Top 10 Vancouver Attractions
Vancouver BC Guide to a Fun Vacation
Staying at Sunset Inn & Suites in downtown Vancouver gives you access to a wealth of fun and exciting attractions – all within close proximity of our hotel. You can explore the natural wonders of the waterfront, or opt to stroll the various downtown streets, do some shopping, and have some fun along the way. Whether you’re in Vancouver for business, visiting with family and friends, or staying with for an extended period. Sunset Inn & Suites offers great proximity to some of the best Vancouver has to offer. Review our list of Top 10 Vancouver attractions and see for yourself.
1. Stanley Park
Walking distance from Sunset Inn & Suites, Stanley Park attracts eight million visitors every year for its recreational facilities and natural vantage points. A seawall path circling the park is used by 2.5 million pedestrians, cyclists, joggers and inline skaters. Much of Stanley Park remains forested with an estimated half million trees. This natural Vancouver attraction, described as "1000 acres of paradise", is more than 10% larger than New York City's Central Park and almost half the size of London's Richmond Park.
2. Sunset Beach and English Bay
Sunset Beach and English Bay (a short walk from our front door!) are among the most scenic and beautiful beaches in Vancouver. Situated in the West End, Sunset Beach offers biking, walking and inline skating paths above the beach area, which lead to Stanley Park or False Creek/Granville Island. These beaches are popular for sunbathing, swimming and watching sunsets. The beach at English Bay hosts many annual events, including the HSBC Celebration of Light, a fireworks competition that is held across two weeks every summer.
3. Granville Island
Granville Island is a peninsula and shopping district, home to numerous popular attractions in Vancouver. It is located in False Creek, under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge. The area was once known for industrial manufacturing, but is now a major tourist destination, featuring a public market, a large marina, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Arts Umbrella, False Creek Community Centre, various theatres including the Arts Club Theatre Company and Carousel Theatre, and a variety of shopping areas. The quick Aquabus ferry to Granville Island is a short walk from Sunset Inn & Suites.
4. Robson Street
One of the most fashionable destinations in Vancouver, this major thoroughfare in downtown and the West End features a concentration of trendy shops and restaurants. Known as "Little Ginza", the area features some of the hottest names in fashion including Hermès, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Betsey Johnson, Chanel, Burberry, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Lacoste, Coach and Salvatore Ferragamo. Robson Street is a short walk from Sunset Inn & Suites.
5. Vancouver Aquarium
Located in Stanley Park, this popular Vancouver BC attraction is home to around 300 species of fish, almost 30,000 invertebrates, 56 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 60 mammals and birds. Vancouver Aquarium is also a centre for marine research, conservation and marine animal rehabilitation.
6. UBC Museum of Anthropology
With extensive First Nations carvings, history and artifacts, the UBC Museum of Anthropology is a world-class museum. If you're interested in the First Nations or just like visiting museums, don't miss this Vancouver attraction.
6393 N.W. Marine Drive, (604) 822-5087
7. Sea to Sky Highway to Squamish and Whistler
Highway 99 is the Sea to Sky Highway, which winds through five distinct biogeoclimatic zones in the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains region of BC, from coastal rain forest at Horseshoe Bay, through Squamish, Garibaldi Provincial Park and Whistler. The scenic views of bodies of water and snow-capped mountains along the Sea to Sky Highway are simply gorgeous. Stop for a break at Shannon Falls, where you can take a short hike to a beautiful waterfall cascading from the mountains.
8. Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Lynn Canyon Park
Grouse Mountain offers year round fun. Travel on North America's largest aerial system. Enjoy skiing, skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and more during the winter. During the rest of the year, take in the wildlife refuge, lumberjack shows, birds in motion demonstrations, helicopter rides and a panoramic view of Vancouver. During the summer, if you dare, try the popular (and aptly-named) Grouse Grind® a 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, referred to by Vancouverites as "Mother Nature's Stairmaster".
6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, (604) 980 9311
At Capilano Suspension Bridge, voices from Vancouver's past mingle with the sounds of nature. Beautiful gardens skirt colourful totem poles. British Columbia First Nations artisans chisel legends into cedar. Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you into the serenity of a West Coast rainforest with Treetops Adventure, an award-winning attraction.
3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, (604) 985-7474
Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. Lynn Canyon Park officially opened to the public in 1912 and has been a popular destination for tourists and local residents ever since. Lynn Canyon Park is a great location for a family picnic, a leisurely hike or a refreshing swim in one of the Park's many popular swimming holes. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is one of Vancouver's best kept secrets. The 50-metre high bridge stretches across a beautiful canyon boasting raging waters, waterfalls and deep pools. The bridge is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. What we like best is that it is free of charge.
9. Vancouver Art Gallery
Housing a permanent collection of over 10,000 artworks, the Vancouver Art Gallery's holdings include a major collection of photo-conceptual work by internationally renowned Vancouver-based artists Jeff Wall, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Roy Arden and Ian Wallace, among other distinguished artists.
10. Davie Street
Davie Street (which is immediately adjacent to the hotel) offers a large selection of delicious ethnic, international and local dining options favored by Vancouver residents, as well as specialty shops.
Must-do activities for children:
Science World has many hands-on displays that make this a user-friendly museum and a great place to take children. A leader in science and technology education, Science World delivers fun and exciting education programs to promote a science-friendly culture.
1455 Quebec Street, (604) 443-7440
Granville Island's Kids Only Market has 28 shops, services and activities for children and families. It is housed in a 100 year old factory, with two annex buildings and a train caboose. Shop and play indoors or enjoy the outdoor patio and play area. Splash around in the water park right next door!
1496 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
For suggestions of more fun places to visit or things to do, just ask us! We will happy to help you plan your visit.