Gastown is the historical centre of Vancouver and named after Gassy Jack Deighton who established a hotel in the area in 1867. The area became popular and what is now the city grew around Gastown over the years eventually to become the metropolis of Vancouver. The area is known as a popular entertainment spot both at night and in the daytime with many bars and restaurants.
Vancouver's largest park. The park is a popular attraction for both locals and visitors from abroad. Beaches, hiking trails, swimming pools, golf course and tennis provide ample activities for sports enthusiasts.
On the eastern side of the park has an extensive collection of intricate totem poles on display. Totem comes from Ojibwa, the poles are carved by Native Americans as a type of family or tribal insignia and they also serve a spiritual purpose and are believed act as guardians.
The park also houses the excellent Vancouver Aquarium. There are daily shows of the popular Killer Whale. Also of interest in the Aquarium is the Beluga whale tank.
One of the largest Chinatown's in North America. Vancouver is home to a large population of Asian Canadians with many holding true to their roots and culture. The area is dotted with restaurants with ducks hanging in the windows, signs advertising products in asian characters and shops with oriental products.
The Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese garden is worth a visit, it's the only one of it's kind outside of China.
Take the glass elevator up roughly 170 metres to the observation area for spectacular views of Vancouver, the Pacific Ocean and mountains.
Just a short ferry ride away is the large Vancouver Island, the provincial capital city of Victoria and beautiful wilderness.
Home of the stadium, for sports, concerts and other events, this is the "place". The area was zoned for major redevelopment several years back with a view to regenerating the whole area. The stadium was the first step in this direction with more to come including shops, restaurants, theatres and residential buildings.
This ship like building was built for Expo' 86. The building has a variety of shops and restaurants and also houses the popular IMAX theatre.
Grouse mountain is a popular leisure place for tourists and Vancouverites alike and is just a short 15 minute drive from central Vancouver itself. The views of the city from the top are fantastic and the mountain is a great place to enjoy the outdoors with hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding and moutainbike trails. The world famous lumberjack shows are held daily on Grouse Mountain displaying the rugged skills of Canadian Frontiersmen. Find out more at www.grousemountain.com