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Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver Aquarium
#About Vancouver's Amazing Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is a great family attraction that is both fun and educational. This is an impressive and modern building in the shape of a large ship, that has become one of the city's symbols, and one of the most well-known attractions. According to the standards and its stance, as the largest aquarium in Canada, millions of visitors come here yearly.

With over 8,000 fish and water animal, this is also the largest aquarium in North America. Among other things, this aquarium is famous for the Beluga whales that live there. Don't miss the incredible whales, or the exhibit on the Amazonian fish, both of which are fascinating.

The aquarium, in Stanley Park, is a center for education and research, rehabilitation and rescue, and an active convention center. There is a pier for boats, a hotel, and an IMAX that offers 3D movies, screened on a huge screen the size of five floors, there are also 4D movies.


#About the Beluga Whale

Beluga, a white whale, is the only whale in the world that is a solid white. This is a sort of smaller and friendly whale, whose face and head are round and give him a sweet look. In the aquarium they tend to have fun and splash visitors with water. In nature, the Beluga is a vicious killer that eats fish, and can get up to 5 meters long.

The Beluga lives in the northern parts of the Earth, around the north pole. They mostly move in packs of 10, except during migration, when Beluga packs can number in the thousands. The Beluga makes all sorts of sounds and voices, some even remind of how humans sound. The Beluga can also move its forehead and its lips, giving it the ability to make all sorts of faces.


#What Will You See Here?

In the aquarium, there are over 8,000 underwater creatures and animals, divided into huge glass aquariums and displayed according to region and climate of origin.

At the entrance, you can see a few different aquariums, with different climates and different animals living inside. On the floor below are areas for learning and play, as well as the edges of the outdoor aquariums. From here you can look into the pool and see different fish and animals inside.

The recommended experiences are the Amazon display and the tropical waters display, that is especially interesting. Don't miss the large glass wall with the Orca whales, the eels, the giant octopus, the sharks, and the piranha.




#Outside Performances

In the Vancouver Aquarium, there are daily encounters with special underwater creatures with special shows with these animals

In the external pool outside the Aquarium building is a performance for feeding the animals publicly, a few different times a day.

The Aquarium is used as a research facility and as a rehabilitation and rescue center. Outside the main aquarium there is a stream with salmon and pools with whales, seals, and dolphins. More than just feeding them, during the feedings the instructors here explain to guests about the lives of the animals.



#Tips

This is great entertainment on a rainy day.

The aquarium is located on the east side of Stanley Park.





In the Aquarium:

https://youtu.be/xHRnG7K7hWM


How Children See the Creatures:

https://youtu.be/UaRos9mW7Fc
Stanley Park
Stanley Park
#About the Big Park in Vancouver

Stanley Park, which borders the Pacific Ocean, is considered one of the largest, best and most enjoyable parks in the world and the famous attraction of Vancouver. Along with many flora, trails, gardens and beaches, you will also find many of the nicest corners and attractions.

The vast Stanley Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and is larger than Central Park in New York. The entrance is from the city's downtown. Over 8 million visitors arrive every year, including local residents from the city and the surrounding area and many tourists, including you!

With an area of ​​40,000 square meters, this is the largest and most popular park in Vancouver, with its great lawns, hiking trails, beaches, sights, landscaped gardens and botanic views of Native American totem poles.

Stanley Park is also a great place for a family outing with the kids. It has playgrounds, picnic areas, a nice water park, a children's train and a petting zoo. The park also houses the municipal aquarium.

One of the pleasures of Stanley Park is to rent a bicycle and drive around it, or on its inner paths. On the "wall path" that surrounds it, you can enjoy cycling or rollerblading, about 10 kilometers or an hour and a half of riding.

Besides being one of the most famous urban parks in the world, Stanley Park is also a well-kept green lung, inviting exercise. Many come here for sport activities in nature. Apart from cycling, walking and other forms of movement, there are also various sports facilities, such as tennis courts, golf and bowling.


#What Can Be Seen Here?

In the park, which covers an area of ​​more than 40,000 square meters, there are several places worth seeing. Among them are particularly worthwhile:

The 9 O'Clock Gun - The cannon that shoots every night at 9:00 pm. On his barrel you will see the emblems of King George III and Count Henry Pipps, the Ordnance Commander, from when he was stationed here.

Lost Lagoon - The Hidden Lagoon, which used to disappear at low tide of the day, but is now flooded. Watch here the swans, geese and ducks.

Totem Poles - the totem pole area of ​​the original Native Americans of Canada, who are referred to in Canada as "the first settlers." In Indian culture, totems reflect symbols and legends.

Hallelujah Point - the place where the Salvation Army used to sing the "Hallelujah" and one the locals dubbed "Hallelujah Point."

Vancouver Aquarium - Vancouver Aquarium, located on the east side of the park.

Siwash Rock - a rock rising from the water
Hollow Tree
Prospect Point - view of the spectacular Lion's Gate Bridge
Rose Garden - a beautiful rose garden.

Apart from these, there are 3 beaches in the park:
Second Beach - The recommended beach
Third Beach
English Bay Beach.


#Tips

For those arriving with a car, parking is possible for a full day.

Rent bikes for riding in the park - in the park or in one of the shops on nearby Denman Street.

The hour-long carriage takes 20-30 minutes from the kiosk near the entrance from Georgia Street.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/AGFqacUQTl0


Walking Around the Park:

https://youtu.be/miZkNW-L7Ck


Places of Interest in Stanley Park:

https://youtu.be/6KpoXN3IEGc
Minter Gardens
Minter Gardens
#About the Wonderful Gardens on Mount Chime

Minter Gardens are spectacularly beautiful gardens with a different look each season and span a wide area, outside the city of Vancouver.

In the Minter Gardens there are 11 gardens, including Chinese gardens, fragrant and colorful flower gardens, thousands of tulips, colorful rose gardens, fern gardens and more.

One of the favorite attractions in these gardens is the statues of large bushes and flowers. Among the sculptured figures and shapes here you can see men and women in a variety of situations, a peacock, a Canadian flag and an amusing flower maze. Within the water-soothing gardens there are also rustling waterfalls and more.

These gardens are about 130 km from the city of Vancouver, near Chilliwack and near the Fraser River Valley. There are a few wonderful gardens in Vancouver itself, but visiting these beautiful gardens and the wonderful way to them, on one of the roads leading to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, is a trip worth making.

The colorful blossoms and spectacular design of the gardens contribute to the view of the place, and this is a lovely corner for those who love nature and flowers and a must-see place for photography enthusiasts.


Sitting on Chime Mountain:

https://youtu.be/cxzbgWXjXyQ


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/HT7E8yPMwpI


Pictures from the scene:

https://youtu.be/TjeY0TADE2U
Museum of Vancouver
Museum of Vancouver
#About the Museum for the History of the City of Vancouver and the Region

The MOV, or the Vancouver Museum, is a museum whose purpose is to present the history of British Columbia, from the times of the Indians, through the European settlements, the "Gold Rush," the "Great Depression," the 1950's, and modern times around the 1970's.

The museum building looks like a flying plate that landed in Vanier Park. Near the museum there is a modern metal statue that reminds of a large crab. In the museum are many itmes form the daily lives of the residents of the city, starting from the Indians and up to today. There are interesting exhibits here, like cars of different periods, a women's hair parlor from the 1950's with all sorts of machines, old city streets, train carriages from 1880, clothes from 1930, and more.

There are items in the field of anthropologyy, histroy of nature, history, and the art of Vancouver, and in particular the British Columbia region. The interesting parts of the museum are the ones dealing with the immigrants who came to the city, daily life, and in different times throughout the history of British Columbia.

On top of all that, there is also an impressive art collection, with interesting pieces from around the world that were collected by the city's residents.

In the same building there is also the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.




#Tips

The museum is in Vanier Park, north-west to Grandville Island.

In winter the museum is closed on Mondays.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/7gHb3klmHug



The Wonderful Building Located at the Beautiful Vanier Park:

https://youtu.be/g2hUWzNv5Qw



Exhibit at the Museum:

https://youtu.be/I9g4-oaSPzY

Must See in Vancouver

Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver Art Gallery
#About the Art Gallery in the Center of Vancouver

At all times the museum displays 10,000 art pieces, including works by local artists, the first settlers, Indians, through a series of paintings by the famous Canadian painter Emily Carr, and more modern art pieces.

Let's begin in the museum's collection, considered one of the most important in Canada, and has passed the 100th year anniversary a long time ago. There are about 80,000 art pieces that are displayed to the public, in permanent and temporary exhibits.

Notice that the impressive building of the Vancouver Art Gallery is in itself a real work of art, this building is in the neo-Classical style, built in 1911.



#About the National Paintings of Emily Carr

The paintings of Emily Carr take up important space at the galleries in the Vancouver Art Gallery. These paintings have commemorated the beautiful area of the North-West, and they are highlighted in the gallery.

Emily Carr is considered one of the most admired and famous Canadian painters. Most of her paintings describe the lives of the Indians and landscape of British Columbia, and Canada and general. Carr's paintings are presented in every art museum around Canada. Carr also wrote a book that describes her life, and is considered a national painter.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/RgXTmWKREuw?t=11s
Vancouver
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden
#About the First Classic Chinese Garden not in China

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver is named after the founder of modern China, and is a traditional Chinese garden. It was established in 1986 for the Expo 1986 that took place in the city. This was the first Chinese garden in the world, built in such a fine and invested way, that was outside of China.

The first Chinese garden built outside of China was built by 53 Chinese specialists, that were brought especially for the construction. They used traditional and ancient Chinese techniques, with no screws or modern tools, all carefully hand-made.

The result is not considered any less perfect. The large garden is full of plants, waterfalls, rocks, pools of water, and a few buildings in a style typical of the far east. All these together create an impressive and authentic look of landscaped gardens in the classical Chinese style.

The construction of the park cost $5.3 million. Next to it is a park with free entrance. This garden beautifully compliments the classical garden. There are no buildings, and the plants flourish. The entrance to the garden is through a gate located at the cultural center, near the station of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Inside you will find lakes with a pastoral atmosphere.


#Tips

Entrance to the park is free. Entrance to the Chinese garden is with a fee.

A visit to the garden is available only through guided tours.

Days and hours for the tours are as follows:

Spring
10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm.

Summer
10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 5:30 pm.

Autumn
10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm.


Winter
10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:00 pm.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/geWLe6sOTGY


Visit in the Park:

https://youtu.be/UqtYn-8IK_8?t=26s
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Vancouver Maritime Museum
#About the Incredible and Beautiful Maritime Museum

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is less than 200 meters from the Museum of Vancouver and is meant to present and deal with the rich maritime history of the city. This is completely exhibited here at the Maritime Museum, that was opened in 1959.

In the museum there are both permanent and temporary exhibits. You can see maritime items like boat accessories, sailor uniforms, wooden models of ships, old rowboats, art pieces from ships, and more.

Don't miss the sailboat St. Rosh, that is considered a national historical site. The boat is located outside the museum. It was built in 1928 for the Canadian Royal Cavalry, and during World War II this was the first ship to sail back and forth through Canada's North West Passage.

The center of discoveries is a nice part, fun, and recommended for children. In this part of the museum there are sailor uniforms, different electronics and sonars to see boats out in the bay with.

In the "Bay of Pirates" visitors will board a pirate ship, where they can dress like a pirate and "find" real treasures! Activities on this boat are for children at least 10 years only.


#Tips

You can buy the Vanier Park Explore Pass that gives a discounted entrance to the three museums in Vanier Park, and not necessarily for the same day. It costs $30 per adult, with a discount for children.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/vSLA50S4aQQ?t=1m18s


From Outside and Inside the Wonderful Vanier Park:

https://youtu.be/tXDA0keUoAs


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/uzFyEKqZ52U
Vancouver
Gastown
#About the Old Neighborhood that Vancouver Was Born From

Gastown is a neighborhood and the place where the city of Vancouver began. You will find here the early history of the city, and recreated houses from the Victorian period.

Today, after some renovations to the area, it is one of the trendiest areas in Vancouver. In tourist season, during summer, the neighborhood is alive and active, filled with visitors. The rest of the year it is mainly an entertainment area for locals.

There are many boutiques here, interesting stores and art galleries. The stores and clubs here are located in different Victorian buildings, most of which were used in the past as workshops and warehouses.

Among the attractions at Gastown, you can find the famous Steam-Clock of the city, that whistles every 15 minutes.

The nice statue located on the corner of Water and Cordova Streets, is of Gassy Jack, the man who brought alcohol to Vancouver and from his bar the city actually developed.

With wonderful and trendy nightlife, mysterious stores, bars, and wonderful places to eat and drink some coffee, Gastown is a great place for entertainment and meeting friends.


#About the Talker and the Drops of Alcohol that Led to the Neighborhood

Gastown is the oldest area of Vancouver, where the first settlers settled in 1886. There are those who are surprised to learn that the city developed from an alcohol bar that opened here by a guy called John Deighton, but everyone knew him by his nickname, "Gassy Jack." This John decided to open a salon here to let the white workers from the sawmill here a little alcohol at the end of a long work day.

Gassy Jack was known for the long stories he loved to tell. The workers, who longed for a drink after the workday, would come here en masse. The salon became a success, and the same workers who came to the bar began building and buying houses next to the bar, and were the first residents of the neighborhood. This is how Gassy Jack created the foundations for the first neighborhood of Vancouver.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/-vj7FMe8xb8


A Walk Through:

https://youtu.be/U-O9iAFqUMg


A Guide:

https://youtu.be/EsvzEUah4aY


Chinatown Vancouver
Chinatown
#About Vancouver's Chinatown

Chinatown, located east of Gastown, is a colorful district with bustling streets with markets, Chinese restaurants and souvenir shops, gifts, Chinese art and Chinese food.

The atmosphere in Vancouver's Chinatown is very pleasant. Already from the Millennium Gate, the impressive entrance gate to the Quarter, you feel the special character of Chinatown, the connection and complementarity between East and West and the past and the future.

Inside you are immediately impressed by how clean and quiet the city's Chinatown is. This is interesting, especially since Vancouver's Chinatown is considered the second largest Chinatown in North America, after that of San Francisco.

Many of the interesting buildings in the district are on Pender Street. All street signs are written in Chinese and the houses are also built in typical Asian style. A visit to the place is a special cultural experience, while also on the side of the food, the immediate gastronomic change here is immediately felt.


#What is Here?

Chinatown is considered the most popular among tourists arriving in Vancouver for a trip. It is in an area between the streets of Main, Fender and Carrall.

Among the interesting sites in Vancouver's Chinatown are:

The Millennium Gate - the large entrance gate and impressive to the quarter, which represents the connection between the past and the future and from the west to the east.

Pender Street - the main street of the Quarter, passing through its center. Here is the Chinese Cultural Center, or the CCC.

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden's beautiful Chinese garden, with pools, pagodas and rocks, designed by dozens of Chinese artists.

The narrowest office building in the world - at 8 West Pender Street.

Chinese Cultural Museum - located on Columbia Street in the Chinese Quarter.

Richmond neighborhood - a neighborhood with 60% of its population of Chinese origin. The atmosphere is more modern than Chinatown and less traditional. Large shopping centers contribute to the Asian atmosphere.



#History of Chinatown

Vancouver is considered the "most Asian city" in North America. Already in the 19th century, immigrants arrived in Vancouver, building up the quarter and the the ancient theater in Shanghai Lane. They began to live in the city and gradually found themselves clustered together in one neighborhood, their own Chinatown, a Chinese neighborhood with a relatively traditional atmosphere within downtown Vancouver.

This is how a neighborhood like a miniature China began to emerge, a bustling, and vibrant China with booths and specialty food shops, but with excellent city-sponsored maintenance and no filth and mess that characterize similar neighborhoods around the world.

At the beginning of the 21st century, with the transfer of control over Hong Kong to China, many Chinese emigrated to Vancouver. The wave of immigration from Hong Kong to Vancouver were so great that it was nicknamed "Hong-couver."

Today, the Chinese minority in Vancouver is the largest ethnic group in the city. To Vancouver's Chinatown flock Chinese and Canadians from all over the country. You can stroll here among gleaming neon signs, Chinese restaurants and tea houses and Chinese herbal medicine stores.


#Tips

There is nothing to plan in Chinatown after 6:00 pm. The main activity here is from morning to noon.

On the weekends of the summer months there is a traditional Chinese night market here from Fridays to Sundays from 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm.

A tour in the quarter should be done through the Red Silk Road - a pedestrian path marked red - takes visitors to the city via the important stations in the neighborhood, such as the Chinese Cultural Museum and Museum on Columbia Street and the Chinese Classical Garden by Dr. Sun Yat-sen.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ra8-fwnlT7E
BC Place
#About Vancouver's Center Stadium

BC Place is a modern and big stadium, used to host sporting events (soccer for example), musical performances and large cultural events.

The stadium can seat up to 50,000 visitors, including 50 VIP boxes. The stadium has the largest roof in the world, that opens and closes depending by what is needed, at the push of a button.

Here there are soccer games that take place, it is the home stadium of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

In the past, important world competitions took place here, like the Winter Olympic Games of 2010, the World Cup soccer final for women in 2015, and more.



#What Can Be Seen Here?

Beyond watching sporting events or musical performances at BC place, there are many entertainment attractions that are modern and fascinating. Among them, there are hundreds of screens and modern lighting systems that were specially set up here.

If you can to visit BC Place, you can take an organized tour that costs money, at Gate A of the stadium. Opening hours are usually 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The stadium has a few nice restaurants. If you are hungry, they are worth a try.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/-mLsRCDX57A


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/MecQf_u023s


Timelapse:

https://youtu.be/kZlyiIefMHY
Canada Place
#About the Building's Sails that Became One of the Symbols of the City

Canada Place is an especially modern building, considered one of the symbols of Vancouver. On the white roof are 5 large white sails, that remind of the maritime history of British Columbia.

From Canada Place ships set sail to Alaska. This is a special building, that was built for the large 1986 Expo, to host visitors, and became a main attraction in the city. From here is a beautiful view of the whole bay, the tall mountain tops that surround the city, the merchant ships that cross the ocean and small planes that take off and land in the water.

This is a real icon, some compare this building to the Sydney Opera House, one of the most real known structures in the world.

Next is also a great promenade that enables a nice walk with music playing street music and all sorts of styles.



#What Will You See Here?

Around Canada Place you will see a beautiful promenade, with a free entrance to walk around and wander. Along the walkway are different shops and restaurants.

In the building is also a theater and an IMAX theater, with many movies and 3D effects, screens on a huge screen that is 5 floors high.

There is also a sea terminal here for people, and across - impressive views of downtown Vancouver, the port, bay, and Northern Vancouver and the mountains around.

On the building's roof are large horns, that each day at noon blow and make noise.



#History of the Building

At first, Canada Place was used as a merchandise pier. Towards the Expo of '86 it was renovated and rebuilt, in order to be the Canadian house in the Expo of 1986 and host visitors.

Since the unique building has been built, in the shape of a large ship, it has been used as a convention center, a terminal for ships and cruises, a hotel and IMAX theater. In the complex are also exhibits holding the largest displays from Canada and around the world.



#Tips

Between the months of May- October, many ships can be seen next to Canada Place that leave for cruises in Alaska, or coming back from one.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/6wev5ZdbNzU


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/AUYhyfNhWFQ
Capilano Park
#About the Park that is a Rain Forest

Capilano River Regional Park, or the hanging bridge park, is a green park with wonderful suspension bridges, a trip here is described as unforgettable.

This park is not to be confused with the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, which has the long famous suspension bridge in Vancouver.

The park, one of the oldest tourist spots in Vancouver, is located in a forest with more than 7,000 square meters of rain forest, full of fir and cedar trees.

Here you will walk along steep canyon cliffs, and hear the flowing water from the nearby Capilano River. The Cliffwalk is especially nice, a trail suspended in midair, a little scary but a lot of fun.

All throughout December, the bridges and other attractions in the park are decorated with colorful lights that make a visit here extra special.


#What Can Be Seen at the Park?

Capilano Park, very close to Grouse Mountain and its suspension bridges, has spectacular gardens, a wonderful natural view of the forests and the raging Capilano River and a wonderful atmosphere. This is one of the most popular sites in Vancouver and its old tourist sites.

This park seems to be suitable for any age. It has attractions that can suit everyone - from exhibitions in the Forest of Life House, interactive illustration of flora and fauna in the rain forests, guided tours along the western rainforest, creative corners for young people, handicrafts and more.

The park also has a totem area, where 25 authentic totem poles stand side by side and allow you to get to know the wonderful Indian tradition of the place.

In a cottage called the Big House, local Indians are happy to explain their traditions and customs and demonstrate their typical sculptural and creative techniques.

Above the Cliffwalk, which surrounds a granite cliff at high altitude, you can look forward and down, through the transparent floor, on the river and the forest below.

You will also see various free attractions in the park, such as the impressive Cleveland Dam, the bridge above it and the Capilano Salmon Hatchery.

From the hike in the forest and the long sections of the Cliffwalk track, winding between the trees and the park facilities, you can get a great view to a magnificent and wonderful view and fascinating attractions that you will not forget so quickly.





#Tips

In the park you can enjoy different walking tracks, with guided tours that educate about the fascinating rain forest.

In the park is a cafe, restaurants, and nice souvenir shops.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/VMSYydSCPz4


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/XYjutYkZYIQ
Downtown Vancouver
#About the City of Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver is the lower part of the city of Vancouver. This is an area full of activity, many people, workers, and visitors, at all hours of the day. It is considered a place to visit at any time, and it is safe to walk here at night.

Here are the main cafes and restaurants in the city. Along with clothing stores, jewelry, and shoe stores, and entertainment centers and nightlife of Vancouver.

Geographically, the downtown of the city is not a large area, built on a peninsula, surrounded by docks. The whole area can be seen by walking.

The northern suburbs connect to the downtown, through the Lion Gate Bridge, that crosses the Burrard Inlet. On the southern side of the downtown, on False Creek, it connects to the rest of the city through the Burrard Bridge, Granville Bridge, and Cambie Bridge.


#What is in Downtown?

Walking along Main Street will give you a better understanding of the lovely Vancouver downtown.

The main street of the downtown is Robson Street, a large shopping street in the city. There are many malls, stores, clubs, cafes, and restaurants.

There is another street worth a visit - Commercial Drive.

Vancouver's downtown has a few quarters. The three interesting ones are Gastown, from which Vancouver was born, Chinatown, the settlement of Chinese immigrants, and Yaletown, that has turned from a quarter of warehouses and workshops to a trendy and popular area.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/CvCDSCPdtQ8


Drive Around Downtown:

https://youtu.be/6tyFAtgy4JA


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/3WGP0tJb-gk
Granville Island
#About the Island of Wonderful Food at the Heart of Vancouver

Granville Island is a small island, located on the southern side of the False Creek Bay. Between the island and the downtown is a river with two bridges, on the southern bridge is a pedestrian bridge.

This island, in the past a neglected and dirty industrial area, is a must see place in the city. There are many boutique stores, galleries, interesting street performances, nice gardens, a summer water park, beer brewery, and a great atmosphere.

The famous Granville is known for its food market and artists. Next to the flourishing market with restaurants, food stalls, and many local foods, there is hand-made art by artist, like ceramics, glass, fashion accessories, and more. This is a must visit site!



#What Can Be Seen Here?

On Grandville Island you can see a few attractions:

Granville Island Public Market - a fresh food market considered the most famous attraction on the island.

Granville Island Children Market - a market for children and their families with 30 stores and activities for children, as well as attractions for young kids.

Grandville Island Water Park - a nice water park that is open between May-September and is located next to the Children Museum.

Boat Sailing - there is a place to rent boats and sailing on your own, or join an organized tour.

The Brewery - Granville Island Brewing Co. on the island is a fun place for beer lovers, a place to get to know the steps of beer making, and tasting different flavors.



#History of Granville Island

It is hard to believe it, but Granville Island used to be a grey and dirty industrial area. Back then, neglected factories and buildings that were falling apart were here, and kept getting worse with the poor population, and rising crime.

Only at the end of the 1970's the island went through a serious upgrade. The local authorities put through a major effort to renovate, and the island became a magnet for tourists and local residents on weekends.

This is how in the 1970's the island was renovated from what used to be an industrial area, full of neglected factories and old workshops, into a great complex, with great tourist attractions, great restaurants, theaters, galleries, and more.

Today, Granville Island is considered a main tourist destination. There are street musicians on every corner, great food sold in the market, children's market with a great and fun atmosphere.



#Tips

Entrance to the island is free of charge.

Come to walk around here without a car, since there is limited parking. It is best to come here on foot by the pedestrian bridge, or the Sea Bus boat.

In summer there is a small water park that operated here, entrance here is free.

Information center for the island's visitors is at 1592 Johnston Street.

Many of the stores are closed on Mondays, so try coming here on other days.



A Closer Look :

https://youtu.be/l0UyKl9nUs0
Museum of Anthropology
#About the Anthropological Museum of Vancouver

The University of BC Museum of Anthropology is a must-see museum for lovers of Indian culture and a recommended museum in Vancouver. Here everyone interested in Indian art and history will find interest.

Founded in 1947 and known as the MOA, this place is considered one of the best and most famous museums in the world for Indian culture, art and craftsmanship. Here is the story of the indigenous Indians, native to British Columbia, or "the first settlers," as they are known in Canada. There are unique collections of this culture that researchers and professionals from around the world come to explore.

The museum is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC), located in the west of the city, a 20-minute drive from the city center.


#What Can Be Seen Here?

Already at the Great Hall, the museum's entrance hall, you will see a great collection of the best in the world, Indian totem poles, wood carvings and Indian canoes.

The museum, which covers one floor, has many galleries. It displays artifacts from different ancient cultures. With household utensils, jewelry, ritual objects, clothing and various masks.

Naturally, the emphasis here is on their works and exhibits from the lives of the "first settlers," the tribes of Indians living in the coastal area of ​​British Columbia. Mostly there are exhibits from the original tribes of the region, such as the Salish tribe, the Haida tribe, the Kwakiutl tribe and the Tsimshian tribe.


#The Unique Architecture of the Museum

The building of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is an impressive building, inaugurated in 1976. It was designed by Arthur Erickson, one of Canada's best known architects.

The museum's one-story building is decorated in a modern Indian style. It is unique in that it is built in a combination of concrete and glass and modernizes the residential style of the "first settlers," that is, the Indians in the area, whose original homes were built of columns and wooden beams.


#Tips

The museum is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia, located north of the airport, west of Granville Island.

Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Tuesdays to 21:00).


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/IjBYGVlvuFY


Entrance Hall Shows:

https://youtu.be/dfSW6UFkWz8


Robson Street
#About Vancouver's Shopping Street

Like every major city, Vancouver also has an ultimate shopping street, a street that is the place to see and be seen. With a concentration of malls, shops and department stores, Robson Street is just like that.

This is Vancouver's main shopping street and the most active street in Downtown, an exciting street with a rich history, a busy place all day and in all weather, with locals and tourists.

During the holidays, Robson Street is illuminated and decorated and during the weekdays it is the ultimate shopping street. From cheap products to luxury items, Robson Street offers shops for every pocket and every price range. From fine and small designer shops to large, upscale shops, from local, cheaper and less expensive boutiques to super-branded supermarket chains and well-known international brands such as Zara, Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic.

Robson also has lots of local food, based on a variety of seafood and international cuisine. You will find a wide range of restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs.

Robson Street was named after the British Prime Minister of British Columbia in 1889-1892. Throughout the history of the city, there was this exciting and international street, the most important and central street in town.


#Tips

The most successful shopping in Robson can be found in the section between Granville and Jervis Streets.

The many tourists will find many souvenir shops on Robson Street.

In the winter Robson Square has an ice skating rink.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/nKqGk4Ic0v8
Science World
#About the Fun Science Museum of Vancouver

One of the most interesting buildings in Vancouver is the Science World building, the city's science museum. The museum has a large silver dome at the top, and is a museum for science and nature, interactive, and very interesting, there are exhibits to visit about all different types of subjects.

This is a museum for the whole family, where both parents and children will have a good time. There are many movies, fascinating games that explain scientific thought in many different ways. There is an interactive exhibit that presents different sides of science and its effect on different things in our lives, with fun examples that spreads light on the subjects of science, nature, and technology.

The fascinating exhibits here and the variety of creative attractions will give everyone a chance to try and experience. There are exhibits here in the fields of science, space, technology, anatomy, nature, scientific discoveries that changed the world, and more topics like light, water, fire, color, electricity, sound, and more.

Between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm there is also an IMAX theater that operates here with interesting movies about the arctic circle, or about the train that passes through the Rockies.

The huge museum building was built for the World Expo of 1986. It is built as a sort of square circle from metal. It has a futuristic look, like many other buildings in the city of Vancouver.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/xquJXfB9alo

A Little from the Attractions and Views of the Museum:

https://youtu.be/3abC9zQa6Ks


Vancouver Hotel
#About Vancouver's Aristocratic Hotel

It might be surprising to see the hotel on a list of attractions in this important city, however, the Vancouver Hotel, the classic and smart, reminds more of an impressive castle than an urban hotel, it is one of the most familiar buildings in the city, and many see it as a city symbol.

The building of the current hotel, located in the heart of the city, took 11 years to build. With 17 floors and the height of 111 meters, the impressive shape and design pull the attention of visitors in the downtown of the city.

The Vancouver hotel has a real history in the city. The building in front of you, a sort of castle in the city, is actually the third hotel in the city to carry the same name. In the past, the previous hotels stood here, the first Vancouver Hotel was built in 1886, and the second one in 1916. The current building was completed in 1939 when the first guests were the rulers of Britain, Queen Elizabeth and King George.

Today, the hotel is considered an excellent luxury hotel, and attracts many big names from around the world. In 1988 it became part of the Fairmont hotel group, and it continues to preserve its position as one of the classic symbols of the city.


Guided Tour by Hotel Worker:

https://youtu.be/GZHgcm50zGY


Promo for the Hotel:

https://youtu.be/LVXrC47hcns
Vancouver Island
#About the Nature Filled Island Near Vancouver

Vancouver Island is an island near the city of Vancouver, and the largest in western Canada. Like the city of Vancouver, this island is named after Admiral George Vancouver, who was researching the beaches of the Pacific Ocean between the years 1791-1794, and discovered it.

From the nature views of mountain in the middle of the islands and to the waterfalls and lakes in the north, nature here is endless.

In the southeast tip of the island is the large city and the capital of British Columbia, Victoria. This is a place surrounded by nature. About half of the island's population lives in Victoria, the population totals 750,000 residents.

There are a number of smaller towns around the island, like Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville, Courtenay, and Campbell River.


#Island Geography

At the length of 460 kilometers, 80 kilometers in width, and an area of 32,134 square meters, Vancouver Island is the largest island in every category, with many lakes and streams. The eastern beaches are relatively flat, while the western beaches are rocky and full of bays and cliffs.

Strathcona Park, at the center of the island, spreads on about 2,500 square kilometers, and the middle is a snow-capped mountain range, throughout the whole year. These mountains are also the highest points of the island, like the top peak that reaches a height of 2,195 meters above sea level.

On the eastern side of Vancouver Island is another island discovered by George Vancouver, called Discovery Island.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/zeki1fHRalY
Vancouver Public Library
#About the Library that Resembles the Colosseum in Rome

One of the architectural wonders in the city is the special building of the Vancouver Public Library. You have probably noticed that the round building is a sort of modern version of the Colosseum in Rome. The size of the library is about 40,000 square meters, and includes more than 1.5 million books.

The library building was planned in 1990, by an Israeli architecture Moshe Safdie. The building is located across the theater art center in the city, and many see it as a prominent and odd building, especially across more conservative buildings around.

The Public Library complex is spread on an entire city block, and includes an office building with 9 floors, with the two highest floors rented out, which helps finance the expensive project.

In the impressive building are a few cafes and stores that are open to the public. In the atrium area of the Public Library are many official ceremonies and different public events.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/RMe31Qd7KMM
Vancouver Lookout
#About the Wonderful Lookout from the Middle of the Port

The Vancouver Lookout is the best viewpoint over the city of Vancouver. It is located at the height of 170 meters, at the Harbour Centre, a familiar point of orientation in the city.

From above there is a great 360-degree panoramic view of the city of Vancouver and the area. This is a great view of the city, the ocean, the mountains and the islands nearby.

For many years the building where the lookout is located was considered the tallest in British Columbia, and is one of the most familiar buildings in the city. The 40-second ascent to the lookout is done in a glass elevator, which is an experience in itself.

At the opening ceremony in 1997, the American astronaut Neal Armstrong participated. Who, more than him, knows how it is to look down at Earth from above?


A Closer Look at the Reflected View:

https://youtu.be/Zz3DkgbYiAs
Gastown Steam-Clock
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Granville Market
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre


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