Vancouver is the third most rainy city in the whole of Canada (hence the title) however, don’t let this deter you from visiting! Ranked #3 in the EIU’s livability ranking in 2013, Vancouver has some of the most beautiful parks, interesting attractions and a diverse range of people.
So what do you visit when you’re in Vancouver for a few days? Here’s my top 7 places to visit in Vancouver:-
- Gastown Steam Clock
With only 6 modern steam-clocks operating in the world, the Gastown Steam Clock is worth checking out. I stumbled across it accidentally wandering through Gastown, yet this clock is featured in many guidebooks and Vancouver must do lists and definitely makes it onto mine. You’ll find it walking along Water Street in the Gastown District.
- Stanley Park
Stanley Park is a Vancouver treasure, 400 hectares of greenery and incredible photo opportunities everywhere you turn. Check out the Lost Lagoon, Siwash Rock, the 9 Totem Poles at Brockton Point and ride the Stanley Park miniature train.
- Top of Vancouver
At 553 feet (168 metres) high, the revolving restaurant at the top of this building is a must do! The views are spectacular (I went for dinner, seeing the entire city lit up at night) and the food is superb! You’ll find the restaurant along West Hastings Street and reservations are usually required.
- BC Place Stadium
Home to the BC Lions Football Club, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and BC Sports Hall of Fame, this stadium is a highlight of Vancouver. BC Place Stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the likes of U2, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Madonna have all performed in this iconic stadium.
- Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
A 137 metre (around 450 feet) suspension hanging over the Capilano River is what started this park. Nowadays, you can also brave the Cliff Walk and Treetops Adventure to see this beautiful park at its best. Although when I visited, the snowfall was too heavy and we couldn’t actually walk the suspension bridge (which made the scary-cat in me feel a bit better) or any of the other attractions, the incredible photos of the bridge, sipping hot chocolate at the cafe and playing in the snow was definitely worth the visit!
- Vancouver Aquarium
Recently having a major expansion, the Vancouver Aquarium is fun for everyone. With exhibits including Penguin Point, Treasures of the BC Coast and Tropic Zone and tickets around US$34, the aquarium is a fun attraction to see whilst here in Vancouver.
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens
Built in 1986, this garden has since been a tourist attraction and a place for relaxation in Vancouver. The Garden is based on the four elements rock, water, plants and architecture to create the balanced experience of Yin and Yang. Tours operate to demonstrate how the gardens were built and each elements significant, the Classical Chinese Garden is a great place to escape, relax and unwind.
No matter the season, Vancouver has much to offer its visitors. Breathtaking scenery, incredible history and fun for all ages!
Have you been to Vancouver before? Let me know what you thought below!
All posts are by GlobalWhispers2014 and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.