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  • 1. Granville Island Public Market

    Granville Island

    The dozens of stalls in this world-renowned market sell locally grown fruits and vegetables direct from the farm and farther afield; other stalls stock crafts,...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

    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 and it's popular...Read More

  • 4. Byrnes Block


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

  • 5. Capilano River Regional Park

    This small but spectacular park is where you'll find old-growth Douglas fir trees approaching 61 meters (200 feet). There are 26 km (16 miles) of...Read More

  • 6. Cathedral Place


    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 the Fairmont Hotel...Read More

  • 7. Christ Church Cathedral


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

  • 8. Contemporary Art Gallery


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

  • 9. Gaoler's Mews


    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 courtyard is now home...Read More

  • 10. Gastown Steam Clock


    An underground steam system, which also heats many local buildings, supplies the world's first steam clock—possibly Vancouver's most photographed attraction. On the quarter hour, a...Read More

  • 11. Granville Island Water Park

    Granville Island

    North America's largest free public water park has multiple sprays and fountains for children to run through and a great slide to zoom down. There's...Read More

  • 12. Hollow Tree

    Stanley Park

    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

  • 13. Hotel Europe


    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 used...Read More

  • 14. HSBC Bank 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 (see Where to...Read More

  • 15. International Buddhist Temple

    You don't have to be a Buddhist to appreciate the intricate workmanship of traditional Chinese art and culture inside this magnificent Buddhist temple, one of...Read More

  • 16. Jericho Beach

    Point Grey

    Home to the Jericho Sailing Centre, this Point Grey beach is popular for windsurfing and kayaking (rentals are available), especially at the western end. Swimmers...Read More

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  • 17. Lonsdale Quay

    At this two-level indoor market—less frenzied than its Granville Island counterpart—vendors sell prepared foods, just-caught seafood, and fresh produce. You can also shop for crafts,...Read More

  • 18. Lumbermen's Arch

    Stanley Park

    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

  • 19. Marine 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 art deco structure...Read More

  • 20. Millennium Gate


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

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