A Guide to the Top 10 Vancouver Tourist Attractions

Reviews and Need-to-Know Information on the Best Vancouver Tourist Attractions - Stanley Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Granville Island and much more.

Vancouvers Tourist Attractions

By Darrin Robertson, VTT Editor - Updated: January 17, 2023

View of Vancouver and the Many Tourist attractions in the City

Great view of Vancouver and Canada Place!

Planning a major vacation in Vancouver, Canada? These pages will help you make the most of your visit, with over 20 places and things to see and do, this information will help you decide what Vancouver attraction you want to see on Canada's West Coast.

Each section on the best things to do in Vancouver BC includes:

Admission costs, hours of operation, how to get there and the best time of year to visit. The best way to get to each attraction from the airport, downtown hotels and cruise ship terminal. Our own ratings on how it compares to other Vancouver tourist attractions for value. Any alternatives if you don't have the time or find it too expensive.

Even if your stay in Vancouver is just a day or two, this guide will help you decide which Vancouver attraction you'll want to spend the most time with.

Top 10 Vancouver Tourist Attractions

Here are the Top Ten Vancouver Tourist Attractions chosen by visitors to Vancouver Travel Tips, we think you will enjoy visiting and experiencing all of them and hope you have a great time in our city of Vancouver.

Stanley Park

1. Stanley Park

Of all the Vancouver tourist attractions this is the Best Place to Visit, when the seasons change so does the beauty of Canada's Largest Park
and you can experience it here. Walk, Jog or Run around the Scenic Seawall. Take a stroll through out the park or just relax and enjoy getting away from the busy city. Here are a few photos take at Stanley Park

Granville Island

2. Granville Island

Locals come here for the Fresh Fruit, Vegetables and Seafood and the unique shops, tourists and visitors come here to see this Granville Island interesting place located only minutes from Downtown Vancouver.  Here are some Photos of Granville Island that we took in the Summer.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

3. Capilano Suspension Bridge

People from all over the world come here to experience this Suspension Bridge located in the Capilano area with all the natural beauty that surrounds it. New for 2012 is the Cliffwalk Simply awe inspiring and amazing...Wow.

Robson Street

4. Robson Street

Take a stroll down Vancouvers prestigious shopping area called Robson, checkout the shops, have a bite to eat or do like most Vancouverites do and just sit back enjoy the view and have a cup of coffee on Robson Street.

Canada Place

5. Canada Place

Three Million people visit this uniquely shaped building every year and leave happy they did, there are many things so see and do here. Located in Downtown Vancouver this attraction hosts many Community Events, Conventions and Conferences everyday.

Grouse Mountain

6. Grouse Mountain

Winter or Summer there is always something new and interesting to do here. Try skiing, snowshoeing or hike on the many trails at Grouse. If your feeling adventurous, try the GROUSE GRIND a 2.9 kilometer trail that takes about one hour and thirty minutes to complete or if you're like me a bit longer than that say two hours. Did you know that Grouse Mountain has a wildlife Refuge? Here you can learn about the research, education and conservation going on at the mountain centre to help local wildlife.

Gastown Vancouver

7. Gastown Vancouver

This is Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood and because of its many heritage and historic building, Gastown was designated a National Historic site in 2009. Explore the interesting galleries, restaurants and local fashion designers shops.  Here are some Beautiful Pictures of the Gastown area.

Vancouver Chinatown

8. Vancouver Chinatown

Looking to explore the far East then go no farther than Chinatown in Vancouver. With it long history, historic buildings and great chinese food, teas and medicine this is a very interesting place to visit for the day. There is even a Jimi Hendrix's Shrine at a restaurant that used to belong to Jimi Hendrix's grandmother.

Vancouver Aquarium

9.Vancouver Aquarium

The ocean and all that live there are amazing, visit the Aquarium and see the creatures of the ocean up close as you are immersed in this exciting experience at Canada's Largest Aquarium.

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens Statue

10. Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens

Go back in time and visit a 15th Century Chinese Garden and enjoy today the World's Top city Garden as chosen by National Geographic, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens. Take a tour, enjoy some tea or just relax and soak in the beauty and serenity.

More Vancouver Tourist Attractions Tips

Below you will find many more Vancouver tourist attractions that we have enjoyed in our 40 years of living in Vancouver, so get out there and see our Great city.

Harrison Hot Springs

Only 90 Minutes from Vancouver is Harrison Hot Springs, this is a great place to get away from the city and relaxed. There are many thing to do Golfing , hiking, going out on Harrison Lake or just relaxing and enjoying the peace and quite.  Here are some Photos of Harrison Hot Springs.

vancouver public Library

When it Rains in Vancouver

No it doesn't rain everyday in Vancouver but there are times in the year that we get more cloudy or rainy days than sunny days. So if it's raining during your trip to Vancouver BC, see our picks of the things to do indoor when it rain's in Vancouver.

Steveston Docks

Richmond BC

There are many interesting things to do in Richmond BC. a suburb of Vancouver, Richmond is an Island below sea level surrounded by dykes that you can walk, jog or just sight see from, in fact the Vancouver airport YVR is located in Richmond BC. Here are some great Photos of Richmond

kids train

Family Fun

Enjoy time with your family doing a variety of fun and adventurous activities in the city. There are many indoor and outdoor things for those with Kids to do in Vancouver BC, from museums to interactive and thrill seeking fun! There is something for all ages to enjoy.

wildplay maple ridge

Wildplay Maple Ridge

Climbing in the trees is great fun and Wildplay Maple Ridge has it all and more. There are courses just for smaller kids and courses that kids and adults will climb together. Here are a few Photos of the fun that is in store at Wildplay Maple Ridge.  Go enjoy this and many other Vancouver tourist attractions today.

vancouver science world

Vancouver Science World

Science can be educational, fun and exciting, and Vancouver Science World makes it happen. There are many different exhibits that happen during the year making this place worth seeing more than once, here are some Pictures from Science World.  Any time of the year this is a one of the best Vancouver tourist attractions for the whole family to spend the day.

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

The Space Centre has exciting exhibits and displays on the beauty of our planet and space. There are also daily astronomy shows highlighting our solar system. We have tips and information about the Space Centre located in Vanier Park Close to downtown Vancouver. Here are some interesting Photos of the Space Centre.

vancouver playland and PNE

Playland and the P.N.E.

Everyone loves going to the amusement park, the rides, the food and the people. In Vancouver from April till September Playland and the P.N.E. is open, this is the Best amusement in Vancouver BC. with great rides, excellent exhibits and great family fun.

cultus Lake BC

Cultus Lake

Located only 1 1/2 hours away from Vancouver is Cultus Lake with waterslides, camping, a beautiful Lake and many other activities for the whole family. If you are going to camp at Cultus Lake there are to options 1. camp at at private camp sites 2. Camping at the Provincial camp sites (this is the best place to camp but space is limited so book your camp site early). We camped at Cultus Lake for a few days during the Summer and here are some Photos.  Getaway to Cultus Lake for the day or for the Summer as there are many things to do at Cultus Lake BC.

wine and wine glasses

Wine Lovers

Wine Lovers there is no need to travel to the Napa Valley to try good local wine, here in Vancouver there are many Vancouver Wineries that are less than an hour away. Tasting undiscovered BC wines can be thrilling and a great way to spend the day.

Vancouver Cruise Ship

Taking a Cruise

Taking a Cruise can be a little expensive but if you plan it right you can go on a cruise that will not be to expensive and still fit in your budget. We also have information on finding Hotels near Cruise Ship Terminal and information about Cruise Ship Parking.

Shopping in Bellingham

Just 60 minutes away is the Beautiful city of Bellingham, for Discounts on shopping in the US, travel from Vancouver to Bellingham and visit the Many Outlets and Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham WA.

Coming Soon: Here are a few Vancouver Tourist Attractions that we are working on, Maple woods Farm, Burnaby Village Museum, Vancouver Library, Lynn Canyon Park, Museum of Anthropology, Queen Elizabeth Park, Van Dusen Botanical Garden and the Vancouver Art Gallery come back soon to read more on Vancouver and the things to do and see in this great City. If you're only in Vancouver for a few hours on a layover at Vancouver Airport, check out these special tips on how to see some great Vancouver sights on a do-it-yourself tour of just 3 hours!

Cruise the city in a Vintage Double-decker Bus

Whether you're in town for a day or a few, we highly recommend the using Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour to see the many Vancouver tourist attractions. It is the perfect introduction to Vancouver!

They offer both a One-Day or Two-Day Pass that give you the Unlimited Hop-On Hop-Off experience from any of their 24 stops around Vancouver.
It's a steal of a deal starting at just $45!

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