Situated on the Northwest Pacific Coast, Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia with over half a million residents and one of the mildest climates in Canada. Vancouver is recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful and sustainable cities with one of the smallest carbon footprints of any major city in North America. Home to spectacular natural scenery and a booming business centre, it is no wonder that Vancouver was Host City to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. More recently, Vancouver is now the new home of the annual TED Conference.
Vancouver’s downtown core is a modern metropolis that is bustling with activity and events. Panoramic views of mountainous terrain and bodies of water can be seen from any viewpoint within the city providing the perfect blend of city life and natural surroundings. Aside from Vancouver’s lush scenery, locals are known for their friendly nature, and everyone takes great pride in welcoming visitors to clean and safe streets – day or night. Moreover, all of Vancouver’s spectacular sites and attractions are easily accessible due to our exceptional public transportation system. Alternatively, walking is encouraged as it allows you to truly explore the city in great depth.
Home to attractions such as Stanley Park, Granville Island, Grouse Mountain, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge, participants will experience firsthand the spectacular scenery and rich culture. In addition to the activities that the CaseIT Organizing Committee has planned, there will be free time to discover the endless attractions that Vancouver has to offer. We encourage you to take a few extra days to experience unforgettable locations such as Whistler Blackcomb, a convenient three hour drive from downtown Vancouver and consistently ranked as one of the top ski resorts in North America. Although acclaimed for its winter events, Whistler Blackcomb is a year round destination with festivals, activities and fun for every season.
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Below are just a few of the popular places and activities that you can choose to visit during Discover Vancouver on February 16! If there are any activities not listed that you would like to do, just notify your team host! [pdf version]
*Please note that prices below do not include transit costs.
An iconic historical island full of art and culture. Granville island has water-front restaurants, theaters, galleries, studios, shops, cafes, and a fresh food market. One of their greatest attractions is the Granville Island Brewing Co. where you could try out different beer flights
Transportation: Bus Ride (25min)
THE VANCOUVER SEAWALL
Explore one of the top parks in North America, Stanley Park, by biking along the seawall. The bike route is 22km, which is doable within an hour. The trail is not difficult, it is meant to enjoy the view. However keep in mind that it may be raining, or be a bit colder!
Transportation: Bus Ride (15min), Bike Ride (1hr)
Costs: $7.00 per hour rental
ROBSON ST. & PACIFIC CENTRE
Robson Street is Vancouver’s busiest shopping street filled with brand name stores such as Victoria Secret, Zara, Banana Republic, and more. Also, Pacific Centre is downtown Vancouver’s largest mall with over 100 stores including Holt Renfrew, Apple, H&M, and so on.
Transportation: Walk (8-10min) or Skytrain (3-5min)
VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
The Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibition in February is called Unscrolled: Reframing Traditions in Chinese Contemporary Art. These artists transform traditional Chinese culture into Chinese contemporary art by their individual experiences, contemporary challenges and present-day concerns.
Transportation: Walk (12min) or Skytrain (10min)
Costs: Admission Fee, Adults $21, Students $15.75
Located in the heart of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is one of Canada’s largest aquariums. There are over 50 000 different animal species which include beluga whales, sea otters and penguins. Also included with the price of admission there are daily animal shows and a 4D show as well!
Transportation: Bus Ride (25min)
Costs: Admission Fee, Adults $31, Students $22
Located on top of the Five Sails that is connected to the Pan Pacific Hotel, FlyOver Canada is an amazing virtual flight ride in which you will “take off” into a huge domed screen to enjoy a breathtaking flight across the country. The motion seating and special effects including wind, scents and mist combine to make you feel as if you truly are flying! Just in time for Chinese New Year, enjoy a back-to-back bonus show of Flyover Canada with the Flight of the Dragon.
Admission Cost: $20.95 /adult , $18.84 /student with valid ID
Hop On Hop Off Tour Bus
This historic bus is the easiest way to enjoy Vancouver’s most popular areas: Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and more! With live commentary, you will learn all about the beauty and greatness of Vancouver.
*Located right outside Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver
Cost: $42.00 /adult
As Vancouver’s historic heart and the epicenter of independent design, culture, food and fashion, Gastown delivers one-of-a-kind experiences to visitors and locals alike. Visit the famous steam clock that was built in 1977, explore one-of-a-kind galleries, and try some of the most famous restaurants in Vancouver. Gastown is only two blocks from the Pan Pacific Hotel.