Vancouverite’s guide to Vancouver

Spending your holidays in Vancouver? Vancouver may not be your typical travel destination, but there are many activities and attractions to do and see. I will be adding on to this post through time, so check for updates. This is the ultimate guide to Vancouver told by a Vancouverite.

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Vancouver Skyline

            Science world (The Telus world of science)

One of the most recognizable structures in Vancouver, the Telus world of science is a great experience for the whole family. Science world has many exhibits and live shows that are fun for children. This is also a wheelchair friendly place. For lunch there is a white spot, but it can get crowded if you go at a busy time. Science world is also home to the largest OMNIMAX Theater in the world, standing at 5 storeys tall and 27 meters in diameter, you will be impressed. Show topics very through out the day.

 

General admission rates                           Operating hours depend on season

Adults (19+)           $22.50                      Check http://scienceworld.ca for

Senior (65+)           $18.50                      more information

Student (w/ID)     $18.50

Youth (13-18)       $18.50

Child (3-12)           $15.25

Under 3                   free

            Gastown

Gastown is a historic site in downtown Vancouver, and a hot spot for tourist. This part of town will charm you with its Victorian architecture and small shops. Named after John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, this is a great place for photos, purchasing souvenirs and seeing street artist’s work. Two Gastown landmarks are the steam clock and the gassy Jack statue. The steam clock is located at 305 water street (or at the corner of water street and Cambie), and the Gassy Jack statue is located at 1 water street. If you are a night owl, there are haunted Gastown tours for you to enjoy. These walking tours will take you around Gastown at night and tell stories of ghosts and their killers. Gastown is beautiful at night, so bring a camera. Be prepared for a great afternoon.

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Gassy Jack Statue

Concerts

Vancouver is a major Canadian city that does host quite a few concert. Even though it is common for artists to only perform in Toronto, Vancouver still attracts many famous and not so famous musicians. Concerts are held in arena’s like Rogers arena, BC place and the pacific coliseum and in smaller venues like the vogue theatre and the Queen Elizabeth theatre. Check there schedules when you come to town! The PNE, a fair hosted by amusement park Playland, also host concerts in august. Although you can catch a concert from an international band, you can try seeing a local one. Marianas Trench is a Vancouver favourite.

The Vancouver Sun Run

The Sun Run is a 10km run through downtown Vancouver. Hosted on a weekend morning in April, you can run through the streets of Vancouver with thousands of others. This huge event has bands playing along the route, followed by after run snacks in BC place. The very next day you get your name and time written in the Vancouver Sun, the newspaper. Run or walk, there is an exciting atmosphere and a fun time to be had! all ages come out.

 

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