Top 10 Vancouver, BC 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 are in Vancouver for business, visiting with family and children, or visiting Vancouver for an extended period, the Sunset Inn & Suites offers premier access to some of the best Vancouver has to offer. Review our list of Top 10 Vancouver, BC attractions and see for yourself.

Here are the Top Attractions and Places around Metro Vancouver for you to see

Capilano Suspension Bridge 604-985-7474

  • The 450-foot (137m) bridge swings 230 foot (70m) above the Capilano River. It offers three breathtaking perspectives – the Suspension Bridge, a Treetops adventure and the all-new Cliff Walk.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens 604-662-3207

  • Named the world’s Top City Garden by National Geographic, this is the first classical Chinese garden in all of Canada. It features a jade green pond, koi fish, and a collection of 150-year old miniature trees and tai-hu rock directly imported from China.

Grouse Mountain 604-980-9311

  • Known for skiing and snowboarding, the resort just 20 minutes outside Vancouver also offers plenty of other things to do and see: the “Skyride” gondola, Eye of the Wind turbine, a wildlife refuge, ziplines, dining and hiking.
  • Also home to the famous Grouse Grind. The 2.9-kilometre trail up the face of Grouse Mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.” 

Museum of Anthropology, University of B.C. 604-822-5087

  • Canada’s contemporary museum of world arts and cultures, the museum offers towering totem poles in the Great Hall, more than 10,000 artifacts from all around the world, and cutting-edge temporary exhibitions.

2010 Olympic Cauldron 1055 Canada Place

  • The iconic symbol and lasting legacy of Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Winter Games was lit by hockey legend #99 Wayne Gretzky. You’ll find it near the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Science World, 1455 Quebec Street 604-443-7440

  • Fun for the whole family, this state of the art facility offers Interactive displays, feature exhibitions, live science demonstrations and larger-than-life films in the OMNIMAX Theatre.

Vancouver Aquarium, 604-659-3474

  • Dolphins, penguins, sea otters and 50,000 other aquatic creatures await you at Canada’s largest aquarium. You can take in dolphin shows, sea otter feeds, shark dives and free-roaming animals found in the popular Amazon Gallery. The Vancouver Aquarium (officially the Ocean Wise Conservation Association) is a public aquarium located in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In addition to being a major tourist attraction for Vancouver, the aquarium is a centre for marine research, conservation and marine animal rehabilitation.
  • **See the Front Desk for a 10% off general admission coupon**

Vancouver Lookout, 555 West Hastings Street 604-689-0421

  • A glass elevator takes you up 167m to the Lookout, where you get a 360° view of Metro Vancouver, the majestic North Shore Mountains and perhaps even Vancouver Island just off the Pacific Coast.

Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak Street 604-257-8335

  • Considered one of the Top Ten public gardens in North America, VanDusen is a scenic 55-acre botanical garden – a living museum of plants collected from around the world and artistically displayed amidst rolling lawns, woodlands and five miniature lakes.

Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street 604-662-4700

  • Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions.

Stanley Park

  • Sunset Inn & Suites offers the most convenient location of hotels near Stanley Park, Vancouver. Simply step outside our hotel and enjoy a leisurely walk to Stanley Park which 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.

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.

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, 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 false creek ferry to Granville Island is a short walk from Sunset Inn & Suites.

Davie Street Village

  • 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. Experience the great dining, community and history of the Davie Street Village. Is a diverse, and welcoming LGBTQ / gay-friendly neighborhood in the heart of Downtown Vancouver and offer a one-of-a-kind experience to visitors and locals alike.

 Robson Street  and Alberni Street (Luxury Row)

  • 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.

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.

Lynn Canyon Park

  • 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.

For suggestions of more fun places to visit or things to do, just ask us!