern amenities appealing to groups, individuals and families, Spanish Banks is a quieter but well used beach in the Vancouver region.

Jericho Beach

Jericho Beach on the shores of Kitsilano, Vancouver is a highly sought after beach throughout the year offering stunning views, refreshing water and nearby boat rentals.

Jericho Park

Set against the backdrop of English Bay, the Cascade Mountains and nearby Jericho Beach, the Park offers a variety of trails, west coast forest, meadows and ponds as well as the nearby sand and surf.

Jericho Park Rabbits

Vancouver's Jericho Park is home to a large population of feral rabbits which can be seen throughout the bramble thicket, park and forests.

Jericho Sailing Centre

The Sailing Centre is full water sport enthusiasts offering lessons, rentals and other activities. With its restaurants, views and fun activities there is something for all ages in this community hub.

Old Hastings Mill Store

One of few buildings to survive the 1886 Fire, this old store turned museum now holds an extensive collection of artifacts, photos and items showcasing one hundred years of Vancouver history.

Kitsilano Beach

Sitting at the mouth of False Creek, Kitsilano Beach offers beautiful vistas, activities and amenities. A well loved beach for surrounding residents and visitors, the area is well used in the summer months.

Kitsilano Beach Swimming Pool

Holding the record of Canada's longest pool and able to accommodate over 1,000 visitors, Kitsilano Beach Pool with its heated salt water is a popular summer locale, which also offers and panoramic city views.

Vancouver Maritime Museum

With its unassuming facade, the Vancouver Maritime Museum is almost missed among the beaches and coast of Vancouver. Its front, a simple and older A-frame building hides one of Canada's most famous ships, the St. Roch, a seasoned RCMP boat which made it through the North West Passage many times.

Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory

The Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory is a place where visitors can ask questions and take a peek into the Observatory's 1/2 metre Cassegrain telescope every Friday and Saturday evening!

H.R. Macmillan Space Centre

The H.R. Macmillan Space Centre in Vanier Park in Vancouver is an inquisitive experience for all ages including a large planetarium, motion simulator and night time observatory openings to study the night sky.

Museum of Vancouver

The Vancouver Museum located in the Centennial Museum in Vanier Park, Vancouver is the largest civic museum in Canada with a wide range of interesting information on the city and its history.

VanDusen Gardens

VanDusen Gardens in the suburb of Shaughnessy in Vancouver is a popular park offering cultural, horticultural and celebratory delights and some of the most beautiful gardens in the city.

Holocaust Education Centre

The Holocaust Education Centre was founded to share stories of people who survived the atrocities of the Second World War and offers a wide range of exhibits, information, artifacts and films to educate visitors and promote acceptance for all faiths.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver is a large park sitting on the city's highest viewpoints. With its famed sunken gardens and year round activities, it continues to be a popular local attraction.

Bloedel Conservatory

Located at the top of Little Mountain at Queen Elizabeth Park, the Bloedel Conservatory is the city's only indoor garden within a geodesic dome filled with tropical trees, flowers, shrubs and a variety of insects, birds and even turtles.

Vancouver Flea Market

Looking for something new? Old? Unique? The 40,000 square foot Vancouver Flea Market open on weekends is filled with hundreds of tables with a variety of items - perfect for antique lovers and bargain hunters.

Pacific National Exhibition

With events, attractions and shows the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is a popular locale with its amusement park, Playland, the Fair at the PNE, the Hastings Racecourse, and the Pacific Coliseum offering something to do for everyone.