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What To Do In Vancouver near our Guest House

Vancouver Attractions

There is so much to do and see in Vancouver from nature to culture to restaurants and shopping, that we recommend you spend a minimum of 3 days of your vacation in Vancouver. Here are some main Vancouver tourist attractions and activities to maximize your enjoyment while staying at The Manor Guest House.

Stanley Park

Of the many jewels in the crown of Vancouver’s attractions, Stanley Park is undoubtedly the largest and most brilliant. Consisting of 1001 acres bordering on downtown Vancouver, this urban park was established in 1888 and was named after Lord Stanley who was then the Governor-General of Canada. It is 10% larger than Central Park in New York City and an estimated 8 million people a year visit Stanley Park. Read More>>

Vancouver Gardens

As I look out my window on this rainy January day in Vancouver I think of the beautiful, brightly-coloured gifts this rain will bring. Aly the tender shoots of crocuses and snow drops are bravely pushing their heads above the ground and in just a matter of days we’ll see the riotous colours of their contrasting flowers. Read More>>


A 3 Day Tour Guide of Vancouver

Day One

Visit Vancouver’s Chinatown, the second largest in North America. See the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens, the only classical Chinese gardens outside of China. Visit Gastown, the original waterfront area of Vancouver. Explore the unique architecture, cobblestone streets, and the famous Steam Clock. Check out the excellent shops that specialize in native arts and crafts. Walk along Robson Street, Vancouver’s answer to Rodeo Drive and be sure to check out the Vancouver Art Gallery. Spend money. Visit Stanley Park, the largest urban park in North America. See the world class Aquarium, and the outdoor beluga whale show. Explore the six mile (10km) Seawall. Rent a bicycle or in-line skates, walk it or jog it. (The Seawall is not very hilly.) See the totem poles and swoon over the view from Prospect Point. Have dinner at the Fish House in Stanley Park, one of Vancouver’s finest fish and seafood restaurants.

Day Two

Go on a 4 hour kayaking trip with Lotusland Tours (free pick-up and drop off from the Manor.) See where the Rainforest meets the ocean and enjoy a salmon barbecue on a remote island. Experience the colourful indoor market on Granville island – a feast for the senses. See the excellent craft shops, featuring the work of local artists. Have dinner on the patio at Bridge’s. See a Shakespearian play at Bard on the Beach. Or do something as daring as visiting the Harley Motorcycle Museum.

Day Three

Visit Queen Elizabeth Park and see the magnificent landscaped gardens and McMillan-Bloedel Conservatory of rare plants and exotic birds. See the extensive gardens at the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens and try to find your way out of the Elizabethan labyrinth. Visit the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia to view the spectacular collections of West Coast Native art. Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge. At 450 feet it’s the longest suspension bridge in the world, overlooking a magnificent canyon. Cross it if you dare. Walk through and admire the impressive living forest exhibit. Visit Grouse Mountain and ride the famous Skyride to this 3700 ft. (1300 meter) high mountain playground. Enjoy a sweeping view of Vancouver and environs. Have dinner at the restaurant.

Resolve to come back to Vancouver soon because you’ve only skimmed the surface.

More Ideas…

Big Bus City Tours and Westcoast Sightseeing Tours. Big Bus offers open-air, double-decker bus city and park tours and also guided sightseeing tours of Whistler, Vancouver Island and Butchart Gardens. Ask our manager to book the tour that will suite your needs.