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Things to do

Standley Park

Ideally situated on a peninsula at the northwestern edge of downtown Vancouver, Standley Park is one of the city’s main tourist destinations, attracting approximately 8 million visitors each year. Featuring lovely beaches, miles of well-maintained paved and dirt trails, Canada’s largest aquarium and an array of can’t-miss kid-friendly spots( including a pool, water park, miniature railway and more), this 400-hectare(1000-acre) haven is recognized as one of the greatest urban parks in the world. 

Whale watching

From March to October each year, thousands of whales migrate through the waters near Vancouver, making it one of the world’s best locations for whale watching. See our photos below to get an idea of what you’ll see on your upcoming whale watching trip. A number of tour operators offer whale watching expeditions around the Gulf and San Juan islands, so you can spot pods of whales from a high-speed zodiac, fully-equipped cruiser, kayak or seaplane. Click here to see a list of tour operators.

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Arts & culture

For performing-arts lovers, Vancouver is home to a number of theatre companies producing playsand musicals, from classic to the contemporary.
Vancouver’s dance scene is one of Canada’s best with regular performances by Ballet BritishColumbia and more than 25 other local professional dance troupes.