They said it
"You’re gorgeous, baby, you’re sophisticated, you live
well...Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains.
It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France and the
Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling." – The New York
"Vancouver is a city unlike any other. Wherever I look, I see water or
mountains -- or both. And everyone looks so healthy." – The Daily Telegraph
Gastown is a national historic site located in
Vancouver, British Columbia, located at the northeast end of Downtown adjacent to the Downtown
Gastown was Vancouver's first downtown core and is named after "Gassy" Jack
Deighton, a Geordie seaman, steamboat captain and barkeep who arrived in 1867 to open the area's
Gastown found new life as the centre of the city's wholesale produce
distribution until the Great Depression in the 1930s. It also was centre of the city's drinking
life (there were 300 licensed establishments the twelve-block area of the former Granville,
After the Depression Gastown was a largely forgotten neighbourhood of the larger city and fell into
decline and disrepair until the 1960s.
Gastown's most famous (though nowhere near oldest) landmark is its steam-powered clock, located on
the corner of Cambie and Water Street. Built to cover a steam grate, part of Vancouver's
distributed steam-heating system, the clock was built as a way to harness the steam and to prevent
street people from sleeping on the spot in cold weather. Based on an 1875 design, the Gastown Steam
Clock was the first steam-powered clock in the world.
Don’t miss the statue of “Gassy” Jack and stop by the quirky Gastown
Steam Clock, where 5 enormous brass whistles play Westminster Chimes every 15
|Vancouver Aquarium - Canada's largest
Marine Science Centre, is a public aquarium located in Stanley Park in
Officially Canada's first public Aquarium opened on June 15,
See over 70.000 different animals and over 150 aquatic displays that have
come from all areas of the world. Aquarium located only a short walk from downtown, Vancouver
Aquarium is a fantastic spot to take the family when on vacation.
This is a great way to keep the kids occupied and happy for the day when you are visiting the city of
Vancouver. Check out the interactive exhibits in the expanded children’s area, and don’t miss the
amazing new frog exhibit.
Be sure to catch daily beluga whale, dolphin and sea otter shows, and for an unforgettable extra try a
hands-on animal encounter.
Big draws to the aquarium are the Belugas of which a baby was born in captivity in June of 2008
and the dolphins which perform a show twice a day. Relax over lunch at the Upstream Café and
be sure to visit the unique Gift Shop.
Vancouver, British Columbia is Canada's largest
Chinatown. Chinatown remains a popular tourist attraction, and is one of the largest
historic Chinatowns in North America. Between
1890-1920, early Chinese immigrants settled in what was known as Shanghai Alley and Canton
Alley. By 1890, Shanghai Alley was home to more than
1,000 Chinese residents. Much of the community's activities and entertainment evolved around a 500 seat Chinese theatre built in
Chinatown is one of the city's earliest commercial and residential
districts, containing a remarkable collection of
buildings from Vancouver’s boom years at the turn of the last century.
During Vancouver's prosperous years between 1897 and 1913, Chinatown
grew as Chinese merchants invested in new properties.
They extended Chinatown south along Carrall Street, west to Shanghai
Alley and Canton Alley, and eventually east along Pender Street to Gore Street.
During the Great Depression 1930s the Vancouver Chinese community
lost 6,000 people, half of its members.
The Province also recognized Chinatown's special history and
architecture by designating it a historic district in 1971, together with the neighboring
|Stanley Park has attracted visitors
from all over the globe, and nature enthusiasts are still amazed by its trees and scenic
It is known as the largest city park located in Canada and it continues to keep
local Vancouverites dazzled and captivated on a dailybasis.
The park covers about 1000 acres of lush green land.
Excellent swimming beaches, old-growth forest - over 150,000 trees.
Take a walk along the seawall and see as much of the park as you can while visiting. Stanley Park is
always a great place for a family outing, or a romantic picnic. You can choose to enter and leave
whenever you want and most of the attractions operate from early morning to sunset.
Main tourist attractions include the Vancouver Aquarium, the totem pole
display at Brockton Point and summertime outdoor theatre performances.
Kids and adults alike also enjoy the park’s Vancouver Aquarium, where guests can peruse huge tanks of
fish and laugh at the antics of resident seals, otters, and sea lions.
Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of Vancouver's most popular tourist
Originally built in 1889, Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230
feet (70m) above Capilano River.
Just minutes from the downtown Vancouver, Capilano
Suspension Bridge offers a mix of adventure, history and culture, has largest private collection of
First Nations totem poles, making this attraction a great British Columbia experience.
A visit to Capilano is a must for family travelers to Vancouver that draws over 800,000 visitors a
year. It is is one of Vancouver’s oldest tourist attractions. Dangling high
above North Vancouver, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is open daily from the end of
May to the beginning of September, and from time to time throughout the rest of the
year. It's a fabulous adventure without danger, a unique experience that's thrilling for
kids and grownups alike.
| Capilano Suspension Bridge