About Vancouver

Visiting Vancouver in early autumn can be a lovely experience. The summer travelers have already headed back home and temperatures have dropped but the city has yet to go into hibernation and has a lot to offer.

 

Have a look at this video to discover why Vancouver is a must visit place and below are some examples of what you can enjoy in our beautiful city. 

Vancouver Attractions

Stanley Park is one of the top city parks in North America. It is one of the city's main tourist attractions, ideally situated on a peninsula at the northwestern edge of downtown. 
Distance from Westin Bayshore: 1.0 km 
Cost: Free!

  Conveniently located at the entrance to the world famous Stanley Park, Spokes Bicycle Rentals has a large selection of bicycles, so seeing Stanley Park and the rest of Vancouver couldn't be easier.

Distance from Westin Bayshore: 400 m
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  The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada's largest aquarium and is home to more than 70,000 creatures including dolphins, sea otters, anacondas, three-toed sloths, eels and more.  The Vancouver Aquarium is widely respected for its research and marine stewardship, and visitors can learn more about the region's marine life through the numerous exhibits.

Distance from Westin Bayshore: 1.9 km
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No trip to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Granville Island and its Public Market, arguably the epicenter for Vancouver's culinary enthusiasm. The Island is home 300 businesses, studios and facilities, and it retains an old-fashioned, timeless feeling. Craftsmen and artists take up residence here, and it's clear that the tradition of apprenticeship and mastery is alive and well.
Distance from Westin Bayshore: 4.5km
Cost: Free!

  Discover the power of art at the Vancouver Art Gallery! Immerse yourself in ground-breaking historical and contemporary exhibitions, and encounter artworks by Canadian, Indigenous and internationally acclaimed artists, with special attention to the art of the Asia Pacific region through the Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art.

Distance from Westin Bayshore: 1.4 km
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  Established back in the 1890s, Vancouver’ Chinatown has been humming busily for more than a century with vivid colours, exotic cuisine and a vibrant culture. Vancouver’s Chinese population originally made the journey to work in local mines and build the Trans-Canada railway. Rich in history and architecture, this area east of downtown boasts North America's third-largest Chinatown after New York and San Francisco.

Distance from Westin Bayshore: 2.8 km
Cost: Free!

Aboriginal Vancouver Attractions

 

 Aboriginal Vancouver - Immerse yourself in the living traditions of British Columbia’s Aboriginal peoples, and experience authentic music and dance, food, arts, stories, and fascinating cultural artifacts.

  Bill Reid Art Gallery is a public gallery for Contemporary Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast named after the acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid.  The Gallery is home to Bill Reid’s Collection alongside special exhibitions of contemporary Northwest Coast Art.

Distance from Westin Bayshore: 1.4 km
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  Museum of Anthropology houses one of the world’s finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations art.  It also features extensive collections from around the world as well as guided tours.

Distance from Westin Bayshore: 12.6 km
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Gardens

 

 


Explore VanDusen Botanical Garden, an inspiring 55 acre outdoor oasis with over 7,500 plant species and varieties. Spot and photograph local wildlife and relax in a serene setting located in the heart of Vancouver. 

Distance from Westin Bayshore: 7.9 km
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Explore Canada's oldest university botanical garden – UBC Botanical Gardens and immerse yourself in the world of wild-collected plants. Discover the 14 hectare David C. Lam Asian Garden and over 400 different plant species.
Distance from Westin Bayshore: 13.1 km
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  Nitobe Memorial Garden, is a traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden located at the University of British Columbia. It is considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America.  Nitobe Garden includes a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House.

Distance from Westin Bayshore: 13 km
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  Named the World’s Top City Garden by National Geographic, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first classical Chinese Garden in all of Canada! It is the perfect place to visit year-round, with covered walkways and beautiful pavilions protecting you from Vancouver’s famous rainforest conditions! 

Distance from Westin Bayshore: 2.5 km
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North Shore Attractions

 

 

 Capilano Suspension Bridge has been a Vancouver landmark since 1889. Visitors and locals flock to this famous swinging bridge across Capilano Canyon, which is one of Canada's most popular attractions. Guests can enjoy an even higher perspective of the West Coast rainforest on the Treetops Adventure, a series of seven suspension bridges attached to eight 250 year old Douglas-firs.  

Distance from Westin Bayshore: 7.6 km
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Grouse Mountain is the pre-eminent all-in-one, four season destinations with something for everyone.  

Distance from Westin Bayshore: 11.1 km
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For the outdoor enthusiasts, experience the natural west coast beauty by taking a hike in the Northshore or other areas of Metro Vancouver.  

Click here for a Map of nearby Hiking Trails.
Cost: Free!

 

Organized Tours

 

 

 

Vancouver Foodie Tours offer food tasting and cultural walking tours. Indulge in a feast for your eyes, belly and mind, tasting signature dishes at award-winning Vancouver gourmet restaurants, food shops and food trucks. Learn about the origin of ingredients, how dishes are prepared, as well as the history, culture, and architecture of Vancouver.

Tour starting points vary depending on tour.  All Tours take place within the Vancouver area.
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Cruise and choose from over 20 stops at world class attractions on West Coast Sightseeing Hop On/Off Bus Tours. Enjoy a birds-eye view of Vancouver at your own pace, complete with commentary.

There is a stop at the Westin Bayshore.

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Join professional Vancouver Whale Watch Guides for a 3 to 5 hour tour, departing from the picturesque West Coast fishing village of Steveston.  Travel through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan Islands to find Orcas (Killer Whales) and Humpback Whales, you’ll have the opportunity to see a diverse marine ecosystem.

Distance from Westin Bayshore: 22.6 km

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  Enjoy some of the best beer and wine the Vancouver has to offer. Award winning beer and wines in Vancouver and the Fraser valley, breath taking vistas.  Let Canadian Craft Tours show you behind the scenes of a Vancouver Craft Brewery or local Fraser Valley winery.  

All Tours take place within the Greater Vancouver area.

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  Special Discount for IUFC 2018 Delegates!

Landsea Tours & Adventures provide half-day and full-day sightseeing excursions around Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Sea-to-Sky corridor and Vancouver’s North Shore.  Driver/guides host fun and informative tours conducted on mini-coaches.
Landsea will offer 10% off for IUFC 2018 delegates booking select Landsea tours from: Sep 28 - Oct 7, 2018.  Click here for tours and rates. Please use discount code: IUFC2018

 

Tourism Vancouver – Show your Badge for Exclusive Discounts!
Convention delegates are eligible to receive exclusive discounts at these participating member businesses. Please note many offers require you to book in person at Tourism Vancouver's Visitor Centre. Visit Tourism Vancouver’s website for more information.

Aboriginal Tourism BC – Get Cultured
Immerse yourself in the rich history of BC’s Aboriginal people, in one of the most beautiful settings on earth. Our culture, traditions and awe-inspiring landscapes are waiting for you to explore. Visit Aboriginal Tourism BC for more information.

 

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