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Vancouver
Vancouver
#About the Largest City in Western Canada

Vancouver, in southwest Canada, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This is a young and vibrant city, green and flourishing, with the perfect combination of tall buildings, low built houses, and green spaces. It is easy to understand why many called it "The gem of British Columbia," a district in Canada with the large city.

Vancouver, considered Canada's gate tot he west, holds all the special characteristics you need to be one of the most visited places in the world. With unparallel views, perfect quality of life, developed culture and leisure, nightlife, nature attractions, fun beaches, lively markets, great musicians, streets that are full of life, beach line promenades, great parking and lots of athletic activities.

The atmosphere in Vancouver is very modern, while respecting the past and history of the city, which can be seen through the impressive architecture that perfectly combines the two, the ancient and the modern.

See all the attractions by clicking on the tag "Vancouver".


#History

Though the first white people to arrive into the Vancouver area were Spanish sailors around the year 1780, especially Spanish explorer José Narváez. However, it was the marine researcher George Vancouver that arrived in 1792 who the city is named after.

40 years later, in the 19th century, Fort Langley was built here, the first European fort here. The fort was built by the Hudson's Bay Company, who mainly dealt with fur trading.

Vancouver's big push happened in the middle of the 19th century. Gold was discovered in the northwest of North America, and hundreds of thousands of golddiggers made their way west. Many came to Vancouver, and houses were built here. In 1886 a large first almost burnt everyone and everything.

In a short amount of time new buildings were built, and a small city was born. Train tracks were laid here in 1887, and ships began docking here 4 years later, both of which expanded the city. In a few years the area went through huge financial growth that brought the number of residents in Vancouver to more than half a million people.

Today, the city named after the explorer Vancouver, is the largest and more central city in western Canada. the cultural and nice city, with beautiful landscapes and great population, is a center for trade and culture that attracts many visitors each year.


#Residents

Vancouver, crowned again and again one of the best cities in the world to live in, has many different cultures. This is a city with a very varied population, with Europeans and Asians making up the majority of the people.

Its ethnic and cultural diversity creates a comfortable, quiet and pleasant city in Vancouver. It seems that what leads to it and its activity is the high quality of life of the residents here.

In addition to the community that comes from England and Europe, and the large Chinese community in the city, there are quite a few young tourists in Vancouver who save money for their trips by working in the city.


#Geography

Vancouver, which lays on the beaches among the bays and overlooking mountains, is the largest city in western Canada. It is located in southwest British Columbia.

Thanks to Vancouver's location on the Pacific Ocean, and on the foothills of mountain ranges, it has one of the most beautiful views in the world. The beautiful combination of ocean surrounding the city and the mountains to the north create an amazing and unique view.

Greater Vancouver sits on an archipelago of several islands, connected by different bridges. While the Lower Town is connected to its northern suburbs with the Lions Bridge, the Lions Bridge, which crosses the Burrard inlet, is connected to the south by the three bridges, the Burrard Bridge, the Granville Bridge and the Cumbee Bridge, which cross over the False Creek inlet.

This topography created a series of sites, some of them natural, some of which were human-made. All are worth your attention as tourists and vacationers in and around the city.



#Weather

Compared to other big cities in Canada, Vancouver enjoys a comfortable climate. The summer is pleasant and the winter here, although it is very rainy, is characterized by relatively moderate temperatures.

The only thing that can be a little stressful on a trip or on vacation here is the amounts of rain that regularly fall here. Except for June to August, the sky here is regularly gray and the rains are many. Even in the summer by the way, every moment the rain can surprise.



#When to Visit?

The best time to visit Vancouver is in summer and late spring. So the weather is mostly warm and temperatures around 18-25 degrees Celsius. In summer the amount of rain is low, but rain can fall here, every season of the year.


#Accomodation

The best place to stay is in downtown Vancouver. Within walking distance, you will find many of the city's major points of interest.

If you want to get out of the city center a bit and enjoy a more rural atmosphere, look out on Granville Island, outside of downtown but still offering good accessibility, combined with a beautiful view and a quieter atmosphere.



#Saving

For many travelers in the city it is worth buying a daily ticket for public transport and saving a lot of money, along with traffic in all types of transportation in the city. Buying the card that is loaded Compass Card is convenient because you can charge money to it over and over, but not cheaply travel. It can also be used for several family members from the same card.

If you want to go out into the countryside, especially in the wooded north part of Vancouver, take one of the free chattels coming out of the city center.


#Transportation

Vancouver is an efficient public transport based on the transport network Translink, also known as BC Transit. The travel tickets are valid for all types of transportation, including buses, sea buses and light rail, which reaches here all the suburbs of the city.

Traveling on the trains of Via Rail Canada and Amtrack will bring you to major destinations in Canada and the US They are not cheap and relatively long, but most of the trip is an experience, as you can see spectacular views on the way.

The Victoria International Airport is the international airport of Vancouver. It is located on an island, 13 kilometers south of the city center and marked in YVR.


#Tip

At cafes and restaurants in Canada, it is customary to leave between 15% - 20% tip for the check amount. It is customary to add 10% - 15% to taxi drivers, and a few dollars to hotel workers.


#Shopping

For good shopping

If you want to stay

For ancient stores you can look on Dranville Street or Main Street, the main street of downtown.

For shopping recommendations click on the tag "Shopping in Vancouver".



#Canada Country Code

+1



#Electric Outlets

The required types of plugs are Types A and B.



A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/AI1N7oelEW0


Fast forward:

https://youtu.be/GJMBDPiYL4E
Kitsilano Outdoor Pool
Kitsilano Outdoor Pool
#About the Best Swimming Pool in Vancouver

137 meters in length, the Kitsilano Outdoor Pool, also called Kits Pool by locals, is the longest pool in Canada. It is the length of three Olympic pools.


This is an outdoor summer pool located next to the beach. The water in this pool is salty, the only saltwater pool in Vancouver.

With the mountains, ocean, Kits Beach nearby, and the English Bay across, this pool also has the best view. With water the color of white and turquoise, entering here is like coming to an exotic and faraway resort.

Kits Pool, built in 1931, is open only during summer. The city has many public pools open all year long, however Kits Pool only opens halfway through May and closes in September. This is a place that visitors love to come to, and locals wait all winter for the pool's opening.

The pool is located in the Kitsilano neighborhood, a neighborhood that in the 1960's was young and hip, and today is considered a luxurious area.



#Tips

The pool is open between May to mid-September.

After going to the pool you can eat at the cafes in the Kitsilano neighborhood.

The pool is handicapped accessible, and there is even a way into the pool with a wheelchair.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/grlZ3dcxtBw
Hotel Europe
Hotel Europe
#About the Building that Looks Like a Flatiron

Architecture enthusiasts will probably find interest at the Hotel Europe in the Gastown neighborhood in Vancouver. This is a building that reminds of the Flatiron and was built between 1908-1909 on a triangle piece of land.

The flat hotel has 6 floors. The building was planned by the architecture firm Parr and Fee. It was built in a style that reminds of the Flatiron building in New York, maybe the most famous triangle building in the world.

This building was commissioned by the hotelier Angelo Calori in 1908, only 6 years after the first building in the world was built from reinforced concrete, and this was the first building to be built out of this in Canada.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/yQeu7361pSs
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

Vancouver

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
Harbour Centre Tower
Harbour Centre Tower
#About the Round Building that is also Square

The Harbour Centre Tower built here in 1977 at the height of 170 meters, enables visitors to see almost every corner of the city. The tower is one of the tallest in the British Columbia region, and in Canada as a whole.

The building, with the round top, has a wonderful view and a rotating restaurant. It is located in Downtown Vancouver, near Canada Place. This is a huge complex with big commercial spaces, trade, and tourism, whose light lights up the whole area around it, and can be seen from all parts of the city.

In the past, the building ignited a division among architects. Some did not like its look and think it should not have been built, but most of the visitors like the interesting building that has become a tourist attraction.


#Why is it Worth Coming Here?

The viewpoint and the rotating restaurant at the top have made the Harbour Centre Tower a popular tourist destination.

Many go up every day to the Vancouver Lookout point. From here there is a panoramic view of the city, the ocean, mountains, and islands on the Vancouver coast.

A floor higher, at the head of the building, there is the rotating restaurant called Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant. It is surrounded by large windows, that a panoramic view of the city can be seen through, and it takes one hour to complete a full rotation. Like in similar restaurants around the world, during dinner, diners get to see the entire city view.

Another fun thing are the glass elevators, everyone will love watching the city getting smaller and smaller as the elevator goes up.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/tx6mNShvd0g


Fast Walk Through the View at the Rotating Restaurant:


https://youtu.be/gQ76t5ioPzw
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


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
False Creek
#About the Viewpoint on the Water

False Creek Bay is the bay between Vancouver and Granville Island, located on the southern side of the bay.

On False Creek you can reach Granville Island by car, with the Granville Street Bridge, or through other roads.

Want to see the bay? You can rent a boat and sail independently to the bay or take a ferry. Sailing on False Creek, especially around Granville Island, leads to a cool place for entertainment. This is an especially fun thing to do, sail to this island in Vancouver, with a popular market and great stores.


#Tips

In a cruise on the ferries that cross the False Creek Bay, sail back and forth between the center of the city to the island, there is the Aquabus, and also the False Creek Ferry. These sail around the bay and make a few stops for tourist at attractions. Make sure to find out at which stops you want to get off on.

The ferries continuously run from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm in summer, and until 8:30 pm in winter.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/EChIyv_HQDg


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/c5pziG6lxNE
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
Harry Jerome Statue
#About the Statue of the Runner in Stanley Park

The Harry Jerome Statue is located on the shoreline of Stanley Park, it is a bronze statue at the height of 9 meters, and is an icon in the popular park.

This statue is full of movement and energy, where Harry Jerome is seen running, one of the great Canadian athletes.



#Who Was Harry Jerome

Harry Jerome was a track and field runner, of the greatest athletes in Canada, and the world. He is especially known as the second runner in history to set the time of 10.0 for the 100-meter sprint, and his title for this record held for almost a decade.

Already as a child, he excelled in baseball, soccer, and hockey, and was discovered to have impressive athletic abilities. His way as a great athlete began at the age of 18. While still in high school, Jerome broke the Canadian record for the 220-meter run, a record that was not broken for 31 years!

Harry Jerome had a natural path to fame, for he came from a family of athletes, that represented Canada in many sporting competitions. His grandfather, John Howard, participated in the 1912 Olympics, and his sister, Valerie Jerome represented Canada in the 1960 Olympics.

At the start of the 1960's Jerome suffered from many injuries. Many thought he would never be able to compete again, but he made an amazing comeback, and broke more and more records.

In 1982, only 42 years old, Harry Jerome passed away, as a result of a brain aneurysm. Canada remembers him and his legacy, which can be summed up by his motto: "Never give up!"



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/vHZuNtNIAc8



The Statue and Attractions at Stanley Park:

https://youtu.be/hvMuRuod4cc
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
Queen Elizabeth Park
#About the Park that was Dedicated to the Queen of England

Queen Elizabeth Park in the south side of the city is a park full of life that was established in the 1930's, and is visited by about 6 million people each year!

The park, considered the second most important park in Vancouver, is called after the former Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, mother of the current Queen, Queen Elizabeth II, and is located at an area where old quarries used to be.

Except for the huge variety of flowers and the botanical gardens, in the park there is also the impressive Quarry Garden, that the park designers planned between the ruins of the quarry that was here and its cut out cliffs from the past.

In an area in the park called Arboretum there are hundreds of trees exhibited from all around Canada, that were brought from afar and planted here. Near them are playgrounds, many statues, fountains, green lawns and well-maintained gardens. There are also picnic areas and a pretty good restaurant.

The view from the park is not any less impressive. At the Queen Elizabeth Park there is a small hill, about 150 meters tall, and that is the tallest point in the city.

From downtown Vancouver and the English Bay, until the wonderful snow-capped mountains around the city - any direction you will look, there are wonderful views from the park. Locals and tourists come here, to enjoy the peace and quiet, or watch over the city.

There is a painting corner where artists meet and paint together. The park is large, and its size is over 500,000 square meters. This park is also popular as a place to take wedding photos. Many couples even get marries in a small cabin that is meant for wedding ceremonies.

Like in every park in the city, there are various sporting facilities and fields, out in the open air, locals come here regularly to play sports, play golf, tennis and frisbee, or just walk or run and work out.



#About the Picturesque Bloedel Conservatory

Above all the attractions at the Queen Elizabeth Park, the Bloedel Conservatory sits with its glass dome top. There are at least 500 plant varieties, from 3 different climate areas around the world, living in this greenhouse, located at the top of the hill.

In the Bloedel Conservatory there are plants from different parts of the world. From jungle greenery to exotic plants. In the greenhouse live many fish and birds, in their natural habitats. There are dozens of types of tropical birds and vibrant fish that will create a unique experience.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/XNxk8o0Utvo
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
#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
Lighthouse Park
#About the Ancient Rain Forest Near the City

Only about a half hour drive from the center of Vancouver, there is the Lighthouse Park, a beautiful park that is considered almost the only one where you can visit a real rain forest, without having to go to Vancouver Island.

In the park you can visit the trails that pass through the large and ancient trees, some more than 500 years old. There are trees exclusive to the Vancouver area, for other forests in the area were milled for local buildings. The trees that were replanted are considerably younger than the ones at the lighthouse.

Go on the paths towards the water line. Settle in a place where you can see the lighthouse, named Point Atkinson. To the lighthouse itself you cannot reach, since it is fenced off and not open to visitors. It was built in 1912, in the same place where once, in 1874, stood the first lighthouse.

Want to see seals? In the beach called Starboat Cove you can see them. Often you can even see whales from far away, and this is already a special and interesting experience.

On the way back east, to the car or bus, notice faraway the well-taken care of neighborhood that looks over the waters of Burrard Inlet, the same piece of water between North Vancouver and downtown.

It's beautiful here, we know...



#Tips

At the entrance to the park are maps of the trails.

The park trails are marked well and it is easy to find your way.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/TF_JYH-DEhE


Lynn Canyon Park
#About the Wonderful Place for a Hot Summer Day

Lynn Canyon Park, in northern Vancouver, is in the mountains, about half an hour's drive from the city center. It has a number of very nice walking trails within the forest, a small waterfall, a nice pool and a nice ecological center.

There is a bridge that was built in 1911, and crosses the canyon. After that, a walking path begins between the trees, which reaches to the pleasant pool. From the days of the small pool here, it is pure and cold and you can splash and swim. Some jump, but watch out.

Lynn Canyon is a great place to spend a family outing with the children on a hot summer day. This is a great place for a morning or afternoon break and is only a 10-minute walk from the bridge. In fact, just after the hanging bridge over the deep ravine, there is a dark forest full of moss and ferns. It has organized walking paths, leading to various charming and amiable corners.

Entrance to Lynn Park is free and so is the parking. It is no less impressive than the Capilano Park, which is always full of visitors and goes up quite a bit. Therefore, Lynn Park is known in Vancouver as a charming place and an excellent solution for family entertainment in nature, which is neither crowded nor required.


#What Will You See Here?

Lynn Canyon is a park with natural woodland and waterfalls.

Among the popular spots in Lynn Canyon Park are:

Lynn Bridge - this suspension bridge is 50 meters above the canyon with a flowing river, which also creates various waterfalls.

Twin Falls - two waterfalls near the suspension bridge. Above them is a wide bridge. Watching them is beautiful and you can also enter the water, but slightly below.

Thirty Foot Pool - this swimming pool and bathing area are a popular swimming area in the water, with the measure of pool width rather than depth.

Baden-Powell Trail - crosses the canyon in the center. It's a long, neat trail that passes through many points along British Columbia. Even in the park here, walking along it is recommended. The trail passes through the hanging bridge and other points in the park.


#Tips

Lynn Canyon is a great place for the warm days.

Admission is free and parking is free of charge.

There are great hiking trails here for lovers of walking.

A map of the park can be requested in the small information center at the entrance. It opens at 10:00 am. You can also try to download a map of the park from the site.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/u2oEgVjs168


And its hanging bridge:

https://youtu.be/AsKmqAm-f7k
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
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