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  • 1. Granville Island Public Market

    Granville Island | Market/Bazaar

    The dozens of stalls in this 50,000-square-foot building sell locally grown fruits and vegetables direct from the farm and farther afield; other...Read More

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  • 2. Lynn Canyon Park


    With a steep canyon landscape, a temperate rain forest complete with waterfalls, and a suspension bridge (circa 1912) 166½ feet above raging...Read More

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  • 3. Stanley Park Seawall

    Stanley Park | Trail

    Vancouver's seawall path includes a 9-km (5½-mile) paved shoreline section within Stanley Park. It's one of several car-free zones in the park...Read More

  • 4. Byrnes Block

    Gastown | Notable Building

    After the 1886 Great Fire, which wiped out most of the fledgling settlement of Vancouver, George Byrnes built what is now Vancouver's oldest...Read More

  • 5. Cathedral Place

    Downtown | Notable Building

    One of Vancouver's most handsome postmodern buildings, the 23-story Shaw Tower at Cathedral Place has a faux-copper roof that mimics that of...Read More

  • 6. Christ Church Cathedral

    Downtown | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between 1889 and 1895, this is the oldest church in Vancouver. Constructed in the Gothic style, the Anglican church looks like the parish...Read More

  • 7. Contemporary Art Gallery

    Yaletown | Museum/Gallery

    On the lobby level of a modern apartment tower, this small nonprofit public gallery has regularly changing exhibits of contemporary local and...Read More

  • 8. Equinox Gallery

    Mt. Pleasant | Museum/Gallery

    In a bright orange former tractor company building, this 14,000-square-foot gallery exhibits works by contemporary Canadian and international...Read More

  • 9. Gaoler's Mews

    Gastown | Neighborhood/Street

    Once the site of the city's first civic buildings—the constable's cabin and customs house, and a two-cell log jail—this atmospheric brick-paved...Read More

  • 10. Granville Island Water Park

    Granville Island | Amusement Park/Water Park

    North America's largest free public water park has slides, pipes, and sprinklers for children to run through. There's a grassy patch for picnics...Read More

  • 11. Hollow Tree

    Stanley Park | Other Attraction

    Near Siwash Rock, this centuries-old 56-foot-wide burnt cedar stump has shrunk over the years but still gives an idea of how large some of the...Read More

  • 12. Hotel Europe

    Gastown | Notable Building

    Once billed as the best hotel in the city, this 1908 flatiron building is one of the world's finest examples of triangular architecture. Now...Read More

  • 13. HSBC Bank Building

    Downtown | Notable Building

    Kitty-corner to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, this building has a five-story-high public atrium with a branch of the Sciué Italian café minichain...Read More

  • 14. Lonsdale Quay


    Stalls selling fresh produce and ready-to-eat food fill the lower level of this popular indoor seaside market, and upstairs there are boutiques...Read More

  • 15. Lumbermen's Arch

    Stanley Park | Notable Building

    Made of one massive log, this archway, erected in 1952, is dedicated to the workers in Vancouver's first industry. Beside the arch is an asphalt...Read More

  • 16. Marine Building

    Downtown | Notable Building

    Inspired by New York's Chrysler Building, the Marine Building is worth stopping for a look. The terra-cotta bas-reliefs on this 21-story, 1930s...Read More

  • 17. Millennium Gate

    Chinatown | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    This four-pillar, three-story-high, brightly painted arch spanning Pender Street was erected in 2002 to mark the millennium and commemorate...Read More

  • 18. Nine O'Clock Gun

    Stanley Park | Clock

    This cannonlike apparatus by the water was installed in 1890 to alert fishermen to a curfew ending weekend fishing. Now it signals 9 o'clock...Read More

  • 19. Olympic Cauldron

    Downtown | Public Art

    A four-pronged sculpture towering more than 30 feet, the Olympic Cauldron is next to the Vancouver Convention Centre's West Building. In 2010...Read More

  • 20. Robson Square

    Downtown | Plaza/Square

    Architect Arthur Erickson designed this plaza to be the gathering place for downtown Vancouver, although it's not accessible at street level...Read More

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