Vancouver Things to Do Tips by nigelw6443
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This museum with a difference has only recently opened up is is worth a visit.
Storyeum is a theatrical presentation of British Columbia's history. You are taken in one of the world's largest passenger lifts into an underground theatre for a 72 minute guided tour through a series of plays that enact the history of British Columbia.
It is not cheap, especially if you are paying for a family but the experience is worth it.
The Storyeum venue is open from 10:30am to 8:00pm every day including holidays.
11:00am 2:30pm 6:00pm
11:30am 3:00pm 6:30pm
12:00pm 3:30pm 7:00pm
12:30pm 4:00pm 7:30pm
1:00pm 4:30pm 8:00pm
Tickets can be purchased during regular operating hours at Storyeum in Gastown, or by phone at 604.687.8142
Rates (not including taxes):
Adults (19-64) $22
Senior (65+) $19
Youth (13-18) $19
Children (6-12) $16
Children (5 & under) Free
add 7% GST and other applicable taxes.
Address: 142, Water Street, Vancouver
Directions: Very easy to find on Water Street in Gastown.
View from Water Street.
Above the shopping center, which by the way has a very cheap food court is the Harbour Centre Tower. Harbour Centre Tower is Vancouver's tallest building at 553 ft or 167 m tall.
And incidentally , The Lookout! was officially opened by Astronaut Neil Armstrong on August 13, 1977.
They operate tours and there and opening hours are: 8:30 am to 10:30 pm
Student with ID $7.00
Youth (age 11 - 17) $7.00
Child (age 5 - 10) $4.00
Child (age 4 and under) free
Also The Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant is operated independently of The Lookout Tower and offers a quality menu at quite a reasonable price considering the view so why not take in a meal and watch Vancouver go by.
Address: 555 West Hastings
Directions: corner of Seymour and Hastings
If you head out towards Lions Bay you will find Lighthouse Park, which is in West Vancouver.
Directions: West Vancouver
Grouse Mountain, the back drop for Vancouver!
A trip to Vancouver is not complete without a trip up Grouse. Now there are two ways to go about it. The conventional way is to catch the Gondola up or there is also whats known as the Grouse Grind which is a trail that takes you to the top.
The view of the harbour and city are fantastic. A nice place to come and catch the sunset.
Address: North Vancouver
Directions: If you are based in Vancouver it is easy to get to. There are buses that run from the city centre or you can catch the ferry across to Lonsdale Quay and catch a bus from there.
Gassy Jack the founder!
This is where downtown Vancouver began. A young Englishman by the name of John Deighton, a sailor,gold miner and riverboat pilot bought a pub, the Globe Saloon in New Westminster. Through this pub he became known as Gassy Jack because he always loved to talk of his adventures. He lost this pub but made his way , by canoe with his Indian wife down to the Burrard Inlet in 1867. Thanks to the thirsty workers at the Stamps Mill, Gassy Jack opened a new saloon at what is now the junction of Water and Carrall streets and named it the Globe after his previous saloon. By 1870 the area around the saloon was now named the townsite of Granville and because of new town planning Jack had to move his business. So he bought property nearest to his saloon and built a much better place that he named the Deighton Hotel.
Although the township was officially called Granville, unofficially it was know as Gastown.
In 1875 at the young age of 44 Gassy Jack passed away but even after the great fire of 1886 which consumed Gastown and the Deighton Hotel the memory of Gassy Jack Deighton remains as does the name Gastown.
The Steam Clock, Gastown, Vancouver.
This is the most touristy street in the city and is lined with restaurants and gift shops, also the odd night club too! This was also the original city centre in the days of Gassy Jack Deighton the founder of Gastown!
Things to see are the statue of Gassy Jack and also the Steam Clock.
Directions: North-east corner of downtown Vancouver, along Water Street in
Capilano Treetop Adventure
As well as the gardens and suspension bridge, they have just opened a tree top adventure at the park with suspended walkways through the tree tops.
A bit pricey at $23.00 but worth it.
Address: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Directions: North of Vancouver in the city of North Vancouver, exit #14 off of the Trans Canada Hwy
Phone: (604) 985-7474
This is an interesting insight to the life cycle of the salmon. You can watch the salmon making their way up the salmon ladder through an underground window.
Open daily Nov-Mar 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, extended hours Apr-Oct.(hours vary depending on season).
Address: 4500 Capilano Park Rd., North Vancouver
By far the best Aquarium I have visited. Displays include Beluga, Orca, Seal, otter, tropical rain forest, cayman and more.
Hours of Operation & Rates
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is open 365 days of the year.
Hours of Operation:
• September 3, 2002 - June 26, 2003: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
• June 27, 2003 - September 1, 2003: 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
• Christmas Day: noon - 5:00 p.m.
• New Years Day: noon - 5:00 p.m.
Rates (GST included)
• Adults: $15.95
• Youth ages 13-18 / Students / Seniors: $11.95
• Children ages 4-12 years: $8.95
• Children 3 years & under: FREE
All children twelve years old and under must be accompanied by a paying adult (age 18 and over).
Directions: Located in Stanley Park
The aquarium no longer has the Orca or Killer Whales so the Belugas are now the top attraction, but I fear they may soon be gone too!
Directions: Located in Stanley Park
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