Vancouver Attractions Guidebook

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Vancouver Attractions Guidebook

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Bowen Island is an idyllic destination in the middle of Howe Sound, just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver. Ideal for a day getaway.
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Bowen Island
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Bowen Island is an idyllic destination in the middle of Howe Sound, just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver. Ideal for a day getaway.
Canada’s best and most famous world-class ski resort, 2 hours away up the Sea to Sky Highway.
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Whistler
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Canada’s best and most famous world-class ski resort, 2 hours away up the Sea to Sky Highway.

Neighbourhoods

The historic old quarter of downtown Vancouver with excellent bars, restaurants and touristy souvenir stores.
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Gastown
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The historic old quarter of downtown Vancouver with excellent bars, restaurants and touristy souvenir stores.
A trendy and popular urban area of downtown close to False Creek. Recommended for bars and restaurants, take advantage of the sunny patios or pop by on the evening during it's busy hours.
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Yaletown
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A trendy and popular urban area of downtown close to False Creek. Recommended for bars and restaurants, take advantage of the sunny patios or pop by on the evening during it's busy hours.
Kitsilano is a laid-back residential area known for the huge saltwater Kitsilano Pool and mountain views from Kitsilano Beach. Stores selling yoga wear, outdoor gear and fashionable clothes line West 4th Avenue, the main drag, and dining options range from waterside seafood spots to long-standing vegetarian eateries. Cultural attractions include the Vancouver Maritime Museum and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.
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Kitsilano is a laid-back residential area known for the huge saltwater Kitsilano Pool and mountain views from Kitsilano Beach. Stores selling yoga wear, outdoor gear and fashionable clothes line West 4th Avenue, the main drag, and dining options range from waterside seafood spots to long-standing vegetarian eateries. Cultural attractions include the Vancouver Maritime Museum and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.
A picturesque seaside town and fishing community, complete with the requisite pubs, museums, and a fish market! Part of the suburb of Richmond, Steveston sits at the mouth of the Fraser River and was once the largest fishing port and cannery centre on the West Coast. Today, the canneries are no longer in operation, but it is still home to the largest salmon run in North America and to the largest fleet of commercial fishing vessels on the BC coast.
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Steveston
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A picturesque seaside town and fishing community, complete with the requisite pubs, museums, and a fish market! Part of the suburb of Richmond, Steveston sits at the mouth of the Fraser River and was once the largest fishing port and cannery centre on the West Coast. Today, the canneries are no longer in operation, but it is still home to the largest salmon run in North America and to the largest fleet of commercial fishing vessels on the BC coast.
A rebuilt replica of the original Hudson’s Bay Company fort. Is a cute small neighborhood, offering cute shops and restaurants.
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Fort Langley
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A rebuilt replica of the original Hudson’s Bay Company fort. Is a cute small neighborhood, offering cute shops and restaurants.
One of the largest Chinatowns in North America and home to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
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Chinatown
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One of the largest Chinatowns in North America and home to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
Lower Lonsdale’s waterfront has been transformed into a unique, interactive, year-round destination that includes over 85,000 square feet of commercial and community amenity space. The Shipyards features restaurants, cafes, shops and services, a boutique hotel, space for community events, concerts and markets, plus the region’s largest outdoor skating rink in the winter and a splash park in the summer.
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Lower Lonsdale
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Lower Lonsdale’s waterfront has been transformed into a unique, interactive, year-round destination that includes over 85,000 square feet of commercial and community amenity space. The Shipyards features restaurants, cafes, shops and services, a boutique hotel, space for community events, concerts and markets, plus the region’s largest outdoor skating rink in the winter and a splash park in the summer.
A picturesque small seaside village and a perfect place to kayak, paddle board and admire the scenery. Hiking Quarry Rock is recommended while you're there.
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Deep Cove
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A picturesque small seaside village and a perfect place to kayak, paddle board and admire the scenery. Hiking Quarry Rock is recommended while you're there.
Day or evening, The Drive offers 22 full blocks to explore with over 300 distinct merchants, including quaint boutiques, an eclectic collection of restaurants, a vibrant live music and bar scene, dinner and dancing, theatres, coffee houses, specialty food stores and bakeries.
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Commercial Drive
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Day or evening, The Drive offers 22 full blocks to explore with over 300 distinct merchants, including quaint boutiques, an eclectic collection of restaurants, a vibrant live music and bar scene, dinner and dancing, theatres, coffee houses, specialty food stores and bakeries.

Indoor Attractions

Vancouver’s most recognizable buildings with a great OMNIMAX Theatre and lots of cool science stuff to see, making it a “best educational” and entertaining place for young children.
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Science World
1455 Quebec St
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Vancouver’s most recognizable buildings with a great OMNIMAX Theatre and lots of cool science stuff to see, making it a “best educational” and entertaining place for young children.
Host of Vancouver’s planetarium and a good place for families with children.
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H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
1100 Chestnut St
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Host of Vancouver’s planetarium and a good place for families with children.
A glass-domed garden at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park. More than 120 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment.
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Bloedel Conservatory
4600 Cambie St
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A glass-domed garden at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park. More than 120 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment.
MOA offers a mix of Indigenous art and artifacts from around the world with a special emphasis on works from the Northwest Coast, both historic and contemporary. Make sure to see the Great Hall with the giant totem poles; the Bill Reid Rotunda, which highlights the legendary carver’s breathtaking The Raven and the First Men; and the multiversity galleries, which house masks, weavings, carvings, jewelry and more. Also take a free tour if time allows, and hit the gift shop, which offers an abundance of items by local Indigenous artists.
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Museum of Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Dr
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MOA offers a mix of Indigenous art and artifacts from around the world with a special emphasis on works from the Northwest Coast, both historic and contemporary. Make sure to see the Great Hall with the giant totem poles; the Bill Reid Rotunda, which highlights the legendary carver’s breathtaking The Raven and the First Men; and the multiversity galleries, which house masks, weavings, carvings, jewelry and more. Also take a free tour if time allows, and hit the gift shop, which offers an abundance of items by local Indigenous artists.
It has an expansive collection of more than 12,000 artworks ranging from historical masterworks to visionary contemporary pieces, photography by Diane Arbus, Eadweard Muybridge, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, plus Vancouver School photo-conceptualists such as Stan Douglas, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, and Roy Arden. Pop art by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol are also in the mix.
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Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby St
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It has an expansive collection of more than 12,000 artworks ranging from historical masterworks to visionary contemporary pieces, photography by Diane Arbus, Eadweard Muybridge, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, plus Vancouver School photo-conceptualists such as Stan Douglas, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, and Roy Arden. Pop art by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol are also in the mix.
Polygon boasts floor-to-ceiling glass windows that amplify the jaw-dropping views on the entry level. Soaring ceilings and natural light give the exhibition areas an open, breezy feel. The sawtooth roofline references the nearby shipyards, which have been a mainstay on the North Vancouver shoreline for more than a century.
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The Polygon Gallery
101 Carrie Cates Ct
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Polygon boasts floor-to-ceiling glass windows that amplify the jaw-dropping views on the entry level. Soaring ceilings and natural light give the exhibition areas an open, breezy feel. The sawtooth roofline references the nearby shipyards, which have been a mainstay on the North Vancouver shoreline for more than a century.
The full FlyOver Canada experience lasts for about half an hour and includes a short pre-show film. After seeing the first short show guests walk to the next stage, where they sit down and buckle up in a row, ready for the main film or films to begin. In addition to the regular multi-dimensional film experience about Canada, the attraction sometimes features additional shows too.
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FlyOver Canada
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The full FlyOver Canada experience lasts for about half an hour and includes a short pre-show film. After seeing the first short show guests walk to the next stage, where they sit down and buckle up in a row, ready for the main film or films to begin. In addition to the regular multi-dimensional film experience about Canada, the attraction sometimes features additional shows too.
River Rock Casino Resort is Western Canada's only 4-Diamond Casino Resort located in British Columbia.
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River Rock Casino Resort
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River Rock Casino Resort is Western Canada's only 4-Diamond Casino Resort located in British Columbia.
A world-class casino on downtown Vancouver, featuring the most current slots, table games, live poker action, VIP Salons, premier dining and much more.
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Parq Casino
39 Smithe Street
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A world-class casino on downtown Vancouver, featuring the most current slots, table games, live poker action, VIP Salons, premier dining and much more.

Outdoor Attractions

One of Metro Vancouver’s most visited tourist attractions, located in North Vancouver. Free shuttles available. A bit pricy but is worth the visit for some.
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Capilano Suspension Bridge
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One of Metro Vancouver’s most visited tourist attractions, located in North Vancouver. Free shuttles available. A bit pricy but is worth the visit for some.
The highest ski hill with the most terrain, lifts and vertical drop in Metro Vancouver (so one of the very best places for snow sports in winter). In the summer enjoy hiking trails a lots of mountain biking.
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Cypress Mountain
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The highest ski hill with the most terrain, lifts and vertical drop in Metro Vancouver (so one of the very best places for snow sports in winter). In the summer enjoy hiking trails a lots of mountain biking.
Mount Seymour is most commonly identified for its ski area of the same name, and as a popular hiking area.
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Mount Seymour
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Mount Seymour is most commonly identified for its ski area of the same name, and as a popular hiking area.
The best year-round mountain attraction with its winter skiing, tram rides up the hill, movie theatre, restaurants, grizzly bear habitat and summer Lumberjack and Birds in Motion shows. It’s also home to the world-famous but gruelling Grouse Grind hiking trail.
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Grouse Mountain
6400 Nancy Greene Way
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The best year-round mountain attraction with its winter skiing, tram rides up the hill, movie theatre, restaurants, grizzly bear habitat and summer Lumberjack and Birds in Motion shows. It’s also home to the world-famous but gruelling Grouse Grind hiking trail.
The best mountain for climbing and hiking, located in Squamish 45 minutes north of Vancouver.
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Stawamus Chief
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The best mountain for climbing and hiking, located in Squamish 45 minutes north of Vancouver.
Views! Dramatic gondola over Howe Sound, plus cafes, hiking trails, lodges & a suspension bridge.
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Sea to Sky Gondola
36800 BC-99
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Views! Dramatic gondola over Howe Sound, plus cafes, hiking trails, lodges & a suspension bridge.
Explore the 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest and enjoy scenic views of water, mountains, sky, and majestic trees along Stanley Park's famous Seawall. Discover kilometres of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, great eats, natural, cultural and historical landmarks, along with many other adventures.
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Stanley Park
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Explore the 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest and enjoy scenic views of water, mountains, sky, and majestic trees along Stanley Park's famous Seawall. Discover kilometres of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, great eats, natural, cultural and historical landmarks, along with many other adventures.
A 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver with over 8,000 plant species and varieties from around the world!
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VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak St
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A 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver with over 8,000 plant species and varieties from around the world!
A beautiful park on a hill overlooking the city.
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Queen Elizabeth Park
4600 Cambie St
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A beautiful park on a hill overlooking the city.
One of the finest and most celebrated Shakespearean theatre venues in North America, taking place in Vanier Park from mid-June until late September every year.
Bard On the Beach Theatre Society
162 West 1st Avenue
One of the finest and most celebrated Shakespearean theatre venues in North America, taking place in Vanier Park from mid-June until late September every year.
One of Metro Vancouver’s most popular summer events, the Shipyards Night Market is a FREE, easily accessible, outdoor community celebration that draws 10,000 visitors (and their four-legged friends) every Friday night to The Shipyards in North Vancouver. The night market features an array of entertainment for the whole family including food trucks, live music, a beer garden, artisan vendors and more.
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Shipyards Night Market
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One of Metro Vancouver’s most popular summer events, the Shipyards Night Market is a FREE, easily accessible, outdoor community celebration that draws 10,000 visitors (and their four-legged friends) every Friday night to The Shipyards in North Vancouver. The night market features an array of entertainment for the whole family including food trucks, live music, a beer garden, artisan vendors and more.
Great attraction, but especially for shopping, East Asian culture and Oriental festival-style foods. It’s the closest thing to an authentic Asian night market outside Asia, and highly recommended (unless you don’t like crowds or Asian food).
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Richmond Night Market
8351 River Rd
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Great attraction, but especially for shopping, East Asian culture and Oriental festival-style foods. It’s the closest thing to an authentic Asian night market outside Asia, and highly recommended (unless you don’t like crowds or Asian food).
One of Vancouver’s most popular places to visit with art studios, an indoor public market and theatres.
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Granville Island
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One of Vancouver’s most popular places to visit with art studios, an indoor public market and theatres.
A rugged, spectacular and lesser-known waterfront park in West Vancouver.
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Lighthouse Park
4902 Beacon Ln
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A rugged, spectacular and lesser-known waterfront park in West Vancouver.
The park itself is huge, at 27 hectares, with Trout Lake being the main draw. The park itself offers soccer fields, baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts, concession stands, public washrooms, picnic areas, dog parks, trails and a dedicated swimming area in Trout Lake, along with lots of trees, lush grassy areas and to top it off, mountain views.
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Trout Lake
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The park itself is huge, at 27 hectares, with Trout Lake being the main draw. The park itself offers soccer fields, baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts, concession stands, public washrooms, picnic areas, dog parks, trails and a dedicated swimming area in Trout Lake, along with lots of trees, lush grassy areas and to top it off, mountain views.

Breweries

A local favorite Brewpub serving house craft beer, cocktails & whiskey, with board & arcade games & local art.
BREWHALL
97 E 2nd Ave
A local favorite Brewpub serving house craft beer, cocktails & whiskey, with board & arcade games & local art.
R&B is a mainstay with a brewery and taproom. They tend toward the beer styles of Belgium and Germany, while delivering some complex seasonals and limited releases. They make some really good pizza.
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R&B Ale & Pizza House
1-54 E 4th Ave
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R&B is a mainstay with a brewery and taproom. They tend toward the beer styles of Belgium and Germany, while delivering some complex seasonals and limited releases. They make some really good pizza.
33 Acres Brewing Company is a small, stylish, and hip brewery in the heart of Vancouver’s Brewery Creek district within Mount Pleasant. Stay inside or grab a 6-pack and take it to Jonathan Rogers Park where food trucks & cafes line the park for watching the sun set behind the skyline & mountains.
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33 Acres Brewing Company
15 W 8th Ave
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33 Acres Brewing Company is a small, stylish, and hip brewery in the heart of Vancouver’s Brewery Creek district within Mount Pleasant. Stay inside or grab a 6-pack and take it to Jonathan Rogers Park where food trucks & cafes line the park for watching the sun set behind the skyline & mountains.
They have adopted an experimental and unique brew style, with what they call outrageously good beer and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. There’s some great mural art on the building and the can art is just as stylish.
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Electric Bicycle Brewing
20 E 4th Ave
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They have adopted an experimental and unique brew style, with what they call outrageously good beer and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. There’s some great mural art on the building and the can art is just as stylish.
This vibrant brewery is passionate about being accessible and inclusive to all. They host events all of the time including comedy nights, live music, and even a sneaker show!
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Container Brewing Ltd.
1216 Franklin Street
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This vibrant brewery is passionate about being accessible and inclusive to all. They host events all of the time including comedy nights, live music, and even a sneaker show!
Parallel 49 is one of the most popular breweries in Vancouver, and they offer a stellar bunch of innovative beers that are available at most liquor stores and restaurants around the city.
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Parallel 49 Brewing Company
1950 Triumph St
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Parallel 49 is one of the most popular breweries in Vancouver, and they offer a stellar bunch of innovative beers that are available at most liquor stores and restaurants around the city.
Red Truck is another very popular brewery in Vancouver’s craft beer scene. They have a casual tasting room, restaurant and patio for guests. Not to mention, in the summer they offer an outdoor concert series too!
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Red Truck Beer Company
295 E 1st Ave
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Red Truck is another very popular brewery in Vancouver’s craft beer scene. They have a casual tasting room, restaurant and patio for guests. Not to mention, in the summer they offer an outdoor concert series too!
Play some pitch and putt then go grab a beer in the park. Every beer brewed by Stanley Park Brewing is inspired by the park, whether it be from windstorms to day trips to sunsets. It is designed to be a break from the every day, an experience to be explored and savored.
Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant & Brewpub
8901 Stanley Park Drive
Play some pitch and putt then go grab a beer in the park. Every beer brewed by Stanley Park Brewing is inspired by the park, whether it be from windstorms to day trips to sunsets. It is designed to be a break from the every day, an experience to be explored and savored.
Storm Brewing is Vancouver’s longest-running craft brewery, and its founder, Brewer James Walton, is regarded as a pioneer in the industry. Not to mention, their highly regarded beer is unfiltered and produced without the use of chemical treatments.
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Storm Brewing LTD.
310 Commercial Dr
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Storm Brewing is Vancouver’s longest-running craft brewery, and its founder, Brewer James Walton, is regarded as a pioneer in the industry. Not to mention, their highly regarded beer is unfiltered and produced without the use of chemical treatments.
Craft brewery featuring a chill, rustic tasting room with draft beer, plus a shop for growler fills.
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Brassneck Brewery
2148 Main St
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Craft brewery featuring a chill, rustic tasting room with draft beer, plus a shop for growler fills.

Shopping

Designer Outlet Vancouver is an outlet mall on Sea Island in Richmond. It is located in close proximity to Vancouver International Airport. It currently has around 80 retailers over 340,000 square feet
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McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver
1000-7899 Templeton Station Rd
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Designer Outlet Vancouver is an outlet mall on Sea Island in Richmond. It is located in close proximity to Vancouver International Airport. It currently has around 80 retailers over 340,000 square feet
A new, recently built shopping district for the Metro Vancouver area.
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Brentwood Town Centre
4567 Lougheed Hwy
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A new, recently built shopping district for the Metro Vancouver area.
The region’s largest mall and a best place for shopping, with close to 400 stores.
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Metrotown
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The region’s largest mall and a best place for shopping, with close to 400 stores.
One of Vancouver’s trendiest shopping districts. Right in downtown Vancouver.
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Robson Street
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One of Vancouver’s trendiest shopping districts. Right in downtown Vancouver.

Sports!

The Vancouver Canadians is the NWL minor league baseball team that plays at Nat Bailey Stadium from June to September during its regular season home games. Is a great social summer activity.
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Nat Bailey Stadium Park
4575 Clancy Loranger Way
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The Vancouver Canadians is the NWL minor league baseball team that plays at Nat Bailey Stadium from June to September during its regular season home games. Is a great social summer activity.
Home field to the BC Lions football team and Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team, so the best place to see major events and professional sports other than hockey. It’s also where you’ll find the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
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BC Place Stadium
777 Pacific Blvd
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Home field to the BC Lions football team and Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team, so the best place to see major events and professional sports other than hockey. It’s also where you’ll find the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Rogers Arena is the home of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team, as well as venue for some of the biggest concerts and shows in the city.
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Rogers Arena
800 Griffiths Way
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Rogers Arena is the home of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team, as well as venue for some of the biggest concerts and shows in the city.