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This panorama shows a view over Vancouver taken from the Vancouver Lookout Tower in June 2012.


Vancouver - Vancouver visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Vancouver' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from British Columbia.

With a population of about 2.6 million, Vancouver is the third largest metropolitan area in all of Canada and the largest in British Columbia. The city is renowned for its natural beauty, surrounded by Pacific Ocean coastline and backed by Coast Mountains. Much of the city is built on the Burrard Peninsula with the Burrard Inlet to the north and Fraser River to the south. To the west lies the Strait of Georgia which separates Vancouver from Vancouver Island and the open Pacific Ocean.

Indigenous Squamish, Musqueam, and Tseil-Waututh (Burrard) peoples of the Coast Salish group have lived in the region for up to 10,000 years and ancient middens can be found in Stanley Park, False Creek, Kitsilano and Point Grey. Europeans first arrived in 1791 and the Burrard Inlent was explored by George Vancouver (after whom it is named) in 1792. Simon Fraser was the first to explore on land at the beginning of the 19th century and the first European settlement established at Granville, in today's Gastown area. The Fraser Gold Rush in 1858 saw the population swell to 25,000 men.

Vancouver - Travel and Tourism, Sights and Attractions

Vancouver is split into three main areas (Westside, Eastside and Downtown) with most of the tourist attractions found in the Downtown area, especially around the West End, Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown and False Creek. Some of the top tourist attractions in the city include:
  • Stanley Park - covering some 404.9 hectares this is one of the largest urban parks in North America and contains a number of attractions, statues and monuments within it.
  • Vancouver Aquarium - found in Stanley Park this is the largest aquarium in Canada with an active science and research programme.
  • Seawall Walk - 5km pedestrian and cycling route around Stanley Park taking in several viewpoints and beaches.
  • Totem Poles in Stanley Park - collection of totem poles by various artists celebrating First Nations culture and history.
  • English Bay Beach - popular beach in the West End overlooking English Bay.
  • Gastown Steam Clock - one of the few steam-driven clocks with steam chime whistles that play a rendition of the Westminster Quarters every quarter hour.
  • Dr Sun Yat Sen Park and Gardens - beautiful Chinese park and (paid entrance) classical Chinese gardens found just south of Chinatown.
  • Vancouver Lookout Tower - with a viewing platform nearly 170m above ground offering stunning panoramic views of the whole city and surrounding area.
  • False Creek - inlet lined with various parks and restaurants, crossed by tiny ferries and lined by cycle and walkways offering good views over to the West End.
  • Museum of Anthropology - museum housing several thousand objects from BC's First Nations and found on the University of British Columbia campus.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery - located Downtown with a focus on the art of BC artist Emily Carr as well as other local and international artists.
  • Vancouver Public Library - the largest library in the city, whose building is modeled on the Colosseum of Rome.
  • Telus World of Science - known also as the 'Science World', this contains various exhibits aimed at children and an omnimax cinema.
  • Pacific Spirt Regional Park - near to UBC, the park has a number of beaches and various forest walks.

Further afield, Vancouver is close to a number of mountains, including Grouse Mountain, Cyprus Mountain and Whistler. Each of these have ample opportunity for walking and mountain sports in the summer and skiing during the winter months.


Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre,
200 Burrard St (Plaza level, Burrard & Cordova),
Phone: +1 604-683-2000


Bus: A number of bus lines link Vancouver with the surrounding area including Greyhound, Quick Coach and Pacific Coach Lines.
Car: Vancouver is on Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) 970km west of Calgary. It is 230Km north of Seattle (I-5 and then 99) and about 50km north of Blaine on the Candian / US border.
Flight: Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) some 60km east of Vancouver or Seattle-Tacoma International Airport followed by bus, train or car.
Train: Pacific Central Station with various international and trans-Canadian services.

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