Here are 15 unforgettable attractions to discover in the shining city of Vancouver

Marvel at the world’s skinniest building

Vancouver’s Sam Kee Building is the world’s skinniest commercial building, measuring only 1.8 meters (6 feet) deep. It was built in 1913 by a wealthy Chinese merchant who wanted to make use of a narrow strip of land after the city widened the street. The building has a basement, a ground floor, and a mezzanine level.

Learn about the lost souls of Gastown

This is a haunted walking tour that takes you back to the 19th century, when Gastown was a rough and dangerous place full of crime, disease, fire, and murder. You’ll hear stories of unsolved mysteries, tragic deaths, and ghostly encounters.

Make a pilgrimage to the Dude Chilling Park Sign

This is a humorous sign that was originally installed as a prank by a local artist in 2012 but became so popular that it was officially adopted by the city in 2014. The sign renames Guelph Park as Dude Chilling Park, inspired by a sculpture of a reclining figure in the park.

Check out the Vancouver Police Museum

Learn about the history and crime of Vancouver at this fascinating museum, located in a former coroner’s court and morgue. You can see exhibits on forensic science, unsolved cases, confiscated weapons, and even visit the autopsy room.

Stop to smell the flowers in the Bloedel Conservatory

Escape to a tropical paradise in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Park, where you can admire over 200 exotic birds and 500 plants in a domed greenhouse. You can also enjoy stunning views of the city and the mountains from the park.

Sign up for the Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours

Discover the dark and scandalous side of Vancouver’s history on these entertaining and informative walking tours. You can choose from different themes, such as Prohibition City, The Lost Souls of Gastown, or The Really Gay History Tour.

Admire the city from the Vancouver Lookout

Get a bird’s eye view of Vancouver from this observation deck, located at the top of Harbour Centre. You can see 360-degree panoramas of the city skyline, the ocean, and the mountains, and learn about the landmarks from informative displays and guides.

FlyOver Canada without leaving Vancovuer

Experience Canada from coast to coast on this immersive ride that simulates a flight over the country’s most spectacular landscapes. You’ll feel the wind, mist, and scents as you soar over mountains, forests, lakes, cities, and more.

Discover the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

While the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge draws large crowds, the lesser-known Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge provides an equally beautiful and free alternative. As you cross this 50-metre high bridge above the canyon floor, you’ll be treated to clear-running waterfalls nestled among groves of red cedar and Douglas fir. During summer, you can even take a refreshing dip in one of the swimming holes nearby.

Explore the city With an independent bike tour

Discover the true essence of Vancouver by renting bikes with a curated self-guided tour, offering a local’s perspective as you pedal through parks, historic districts, and scenic seaside paths. You’ll also get the freedom to pause for snacks and capture stunning photo opportunities. You’ll take in sweeping views of the coastline, Stanley Park, and the picturesque sandy beaches of Spanish Banks. This immersive experience perfectly outlines Vancouver’s diverse landscapes and attractions, highlighting its reputation as one of Canada’s most bike-friendly cities.

Try the Stanley Park horse-drawn tour

The one-hour horse-drawn carriage tour of Stanley Park is one of these off-the-beaten-path activities in Vancouver that literally takes you on a path inaccessible to most transport. You’ll enjoy a leisurely ride through the park’s natural beauty, learning about its history and landmarks from your knowledgeable guide. You’ll also see some of the park’s highlights, such as the Totem Pole display, the Rose Garden, and the Vancouver Harbour.

Get lost in VanDusen Garden’s Elizabethan hedge maze

If you’re looking for some fun and adventure, head to VanDusen Botanical Garden and try to find your way out of its Elizabethan hedge maze. This is one of only six hedge mazes in North America, and it’s made of 3,000 pyramidal cedars that are over two meters tall. You’ll have to navigate through twists and turns, dead ends and bridges, until you reach the observation terrace at the center.

Laugh Out loud at A-maze-ing Laughter

A-maze-ing Laughter is a public art installation by Chinese artist Yue Minjun that features 14 bronze sculptures of his own laughing face. The sculptures are arranged in a circle, creating a maze-like effect that invites visitors to join in the laughter. The installation is located at Morton Park near English Bay, and it’s one of the most popular and photographed artworks in Vancouver.

Hike to Quarry Rock

Quarry Rock is a short and easy hike that leads to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the Indian Arm and the mountains around Belcarra. The hike is part of the Baden-Powell Trail, and it takes you through a lush forest with creeks and bridges. The trail is about 3.8 kilometers round trip, and it’s suitable for all skill levels. Quarry Rock is a popular spot for picnics, yoga, and photography.

Admire the digital orca

Digital Orca is a striking sculpture by Canadian artist Douglas Coupland that depicts an orca leaping out of the water in pixelated form. The sculpture is made of steel and aluminum, and it stands at 13.7 meters tall. Digital Orca is located at the Vancouver Convention Centre, and it’s a tribute to the city’s connection to technology and nature.

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