Greater Vancouver Local Attractions


This is North America's second biggest Chinatown, after San Francisco's. Mandarin and Cantonese are the mother tongues in 30 per cent of Vancouver homes, which makes Chinese the largest "minority" ethnic group. There are lots of interesting markets with many varieties of fresh and dried seafood and mushrooms.


Gastown is the oldest area of Vancouver and is situated by the Vancouver harbor south of Canada Place. It was transformed from a grubby rough area into a tourist area with popular shops and restaurants. The steam powered clock on the main street is a Vancouver landmark and a big tourist attraction.

Granville Island

Located in the heart of Vancouver. It was transformed from a declining 37-acre industrial park in Vancouver's False Creek into possibly the most successful urban redevelopment ever seen in North America. It has been reborn in the form of a public market, art school, shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries and hotel.

The Granville Island Public Market offers an emporium of green grocers, butchers, bakers, fishmongers, importers, ethnic food sellers, craft vendors, sweet stands, florists and casual eateries. It also features a wine shop and a micro-roaster of organic coffee.

Stanley Park

This is a thousand acre public park situated between downtown Vancouver and the Lions Gate Bridge. Seen here from a distance, Stanley park is located on a peninsula that jets out into the ocean and is covered by lush west coast vegetation. Portions of Stanley Park have been developed into a rose garden, an outdoor theatre, a totem pole park and an Aquarium. 

Vancouver Aquarium

has become the largest in Canada and one of the five largest in North America. The Aquarium is internationally recognized for display and interpretation excellence.

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is located just five minutes west of downtown Vancouver in world-famous Stanley Park, at 845 Avison Way. From downtown Vancouver, follow Georgia Street westward and bear right into Stanley Park. Once inside the park, you can follow the signs directing you to the Vancouver Aquarium.
Cited vancouver-canada website , April 21, 2010 (