Posted March 3, 2011 by Matthew Toren in Top Ten

Top 10 Attractions in Vancouver

Vancouver is jam-packed with exciting things to see and do. With its mountains, beaches, parks, gardens, culture and art, Vancouver is one hot city for attractions! Visitors can enjoy historic sites, ancient art, glorious flowers, mountain views and educational spots. You can’t get bored in this city and there are many kid-friendly sites. Check out the top attractions in Vancouver, get out, and have some fun!

Canada Place

This attraction welcomes thousands of people throughout the year and is one of the number-one landmarks in Vancouver. It boasts a port for cruise ships to dock, a convention centre and the Pan Pacific Hotel. Visitors can tour this beautiful architectural setpiece that makes Vancouver’s waterfront shine and buy Canadian souvenirs as well. Visit the main Web site atwww.canadaplace.ca for more information.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

If you aren’t afraid of heights, then this attraction will blow you away. 226 feet in the air, this bridge sways over a canyon and the Capilano River. There is also a place where native carvers show off their skills, as well as restaurants, guides, and a historic exhibit. It was built in 1889 and is a favourite spot for tourists and locals alike. Call the bridge at 604-985-7474 for more information or visit www.capbridge.com for more information.

Science World

Science World is a fantastic addition to Vancouver’s Skyline. It shines at night with its sparkling lights and appears to look like one huge golf ball. It is a great place to take and educate the kids, as well as yourself, and it is situated on the East side of False Creek. There are many scientific discoveries to experience and get involved in. Visitors can take a quick SkyTrain ride to this attraction and see laser shows, ignite a plasma ball, walk through a maze and much more! Call Science World at 604-443-7443 or visit the Web site at www.scienceworld.ca.


Chinatown is located in downtown Vancouver and is one of the largest in North America. Filled with little shops, Chinese medicines, remedies and food markets, this attraction welcomes visitors from all around the world. Visitors can experience an ethnic community, eat fresh fruit and vegetables, and find discount buys. Stop by and try some dim sum, chow mein and scrumptious egg rolls. There are usually events and festivities going on as well. Visitwww.vancouver-chinatown.com for more information on events and shops.

Vancouver Aquarium

Situated in the glorious tourist attraction of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 7,000 different species including Beluga Whales, exotic fish and more. Great for families, this attraction is a favourite place for kids to go to. Visitors can get acquainted with sea turtles, dolphins, sea lions, sea otters and then go for lunch at the aquarium’s restaurant and buy souvenirs at the main shop. There are also strollers available for kiddies and wheelchairs available for those in need. You can buy tickets online at www.vanaqua.org or by calling the aquarium at 604-659-3474.

Stanley Park

With 1,000 acres of land, this Vancouver gem is a beautiful and exotic forest that stretches out from the West End into the Pacific Ocean. Designated in 1888, this glorious lush green park is filled with sparkling lagoons, Douglas fir trees, flowers and countless trails for visitors to walk through. Visitors can see totem poles, open-air displays, a gift shop, the Vancouver Aquarium, trolley tours and natural wildlife. There aren’t any bears, but you might get to see Canadian beavers, squirrels, swans, bald eagles and more. Kids will enjoy a visit to the Stanley Park Children’s Farm that boasts a petting zoo with donkeys, rabbits, and ponies. Once you get hungry, you can head to the Fish House in Stanley Park for a generous bite to eat. Visit the Vancouver Park Board for more information at www.city.vancouver.bc.ca.

Grouse Mountain

Located at 6400 Nancy Greene Way, this popular attraction is located just 15 minutes out of the city area. You can take the SkyRide gondola that will take you 3,642 feet up the mountain and hikers can challenge themselves by climbing the Grouse Grind. It’s steep, so be careful! You can dine at the Observatory Restaurant or catch a movie at Theater in the Sky. You can take some ski lessons, go to the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, or take the kids to the snow park to play. There are activities held here throughout the year, including the summer, and there are other shops within the Grouse Mountain lodge. Check out their Web site atwww.grousemountain.com for events and ticket rates.

English Bay Beach

Known as one of the hottest places to engage in people watching, this beach attracts tourists all year long. It is a great place to suntan in the summer months, or sunset-watch every day of the year. The HSBC Celebration of Light event that is held here attracts hundreds of  thousands of people from all over the world. Visitors can take a stroll along the seawall, grab an ice cream, or enjoy some of the recreational sports available, such as kayaking and beach volleyball. If you want to find out more about this beach then visit the Vancouver Park Board atwww.city.vancouver.bc.ca and look under beaches.

Granville Island

This family-friendly attraction is great on a sunny day. Granville Island has everything visitors could dream about—live music, bars, fresh seafood, antique shops, craft stores, a food market, the Granville Island Hotel and waterfront views. Voted as one of the best inside markets in North America, this attraction is the place to visit. You can always take a short walk from this attraction to downtown if you cross the Granville Bridge, or you can take an AquaBus across False Creek to Yaletown, Kitsilano or the West End. Find out more information atwww.granville-island.net.


Matthew Toren

Matthew Toren
Matthew Toren is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. He is co-author, with his brother Adam, of Kidpreneurs and Small Business, BIG Vision.