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Stanley Park
Stanley Park, Vancouver BC - Barclay House, Vancouver Bed and Breakfast, Vancouver, BCThe most prominent feature that sets Vancouver apart from other cities is this magnificent 405-hectare park laced with walking paths through a largely untouched piece of west coast forest wilderness at the edge of the city’s West End. You can easily forget that the city you just left behind is just beyond the trees. The park is surrounded by a stone, man-made Seawall walk which surrounds the entire park. This is where the locals come to play in any type of weather. On any day you can see in-line skaters, cyclists, joggers or people strolling along or sitting on a rock or sandy beach just watching the boats or the sunsets over English Bay. Stanley Park is the largest civic park in Canada and larger than Central Park in New York City. Development within the park includes the Vancouver Aquarium, the largest in Canada, children's farmyard, miniature train, the open air Theatre Under The Stars, totem poles, a cricket oval, Lost Lagoon, the Nine O'clock Gun, and Deadman's Island which in an earlier time was a Native burial ground and later a naval base. It is now used by cadets and reserve units. Recreational facilities include a pitch and putt golf course, bathing beaches, tennis courts, Brockton Oval 400 metre cinder jogging circuit, a large outdoor swimming pool with a view of the ocean beyond, refreshment stands and several excellent restaurants. This is a great place to start your visit to Vancouver and there are horse drawn carriages or free shuttle buses to help you get around.

China Town
The Vancouver China Town is one of the most original and intact Chinatowns of all the ones typically found in many cities in North America. It has not been tarted up and marketed as a tourist trap like so many have. Vegetables and house wares spill out of crowded shops onto narrow sidewalks. Its great fun chancing one or two of the scores of small Chinese restaurants, sampling a dish you may never even have heard of before. According to Ripley's Believe It or Not the Sam Kee Building at 8 West Pender is the narrowest building in the world. It is 1.5 meters deep and was built out of spite by The Sam Kee Company in 1913. The city had expropriated most of the property in order to widen Pender Street but refused to compensate the company for the remaining strip. Their neighbour expected to receive this strategic corner very cheaply but the company responded by building this unusually narrow building. The use of the bay windows on the second floor provide extra space. The basement with its unused communal baths extends well under the sidewalk.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden
578 Carrall St in Chinatown
This beautiful garden is the only authentic classical Chinese garden outside of China and was built by Chinese artisans who came here specifically for this project. The very enthusiastic and often entertaining volunteers will tour you through and explain the garden and the architecture in detail. The tour is highly recommended especially for first time visitors to a Chinese garden.

Gastown
Gas Town, Vancouver BC - Barclay House, Vancouver Bed and Breakfast, Vancouver, BCYou are now in the part of Vancouver where it all began. This area which had been turned into warehouses for some of its less glorious past was totally restored to its original charm in the late 60's and early 70's. Cobbled streets are lined with boutiques, tourist shops, coffee shops, art and antique shops and restaurants featuring many types of cuisine. Although understandably touristy since it is located right next to the Cruise Ship Terminal at Canada Place, it is a very lively place where anyone can have a great time if only to people-watch while sitting at a café. The main attraction for many is watching all the tourists posing for photos in front of the STEAM CLOCK, a mechanical wonder that uses steam to power a clock that whistles on the quarter hour. Maple Tree Square is the original point for all Vancouver street addresses. Gastown was designated a provincial heritage site in 1971.

Robson Square
Designed by renowned Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson this is another great place to either people-watch or enjoy the beautiful gardens, pool and waterfall. While providing the city with a central Square it also houses the courthouse, theatres, and conference rooms. There is also a skating rink with music for the winter months, which converts to a dance floor, entertainment centre in the summer. It's a great place to put your feet up and take a break from shopping.

Robson Street
No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a walk down very lively Robson Street. In fact you will stumble onto it soon after your arrival. The portion of Robson Street west of Burrard Street developed a strong European ethnic flavour during the 50's and 60's and was nicknamed Robson Strasse because of the many European businesses that located there. Although few of those original shops remain it still has a very diverse ethnic flavour and has more recently been developed into a fashionable strip of designer boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. There is an unusually large number of excellent restaurants either on or just off Robson Street and it's a great place for sushi lovers. Robson Street becomes very busy on weekend evenings when it becomes a very popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike. It’s also a good place to pick up a pair of in-line skates or a bicycle for the day.

BC Place Stadium
At the far end of Robson Street you can't miss the home of the BC Lions CFL football team. It also serves as an exposition site and seats 60,000 people. The dome, which covers the stadium, is supported by air and can be seen from almost any point around False Creek.

BC Place Stadium, Vancouver BC - Barclay House, Vancouver Bed and Breakfast, Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Art Gallery
This sandstone and granite structure was built in 1906 with additions completed in 1912. It was designated a heritage building in 1974 and initially housed the Senior Law Courts but became the home of the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1983. There have been many excellent shows including the Dutch Masters and the Canadian Group of Seven, and it houses a permanent collection of works by famed British Columbia painter Emily Carr..

Canada Harbour Place & Cruise Ship Terminal
The blazing white sails of Canada Place at the foot of Burrard Street have become as much a Vancouver Landmark as the Opera House has to Sydney, Australia. It is the main departure and arrival point for cruise ships travelling to Alaska and other destinations and offers breathtaking views of the harbour and the Lions Gate Bridge. The CN IMAX THEATRE at Canada Place shows exciting features, which change frequently and include 3D films projected onto a giant five storey high screen with surround sound.

Canada Harbour Place & Cruise
              Ship Terminal, Vancouver BC - Barclay House, Vancouver Bed and Breakfast, Vancouver, BC

Science World
At the very far end of False Creek, a small inner harbour mainly used by pleasure boats, sits a triodetic dome called Science World which features hands-on exploration, exhibits and dazzling demonstrations that change regularly. The Omnimax theatre in Science World boasts the world's largest dome screen and is strongly recommended.

University of British Columbia
At the westernmost point of the city is another peninsula of sorts: The University of British Columbia or UBC. It is a great place to explore whether on foot, mountain bike, or by car. UBC is the home of Pacific Spirit Park, acres of trails and rainforest to hike, jog or mountain bike. A visit to the outstanding Museum of Anthropology at UBC is a must. The Museum of Anthropology has art and artefacts from Asia, Africa and the Pacific and perhaps the best totem pole collection in the world. The museum is very inviting and seems to make every effort to make collections available to the visitor. You’ll be encouraged to open drawers and examine the thoughtful displays. The architecture is also of interest. Other places to visit at UBC are the Nitobe Memorial Gardens, the Totem Park, and the Botanical Gardens. UBC is also the home of Vancouver’s notorious Wreck (nude) Beach.

Granville Island
If you enjoy feasting your eyes on perfectly displayed fresh seafood and vegetables, this is the place for you. While you're there you can try some of the great prepared food as you take in some of the local street entertainment or just watch the boats and the world glide by. Granville Island is the site of a number of very good restaurants and pubs as well as a few live theatre companies. You can reach it easily from the West End by hopping aboard one of the small shuttle ferries that depart from under the Burrard Street Bridge next to the Aquatic Centre pool. The trip only takes a few minutes.

Queen Elizabeth Park
The highest point of the city is the home of our third largest park. It’s the home of the Bloedel Conservatory where you can enjoy the company of 50 different types of free-flying tropical birds. The vegetation of the conservatory encompasses three different climate zones. The park itself is beautiful with its diverse plant life, expansive walks, sunken gardens, pools and fountains.

Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive has traditionally been the centre of the Italian community of Vancouver. It has always been a great place to come for good food, a fine sidewalk cappuccino, and fun street life. A landmark for the neighbourhood is the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, which always has a myriad of local cultural productions: theatre, dance, comedy, and music. In recent times Commercial Drive has become more culturally diverse. Though it still has an Italian flavour, the mix of cultures includes new Canadians of South East Asian, Latin American, and Portuguese descent. The neighbourhood has attracted a number of urban folks who have bought heritage homes there and have begun to gentrify the neighbourhood. You’ll also see a number of rainbow flags flying reflecting a large lesbian population. The area is a hub for left of centre discussions and cutting edge arts and really comes alive during the city’s fringe festival.

North Vancouver and West Vancouver
People often refer to North and West Vancouver as the North Shore as it is located across Burrard inlet to the north of the city. North Shore attractions include Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Seymour Mountain, Cypress Mountain, Lighthouse Park, and Whytecliff Park to name a few. No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a drive to Horseshoe Bay along the scenic and winding Marine Drive.

 

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