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Winter Olympics 2010

When in Vancouver: Top 5 tourist attractions, and more

Chris Erskine  Feb 08, 2010

Vancouver is one of the few major North American cities without a downtown freeway. As such, it lends itself to strolling, shopping and exploring. Here, as Vancouver begins to fill up for the upcoming Winter Olympics, are the biggest tourist hits, according to the city’s tourism marketing organization.

Top 5 Attractions

1. Capilano Suspension Bridge
2. Granville Island
3. Grouse Mountain
4. Stanley Park
5. Vancouver Aquarium

Top 5 Places for Live Music

1. Media Club
2. Railway Club
3. O’Doul’s
4. The Yale
5. Biltmore

Top 5 Shopping Neighborhoods

1. Gastown
2. Kitsilano’s West 4th Avenue
3. Robson Street
4. South Main/Mount Pleasant
5. South Granville

Top 5 Active Pursuits That Say ‘Vancouver’

1. Bike the Stanley Park Seawall
2. Do the Grouse Grind (a challenging hike up Grouse Mountain)
3. Kayak in False Creek
4. Night ski on Cypress Mountain
5. Rain-forest hike in Lighthouse Park

Top 5 Foods That Say ‘Vancouver’

1. Dim sum
2. Dungeness crab
3. Salmon - smoked, alder-grilled, salmon candy, etc.
4. Sushi - specifically BC rolls
5. West Coast oysters

Top 5 Sushi Restaurants

1. Blue Water Café
2. Kibune Sushi
3. Miku
4. Tojo’s
5. Toshi’s

Top 5 Souvenirs That Say ‘Vancouver’

1. Aboriginal carving or artwork
2. Coffee beans from JJ Bean
3. Lululemon yoga gear
4. Smoked salmon
5. Vancouver 2010 Olympic gift

When in Vancouver: Top 5 tourist attractions, and more
Moon over Canada Place, Vancouver, BC / Image via


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