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Exciting Things to Do in Vancouver, BC

Gastown
The site where Vancouver was founded in 1867, this legendary area was named for the verbose saloon owner Jack Deighton, whose need to talk non-stop earned him the nickname "Gassy." This charming section of the city is now filled with shops, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, and many historic sites along its cobblestone streets, including the world's first Steam Clock, Victorian architecture, Lamplighter Pub (the first Vancouver establishment to serve alcohol to women), Bloody Alley, Goaler’s Mews, and many other fascinating places.


Chinatown
One of the largest Chinatowns in North America, Vancouver’s Chinatown chronicles the heritage of one of the area's most prominent ethnic groups. Wander through fascinating shops offering traditional herbal medicines, fine silks or intriguing culinary ingredients. View the many historic and significant structures, including the Millennium Gate, The Sam Kee Building (the world's thinnest building), West Han Dynasty Bell, and Historic Alley.

 

Granville Island

Once a derelict industrial park, Vancouver, British Columbia’s Granville Island is now a thriving shopping and entertainment Mecca for both locals and tourists. Visit the public market to enjoy the freshest foods and live entertainers, and browse galleries offering everything from fine art and pottery to jewelry and furniture. Plus, do a taste-test at the brewery, dine in any number of restaurants or take in a show.

 

Grouse Mountain
This year-round attraction is one of Vancouver's most popular, with magnificent vistas and incredible adventure opportunities. Ride the Skyway up one mile on North America's longest aerial tramway to begin your trip. Once at the peak, you can participate in any number of activities, including hiking, trail-running, paragliding, skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating, even helicopter tours and sleigh rides. Explore nature through the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife and Birds in Motion. There are plenty of dining choices, ranging from fine dining to casual cafes, as well as shopping.

 

Capilano Suspension Bridge
Since 1889, millions of visitors have crossed this bridge, rising 230 feet in the air and spanning 450 feet across the Capilano River. Originally created of hemp rope and cedar blanks, today’s modern bridge is comprised of reinforced steel housed in tons of cement. Cross the bridge to explore the park, travel from tree to tree in the thrilling Treetops Adventure, learn about the area’s aboriginal people at the First Nations Cultural Center, and then enjoy dining and shopping.

 

Greater Vancouver Zoo
Visit over 700 animals, housed on more than 120 acres at Greater Vancouver Zoo, located approximately 30 miles from Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Ride the miniature train around the zoo perimeter, go on a safari, even watch as the lions and tigers are being fed. You can also rent bikes to view the zoo in a whole new way.

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