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They said it best...
"You’re gorgeous, baby, you’re sophisticated, you live well...Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains.
 It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling."
The New York Times

"Vancouver is a city unlike any other. Wherever I look, I see water or mountains -- or both. And everyone looks so healthy." – The Daily Telegraph (UK)

Gastown is a national historic site located in Vancouver, British Columbia, located at the northeast end of Downtown adjacent to the Downtown Eastside.
Gastown was Vancouver's first downtown core and is named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton, a Geordie seaman, steamboat captain and barkeep who arrived in 1867 to open the area's first saloon.
Gastown found new life as the centre of the city's wholesale produce distribution until the Great Depression in the 1930s. It also was centre of the city's drinking life (there were 300 licensed establishments the twelve-block area of the former Granville, B.I.)
After the Depression Gastown was a largely forgotten neighbourhood of the larger city and fell into decline and disrepair until the 1960s.
Gastown's most famous (though nowhere near oldest) landmark is its steam-powered clock, located on the corner of Cambie and Water Street. Built to cover a steam grate, part of Vancouver's distributed steam-heating system, the clock was built as a way to harness the steam and to prevent street people from sleeping on the spot in cold weather. Based on an 1875 design, the Gastown Steam Clock was the first steam-powered clock in the world.

Don’t miss the statue of “Gassy” Jack and stop by the quirky Gastown Steam Clock, where 5 enormous brass whistles play Westminster Chimes every 15 minutes!

 Gastown steam clock

Vancouver Aquarium - Canada's largest Marine Science Centre, is a public aquarium located in Stanley Park in Vancouver.
Officially Canada's first public Aquarium opened on June 15, 1956.
See over 70.000 different animals and over 150 aquatic displays  that have come from all areas of the world. Aquarium located only a short walk from downtown, Vancouver Aquarium is a fantastic spot to take the family when on vacation.
This is a great way to keep the kids occupied and happy for the day when you are visiting the city of Vancouver. Check out the interactive exhibits in the expanded children’s area, and don’t miss the amazing new frog exhibit.
Be sure to catch daily beluga whale, dolphin and sea otter shows, and for an unforgettable extra try a hands-on animal encounter.
Big draws to the aquarium are the Belugas of which a baby was born in captivity in June of 2008 and the dolphins which perform a show twice a day. Relax over lunch at the Upstream Café and be sure to visit the unique Gift Shop.

Chinatown in Vancouver, British Columbia is Canada's largest Chinatown. Chinatown remains a popular tourist attraction, and is one of the largest historic Chinatowns in North America. Between 1890-1920, early Chinese immigrants settled in what was known as Shanghai Alley and Canton Alley. By 1890, Shanghai Alley was home to more than 1,000 Chinese residents. Much of the community's activities and entertainment evolved around a 500 seat Chinese theatre built in 1898.
Chinatown is one of the city's earliest commercial and residential districts, containing a remarkable collection of buildings from Vancouver’s boom years at the turn of the last century.
During Vancouver's prosperous years between 1897 and 1913, Chinatown grew as Chinese merchants invested in new properties.
They extended Chinatown south along Carrall Street, west to Shanghai Alley and Canton Alley, and eventually east along Pender Street to Gore Street.
During the Great Depression 1930s the Vancouver Chinese community lost 6,000 people, half of its members. 
The Province also recognized Chinatown's special history and architecture by designating it a historic district in 1971, together with the neighboring Gastown.


Stanley Park has attracted visitors from all over the globe, and nature enthusiasts are still amazed by its trees and scenic gardens.
It is known as the largest city park located in Canada and it continues to keep local Vancouverites dazzled and captivated on a dailybasis
The park covers about 1000 acres of lush green land.
Excellent swimming beaches, old-growth forest - over 150,000 trees.
Take a walk along the seawall and see as much of the park as you can while visiting. Stanley Park is always a great place for a family outing, or a romantic picnic. You can choose to enter and leave whenever you want and most of the attractions operate from early morning to sunset.
Main tourist attractions include the Vancouver Aquarium, the totem pole display at Brockton Point and summertime outdoor theatre performances.
Kids and adults alike also enjoy the park’s Vancouver Aquarium, where guests can peruse huge tanks of fish and laugh at the antics of resident seals, otters, and sea lions.
  Stanley Park
 Totem Poles - Stanley Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge
is one of Vancouver's most popular tourist attractions.
Originally built in 1889, Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River.
Just minutes from the downtown Vancouver, Capilano Suspension Bridge offers a mix of adventure, history and culture, has largest private collection of First Nations totem poles, making this attraction a great British Columbia experience.
A visit to Capilano is a must for family travelers to Vancouver that draws over 800,000 visitors a year.
It is is one of Vancouver’s oldest tourist attractions. Dangling high above North Vancouver, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is open daily from the end of May to the beginning of September, and from time to time throughout the rest of the year. It's a fabulous adventure without danger, a unique experience that's thrilling for kids and grownups alike. 
 Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Bridge 
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