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Visit 50,000 aquatic wonders in the heart of Stanley Park.

Belugas, penguins, porpoises and tens of thousands of other amazing animals await your arrival at one of the top aquariums in the world.


So Much More Than Dinner

THE OBSERVATORY AT GROUSE MOUNTAIN Savour the best in BC cuisine while Vancouver’s lights twinkle below. Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

A scenic Skyride up and mountaintop fun are included with your reservation. Book your table today at:

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FeAtures Highlights 6 arts & culture 14 Get outside! 41 parks & Gardens 45 family fun 46 play vancouver 49 attractions & activities Directory

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VISITORS’ CHOICE VANCOUVER is created and published three times annually by Visitors’ Choice Publications Ltd. as part of a series of visitor map books produced for communities across British Columbia. For further information on Visitors’ Choice, please visit us online at visitorschoice.com. Publisher: Paul Harris Editor: Noa Glouberman VP of Sales: Kerry MacDonald Sales: Christina Kiperchuk, Dee Klapwyk, Katharine Wilson Graphic Designer: Annette Spreeuw Project Administrative Assistant: Michelle Myers Controller: Marlita Hodgens Editorial Contributors: 3shadesofpink.com, Alex Ramon, Broadway Across Canada, Bryce Franks, Carl Dawson, Chinellato Photo, City of Richmond, Dannielle Hayes, Destination BC, Deymos Photo, Dominic Schaefer, Dragon Images, Gerald A. DeBoer, Granville Island, Joe Photo Studio, Josh McCulloch, JPL Designs, July Flower, Lester Tair, Lift Bar-Grill-View, Lijuan Guo, Lissandra Melo, Max Lindenthaler, Mikano, Monika Wieland, Pavel Vakrushev, Picture BC, Robert Kneschke, Roma Koma, Sergei Bachlakov, Shutterstock.com, Stephen Chung, Steve Rosset, Surkov Vladimir, Tourism Vancouver, Wave Break Media, William Jans, Xuanlu Wang, Yaletown Business Improvement Association Cover Photos: Top Left: Tourism Vancouver / Dannielle Hayes Top right: Tourism Vancouver, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden Bottom Left: Tourism Vancouver / Coast Mountain Photography Bottom right: Shutterstock.com Visitors’ Choice is a member of Tourism Vancouver, Vancouver AM and Tourism Richmond.

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YOU DIDN’T COME ALL THIS WAY TO GO TO A MALL.

EXPERIENCE CLIFFWALK You came for adventure. You came to step beyond the face of a 300 foot cliff on Cliffwalk. You came for beauty and nature. Find it far above a deep river canyon and high in the forest canopy. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver. You came for this. Drive, take transit or the free shuttle from Canada Place. 604.985.7474 CAPBRIDGE.COM


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Vancouver Aquarium Dolphins, belugas, sea turtles, otters and jellyfish – oh my! INTERACTIVE PRINT Canada’s largest aquarium and marine-science centre teaches the importance of aquatic-life conservation via interpretive galleries and underwater exhibits. For a full-sensory experience catch a 4-D movie with mist, wind, bubbles, scents and vibrating seats! 845 Avison Way | 604.659.3521 | vanaqua.org (Map 4, F5) Image: Pavel Vakhrushev

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Granville Island This “island” under the Granville Street Bridge boasts a brewery and public market, plus dozens of artisans, specialty food retailers and idyllic parks. Children love the colourful Kids Market while parents can look forward to staying past sundown for dinner and a show at one of many restaurants and theatres! 1661 Duranleau Street | 604.666.5784 granvilleisland.com (Map 1, J8-9) Image: Deymos Photo / Shutterstock.com

Beautiful Beaches Vancouver is famous for its beaches! Meander along sandy shores, hit the water for some sailing or join an impromptu volleyball game. When hunger strikes, head to a beachside restaurant or concession stand (weather permitting) for food with fantastic mountain vistas. Vancouver’s shorelines also offer dog-friendly areas and ample parking. vancouver.ca/parks/rec/beaches (Maps 1; 2; 4) Photo: Destination BC / Dannielle Hayes

Vancouver Lookout Take a thrilling, glass-elevator ride to the top of the rotating Lookout for 360-degree views of the city. Not sure what you’re looking at? Staff members offer free “guided tours” of major monuments and landmarks. 555 West Hastings Street | 604.689.5447 vancouverlookout.com (Map 1, C9) Image: Lissandra Melo / Shutterstock.com

The Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre across from Canada Place includes a “living wall” with more than 600 plants and giant digital walls showcasing videos and images of inspiring tourism experiences! 200 Burrard Street | 604.683.2000

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Image: Tourism Vancouver / William Jans

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The seafood- and wildlife-rich shores of Vancouver are populated by the Coast Salish people.

English Bay and Spanish Banks are named for the British and Spanish naval officers who met briefly to discuss Vancouver’s future.

Explorer Simon Fraser reaches Vancouver after his journey across Canada. The Fraser River and Simon Fraser University are named in his honour.

John “Gassy Jack” Deighton arrives in Gastown, promising millworkers he’ll serve them whiskey if they build him a saloon. And they do! In one day!

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Tremble as you cross this 137-metre (450-foot) span teetering 70 metres (230 feet) above the Capilano River. Other “heightened” activities include Treetop Adventure, which teaches about coastal rainforests, and Cliffwalk, a chain of narrow walkways 91 metres (299 feet) or so above undisturbed vegetation. 3735 Capilano road, north Vancouver | 604.985.7474 | capbridge.com (Map E, C4) image: July Flower

grouse mountain Ride the mile-long Skyride, witness breathtaking views from the Eye of the Wind turbine, check out grizzly bears and grey wolves at the refuge for endangered wildlife or take a guided eco-walk to learn about Grouse’s geological history. Top it off with decadent fare on the mountain’s peak. 6400 nancy Greene way 604.980.9311 | grousemountain.com (Map E, A4) image: Carl Dawson

Dr. sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese garden

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This garden in historic Chinatown was named No. 1 in the world in a 2011 National Geographic roundup of city gardens. Stroll through magnificent arrangements of rocks, plants and jade-green water, and take a bit of the garden home with an exquisite Chinese collectible from the Eight Treasures gift shop. 578 Carrall street | 604.662.3207 vancouverchinesegarden.com (Map 1, C11) image: steve rosset

Canada Place The iconic sails of Canada Place welcome visitors to Vancouver’s downtown harbour. Watch cruise ships dock, visit the Olympic cauldron or explore the architecture of the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre West next door. Take a self-guided tour of Canada’s most diversified port by visiting the Discovery Centre, and be sure to check out interactive on-site exhibits like the War of 1812 Experience, Canada’s Five Foundations and FlyOver Canada. canadaplace.ca (Map 1, B8)

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Arriving in Vancouver, the Canadian Pacific Railway completes its first transcontinental train ride.

The first Capilano Bridge is constructed by local landowner George Grant Mackay. Predating the current suspension bridge, it was made of hemp!

At 13 storeys, the Dominion Trust Building is Vancouver’s first-ever skyscraper. Look for it at Hastings and Cambie streets.

The University of British Columbia opens with 379 full-time students. The West Broadway location is temporary, but tuition is free!


stanley Park Spanning 400 hectares (1,000 acres) in downtown Vancouver, this park is home to a variety of wildlife and tree species including hemlock, fir and cedar. Hit one of many beaches and forest trails, or walk, jog, cycle or in-line skate around the 22-kilometre (13.7-mile) seawall. Visit the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon to learn about Stanley Park’s ecology systems. vancouver.ca/parks/ parks/stanley (Map 4) image: Picture BC / Josh McCulloch

Did you know? Travel Weekly readers chose Vancouver as best Canadian destination for the 11th consecutive year! museum of Anthropology Admire a traditional Haida House complex, browse First Nations art collections and explore featured artists and travelling exhibits. With free guided tours and a gift shop bursting with books, jewelry and original art, this is one museum you won’t want to miss. 6393 n.w. Marine Drive 604.822.5087 | moa.ubc.ca (Map 2, C1) image: Xuanlu wang

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Bloedel Floral Conservatory This lush indoor garden is home to beautiful birds, exotic plants, tropical flowers and colourful fish. Open daily, the conservatory also features outdoor sculptures and distinctive landscaping. vancouver.ca/parks/parks/bloedel (Map 2, D6) image: stephen Chung

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Harry Houdini suspends himself from the 17-storey tall Sun Tower. At the time, it was the tallest building in the British Empire.

The Vancouver Art Gallery officially opens. Today, it’s one of Western Canada’s largest galleries, with a permanent collection of over 10,000 works.

The Vancouver Canucks become official members of the National Hockey League. Find them today at Rogers Arena.

Vancouver’s streets come alive with its first Gay Pride Festival. Held every August, the weeklong event attracts over 500,000 supporters annually.

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Events, exhibitions and education make this museum so much more than just a great place to check out everything “Vancouver.” With recent and ancient artifacts, the city comes vividly to life. 1100 Chestnut street | 604.736.4431 | museumofvancouver.ca (Map 1, J6) image: Lissandra Melo / shutterstock.com

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Situated in an old courthouse at the heart of downtown Vancouver, the gallery houses everything from edgy contemporary exhibitions of internationally renowned artists to travelling displays of classical masters. A mezzanine-level café and gift shop are offered, too. 750 Hornby street | 604.622.4719 | vanartgallery.bc.ca (Map 1; E8) image: Deymos Photo / shutterstock.com

Vancouver Public library Walk to Homer and West Georgia streets, where this impressive engineering feat comprises an entire downtown block. Take a day to browse the streetlevel bistros, cafés, gift shops and, of course, the massive collection of books and city archives. 350 west Georgia street | 604.331.3603 vpl.vancouver.bc.ca (Map 1; E9-10) image: Alex ramon

Did you know? Vancouver is one of north America’s most dogfriendly cities, with more than 30 off-leash parks and nearly 40 pet-friendly hotels. (maps 1; 2)

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City of richmond & steveston Village Vancouver’s southern sister, Richmond, abounds with heritage shipyards, working farms, cycling paths, picnic spots, recreation facilities, award-winning Asian cuisine and spiritual sanctuaries (including North America’s second-largest Buddhist temple). Be sure to visit Steveston – a quaint fishing village boasting whale-watching excursions, unique retailers and dozens of oceanside cafés and restaurants. tourismrichmond.com & steveston.bc.ca (Map 5) image: City of richmond

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Modernizing the city and connecting New Westminster with Vancouver, the SkyTrain elevated transit system begins operations.

Vancouver celebrates its centennial by hosting Expo 86. Science World is built to be the transportation-themed event’s “Expo Centre.”

The world comes to Vancouver for one of the biggest, best parties ever: the XXI Winter Olympic Games!

Happy 125th Birthday Stanley Park! Lord Stanley would be proud!


What’s Happening? events, festivals & performances

Save the date! march 7-29 Vancouver International Dance Festival Various venues 604.662.7441 | vidf.ca

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604.257.8335 japanfairvancouver.com vandusengarden.org

Celebrate the blooming cherry trees and the start of spring. 604.257.8120 | vcbf.ca

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

march 4-April 5

The Cultch Gallery Presents: Aim

Joint exhibit by Rosa Quintana Lillo and Mary Anne Tateishi. The Cultch 604.251.1363 thecultch.com

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CelticFest Vancouver

Free & ticketed shows & events of Celtic music, dance, theatre and more. celticfestvancouver.com

13-April 13 A noir-style mystery about loyalty & money set in 1948 Vancouver. Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage 604.687.1644 artsclub.com

25-April 19 Mies Julie

A battle set in South Africa over power, sexuality, memory, mothers & land. The Cultch 604.251.1363 thecultch.com

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Sidra Bell Dance New York

Performing STELLA and new work by choreographer Sidra Bell.

28 Nana Mouskouri

The internationallyacclaimed singer and humanitarian performs. River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond 604.247.8562 riverrock.com

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Sakura Days Japan Fair

Family-friendly festival showcasing Japanese arts & culture, food and heritage. VanDusen Botanical Garden

Proud

Comedy about politicians’ desires and what they will do to achieve them. Firehall Arts Centre 604.689.0926 firehallartscentre.ca

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Pinchas Zukerman

Violin/viola recital with pianist Yefim Bronfman. Chan Centre for the

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Modern Romance

Show by actor-comedian Aziz Ansari River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond 604.247.8562 riverrock.com

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Helen Lawrence

Scotiabank Dance Centre 604.606.6400 thedancecentre.ca

Iestyn Davies

The countertenor performs with Thomas Dunford accompanying on lute. Vancouver Playhouse Theatre 604.602.0363 vanrecital.com

april 2-6

Cabaret Brise-Jour (Shattered Cabaret)

Eight-piece orchestra conjures Kurt Weill’s dramatic and musical world. York Theatre 604.251.1363 thecultch.com

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Save the date!

March 25-30 Blue Man Group

Wildly popular theatrical show and concert that combines comedy, music and technology! Queen Elizabeth Theatre 866.542.7469 | vancouver.broadway.com Image: Broadway Across Canada

Performing Arts 604.602.0363 | vanrecital.com

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Old Time Gospel Radio Hour

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Monty Python’s Spamalot

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River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond 604.247.8562 | riverrock.com

Joan Rivers

Highly irreverent & ironic musical based on the movie. Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage 604.687.1644 | artsclub.com

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Canada’s largest 10K road race celebrates 30 years. 604.689.9441 vancouversun.com/sunrun

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Fast-paced, musical “ad-raptation” of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Revue Stage 604.687.1644 | artsclub.com

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Amy Grant with the VSO

The vocalist sings her greatest hits live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Orpheum Theatre 604.876.3434 vancouversymphony.ca

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and 1-mile Kids Fun Run. 604.872.2928 | bmovanmarathon.ca

Featuring bluegrass group Viper Central for a live radio/gospel celebration. Pacific Theatre 604.731.5518 | pacifictheatre.org

The Bomb-itty of Errors

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Pixar in Concert

From Toy Story to Brave, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs the music of Pixar. Orpheum Theatre 604.876.3434 vancouversymphony.ca

may 2

Wine for Waves

Three fiery women find humour and grace after a car crash. Pacific Theatre 604.731.5518 | pacifictheatre.org

Savour Naramata Bench spring release wines while supporting ocean conservation. Four Seasons Hotel 604.659.3400 | vanaqua.org

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Daniel Müller-Schott

Cello performance, with Simon Trpceski on piano. Vancouver Playhouse Theatre 604.602.0363 | vanrecital.com

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Watching Glory Die

Judith Thompson’s play follows three women: prisoner, mother and guard. The Cultch 604.251.1363 | thecultch.com

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Scotiabank Dance Centre 604.606.6400 | thedancecentre.ca

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Korean immigrant family in Regent Park. Granville Island Stage 604.687.1644 | artsclub.com

Kim’s Convenience

Play about a fractured but loving

Rides for all ages, including a section just for kids age 2-10. Pacific National Exhibition 604.253.2311 | pne.ca All-male modern pop a cappella group. River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond 604.247.8562 | riverrock.com

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Carmina Burana

Popular choral piece by Carl Orff setting the medieval manuscript to music. Orpheum Theatre 604.876.3434 vancouversymphony.ca

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BMO Vancouver Marathon

Marathon, half marathon, 8K run

Christian Tetzlaff

Internationally-acclaimed violinist. Vancouver Playhouse Theatre 604.602.0363 | vanrecital.com

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BC Buds Spring Arts Fair

Over 30 different music, theatre, dance, interdisciplinary and visual artists perform. Firehall Arts Centre 604.689.0926 | firehallartscentre.ca

9-Sept 14 International Summer Night Market Food vendors, entertainment and more. 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond 604.278.8000 summernightmarket.com

10-12 Age of Anxiety: Great American Classics

Pianist Joyce Yang performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Orpheum Theatre 604.876.3434 vancouversymphony.ca

16-19 Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

Midway rides, kids’ zone, art, music, food and live rodeo events. Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Fair Grounds, Cloverdale 604.576.9461 | cloverdalerodeo.com

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Chinatown Night Market

Featuring traditional & new Asian handicrafts and gifts, entertainment and tasty treats. Keefer Street vancouverchinatownnightmarket.com


Save the date!

May 28-June 29 Wicked

Two girls become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Queen Elizabeth Theatre 866.542.7469 | vancouver.broadway.com

Image: Broadway Across Canada

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DVote: Lust, Madness, and Mayhem

Dancers explore the dichotomies between devotion/submission, profound/profane, and sexuality/spirituality. The Cultch 604.251.1363 thecultch.com

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A Vancouver Symphony Orchestra tradition. Orpheum Theatre 604.876.3434 vancouversymphony.ca

Over 300 concerts in 35 venues across the Lower Mainland for jazz and other music lovers. 604.872.5200 coastaljazz.ca

Last Night of the Proms

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International Children’s Festival

Smooth jazz superstar Chris Botti performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Orpheum Theatre 604.876.3434 vancouversymphony.ca

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Bard on the Beach

Theatre, music, dance performances and more, just for kids! Granville Island 604.708.5655 childrensfestival.ca

The Art of Stealing Performed by Amber Funk Barton’s the response. Firehall Arts Centre 604.689.0926 firehallartscentre.ca

Discover Dance! Flamenco Rosario + Mandala Arts & Culture

Dance performance combining flamenco and the bharata natyam Indian dance style. Scotiabank Dance Centre 604.606.6400 thedancecentre.ca

30-June 1 EAT! Vancouver

Vancouver’s ultimate consumer food expo, featuring demonstrations, samples, classes and fantastic shopping. BC Place Stadium 866.688.0504 ext. 141 eat-vancouver.com

22 Scotiabank Vancouver HalfMarathon & 5K Half-marathon starts at UBC Thunderbird Arena. 5K Fun Run/Walk starts at Stanley Park Fish House.

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Canada Day

The biggest birthday celebration outside of Ottawa! Canada Place 604.665.9000 canadaday.canadaplace.ca

All dates were correct at press time and take place in Vancouver, unless otherwise noted.

11-Sept 20

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and Cymbeline, along with Bill Cain’s Equivocation, presented in pavilions on the waterfront. Vanier Park 604.737.0625 bardonthebeach.org

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Old Hastings Mill Store Museum

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Unique heritage items from Vancouver’s past. Open Tuesday-Sunday for summer. 1575 Alma Street 604.734.1212 hastings-mill-museum.ca

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Stand Up Comedy

Red Rock Diner

Musical capturing Vancouver’s burgeoning 1957 rock ‘n’ roll scene. Granville Island Stage 604.687.1644 artsclub.com

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20-July 1

Tuesday to Saturday in the 1015 Burrard Street www.thecomedymix.com

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ancouver’s a great place to find your next favourite piece of artwork. Head to Gastown and Main Street for emerging artists and authentic First Nations art or visit South Granville and Yaletown for contemporary works, including glass and ceramic pieces.

Public Art You’ll find whimsical outdoor installations ranging from decorative sidewalk tiles to large-scale sculptures throughout Vancouver. For a full list and map visit vancouver.ca. In the meantime, here are a few favourites:

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n time top: This bulbous spaceship was submerged in water for two years before its arrival on land in order for its surface to be encrusted with sea life. False Creek Image: Xuanlu Wang n A-MAZE-ING LAUGHTER: This group of 14 bronze sculptures makes for a great photo opp just across from English Bay. Morton Park n GIRL IN A WETSUIT: This life-size bronze statue (oxidized to a lovely shade of green) sits on an intertidal boulder just offshore Stanley Park. Stanley Park Seawall n T HE BIRDS: This gigantic pair of sparrows is meant to highlight what can happen when a non-native species is introduced to an environment. Southeast False Creek Olympic Plaza n E AST VANCOUVER: This freestanding illuminated sculpture acts as a beacon to welcome drivers, bikers, walkers and transit-takers to East Vancouver. Clark Drive & East 6th Avenue n HARBOUR SPIRIT DIGITAL ORCA: Black and white cubes form a giant killer whale, long a symbol of the West Coast. Jack Poole Plaza n INUKSHUK: The northern symbol of welcome in Vancouver’s West End was built out of granite rocks and weighs 31,500 kilograms (nearly 69,500 pounds). Bidwell Street & Shoreline Walk

Museums & Galleries Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver

2212 Main Hall, UBC | 604.827.4955 beatymuseum.ubc.ca

206 Cambie Street 604.688.7323 | inuit.com

Bill Reid Gallery

Japanese Canadian National Museum

639 Hornby Street | 604.682.3455 billreidgallery.ca

Chinese Cultural Centre Museum & Archives

Lions Bay Art Gellery

1575 Alma Street | 604.734.1212 hastings-mill-museum.ca

SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 8888 University Drive, Burnaby 778.782.3325 sfu.ca/archaeology/museum

555 Columbia Street 604.658.8880 | cccvan.com

350 Centre Road, Lions Bay lionsbayartgallery.com

Granville Island Galleries

Museum of Vancouver

granvilleisland.com

1100 Chestnut Street 604.736.4431 | museumofvancouver.ca Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Avenue | 604.257.8300 Museum of Anthropology vancouvermaritimemuseum.com 6393 NW Marine Drive 604.822.5087 | moa.ubc.ca

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120 – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby | 604.777.7000 | jcnm.ca

Old Hastings Mill Store Museum

165 Water Street | 604.685.4249 hillsnativeart.com

Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street 604.662.4719 | vanartgallery.bc.ca


Live Music Ranging from garage bands to symphony orchestras, Vancouver’s concert scene is diverse. There’s always a live show to be found, every day of the week, in venues located everywhere from the downtown core to the outlying suburbs. Image: Sergei Bachlakov / Shutterstock.com BC Place | 777 Pacific Boulevard bcplacestadium.com Rogers Arena | 800 Griffiths Way | rogersarena.ca COMMODORE BALLROOM | 868 Granville Street | livenation.com ORPHEUM | 601 Smithe Street | vancouver.ca QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE | 630 Hamilton Street | vancouver.ca RIVER ROCK CASINO RESORT | 8811 River Road, Richmond | riverrock.com the roxy | 932 Granville Street | roxyvan.com VOGUE THEATRE | 918 Granville Street | voguetheatre.com

Did you know?

The Old Hastings Mill Store Museum is Vancouver’s oldest building, while the Vancouver Maritime Museum houses a historic arctic-exploration vessel you can board and explore! Performing Arts Vancouver has lots to offer theatre-goers, dance lovers and aspiring comedians. Some of Canada’s most talented performers got their start here and international stars regularly visit, making cultural nightlife a serious affair. Check out the following performance venues:

Arts Club Theatre Company 604.687.1644 | artsclub.com Ballet BC | 604.732.5003 | balletbc.com Firehall Arts Centre 604.689.0926 | firehallartscentre.ca Vancouver TheatreSports League 604.738.7013 | vtsl.com

Don’t Miss This!

Lady Gaga: The Art Pop Ball | May 30 ticketmaster.ca Image: Chinellato Photo / Shutterstock.com

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The Visible City: A virtual exhibition and mobile app that tracks the rise, fall, and revival of neon in Vancouver museumofvancouver.ca Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban art | Opens May 2 | moa.ubc.ca Dance: Ballet BC performs Giselle April 25-27 | balletbc.com Wicked: A new take on The Wizard of Oz May 28-June 29 | vancouver.broadway.com

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ith one of the hottest fashion and luxury shopping scenes in Canada, Vancouver is known for its opulent designers and high-end brands. Take time to indulge in what locals already know: this city was born to shop.

Luxury Shopping Vancouver’s growing fashion scene includes retailers that keep their shelves stocked with the latest and greatest designs from local and international brands. And nowhere is that more apparent than in one of the city’s many highend shopping malls, including Pacific Centre and Sinclair Centre in the heart of the downtown core. Canada’s own luxury department store, Holt Renfrew, is also located downtown. Or ride the Canada Line SkyTrain to Vancouver’s first-ever shopping centre, Oakridge Centre, and further south to Richmond Centre. Speaking of rapid transit, the Expo Line will take you directly to B.C.’s largest mall, Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby. With so many exciting retailers and destination shopping spots, it’s easy to see why Vancouver’s shopping scene is smoking hot. International brands like Chanel, Gucci, Coach and Louis Vuitton can be found in neighbourhoods like Yaletown, Gastown and Alberni Street. Take your turn in one of these great retailers’ dressing rooms and join Vancouver’s many fashionistas.

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Looking for a unique piece of art, furnishings for your home or the perfect little black dress? Trendy South Granville Street is lined with retailers and galleries that will draw out your inner art critic, interior designer and fashionista. Located minutes from downtown Vancouver, this is one neighbourhood that should be on every shopper’s itinerary. southgranville.org (Map 2, C5)

Kerrisdale & Oakridge

Simply the best

in great Canadian design.

750 West Pender St. | 604-681-9322

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Home to Oakridge Centre mall, Kerrisdale combines great shopping with fascinating history. Admire the pre- and post-war architecture as you wind through charming neighbourhoods filled with big-brand retailers and mom-and-pop shops. kerrisdalevillage.com (Map 2, E4)


Neighbourhood Goods

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rom fab fashion to fresh food, we’ve gathered details about the best city neighbourhoods to help plan your stay. Grab your map and hop in the car, call a cab or take public transit – you won’t be disappointed by Vancouver’s offerings! Downtown Core Take SkyTrain rapid transit to one of six downtown stations and walk the city’s core. Duck into Pacific Centre, Sinclair Centre or Royal Centre for the latest fashions, electronics and home décor or stroll along Robson and Alberni streets for gorgeous designer wear. Granville Street comes alive at night with eateries, nightclubs and live-music joints. downtownvancouver.net (Map 1) Image: Roma Koma

Robson Street This blocks-long shopping street is perfect for catching Vancouver’s vibrant sights and sounds. Big-brand retailers live among cafés and street-side food vendors. The ultimate place to find fun fashion, walking Robson is almost akin to walking a runway. downtownvancouver.net (Map 1, E4-10)

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Neighbourhood Goods Chinatown Vancouver boasts one of the world’s largest Chinatowns, packed with vibrant attractions (the West Han Dynasty Bell and Jimi Hendrix Shrine), events (the Chinese New Year Parade) and culture (the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives), plus some of the most majestic architecture and finest Asian restaurants in the city. vancouverchinatown.com (Map 1, B11-C12) Image: Deymos Photo

West End Vancouver’s vibrant West End (including Denman Street and Davie Village) includes stellar restaurants, fabulous shopping and great cultural events. Besides perusing clothing shops, art galleries and bookstores, you can stroll along the seawall in almost any season and admire this neighbourhood’s beauty. westendbia.com (Map 1, E1-H7) Image: Max Lindenthaler

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Kitsilano, with hippie roots, has evolved into a land of lattes and leg squats. Discover dozens of fitness studios, activewear and wellness retailers here. Drop into a yoga class before grabbing a bite at one of the restaurants on West 4th Avenue or Broadway. shopwest4th.com (Map 2, C3-5)

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Commercial Drive & South Main Known as “The Drive” and “SoMa,” respectively, these eclectic East Vancouver areas include some of the city’s best fashion and food bargains, from vintage finds to free-range butchers and thrifty kitchenware shops. Savour culinary decadences from authentic Italian bakeries on Commercial Drive or enjoy a fairtrade coffee as you hunt for antiques on Main Street. thedrive.ca | mountpleasantbia.com (Map 2, B7; Map 2, D6 ) Image: Joe Photo Studio


Burnaby Just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Burnaby’s parks, retailers and cultural sites offer many reasons to visit. See colossal old-growth trees in Central Park and resident wildlife in Burnaby Lake Regional Nature Park. If it’s shopping you’re after, head to B.C.’s biggest mall, Metropolis at Metrotown, for hundreds of stores and services. tourismburnaby.com (Map 3, D6)

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Shopping & Dining The perfect spot to find extraordinary gifts and special indulgences, Granville Island is bursting with distinctive shops and exclusive artists’ studios. Fine jewelry, pottery, locally designed clothing, unique postcards and rare books are just some of the items you’ll find here. Stay late and enjoy dinner or a romantic stroll around the harbour; Aquabus and taxi services operate late into the evening to accommodate your visit. Shop the Public Market for fine specialty foods and fresh produce; every ingredient for a gourmet meal is available here, from appetizer to mouthwatering dessert – even the accompanying wine and ale! granvilleisland.com Image: Granville Island / Dominic Schaefer

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If Granville Island is the king of Vancouver destinations, then the Public Market is the jewel in its crown, with a fascinating assortment of colourful stalls showcasing unique products – plus the finest in foodie delights, fresh from the ocean, oven or field. Shimmering seafood, warm baked goods, plump fruit – come and see why words can’t begin to describe this delicious experience! ediblecanada.com Image: Deymos Photo

Railspur Alley Looking for a unique gift or one-ofa-kind Vancouver souvenir? There’s nothing run of the mill about what you’ll find in the colourful artisan shops that line Granville Island’s Railspur Alley. From original works of art to unique fashions, gorgeous accessories and even handmade Japanese sake (rice wine), this hidden alley provides endless options. Best of all, you’ll be able to meet and speak to the artists and artisans in their workshops as they create original masterpieces right before your eyes! Image: Granville Island / Dominic Schaefer


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Nearly every one of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods features spas and studios catering to clients with every kind of need. Eco-friendly spas in Kitsilano offer good-for-you services that take Mother Nature into account, too, while a booming yoga scene will help you downward dog your way to wellbeing. If you’re prepping for a big night out, Yaletown’s specialty beauty shops provide niche treatments like lash extensions, brow threading and body waxing. In Fairview, False Creek and Kerrisdale, state-of-the-art medical spas take selfcare to the next level, with the latest, greatest anti-aging treatments.

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pring is one of the best times to visit Vancouver. With the weather warming up and the cherry trees in full bloom, you’ll want to spend many of your moments getting outdoors and being active. Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Vancouver celebrates the arrival of its signature pink-and-white cherry blossoms each spring with a city-wide festival that includes a haiku contest, tree talks and the Sakura Days Japan fair. vcbf.ca

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Spectacular scenery and great greens guarantee a memorable outing for every golf enthusiast. Vancouver boasts three outstanding municipal courses – Fraserview, McCleery and Langara – located within a reasonable distance of the downtown core. Green fees are moderate and all three golf courses have been recognized for high environmental standards.

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Whale Watching For a truly exhilarating excursion, whale watching with a local tour provider can’t be beat! Getting close enough to these majestic creatures often starts in the historic fishing village of Steveston (in Richmond) or from downtown Vancouver. Within minutes of either point of departure, you’ll find yourself exploring the Strait of Georgia, Fraser River Delta and Gulf Islands, home to these mighty mammals. You’ll also get a chance to spot harbour seals, sea lions, porpoises and a variety of marine wildlife that call these coastal waters home – don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience! Image: Monika Wieland / Shutterstock.com

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Stanley Park

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The gem of Vancouver, this 1,000-acre park was established in 1896 smack-dab in the centre of the city (Map 4). With a backdrop of towering cedar, hemlock and fir trees, Stanley Park offers attractions for the entire family. Try the following fun-filled activities: > Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the park and its sites > Test your accuracy at the 18-hole Stanley Park Pitch & Putt > Check out the view of the majestic view of the Lions Gate Bridge from the Prospect Point lookout > Rent a bike and explore Stanley Park’s 22-kilometre (13.7-mile) seawall > Visit Stanley Park Nature House to learn about the park’s flora and fauna and social history (stanleyparkecology.ca) Image: Lissandra Melo

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Parks & Gardens With spring in full swing, now is the ultimate time to take advantage of Vancouver’s gorgeous green spaces. Tended to lovingly, these parks and gardens play a big part in beautifying the city – they also make this one of the prettiest seasons to get outdoors!

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Bloedel Conservatory

33rd Ave between Cambie & Main Streets vancouver.ca

Explore a tropical forest in this climate-controlled facility, complete with Koi ponds and exotic flora.

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Dr. Sun YatSen Chinese Garden

578 Carrall Street vancouverchinese garden.com

This classical Chinese garden in historic Chinatown was named No. 1 in a 2011 National Geographic global roundup of city gardens.

Complimentary tours & tea

Hastings Park

2901 Hastings Street hastingspark.ca

More than 100 species of birds live in this park’s sanctuary, and the dramatic stone faces along the Opera Walk are sure to amaze.

Momiji Japanese Gardens

Lighthouse Park

Beacon Lane off Marine Drive, West Vancouver vancouvertrails.com

Plenty of dog-friendly forest trails weave through some of the area’s tallest trees.

Point Atkinson lighthouse

Nitobe Memorial Garden

1895 Lower Mall, UBC nitobe.org

Lending itself to quiet meditation, this A spiritually significant traditional Japanese garden includes garden layout serene waterfalls and guided tours.

Park & Tilford Gardens

333 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver parkandtilford.com

Covers three acres and offers eight separate theme gardens.

Penjing pruning in the Asian garden

Queen Elizabeth Park

4600 Cambie Street vancouver.ca

Find stunning panoramic views at Vancouver’s highest point, plus beautiful gardens, ponds and waterfalls.

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Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Westham Island, Delta reifelbird sanctuary.com

This wheelchair-accessible wetland is a stopover for thousands of migratory birds.

Two-storey observation tower

Richmond Nature Park

11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond richmond.ca

This raised peat bog habitat includes tons of trails, a nature centre and picnic spots.

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Stanley Park

North foot of Georgia Street vancouver.ca

Explore one of the world’s best city parks by foot, miniature train or horse-drawn carriage.

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UBC Botanical Garden

6804 SW Marine Drive, UBC ubcbotanical garden.org

Features seven landscaped areas, each with a unique global theme.

Greenheart Canopy Walkway

VanDusen Botanical Garden

5251 Oak Street vandusengarden.org

Striking plants, flowers and landscaping make this internationally acclaimed garden a rare treat.

Over 255,000 plants from six continents

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rom adorable animals to outer space and science stuff, parents and kids will find plenty to do in Vancouver! Burnaby Village museum Travel back to simpler time in this 1920-replica community. Beginning May 3 you can visit the blacksmith shop, printing press and general store, check out the fully restored tram, ride the vintage carousel and take a Two O’clock Toonie Tour. 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby | 604.297.4565 burnabyvillagemuseum.ca (Map 3, E6) image: surkov Vladimir

H.r. macmillan space Centre Kids who love outer space will be dazzled by spectacular light and visual shows in this domed planetarium. Interactive exhibits, fun activities and live demos teach all about the vastness of the universe. 1100 Chestnut street (Vanier Park) | 604.738.7827 spacecentre.ca (Map 1, J6)

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greater Vancouver Zoo This 120-acre plot of land is a place where animals from six continents find safety and protection in replicas of their natural habitats. Watch daily lion and tiger feedings, take the miniature Safari Express train around the property and learn all about the animals. 5048 264th street, Aldergrove 604.856.6825 | gvzoo.com (Map 3, H12)

Vancouver maritime museum Built to house the restored RCMP schooner St. Roch – the first vessel to cross the Northwest Passage in both directions – Vancouver’s maritime history lives on in this sea-worthy museum. Explore the ship’s cabins to see what life was like for sailors and check out handson exhibits on topics like submersibles, tugboats and Captain Vancouver’s ship Discovery. 1905 ogden Avenue | 604.257.8300 | vancouvermaritimemuseum.com (Map 1, J6)

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stanley Park There’s plenty of pint-sized fun to be had in Vancouver’s oldest and largest park. Ride the miniature train, visit the Vancouver Aquarium and learn about preserving ecology at the Nature House. vanaqua.org & stanleyparkecology.ca (Map 4)

An oasis for children at the heart of Granville Island, this two-storey, indoor wonderland is filled with activities, shops and services catering to young minds and creative imaginations. With crafts, games, costumes and more, this is an experience the whole family will enjoy! 1496 Cartwright street | 604.689.8447 kidsmarket.ca (Map 1, J9)

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Family Fun Science World Live demos, hands-on experiences and OMNIMAX movies make science fun! This multi-faceted attraction has been a Vancouver favourite since opening for Expo 86. With travelling and permanent exhibits, kids will learn about outer space, static electricity and more! 1455 Quebec Street | 604.443.7443 | scienceworld.ca (Map 2, C6) Image: Dragon Images

Maplewood Farm This once-working dairy farm is home to 200 charming domestic animals. Feed the chickens, ducks and bunnies, tour the gardens and take a pony ride. With so much to see and do, Maplewood Farm is an agri-tour you won’t want to miss! 405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver | 604.929.5610 maplewoodfarm.bc.ca (Map E, D6)

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Good Eats

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rom laid-back casual to six-course meals, family fare to trendy tapas, Vancouver’s dining scene caters to every palate. Image: Robert Kneschke Culinary Tours Discover Vancouver’s thriving food scene with a tour of the city’s restaurants and food markets. Try Edible Canada’s chef-led adventure through Granville Island Public Market and Chinatown (ediblecanada. com) or a Vancouver Food Tour of some of the yummiest areas of the city (vancouverfoodtour.com). Image: Wave Break Media

Did you know? Lindsay Anderson dined at a different Richmond restaurant every day for a year! Read her reviews at 365daysofdining.com

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Good Eats Fresh & Local Surrounded by lush agricultural lands and seafood-rich waters, fresh cuisine is a huge selling point in Vancouver. The 100-Mile Diet and Ocean Wise program were both born in B.C., as was Green Table – a network of sustainable restaurants that pledge to reduce their environmental footprint by serving local foods, creating less waste, reducing water usage and supporting likeminded suppliers. Image: Bryce Franks

Top eateries serving up fresh, local flavours: > Raincity Grill: This West End restaurant gives guests a good dose of local cuisine with a regional tasting menu featuring some of B.C.’s most beautiful farms. raincitygrill.com > Go Fish Emporium: Experience the freshest ocean fare just off Fisherman’s Wharf in Granville Island (look for the “seafood shack”). > Fable: Straight from farm to table is the theme of this Kitsilano cookery. Worth trying: the “canned” tuna. fablekitchen.ca – By 3shadesofpink.com

10 Favourite Ocean Wise Options

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1. B.C. spot prawns, trap caught 2. Dungeness crab, trap caught 3. Pacific halibut, bottom longline 4. Sablefish, trap caught or bottom longline 5. Pacific sardine, purse seine

Chinatown 604-602-0368 www.floata.com

6. B.C. albacore tuna, troll caught 7. Farmed shellfish (various species of scallops, mussels, oysters, clams), suspension and beach culture 8. Arctic char, land-based farm 9. Pacific cod, trap caught or bottom longline 10. Rainbow trout, land-based farm

Experience traditional Cantonese cuisine featuring tempting seafood delicacies. Celebrate special occasions or join us for dim sum or dinner. • Hong Kong Dim Sum • Famous Peking Duck • Live Seafood 400-180 Keefer Street (Parking Level 3)


Food With a View What could be better than a mouthwatering meal with bird’s-eye and panoramic views of Vancouver? Here’s our list of the top city restaurants with a view: > Top of Vancouver: Spinning atop the Vancouver Lookout, this revolving restaurant offers continental dining 535 feet above ground. With one turn every 60 minutes, you’re guaranteed a 360-degree view of the city with your dinner. topofvancouver.com > L ift Bar-Grill-View: The name says it all! Besides serving up some of the most scrumptious sushi, seafood and steak in the city, Lift’s downtown waterfront locale boasts a “perfect 10” view! liftbarandgrill.com Image: Lift Bar-Grill-View > Cloud 9: A second eatery in the “revolving” category, Cloud 9 is located on the 42nd floor of the Empire Landmark Hotel on Robson Street. Ride the elevator to the top and enjoy a feast for your stomach and your taste buds! cloud9restaurant.ca > T he Observatory: Perched on the peak of Grouse Mountain on Vancouver’s North Shore, this fivestar restaurant will take your dining experience to new heights. Enjoy West Coast cuisine while you check out the sparkling city Ethnic Eats skyline. grousemountain.com Vancouver’s multicultural dining scene includes food from all over the world. For mouthwatering Asian fare, head south to the City of Richmond, which boasts over 200 restaurants along a section of Alexandra Road nicknamed “Food Street.” tourismrichmond.com Vancouver Spring 2014 | visitorschoice.com

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Dine Vancouver Casual Fine Dining in a Unique and Stunning Setting Located on the Granville Island waterfront overlooking beautiful Downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains. Enjoy superbly prepared dishes in the window-wrapped dining room or on the award wining patio. Open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

1253 Johnston Street (Granville Island) 604.685.7070

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RESTAURANT Celebrating 40 years of Authentic Afghani Cuisine Enjoy the seductive flavours and romantic ambiance of Canada’s first Afghan restaurant. Dine in traditional Afghan style with low tables and exotic cushions or western style. From vegetarian dishes to mouth watering shish kebabs. Located before the entrance to Granville Island. 7 days a week from 5pm.

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1833 Anderson Street (2nd Floor) 604.873.5923 afghanhorsemen.com

GREAT FOOD GREAT SERVICE GREAT FUN “Bringing the best of Down Under hospitality to the West Coast” Monday - Thursday to 9pm, Friday to 11pm. Saturday from 5pm. Kids Welcome! 830 West PeNDeR stReet Downstairs between Hornby & Howe 604.683.3300

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Enjoy a true West Coast culinary experience with us! Located close to the entrance of Stanley Park, near English Bay. We are proud to serve only 100% Ocean Wise seafood, organic meats and produce in our beautiful heritage building. Join us for lunch and dinner daily, or brunch or afternoon tea at the weekends!

The Fish House in Stanley Park 8901 Stanley Park Drive 604.681.7275 www.fishhousestanleypark.com

Restaurant & Bar Serving exceptional, inventive Italian cuisine since 1988! For more than 25 years, chef owned and operated Café Il Nido has been one of Vancouver’s top Italian trattorias, offering guests a unique and exceptionally authentic dining experience combining regional Italian cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients from British Columbia. Centrally located in the heart of Vancouver’s business district off Robson Street, Café Il Nido offers the perfect culinary escape. Enjoy al fresco dining on our lush courtyard patio or experience our renovated dining and lounge area - perfect for intimate gatherings and larger functions.

Open for Lunch Monday – Friday Dinner Monday – Saturday • Closed on Sunday Call Now to Book a Reservation: 604.685.6436 cafeilnido.ca | 780 Thurlow Street Vancouver Spring 2014 | visitorschoice.com

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Marinaside Crescent @ Davie Street 604.681.4144

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MARKET by Jean-Georges

1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver, BC | 604.695.1115

ARKET by Jean-Georges is a destination for those who value simple elegance and contemporary dining. Emphasizing comfort and creativity, the menu features Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s “greatest hits;” reinventing classic dishes by infusing eclectic flair. Guests are able to try new flavor combinations and explore spices from other regions, all while remaining close to home.

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Starting in Hong Kong’s fresh foods markets and rising through restaurant ranks, Chef de Cuisine Montgomery Lau has worked with some of the city’s best chefs and contended for Canada’s Chef of the Year at the National Chefs’ Conference. His love for international flavours combined with his passion for local produce led him to MARKET, where the focus is on seasonal, regional ingredients with an emphasis on fresh, local fare. MARKET is located in downtown Vancouver with four distinct venues: a heated, covered outdoor terrace with city views; a private dining area for groups up to 40; an enticing bar; and a modern dining room featuring two private rooms, one for 10 and the other for up to 16. Open 7 days a week. Breakfast: 6:30am-11am. Lunch (Mon-Fri): 11:30am- 2:30pm. Dinner: 5:30pm-10:30pm. Brunch (Sat-Sun): 11:30am-3pm. Bar: until late. 2


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The Comedy MIX Located in the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in downtown Vancouver, the Comedy MIX plays host to top touring stand-up comedians from North America and beyond. Shows nightly Tuesday to Saturday. 1015 Burrard Street Tel: 604.684.5050 thecomedymix.com Map 1,F7

Vancouver TheatreSports League®

Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) began in 1980 and is now a local institution and a worldwide phenomenon - producing and staging some of the most daring and innovative improv in the world. VTSL produces over 800 shows in front of over 55,000 people every year. 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island Tel: 604.738.7013 vtsl.com Map C

Granville Street: Home to some of the busiest nightclubs in the city, this downtown street is closed to vehicle traffic on weekend evenings, making it a great spot to step out and see the sights. (Map 1) Yaletown: Vancouver’s hippest lounges can be found in this ultra-cool community. Comb the cobblestone streets for cool cocktails and latenight networking. (Map B) Gastown: This district set the tone for Vancouver’s vibe many years ago. Today it’s a draw for college kids, hipsters and 30-somethings alike, featuring cutting-edge cuisine and intimate whisky bars. (Map A)

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ot ready for bed? From live concerts to DJ sets, there’s fun to be found on any given night in Vancouver. The following neighbourhoods are notorious for nightlife: Nightlife Night Life

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Attractions & Activities Boat Tours & Rentals

Major Attractions

Major Attractions

Sewell’s Marina Sea Safari & Boat Tours

Kids Market

Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park

Step aboard a guided eco-tour, rent your own boat, or join a guide on a private salmon fishing trip. Celebrating 80 years of ocean adventures in Howe Sound! Shuttle service from Downtown hotels available. 6409 Bay Street, West Vancouver Tel: 604.921.3474 sewellsmarina.com Map 3,A1

Major Attractions Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel

Where History Comes to Life Transport yourself to the 1920s. 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby Tel: 604.297.4565 Map 3,D6

Major Attractions

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Capilano Suspension Bridge is iconic. The Park celebrates nature in unique and thrilling ways no more so than with the new Cliffwalk, a series of cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms along a granite precipice. 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver Tel: 604.985.7474 capbridge.com Map 3,B4

Major Attractions

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The first full-scale, authentic classical Chinese garden built outside of China. Art exhibits, complimentary tour & tea, kids’ scavenger hunt, covered walkways. Eight Treasures Shop. Beautiful Rain or Shine. 578 Carrall Street (at Pender) Tel: 604.662.3207 vancouverchinesegarden.com Map 1,C11

Major Attractions Grouse Mountain

Rising 4,100 feet above Vancouver, and just 15 minutes from the city’s downtown core, is the vast alpine playground of Grouse Mountain, Vancouver’s most-visited natural attraction. Free Shuttle Bus. Check our website for more information. 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver Tel: 604.980.9311 grousemountain.com Map E,A4

An indoor 2-storey market with a wide variety of activities, shops and services. From toys, crafts and games to clothing and costumes, it’s an experience the whole family will enjoy, no matter what their age! 1496 Cartwright Street, Granville Island Tel: 604.689.8447 kidsmarket.ca Map C

Major Attractions

Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibitions tell the city’s stories. 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver Tel: 604.736.4431 museumofvancouver.ca Map 1,J6

Major Attractions Playland

Over 35 rides and attractions including the historic Wooden Roller Coaster, ATMOSFEAR and new bumper cars, Rock-N-Cars. Try our family rides in Kids Playce, an area for kids aged 2-10. Playland is open May 3- September 21. Fright Nights opens in October. 2901 East Hastings Street Tel: 604.253.2311 pne.ca Map 2,B8

Major Attractions

Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours 1-hour fully narrated tours of Stanley Park. March 15 - Oct 31. 735 Stanley Park Drive Tel: 604.681.5115 Map 4,F4

Major Attractions

UBC Botanical & Nitobe Garden

Immerse yourself in the world of wild-collected plants from around the world, and experience the Greenheart Canopy Walkway ecoadventure. Also visit our sister garden, Nitobe Memorial Garden. Tel: 604.822.4208 botanicalgarden.ubc.ca Map 2,C1 & D1

Be captivated by over 50,000 aquatic creatures from the giant Pacific octopus to the beautiful beluga whale. Enjoy dolphin, beluga and penguin shows, sea otter feeds, shark dives and the thrilling effects of the 4-D theatre. Open 365 days a year. Tel: 604.659.FISH vanaqua.org Map 4,F4

Major Attractions Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver’s Best First Stop. Spectacular 360-degree view of the city, harbour and North Shore Mountains, 50 storeys above street level. Same-day return ticket, enjoy day or night. See you at the top! 555 West Hastings Street Tel: 604.689.0421 info@vancouverlookout.com vancouverlookout.com Map 1,C9

Major Attractions Vancouver Maritime Museum

Immerse yourself in history and discover the rich maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast. View exhibits on pirates, shipwrecks, explorers and more! Offers a Maritime Discovery Centre for Children. Minutes from Downtown. 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park Tel: 604.257.8300 vancouvermaritimemuseum.com Map 2,B5

Churches Anglican/Episcopal Christ Church Cathedral

Service Times: - Mon-Fri 12:10pm - Thu 7:30am - Sat 9:10am - Sun 8am, 10:30am & 9:30pm 690 Burrard Street (at Georgia) Tel: 604.682.3848 cathedral.vancouver.bc.ca Map 1,D7


Dining Museums/Galleries

Whale Watching

Afghani

UBC Museum of Anthropology

Prince of Whales Whale Watching and Adventure Tours

Afghan Horsemen

Houses one of the world’s finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations art in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea. Long term & temporary exhibits of indigenous art from around the world. 6393 NW Marine Drive, UBC Campus Tel: 604.822.5087 moa.ubc.ca Map 2,C1

Located at The Westin Bayshore Vancouver, we offer the Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria. Enjoy spectacular whale watching, downtown Victoria, Butchart Gardens and a sunset Gulf Islands cruise home, all on the Ocean Magic. 1601 Bayshore Drive Tel: 1.888.383.4884 princeofwhales.com Map 1,C9

Whale Watching

Sightseeing

Cycle City Tours Small groups, easy + beautiful bike paths, interesting stories, and passionate local guides. Learn about rainforest ecology, city history, food, and culture and more with us! #1 on TripAdvisor. 10% off - promocode: vstr_ch14 1798 West Georgia Street (meeting location) Tel: 604.618.8626 cyclevancouver.com Map 1,D3

Sightseeing West Coast Sightseeing

A thrilling 3-5 hour naturalistguided adventure aboard 42ft semicovered vessels. From the Fraser River toward the Gulf Islands or the San Juan Islands, look for orcas or other marine mammals. 15min from Vancouver Airport. Shuttle service available. 12551 No. 1 Road, Building 43, Richmond Tel: 604.272.7200 TF: 1.888.272.7203 seabreezeadventures.ca info@seabreezeadventures.ca Map 3,G3

Whale Watching Vancouver Whale Watch

Experience Killer Whales, porpoises, seals and more! We offer 3 to 5 hour tours through the spectacular Gulf Islands and are the only company with zodiac style boats. Shuttle service from Downtown Vancouver. 210 - 12240 Second Ave, Richmond Tel: 604.274.9565 vancouverwhalewatch.com Map 3,G3

Whale Watching

Chinese Floata Seafood Restaurant

Canada’s largest Chinese restaurant serving all the exotic and exciting flavours of the orient. Specialties include Dim Sum and Peking Duck. 400-180 Keefer Street, Chinatown Tel: 604.602.0368 floata.com $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Lunch, Dinner Map 1,B12

Continental Provence Marinaside

Offers award winning food, extensive wine list, and stunning views of False Creek. Dine in, on the patio or try the gourmet picnic basket take-out. 1177 Marinaside Crescent Tel: 604.681.4144 provencevancouver.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,G10

Continental

Wild Whales Vancouver

Theatre Vancouver TheatreSports League

VTSL is a 33 year old established improv company on Granville Island. 1502 Duranleau St, Granville Island Tel: 604.738.7013 Map C

The only whale watching company departing from Granville Island. 3-7 hour professionallyguided tours to experience orca, porpoises, seals and birds in the spectacular Gulf Islands. Guaranteed Sightings! Tel: 604.699.2011 Online Reservations: whalesvancouver.com info@whalesvancouver.com Map C

Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

Take the elevator (no charge) 560 ft above the city and enjoy exceptional cuisine and a panoramic view. Specialties are steak, poultry, seafood (lobster, wild BC salmon, Alaskan King crab), lamb and duck. 555 W. Hastings Street Tel: 604.669.2220 topofvancouver.com $$-$$$ Reservations: Yes Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,C9

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Vancouvers’s best and most experienced Tour Company. vancouversightseeing.com Tel: 604.451.1600 Map 1,B9

Steveston Seabreeze Adventures

Experience authentic Afghani cuisine in a warm and romantic set ting. Dine in traditional manner at low tables or western style. 1833 Anderson Street (before the entrance to Granville Island) Tel: 604.873.5923 afghanhorsemen.com $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Dinner Map C

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Dining Italian/Pasta

Pub/Brew Pub/Sports Bar

West Coast

Café il Nido

Moose’s Down Under

Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company

Enjoy traditional Italian dishes with a fresh and modern twist. Locally sourced ingredients are blended with authentic Italian recipes. Charming 25 year old Trattoria with a beautiful and intimate setting, courtyard patio and renovated interior. 780 Thurlow Street Tel: 604.685.6436 cafeilnido.ca $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Lunch, Dinner Map 1,E7

Old Spaghetti Factory

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Great Value for lunch and dinner! Dinner includes salad, bread, coffee or tea, and ice cream. 53 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.684.1288 14200 Entertainment Boulevard, Richmond Tel: 604.277.8373 50-8th Street, New Westminster Tel: 604.524.9788 20077-91A Avenue, Langley Tel: 604.513.1673 2030 Sumas Way, Abbotsford Tel: 604.854.1130 Crystal Lodge Hotel, Whistler Tel: 604.938.1081 703 Douglas Street, Victoria Tel: 250.381.8444 oldspaghettifactory.ca $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Vancouver: Map 1,B10

Pub/Brew Pub/Sports Bar Mahony & Sons

Family owned and operated, this traditional Irish pub offers a selection of beer, wine, and whiskey in a large but cozy setting. Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place Tel: 604.647.7513 UBC Campus, 5990 University Blvd Tel: 604.827.4444 mahonyandsons.com $ Lunch, Dinner Map 1,B7 & Map 2,C1

Exceptional value and service in a friendly, pub-style atmosphere. Kids welcome! Mon -Thurs 7am9pm, Fri 7am-11pm, Saturday from 5pm. 830 W. Pender Street Tel: 604.683.3300 moosesdownunder.com $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,C8

Pub/Brew Pub/Sports Bar Yaletown Brewing Company

Vancouver’s original Brew Pub where families, singles, and couples can enjoy a varied menu in a fun atmosphere. Voted Best Brew Pub in Canada. 1111 Mainland Street, Yaletown Tel: 604.681.BREW (2739) drinkfreshbeer.com $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map B

Seafood / West Coast

The Fish House in Stanley Park Enjoy a true West Coast culinary experience while enjoying the natural beauty of Stanley Park. 3 distinct dining rooms, 2 patios and 1 intimate wine cellar. Awardwinning seafood and wine list. 8901 Stanley Park Drive Tel: 604.681.7275 fishhousestanleypark.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 4, E1

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Located on Granville Island, Dockside combines 2 things Vancouver is famous for…fabulous food and outstanding views! 1253 Johnston Street, Granville Island Tel: 604.685.7070 docksidevancouver.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map C

West Coast

Lift Bar-Grill-View

For a quintessential Vancouver experience, Lift sets the stage with sweeping harbour, Stanley Park and coastal mountain views including the city’s only oceanfront, roof top deck. 333 Menchion Mews, off Bayshore Drive (next to the Westin Bayshore) Tel: 604.689.LIFT (5438) liftbarandgrill.com $$$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Coctails Map 1,D4

West Coast MARKET by Jean-Georges

Simple, elegant, contemporary dining featuring classic dishes infused with an eclectic flair. Experience flavour combinations and spices from other regions combined with fresh local seasonal ingredients. 1115 Alberni Street Tel: 604.695.1115 marketbyjgvancouver.com $$$ Reservations: Yes Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,D6


Shopping & Services Apparel: Unisex

Public Markets

Transportation

Snowflake

Granville Island

Visit the world famous Public Market where you can find anything from fresh food to all sorts of rarities, or wander through the many shops and art studios. Every visit is a unique experience! 1661 Duranleau Street Tel: 604.666.6655 granvilleisland.com Map 1,F8&9

Budget Car Rental

Unique Canadian designs. Incredible selection of outerwear and accessories in cashmere, leather, fur and shearling. Also offers a fabulous collection of capes, wraps and gloves. Exceptional quality. 750 West Pender Street (at Howe) Tel: 604.681.9322 snowflakecanada.com Map 1,C8

Chocolate Shops

Shopping Centres

Mink Chocolates

Richmond Centre

Vancouver-based artisanal chocolate maker, featuring an extensive line of small-batch, handmade ganache chocolate bars and artist-painted handenrobed bonbons. Also features a full café with hot and cold coffee and chocolate beverages. On the park at Hastings and Hornby Streets Tel: 604.633.2451 minkchocolates.com Map 1,C8

With 200 stores & services, Richmond Centre is a shopper’s paradise! Accessible from the Canada Line skytrain, visit stores like XXI Forever, Apple and Sephora. No. 3 Road & Westminster Highway, Richmond Tel: 604.713.7467 richmondcentre.com facebook.com/RichmondCentre Map 3,F3

Footwear

Spas

OK Boot Corral

CHI, The Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel

Experience old fashioned western hospitality while you explore the wide selection of western boots made from shark, cowhide, rattlesnake and more. They also have a great selection of accessories. 205 Carrall Street, Gastown Tel: 604.684.2668 okbootcorral.com Map A

Artina’s Jewellery

Unique jewellery shop featuring the works of over 100 of Canada’s top jewellery design artists. Offers everything from contemporary designs to modern interpretations of First Nations styles. 387 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.915.7001 artinas.com Map A

Liquor Stores Yaletown Liquor Store

Offers a varied selection of wine & liquor as well as ice cold beer. Conveniently located in the heart of Yaletown. Open 11am-11pm. 1116 Hamilton Street, Yaletown Tel: 604.688.0064 drinkfreshbeer.com Map B

Specialty Stores Jade Vancouver

Jade Vancouver offers beautifully hand-crafted jewelry, sculptures as well as carvings and rough jade. Visit our gorgeous Gastown showroom where our knowledgeable staff will help you find the perfect piece of jewelry or souvenir in a wide variety of price ranges. #4 - 375 Water St, Gastown Tel: 604.687.5233 jademine.com Map A

Men’s Clubs Fox Den

Canada’s premier gentlemen’s club. Opulent surroundings, with friendly lingerie models! Canada’s largest, most trusted name; world class reputation based on honesty and integrity. 100+ out-call escorts. 4717 Kingsway, Burnaby Tel: 604.669.9475 carmanfox.com Map 2,E9

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Jewellery

CHI, The Spa offers an extensive spa menu consisting of CHI Signature Massages and authentic local treatments, as well as Body Therapies, Facial Treatments and Manicures & Pedicures. 1128 West Georgia Street – 5th floor Tel: 604.695.2447 shangri-la.com/vancouver Map 1,D6

BC’s #1 car & truck rental company; 7 Lower Mainland locations. $200 in admission coupons to local attractions w/ every rental. Must show valid rental agreement with coupon. One free admission per attraction per rental agreement. Local reservations: 604.668.7000 Map 1,D9

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Important Numbers 10-Digit Dialing Vancouver and surrounding areas are serviced by the 604 area code. When placing a call, all 10 digits of the number must be dialed.

emergency numbers AMBULANCE / FIRE / POLICE 911: TDD/TTY Users: dial 911 for AMBULANCE / FIRE / POLICE and press the spacebar of your TDD/TTY until call is answered.

Hospitals

Tourist Services

BC Children’s Hospital 4480 Oak St., Vancouver 1.888.300.3088 Richmond Hospital 7000 Westminster Hwy, Richmond | 604.278.9711 St. Paul’s Hospital 1081 Burrard St., Vancouver 604.682.2344 UBC Hospital 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver 604.822.7121 Vancouver General Hospital 855 W. 12th Ave., Vancouver 604.875.4111

Canada Post 1.866.607.6301 City of Vancouver (Parks & Recreation) 604.257.8400 Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre 604.683.2000 Vancouver Convention Centre 1.866.785.8232 Vancouver Public Library 604.331.3603 Vancouver TicketMaster 604.280.4444

Travel & Transport BC Ferries Customer Information & Reservations 1.888.223.3779 DriveBC Automated Highway Report 1.800.550.4997 TransLink Bus, SkyTrain & SeaBus Info 604.953.3333

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Big Bus 1.877.299.0701 Greyhound Lines of Canada 1.800.661.8747 HandyDART Custom Transit Service 604.575.6600

Pacific Coach Lines 1.800.661.1725 Capilano Suspension Bridge Free Shuttle from Canada Place 604.985.7474

Car Rental Alamo Rent-A-Car 1.877.222.9075 Avis Rent-A-Car 1.800.230.4898 Budget Rent-A-Car 604.668.7000 Discount Car and Truck Rentals 604.310.2277 Enterprise Rent-A-Car 1.800.261.7331 Hertz Car Rental 1.800.654.3131 National Car Rental 1.877.222.9058 Thrifty Car Rental 1.800.THRIFTY (847.4389)

Rail Amtrak 1.800.872.7245 Via Rail 1.888.VIA.RAIL (1.888.842.7245) West Coast Express 1.800.570.7245

Taxi & Limo Aerocar 1.888.821.0021 Black Top & Checker Cabs 1.800.494.1111 MacLure’s Cab 604.683.6666 Vancouver Taxi 604.871.1111 Yellow Cab 604.681.1111

Airlines (Passenger Reservations & Information) Terminal M (Main) Air Canada Air China Air New Zealand Air Transat Alaska Airlines American Airlines British Airways Cathay Pacific Central Mountain Air China Airlines Continental Delta Air Lines

1.888.247.2262 604.685.0921 1.800.663.5494 877.872.6728 1.800.252.7522 1.800.433.7300 1.800.247.9297 604.606.8888 1.888.865.8585 604.682.6777 1.800.231.0856 1.800.221.1212

Horizon Air 1.800.547.9308 Japan Air Lines 1.800.525.3663 Korean Air 1.800.438.5000 Philippine Airlines 1.800.435.9725 Singapore Airlines 604.689.1223 United Airlines 1.800.241.6522 WestJet 1.800.538.5696 South Terminal Harbour Air 1.800.665.0212 Helijet 1.800.665.4354 Pacific Coastal Airlines Ltd 604.273.8666 Tofino Air 1.800.665.2359 West Coast Air 1.800.347.2222


Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

Fine dining 560 Feet above sea level! Continental Cuisine with fresh seafood Open Daily Lunch, Dinner & Sunday Brunch

555 West Hastings Street • Reservations 604-669-2220 www.topofvancouver.com

No elevator charge for restaurant patrons


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