Downtown Vancouver

Unlike most large cities, Vancouver's Downtown Core is centralized and small, enclosed by the residential area and Stanley Park to the west, the Burrard Inlet to the North, Yaletown and False Creek to the south and the commercial region eastwards.

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This has created a unique core which still encompasses large office buildings, art galleries, theatres, stores and even residential buildings but is confined; limiting the endless sprawl many major cities have taken on.

With a high variety of activities and distinctive regions within the downtown, there is an opportunity to explore without travelling long distances while still harbouring the feel of the mountains which still peek through the buildings.

From the vantage point of the Harbour Centre to the Art Gallery, there are many things to explore within the condensed core of downtown Vancouver that will appeal to any age.

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The Seawall

The Vancouver Seawall is the largest walking attractions in Vancouver. Starting beside Canada Place and circling the edge of Vancouver until Vanier Park, this popular pathway is well used throughout the year.

First Beach, English Bay, Downtown Vancouver

First Beach, otherwise known as English Bay Beach is one of Downtown Vancouver's most visited. Hosting annual events such as the Polar Bear Swim and the Celebration of Lights as well as offering some of the most spectacular sunsets, it is a popular destination throughout the year.

English Bay Inukshuk

The Inukshuk is one of Canada's most recognizable symbols. In 1987, an Inukshuk was built to mark the World Expo in Vancouver's West End and it has become one of the city's most famous landmarks.

Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park a quiet West End Vancouver Park off English Bay's First Beach which is most popular in the summer with people sitting on blankets escaping the crowds on the beach, as well as listening to the free Sunday concerts in the bandstand gazebo in the middle of this small park.

Cookies by George

Serving delectable, mouthwatering soft and chewy cookies, Cookies by George in Vancouver is a great place to find desert in the city.

Cupcakes

This bright pink shop emblazoned with a cupcake is the crown jewel of Vancouver. Visitors from around the world come and visit Cupcakes (by Heather and Lori) to feast on these pint sized edible artworks. Cupcakes is a great place to gawk, find a flavour and enjoy a sweet snack in Vancouver.

Roedde House Museum

Located in the midst of Vancouver's West End, the Roedde House is an interactive Museum found in one of nine historic buildings at Barclay Square. With its emphasis on early middle-class immigrants, the Museum is an educational and interesting experience.

Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza

The Olympic Cauldron is a symbol of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games held in Vancouver, February 12th to the 28th, 2010. People can visit the torch which overlooks the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains on Jack Poole Plaza.

Canada Place

Canada Place on the edge of Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia is an awe inspiring sight with its five large sails, long design and panoramic views, it continues to be one of the most distinctive landmarks in the city.

Port Metro Vancouver Discovery Centre

Visit the Port Metro Vancouver Discovery Centre at the north end of Canada Place to learn about Canada's busiest and largest port! Take a self-guided tour, see displays, models, play games, watch videos and presentations to learn about the Port!

Seabus

The Seabus in Vancouver is meant to function as a means of transportation for commuters, but is is also an way to see the Burrard Inlet in a whole different perspective.

Skytrain

Vancouver's Skytrain system is a comprehensive network of fast moving small trains whisking people from one area of Vancouver to another. A Cheap and reliable mode of transit, commuters and tourist have learned to enjoy the views and the ride on the Skytrain.

Harbour Centre Lookout

The Harbour Centre Lookout in Downtown Vancouver offers a breathtaking 360 degree view of the surrounding city and North Shore Mountains.

Vancouver Police Museum

The Vancouver Police Museum is an eclectic, full but interesting building in Vancouver's East End. Rooms filled with weapons, evidence, police memorabilia and a full autopsy room make this a creepy yet knowledgeable place. Opened in 1986 to celebrate 100 years of service in Vancouver, this Museum is an interesting trip to see something different in the city.

Crab Park at Portside

With views of the North Shore and the Burrard Inlet, Crab Park offers a large space to enjoy for both humans and canines while enjoying the hustle and bustle of the nearby port, Seabus and Cruise Ship terminal at Canada Place.

Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum Theatre has for decades been a venue for music, entertainment, shows and movies. The Orpheum Theatre currently showcases the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Christ Church Cathedral

Downtown Vancouver's Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest church in the region, built in a Gothic Revival style and boasting impressive stained glass windows and old artifacts from times of war and the Church's history.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is one of the most luxurious in the downtown region. Surrounded by the city of Vancouver, this castle-like hotel with its green peaked roof and smooth grey exterior is a popular home away from home for celebrities, dignitaries and visitors from around the globe.

Robson Square Ice Rink

The Robson Square Ice Rink offers an open air skating locale in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown core. With rentals, music and entertainment it is a fun and exciting winter activity in the city.

Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a site dedicated to Canadian Artists such as the Group of Seven and Emily Carr, as well as exhibiting temporary works throughout the year in the centre of Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.

Vancouver Art Gallery Commons

The Vancouver Art Gallery Commons are a peculiar sight in the middle of this busy metropolis. Green grass, lush trees and dozens of people in the warm months sitting on the steps of the Gallery. A great place to observe the surrounding city or just to take a quick break, the Commons is the place to go.

Vancouver Olympic Clock

The Olympic Clock helped countdown to the Opening Ceremonies of 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Downtown Vancouver is dedicated to the works of Bill Reid and other native artists who use the Northwest Coastal Native style of Art.

Vancouver Library Square

The Vancouver Public Library is an architectural wonder. Said to resemble the Coliseum in Rome, this unique building hold seven stories of books, study areas, computers, all which are free to the public. The design also includes a green roof, part of the urban design to minimize the buildings impact on the surrounding environment.

False Creek Ferries

The False Creek Ferries operating in Vancouver are an interesting form of public transportation taking riders to many interesting destinations throughout the city.

Aquabus Ferries

The Aquabus Ferries move through False Creek to different locations. The are an interesting form of public transportation taking riders to many interesting destinations throughout the city.

BC Place

One of the most recognizable landmarks in Downtown Vancouver is BC Place, the giant white topped dome on the edge of False Creek. Built for the 1986 World Expo, it is a popular entertainment venue and was the site for the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

BC Sports Hall of Fame

Celebrate over a century of British Columbia's athletes, teams and athletic achievements at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

Rogers Arena

Home to the Vancouver Canucks and it was the site of the Ice Hockey Games for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Rogers Arena is a premier sporting and events venue in Vancouver

Edgewater Casino

Offering visitors entertainment in a variety of forms, the Edgewater Casino on the shores of False Creek in Vancouver caters to people enjoying a night out to try their luck at slots, table games or just to watch a game in the Casino's sports centre.

Science World Vancouver

Vancouver's Science World, otherwise known as the Telus World of Science is a popular interactive and exhibit filled geodesic dome which is one Vancouver's most recognizable buildings.