There’s something almost magical about Vancouver. It’s a city that is always among the highest rated for tourists in the whole of North America. And that won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been there. Downtown Vancouver is perched on a peninsula, a bit like Manhattan. To the south, there’s the delta of the Fraser River. And to the north, the city is bounded by the Burrard Inlet. What’s more, in the distance, you can often catch glimpses of the snow-capped peaks of the Coast Mountains.
But it’s not just the nature that’s impressive. The city itself is a beautiful place to visit. Tourists come from all over the world, attracted by its cosmopolitan culture and unique way of life.
One of the first stops is the oceanfront area, know locally as English Bay. It’s essentially a beach area around a marina of sorts. And it’s an attractive location for people to go walking, biking and rollerblading.
The Capilano Suspension BridgeThe Capilano Suspension Bridge was among Canada’s first tourist attractions. Originally opened in 1889, the bridge has been thrilling visitors ever since. The bridge was originally installed to span a 70-metre deep gorge leading to the city. But it’s since become the city’s own unique answer to San Francisco’s Golden Gate. The bridge is exciting, if a little terrifying, and a great place to take children. Just down from the bridge, there’s a park with forest trails and treetop adventures.
The Museum Of VancouverVancouver, like many frontier cities, has a fascinating history. And it’s to the city’s illustrious past and beginnings that the Museum of Vancouver is dedicated. The museum covers all sorts of interesting facts about the city’s deep and rich history. One exhibit covers the history of the Japanese in the town. And there’s also a segment on the Kitsilano hippie days of yore. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Adults are $14, concessions $11, and kids $8.
Science WorldIf you and your kids love science, Vancouver has you covered. Science World is housed in what looks like a very futuristic building perched on the coast. The building was originally built to house Expo 86 as part of the World Fair. On the inside there are a whole range of hands-on exhibits kids can try out. The big themes are invention, air travel, water and motion. There’s also a fully-fledged IMAX cinema to tickle your senses. Opening hours are daily from 10 am til 6 pm. And you can find more information from the official site, www.scienceworld.ca.
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