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Explore The City
The day begins at Granville Island, a lively collection of renovated warehouses under our Granville Street Bridge, which have been transformed into theatres, artists’ studios, craft shops and a thriving public market known for its fresh seafood and produce. There’s also a selection of restaurants and the island’s very own brewery to be found for the hungry and thirsty traveler. Take a taxi to the island (approx. $10) or the Aquatic Center and then hop on False Creek Ferries, or take the #50 Bus south on Granville St. to arrive at the island. Driving time is approximately 10 minutes from The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. www.granvilleisland.com  

Take in the sights of our diverse neighbours during your 20-minute drive to The Museum of Anthropology. This unique collection is found in an architecturally stunning building on the grounds of The University of British Columbia. With special recognition given to the achievements of northwest coast First Nations, the museum features a spectacular collection of authentic west coast Totem poles and work by renowned Haida artist Bill Reid. The museum also showcases other artifacts from around the world.

A 15-minute drive will take you to Kitsilano, one the city’s most relaxed and scenic neighbourhoods. Affectionately referred to as ‘Kits’ by locals, the neighbourhood has two beautiful beaches (Kitsilano and Jericho) overlooking English Bay that are perfect for taking in the sunshine and basking in the million-dollar view of the mountains.

You’ll be sure to notice a palpable ‘down-to-earth’ vibe when visiting the area, a welcome trait carried over from the area’s hippie-influenced period in the 1960’s. A trip down West 4th Avenue will give you a real feel for Kitsilano’s offerings for the trendy and the eclectic alike, with a healthy dose of one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, restaurants and, of course, coffee houses. If you need a crash-course in authentic, unpretentious, and relaxing Canadian West Coast lifestyle, this is the place to go.

Sightseeing
A visit to Vancouver would not be complete without a visit to Stanley Park, Vancouver’s urban oasis. This green giant of natural beauty is over 1000 acres – the largest city-owned park in Canada and the third largest in North America. Originally opened on Sept. 27, 1888, the park’s landscape is thickly populated with enormous trees – such as the Douglas fir – that can be up to several hundred years old and measuring 76 metres (250 ft.). Be sure to take advantage of Stanley Park’s famous view of Coal Harbour and rent a bike, rollerblades, or put on your walking shoes for a leisurely stroll along the park’s 10km paved seawall. Many rental bike/rollerblade rental shops can be found on Denman Street, right before the entrance to the park, including the Harbour Air Adventure Center.

If you want to experience Stanley Park the old-fashioned way, try a narrated, one hour Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tour. The tours start at the Information Booth on Park Drive (east of the Rowing Club), and are available from March 15 to October 31st. Private carriages are also available during that time, and for the month preceding Christmas. Stanley Park, 604.681.5115 www.stanleyparktours.com

If you want to get up close and personal with the aquatic world, you have to make a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, conveniently located in Stanley Park. Officially Canada’s first aquarium, the facility has now been open for over 50 years and is the largest in the country. Try an Otter Experience! Go behind the scenes to learn about caring for and feeding these playful sea otters before participating in a feeding session with their trainers. http://www.vanaqua.org/  

Culture
Start your day at the Vancouver Art Gallery, adjacent to The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Located in the former Vancouver Courthouse building, this spectacular heritage site offers contemporary and historic exhibits, and is home to a collection of paintings by world renowned BC artist Emily Carr. For information on the latest exhibits, please see www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

A bustling traditional Chinatown lies just east of the downtown core. Stop in at one of the many restaurants for a delicious dim sum lunch and then enjoy shopping at the various markets before visiting the tranquil Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens, Vancouver's living treasure. See how 52 master craftsmen utilized treasured natural materials to create this unique expression of Chinese culture. This garden is the first of its kind on the North American continent.

The North Shore
A 10-minute walk from The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver to the bottom of Seymour Street will lead you to the Seabus terminal. The Seabus is part of the transit system in Vancouver, and offers a 15-minute “harbour cruise” to Vancouver’s North Shore. When you arrive in North Vancouver you will dock at the Lonsdale Quay Market, a smaller version of the Granville Island market mentioned above. Take the opportunity to fill-up on fresh baked goodies and delicious homemade fare…a day of adventure awaits!

The first stop is the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. One of Vancouver’s oldest and most popular attractions, the Capilano Suspension Bridge was built in 1889. Measuring 137m (450 ft) across and 70m (230ft) above Capilano river, this massive footbridge is worth the long walk across. Other on-site features include guided nature tours, exhibits, musical entertainment and First Nations carving demonstrations. www.capbridge.com  

A short drive from the Capilano Suspension Bridge will lead you to Grouse Mountain, The Peak of Vancouver. Grouse Mountain is Vancouver's premium four-season attraction. Enjoy the scenic gondola sky ride up to the top of the mountain and ski down in the winter or hike the popular "Grouse Grind" to the very top in the summer. Atop Grouse Mountain offers unparalleled views of our beautiful city. You'll also find a wildlife refuge and dining options with some of the best views the city has to offer. www.grousemountain.com