Attractions and Sightseeing in Vancouver

by Female Abroad

Vancouver offers several attractions, and to decide where to travel this weekend or what to see if you're just stopping by, read this comprehensive guide. Vancouver welcomes visitors from all backgrounds - tourists and newcomers to the city can anticipate wonderful locations because it has so much to offer.

Things to do in Vancouver

Canada Place

One of the most incredible places to see in Vancouver is without a doubt Canada Place especially if you are looking for a view. The East building is the one with the sails and it is connected to the West building (the one with the giant globe) by an underground path that features a variety of Native artwork.

Science World

This museum is both enjoyable and educational for kids, and it can last for many long hours. It's near Main Street and False Creek's far Eastern end. They also do Science World After Dark about once a month which is where adults can come in and explore all the exhibits, take in adult themed science projects, and drink beer or wine.

Vancouver Art Gallery

ranked as the fifth-largest art gallery in Canada and the one with the most exhibits in Western Canada Its approximately 11,000-piece permanent collection includes more than 200 significant pieces by Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, Jeff Wall, Harry Callahan, and Marc Chagall, as well as historical and current works by Vancouver artists and other influential figures in modern art. The Vancouver Art Gallery has been located in a historic provincial courtroom in the heart of Vancouver since 1983. Its address is 750 Hornby Street, which is bordered by Georgia, Howe, Hornby, and Robson streets. The gallery contains a library, souvenir stores, and one of the best cafés in the city. One fall activity you must engage in is chatting with friends over coffee.

Local Sports

The BC Lions provide excellent football throughout the fall. Come out to Rogers Arena to cheer on your neighbourhood team as the Vancouver Canucks, a professional ice hockey team headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, take the ice.

Get outside

Blessed with towering trees, tranquil atmosphere, sky-high mountains, and luxuriant greens, Vancouver has some of the famous trekking trails where you can enjoy an adventure escape. Immerse yourself in nature and be mesmerized with the colors changing. Whether you're puffing up and huffing the 2.9 kilometers (1.8 miles) trail, Grouse Grind or leisurely strolling through Stanley Park, the sweeping views, and crisp air will keep your body active and of course, provide only-in-autumn photo ops. Visiting your favorite animals at Maplewood Farm, a well-loved and visited attraction on Vancouver’s North Shore opened in 1975. A list of some of the famous trails in outside of Vancouver comprises of Diez Vistas, Garibaldi lake, St. Marks Summit, Wedgemount Lake and many others.

VanDusen Garden

The VanDusen Garden, which is situated at the northwest corner of 37th Avenue and Oak Street in the Shaughnessy community of British Columbia, Canada, is the first place to go and take in the colour. This botanical park, named for local lumberman and philanthropist Whitford Julian VanDusen, features Heathers, autumn crocuses, hydrangeas, and more that bloom in the fall, allowing visitors to simply enjoy the beauty of picture-perfect fall vistas. Don't forget to take a seat in front of the blazing red Japanese maples. Except for Christmas, the garden is accessible to the public every day of the year. Admission fees and memberships (family and individual) are available for day guests as well as frequent visitors.

Vancouver and Beaches?

This combination might sound weird but you can actually find some of the exotic beaches in this city where you can take a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The best part of these Vancouver beaches is that they are approachable and offer you chilling experience. Some of the best-known beaches in Vancouver are Sunset Beach, Cates Park, English Bay Beach, Second Beach and a lot more.

The Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium, a must-visit location for all animal lovers, provides an insight into the lives of more than 60,000 rare and wonderful living species from all over the world. The aquarium has 166 tanks that together hold 9.5 million litres of water. Children will appreciate the daily highlighted dolphin, whale, and beluga displays.

Halloween: Fright Nights at the Pacific National Exhibition

This Halloween event is taking place in the fall. Experience Fright Nights, a limited-time event running the month of October with the horrifying, bizarre, and considerably less happy counterpart of Playland. Every year, the festival takes over the entire theme park with 20 rides (5 more than last year), eight scary homes (including our new, additional house: The Bloodshed), and live performances like the Monsters of Schlock and fire plays.

Things to do on the Northshore

Grouse Mountain

The world-famous Lumberjack Show is just one of the fascinating things to see at Grouse Mountain, one of the top attractions in this city, which provides outdoor sport enthusiasts with the opportunity to go skiing, snowboarding (it has 25 runs), skating, sleigh riding, hiking, and other interesting activities. No one will go hungry at the Observarory restaurant, which offers a fantastic panoramic view of the downtown area and fantastic West Coast food.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

The Capilano Suspension Bridge will offer the much-needed remedy for adrenaline junkies with low levels, all while being surrounded by cedar-scented rainforest paths and North Vancouver's most renowned landmark. May through September are the best months to travel during. As a local, I do not understand the charm of this place and I will just keep driving past it to Lynn Canyon for their suspension bridge (which is free) and the hiking trails that lead off from it.

Bonus: Theatre in the Fall

Vancouver International Film Festival

travel to more than 80 countries via the critically acclaimed as "an unspoiled celebration of world cinema." It's one of the biggest film festivals in North America and for sure this one you don't want to miss.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival

The Vancouver Fringe Festival, which features more than 700 acts over 11 days, is a great way to experience the city's outskirts. The festival's "Bring Your Own Venue" policy has become well-known because it is all about removing obstacles.

Arts Club Theatre Company and the Clutch - are great theatre picks.

The latter is situated atop a hill that descends to the city's centre. It has always served as a meeting spot. This former church is now the most varied performing space in British Columbia and a national treasure.

Recommended Tours

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Vancouver Seaplane Tour - Winner of Viator's Experience Award 2022

Soar above the scenic city of Vancouver, enjoying a bird's eye view of its picturesque harbor and nearby mountain peaks, on this 20-minute, small-group seaplane flight. Hop aboard your seaplane as you leave the tourist crowds in downtown Vancouver behind, as you glide above the city's beautiful skyline and take in an aerial view of its Olympic facilities.

Sea Vancouver City and Harbour Tour - Winner of Viator's Experience Award 2022

See Vancouver's dramatic skyline from the water on a small-group cruise in an inflatable Zodiac boat that accommodates 12 passengers. You'll navigate Vancouver Harbour, Burrard Inlet, English Bay, and False Creek, spotting some of the city's top sites and landmarks along the way. And since Vancouver Harbour is home to bald eagles, harbor seals, and dolphins, keep your camera ready and watch for wildlife as you hit speeds up to 30 mph (48 kph).

Vancouver Highlights Bike Tour - The Grand Tour

Discover the beauty and culture of Vancouver on a small-group bike tour—great for riders of all levels. Accompany your guide on a leisurely ride along dedicated bike routes. Explore the city’s natural wonders like Stanley Park's rain forest and historic neighborhoods like Gastown and Chinatown. Cruise along the seawalls for gorgeous views of the North Shore Mountains, False Creek and more.

Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

Looking for an enchanting and unusual way to spend an evening in Vancouver? Take a leisurely dinner cruise along the city’s gorgeous waterfront. Listen to live music and savor delicious Pacific Coast-style cuisine as you float through Vancouver’s Inner Harbor. Stroll the deck at sunset, indulge in a freshly prepared buffet, and take in the beautiful sights including Canada Place, the North Shore Mountains and the West Vancouver skyline after dusk.

Vancouver Harbor and Indian Arm Lunch Cruise

Delight in the beauty of Vancouver on a lunch cruise along the city’s gorgeous waterfront. Enjoy a unique dining experience as your float through Vancouver’s Inner Harbor, Burrard Inlet, and Indian Arm—a dramatic glacial fjord. Stroll the deck, indulge in a freshly prepared buffet and take in the beautiful sights including the Coast Mountains, verdant forests, and local wildlife.