Atracciones

Vancouver es una ciudad excitante con una increíble variedad de atracciones para hacer turismo, estudiar y disfrutarlo todo.

De Gastown a Granville Island al Stanley Park y a Science World, siempre hay algo que ver en Vancouver. Nuestra ciudad es la primera opción para muchos estudiantes internacionales que vienen a una escuela de idiomas para aprender inglés. Pero cuando el día escolar termina o llega el fin de semana, es el momento de ver los lugares de interés turístico.

El clima templado de Vancouver permite a los residentes a disfrutar del estilo de vida más activo en Canadá. Actividades como la natación, kayak, esquiar, jugar al golf, los visitantes pueden disfrutar de los deportes durante todo el año. Sólo asegúrate de traer zapatos cómodos y dormir lo suficiente, porque esta ciudad tiene mucho que ofrecerte.

Lugares para visitar en Vancouver

Stanley Park (Parque Stanley)

Designado un sitio histórico nacional de Canadá, Stanley Park es un magnífico oasis verde en medio del paisaje urbano densamente construido de Vancouver. Explora los naturales bosques de la costa oeste en las 400 hectáreas del parque y disfruta de vistas panorámicas del agua, las montañas, el cielo, y los majestuosos árboles a lo largo de famoso malecón de Stanley Park. Descubre kilómetros de senderos, hermosas playas, fauna local, lugares donde comer, lugares naturales, culturales e históricos, así como muchas otras atracciones dentro del parque. El parque ofrece una amplia gama de experiencias inolvidables para todas las edades e intereses.

El malecón es un camino panorámico de 22 kilometros que bordea la costa de Vancouver. Perfecto para dar un paseo, montar en bicicleta o trotar, es el lugar de recreo más popular de la ciudad.

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre (Acuario de Vancouver y Centro de Ciencias Marinas)

Por ser el acuario más grande de Canadá, el Acuario de Vancouver conecta a cientos de miles de visitantes del acuario con el mundo natural. Con más de 50.000 animales y oportunidades únicas para ver de cerca algunas de las criaturas más elusivas del mundo, visitar el acuario es una experiencia inolvidable.

Lions Gate Bridge (Puente Lions Gate)

Camina por el hermoso puente Lions Gate y para a medio camino para observar detenidamente la ensenada Burrard y las montañas de la costa norte. El puente fue construido y pagado por el la compañía cervezera Guinness con el fin de dar acceso a las personas de la costa norte y las tierras propiedad de la familia Guinness.

Muy por encima del puente Lions Gate, al norte, se pueden ver dos picos de las montañas que parecen el lomo de un camello, con vistas al puerto de Vancouver. Estos son los leones, nombradas como un recuerdo de las estatuas de dos leones en la plaza Trafalgar de Londres.

La ensenada Burrard

Vancouver tiene el puerto más grande y concurrido de Canadá, y en la costa oeste de América del Norte. Toma un paseo a través de la ensenada Burrard en el SeaBus, y ve los barcos de carga de cerca.

Hace cien años era tan tranquilo en la ensenada Burrard uno podía llamar gritando a un ferry para que viniera a recogerlo. En aquel entonces, el "ferry" era en realidad un bote de remos.

Queen Elizabeth Park (Parque Reina Isabel)

Queen Elizabeth Park, Joya hortícola de Vancouver, es una gran atracción para los amantes de los jardines y arreglos florales, hermosas vistas y un sitio muy popular para fotos de bodas. A 152 metros sobre el nivel del mar, es el punto más alto en Vancouver y ofrece vistas espectaculares del parque, la ciudad, las montañas y de la costa norte. El parque de 52 hectáreas es el hogar del impresionante Conservatorio Bloedel. También hay un jardín rocoso con magníficos paisajes, un arboreto con su colección de árboles exóticos y nativos, esculturas, incluyendo una del artista de renombre internacional Henry Moore, y diversas actividades placenteras como tenis, bolos sobre hierba y pitch & putt (golfito). El parque es también el escenario perfecto para una buena cena en el restaurante Seasons in the Park, un picnic o mirar las estrellas!

Science World (El Mundo de la Ciencia)

Oficialmente llamado Telus World of Science, este es el destino número uno de Vancouver para la enseñanza de la ciencia a niños y adultos. Se encuentra al final de False Creek, y cuenta con muchas exposiciones y muestras interactivas permanentes. Además, es uno de los monumentos más reconocibles de Vancouver.

Gastown

La zona de Gastown en Vancouver fue llamada así en honor al dueño de un bar , nacido en Yorkshire, John Deighton, apodado Gassy Jack. Gassy Jack se apareció con un barril de whisky en la orilla sur de la ensenada Burrard, y le dijo a los trabajadores del aserradero que podían tener todo el whisky que pudieran beber si le ayudaban a construir su bar, y lo hicieron. Sólo les tomó 24 horas.

Hoy en día, Gastown es una mezcla "hip" de la moda contemporánea y boutiques de decoración de interiores, empresas orientadas al turismo, restaurantes, clubes nocturnos y diferentes tipos de vivienda. Además, hay firmas de abogados, arquitectos y otros despachos profesionales, así como empresas de informática e internet, galerías de arte, música y estudios de arte, escuelas de idiomas y escuelas de actuación y cine.

Se puede oír el silbato del Reloj de vapor de Gastown cada hora. Es el único de su tipo en el mundo.

Granville Island

Imagine an island in the middle of a city. See? You’re already curious. Now picture a place moulded by a fascinating history, buzzing with a colourful artistic community. A living, breathing urban oasis filled with fine waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios, unique shops, cafes and the most spectacular fresh food market you’ve ever seen. Add a vibrant and diverse mix of people and activities, and you have a destination so dynamic, no visit to the city is complete without spending at least a day here. Just think of Granville Island as Vancouver’s Town Square. Where locals and visitors come together to be inspired, to be entertained or simply to breathe in some of its unique atmosphere.

Sports in Vancouver

Vancouver residents are the most active and healthy people from across Canada. We've got everything from biking along the seawall to golfing at Stanley Park's pitch and putt to kayaking in False Creek. With our mild climate and accessible sports venues, you can be active all year round. Here are a few activities you can include in your visit to Vancouver:

Whistler Resort

Whistler Resort is a ski lover's paradise. The number one ski resort in North America is just a 2.5-hour drive from Vancouver. If you prefer to try another hill, the Vancouver area has more than 16 downhill ski resorts within a five-hour drive of the city limits. Some are as close as 15 minutes - right over on the North Shore.

Biking

You never forget how to ride a bike. And that's a good thing because you may want to jump on one and tour around during your visit. Bikes are commonplace in this city and Vancouver has numerous cycle paths and bike routes, ranging from easy, flat terrain around Stanley Park to over-night trips around the Gulf Islands. Cycling is perhaps the best way to explore Vancouver and the superb natural beauty.

Vancouver's moderate climate makes it possible to cycle almost year round. If you choose to tour around by bike, please be advised that Vancouver has a mandatory helmet law.

Boating and Fishing

There's no better place for the boating and fishing enthusiast than Vancouver with its stunning coastline and endless waterways. Charter a boat from any number of charter boat companies and head out for the open water. The largest concentrations of these charter companies are located at Granville Island, Horseshoe Bay and Coal Harbour. They can also advise you where the fish are biting.

Golf

Vancouver's natural beauty and mild climate are a perfect fit for duffers and pros alike. The Greater Vancouver area boasts a number of excellent golfing facilities from pitch and putt to C.P.G.A.-rated golf courses. Most golf courses are easily accessible and daily transfers are available for those who want to venture out a little further. The golf season typically runs from April to October but many are open year-round.

Hiking

Vancouver's dramatic profile is Mother Nature's own, as towering mountains soar thousands of vertical feet above the city at water's edge. The summits of The Lions, Mount Hollyburn, Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, Golden Ears, Cypress Mountain and Garibaldi Provincial Park are all accessible to healthy, relatively experienced hikers who can follow instructions from a trail guide and are fit enough to carry a daypack containing the "ten essentials" of mountain safety.

Rollerblading

Stanley Park has become the most popular destination for skaters. The more adventuresome, however, are drawn to North Vancouver's Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. In-line skates can be rented at numerous locations.

Running

There is no finer place to pound the pavement than Vancouver's picturesque Stanley Park seawall. The flat, 10-kilometre (6.2 mile) path goes around the circumference of the park. On hot summer days, however, the cool shade of the towering Douglas Fir and cedar trees in the interior trails provides a welcome shade from the heat. Other favorite spots for running include the University of British Columbia Endowment Lands and Pacific Spirit Regional Park, the seaside bicycle route, and Central Park in nearby Burnaby.

Scuba Diving

Most people think of the tropics when they think of scuba diving but Vancouver has some of the best cold water scuba diving in the world. Scuba divers plunge the frigid waters between Vancouver Island and the mainland to view spectacular marine species like wolf eels and octopus, as well as a brilliant red coral found few other places in the world. Cates Park in Deep Cove and Whytecliff Park near Horseshoe Bay are popular diving sites, and many Vancouver scuba enthusiasts get their feet wet here first.

Sea Kayaking

Any day of the week on the water of Burrard Inlet you will find, among the cruise ships and freighters, sea kayaks gliding along the shores. Sea kayaks are the smallest and most maneuverable craft on the water.

Vancouver's two most popular paddling destinations are equally unique. The placid waters of False Creek, ringed by bustling Yaletown to the north and Fairview Slopes and Granville Island to the south. On the North Shore, kayakers paddle from Deep Cove to explore Indian Arm.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Even though Vancouver has a mild climate and snow seldom falls in the city, Vancouverites enjoy some of the best downhill and cross country ski facilities in North America. Step out your back door and gaze at the twinkling lights of Grouse Mountain, Cypress Bowl and Mount Seymour.

Ski hills so close you can almost reach out and touch them, just minutes from downtown. Many of the city's residents strap on snowboards or skis and flee the stresses of urban life. You can leave work early and get a few runs in or hit the slopes after dark for a few hours of night skiing.

Swimming

Dive into aquatics at Vancouver's nine indoor and four outdoor pools during the summer. Get a full body workout swimming lanes or taking an aquafit class, relax after a busy day in the hot tub, steam room, or sauna and make a splash with family by taking advantage of facilities with beach-style entry, spray features, slides, lazy rivers, inflatables and convenient family change rooms.

Tennis

Did you know that you can play tennis at one of 180 tennis courts in city neighbourhoods? That includes free and paid courts in Stanley Park! Vancouver's Park Board offers classes to all ages and skill levels all year. Take a lesson, register for a program, or join a drop-in class at a community centre near you..

White Water Rafting

Looking for a wild adventure? The Thompson, the Nahatlatch, the Squamish, the Elaho and the Chilliwack Rivers are calling your name. Ride the roaring current in a rubber raft. Get your feet wet and the adrenaline pumping. It'll be the most fun you've had in a long time. West Coast salmon run the rapids, why shouldn't you?

Windsurfing and Kiteboarding

Would you like to learn how to windsurf? Try English Bay or Jericho beaches where beginners can rent windsurfers and take lessons. For those who want the challenge of high-wind sailing, Squamish offers some of Canada's best windsurfing conditions. In the summer months, strong thermal winds blow down the valley and create ideal windsurfing and kite boarding conditions. For more advanced windsurfers and kiteboarders, Acadia Beach and the westernmost shores of Spanish Banks are popular with on days with strong Northwest winds. On the windiest days the wind can stir up the seas with wave heights reaching over 2 meters. During the busy summer months (June, July, August) Kiteboarding is not allowed on Vancouver Beaches, but there is typically very little wind in the area during these months anyways.