Vancouver is a beautiful city with the Pacific Ocean to the west of it and the North Shore Mountains to the east. Here are some of Vancouver tourism hot spots and local attractions that you must visit while you are beautiful British Columbia.
Stanley Park is a 405-hectare heavily wooded park that encompasses many attractions, the most popular being the Seawall. Here you can walk, bike, run, and also fish if you have a license. Walking around the 9 km (5.6 miles) path can take 2-3 hours, and biking about 1 hour.
Also, you will want to see these attractions in Stanley Park include:
- A Miniature Railway offering rides
- Beaver Lake where you can see beavers, birds and fish including salmon in the spawning season in Beaver Creek
- Lost Lagoon with Canadian Geese, ducks and swans
- Vancouver Aquarium
- Brockton Oval
- A large seaside swimming pool, playgrounds and a water park
- Totem poles
- And the Summer season brings the Malkin Bowl theatre for entertainment!
VanDusen Botanical Garden & Bloedel Floral Conservatory
The Garden covers 22 hectares and has attractions such as The Elizabethan Maze, Stone Garden, Korean Pavilion, and Scottish Shelter. The Bloedel Conservatory contains 3 types of climate zones in their triodetic dome, these are Desert, Tropical and Subtropical. Also, there are many species of plants and birds. The Bloedel is an artsy twist on the traditional conservatory. The Botanical Gardens and Conservatory are within a half an hour walk of each other.
Lynn Canyon Park
This must-see municipal park located on the edge of the city is just another reason Vancouver is such a great place to start your vacation. Although the suspension bridge here is smaller than the Capilano suspension bridge, it is also less crowded and it is free! There are hiking trails leading to waterfalls if the suspension bridge leaves you wanting more.
Other Outdoor areas in and near Vancouver:
- Queen Elizabeth Park
- Kitsilano Beach
- Pacific Spirit Regional Park
- English Bay
- Spanish Banks
- False Creek
- Nitobe Memorial Garden
- Vancouver Public Library / Library Square
History, Art & Museums
Museum of Anthropology at UBC
A teaching and research museum, MOA focuses on the West Coast’s First Nations. There are amazing sculptures, art pieces, artifacts and also a totem pole exhibit. Free 30-60 minute tours are offered throughout the day. While at the UBC campus, consider checking out UBC Botanical Gardens, Nitobe Gardens, The Canopy Tree Walk and The Biodiversity Museum.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Get your art fix at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The VAG is a national historic site of Canada and boasts over 11,000 artworks in its permanent collection. This includes pieces by the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Harry Callahan, Marc Chagall, and Jeff Wall.
Vancouver Police Museum
The VPM covers the history of the area and unsolved cases. This museum has memorabilia such as confiscated firearms, publications, counterfeit currency and more! This is an attraction if you are interested in mysteries and crime. The museum is geared for a mature audience. They put on a great walking tour called ‘Sins of the City’, which covers significant history as you see the area.
More Vancouver Tourism Hot Spots:
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
- Vanier Park
- Vancouver Maritime Museum
- Bill Reid Gallery
- Marine Building
- Orpheum Theatre
- Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
- Museum of Vancouver
Dining, Shopping & Culture
An artistically inspired area that has an artisan market, street performers, stores, bakeries and restaurants.
The famous shopping of Robson Street (East) is located near the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Vancouver Public Library. Shops and malls line the streets, leading to a cluster of restaurants at the West end.
The first core of downtown Vancouver is reminiscent of cobblestone streets and changes with new development.
Annual festivals here include Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix. The Steam Clock is a classic photo.
More Vancouver Tourist spots :
- Downtown Vancouver
- Brockton Point Totem Pole
- Granville Island Brewing
An engaging and interactive science centre, Science World provides plenty to do for families.
Their exhibits include Discover Rays, Tropic Zone, Canada’s Arctic, Penguin Point, Amazon Rainforest, Exploration Gallery, BC Coast Treasures, Clownfish Cove and Pacific Canada Pavilion. The focus of the Vancouver Aquarium is education and conservation. This is a feel-good aquarium as the animals here are not captured but have been rescued from the wild because they were not able to survive.
- Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Canada Place
- BC Place Stadium
- Lions Gate Bridge
- Commercial Drive
The Vancouver Tourism Visitor Centre is on the Vancouver Harbour near Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre. Their address is 200 Burrard Street.
Getting the Best Deal on an RV Rental in Vancouver
Book in Advance
Vancouver is a popular tourist destination worldwide, so if you are looking to get a cheap RV rental you will need to plan ahead. Many companies have early booking specials for those who book well in advance. The best time to look at booking to get the best deals is December or January for travel the following spring or summer.
Travel in the Off-Season
Another way to get a cheaper RV rental from Vancouver is to look at travelling in the offseason. Travelling in the spring or fall will usually give you a cheaper nightly rate.
Explore Your Options
Be aware that a smaller RV isn’t necessarily cheaper than a large RV. Check out the prices of the bigger RV’s, you might just find a cheap nightly rate. Use our quote program to browse and compare prices on luxury RV rentals and motorhomes in Vancouver. For one-way RV Rental options, choose your ideal pick-up and drop-off locations.
Vancouver, British Columbia is a beautiful city to spend some time in, and with these tips, you can get a cheaper RV rental from Vancouver.
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