Top Tourist Attractions in Vancouver, Canada

BMO Vancouver Marathon, Half Marathon, 8KM, Relay. Photo: Christopher Morris / RUNVAN®

Vancouver is a top destination spot for all runners alike.

There are a ton of ways to experience Vancouver, including popular tourist attractions, unique neighbourhoods, landmarks and the outdoors. As a city rich in culture and diversity, Vancouver is the “it spot” for the running community. Vancouver also has many popular spots that runners may visit.

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Indoor Activities:

BC Sports Hall of Fame
Sports are a vital part of British Columbia’s identity and history – visit BC Sports Hall of Fame, established in 1966, for exclusive BC sport collections and programs. BC Sports Hall of Fame educates and entertains the public by telling stories of athletes and teams that have contributed to sports within BC. In terms of vision, BC Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to ‘Honouring the Past and Inspiring the Future’. Visit more of Downtown Vancouver and find BC Sports Hall of Fame located at Gate A of BC Place.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Beaty Biodiversity Mueseum is Vancouver’s only natural history museum, offering a fascinating experience for visitors. Located at the University of British Columbia, the museum is dedicated to exploring the lives of organisms in various habitats and features over 500 exhibits and 2000000 specimens. Beaty Biodiversity Museum is located at 2212 Main Mall, UBC Campus.

Fly Over Canada
Experience the ultimate flying ride – Fly Over Canada takes visitors of all ages on a journey across Canada. As a stunning eight minute simulated experience, fly from east to west witnessing all of Canada’s most beautiful landmarks and natural sights. With special effects, scents and motion, Fly Over Canada offers a unique and memorable Canadian experience. Visit more of Downtown Vancouver and find Fly Over Canada located at 201 – 999 Canada Place.

Lonsdale Quay Market
Lonsdale Quay Market has it all – opened for the ’86 Expo, it is home to 80 locally owned businesses including food vendors, retail and artisan shops and a hotel. Visit the market for unique shopping and dining experiences with a beautiful view of Vancouver’s Downtown skyline. Lonsdale Quay Market is located at 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver.

Museum of Vancouver
Museum of Vancouver is essential to Vancouver’s history and culture – established in 1894, the museum shares Vancouver’s stories, artifacts and tradition. Museum of Vancouver’s vision is to ‘inspire a socially connected, civically engaged city’. Visit the Museum of Vancouver to celebrate Vancouver’s art, ancestry and more. Check out more of Kitsilano and Kitsilano Beach and find Museum of Vancouver located at 1100 Chestnut St.

Richmond Olympic Experience
Named Metro Vancouver’s Best Sport Adventure Centre for five consecutive years, Richmond Olympic Oval offers a unique interactive Olympic experience for its visitors. Try the Oval’s state-of-the-art sport simulator for an exciting athletic experience and participate in fun activities, programs and events. Richmond Olympic Oval is located at 6111 River Rd, Richmond.

Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver Aquarium is a marine experience like no other – established in 1956, with over 40 million visitors from around the world, Vancouver Aquarium is home to stunning aquatic life. As Ocean Wise headquarters, scientists, educators and conservation experts work to protect marine species and ocean health. Bring your family and friends to the Vancouver Aquarium for an experience for all ages. Visit more of Stanley Park where you’ll find the Aquarium located at 845 Avison Way.

Vancouver Art Gallery
Established in 1931, Vancouver Art Gallery is an acclaimed North American art institution recognized for its stunning exhibits and educational programs. Vancouver Art Gallery has a focus on BC’s historical and contemporary art and celebrates the work of First Nation artists and art of the Asia Pacific. Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery in the heart of Downtown Vancouver at 750 Hornby St.

Vancouver Lookout
Opened in 1977, Vancouver Lookout and Harbour Centre is an iconic part of Vancouver’s skyline, one of the tallest buildings in Vancouver and home to SFU’s downtown campus. Vancouver Lookout and Harbour Centre is perfect for any occasion or excursion – it features a 360 view of the city and an exquisite dining experience at the Vancouver Revolving Restaurant. Visit more of Downtown Vancouver and find the Lookout located at 555 W Hastings.

Harbour Cruises
Relax and unwind on Harbour Cruises – a local getaway that highlights Vancouver’s most beautiful famous areas. Book a trip from their Coal Harbour offices located at 501 Denman Street.

Landsea Tours & Adventures Landsea Tours & Adventures offers stunning personalized half and full day tours of Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria, Sea to Sky and more. Enjoy a stress-free and informative experience as a driver/host will take you on a tour in a mini-coach. Landsea Tours & Adventures is located at 680 Industrial Ave.

Outdoor Activities:

Capilano Suspension Bridge
Built in 1889, the Capilano Suspension Bridge over looks the Capilano River, showcasing Vancouver’s beautiful outdoors. Since built, this attraction has introduced the exciting CLIFFWALK and Treetops Adventure giving visitors a fascinating view of the forest. The bridge is a mega-popular tourist sport for locals and visitors! Walk over the Capilano Suspension Bridge for a thrill-seeking experience. Check out and hop in a free shuttle near Canada Place in Downtown Vancouver.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Created for the ’86 Expo and named Canadian Garden of the year in 2012, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden offers a beautiful and traditional experience. Celebrate Chinese culture with tours, events and exhibits of the garden. Learn more about Chinatown and check out the Gardens at 578 Carrall St.

Grouse Mountain Resorts
As Vancouver’s most visited attraction, minutes away from Downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain offers stunning sights and an acclaimed sport experience. Enjoy Grouse Mountain’s year-round activities such as the popular Lumberjack Show, views in the Eye of the Wind, Birds in Motion demonstration, shopping and dining. Visit Grouse Mountain at 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver for an authentic BC outdoor experience, and take on the Grouse Grind if you’re up for it!

Stanley Park
Stanley Park is vital to Vancouver’s history and identity – take Tours with a memorable way to experience the acclaimed Stanley Park. View Vancouver’s Harbour, Lions Gate Bridge, Coastal Red Cedar Forest, and stops at the Totem Poles, the Girl in a Wet Suit Statue, the S.S. Empress of Japan Figurehead, and the Rose Garden.

UBC Botanical Garden & Greenheart Tree Walk
Founded in 1916, UBC’s Botanical Garden & Greenheart Tree Walk offers a unique garden experience with over 8,000 types of plants from around the world, an alpine garden, food garden, and physic and medicinal garden. On top of preserving the garden’s beauty, UBC Botanical Garden is dedicated to research, teaching and conservation. Bring your family and friends for the beautiful sights, free tours and workshops. Visit more of UBC and find UBC Botanical Garden & Greenheart Tree Walk located at Administration Building, 6804 SW Marine Dr.

VanDusen Botanical Garden & Bloedel Conservatory
Opened in 1975, VanDusen Botanical Garden & Bloedel Conservatory offers a stunning garden experience for everyone. While at the garden enjoy wildlife, Elizabethan hedge maze, Truffles Cafe, Shaughnessy Restaurant and gift-shop. In 2014, the VanDusen’s building centre was named Most Sustainable Building of the Year. Bring your family and friends to Vandusen Botanical Garden & Bloedel Conservatory for a stunning garden experience. VanDusen Botanical Garden & Bloedel Conservatory is located at 5151 Oak St.

Westcoast Sightseeing Westcoast Sightseeing is a perfect way to see all Vancouver offers – hop-on or hop-off these fun guided bus tours of the city. Visit all of Vancouver’s communities and find Westcoast Sightseeing located at 200- 110 Cambie St.

A Wok Around Chinatown
Wok Around Chinatown tour offers an insider perspective of a community vital to Vancouver’s history and culture – learn about traditions, food and more. Wok Around Chinatown tour start is located at 578 Carrall Street.

Vancouver Whitecaps
Vancouver Whitecaps, founded in 1974, is Vancouver’s own professional soccer team. The team is an important part of Vancouver’s sport heritage and promotes athleticism in the community, so attending a match is popular event for locals and visitors. If you are a sports fanatic, grab your friends and cheer on Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. Visit more of Downtown Vancouver/False Creek and watch the Vancouver Whitecaps play at BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd.

Sea to Sky Gondola
Sea to Sky Gondola, south of Squamish, features a 10 minute gondola ride overlooking stunning mountain, forest and ocean views. At the end of the gondola ride you arrive at the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, a popular spot for photos. The fun doesn’t stop there, as there are hiking trails for everyone and Summit Lodge restaurant. There are year-round events at the Sea to Sky Gondola which includes music, wine tasting, yoga and more. Sea to Sky Gondola is located at 36800 BC-99, Squamish, off the Sea to Sky Highway.

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False Creek Ferries
For over 35 years, False Creek Ferries have offered ferries to and from False Creek and Granville Island. These cute mini-ferries are a perfect way to travel and a favourite for locals and visitors. Hop-on False Creek Ferries for fun daytime adventure with your friends and family. Visit more of False Creek and find ferry docks at False Creek and Granville Island.

Vancouver Water Adventures Vancouver Water Adventures is all about fun on the marine – explore the Westcoast marine with fun tours and activites, showcasing the beautiful Pacific Ocean and Vancouver shores. Vancouver Water Adventures is located at 1812 Boatlift Ln.

Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres
Established in 1980, Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres aims to positively effect people’s lives through ocean fun. Explore Vancouver’s marine with Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres’ lessons, tours and rentable kayaks. Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres is located at Granville Island – 1668 Duranleau St and Jericho Beach – 1300 Discovery St.

Vancouver Bike Share (Mobi)
Biking is fun and easy in the city – Mobi Bikes, a local bike share program, creates an awesome biking experience in Vancouver. Visit all of Vancouver’s communities. You may also check out Cycle BC Rentals & Tours, Cycle City Tours, Spoke Bicycles, or others in the City.

The Adventure Group
Let the adventure begin – The Adventure Group hosts the best activities to do in Whistler with your friends, family and loved ones. Enjoy outdoor activities all year-round including bungee jumping, zip-lining, tree top adventures and more. Get ready for a fun thrill-seeking experience and visit The Adventure Group at 4293 Mountain Square #211, Whistler.

RUNVAN® Races

  1. First Half – Half Marathon – February
  2. BMO Vancouver Marathon – Marathon, Half Marathon, more – May
  3. Granville Island Turkey Trot – 10KM, Kids Run – October
  4. Fall Classic – Half Marathon, 10KM, 5KM – November