Students at the Universal Learning Center have many choices when they want to go out with friends and family. The diverse cultures of Vancouver have created a thriving urban community surrounded by natural wonders. Historical neighbourhoods, museums, Stanley Park, cafes, and the nearby getaway of Victoria reward visitors with everything from hearty brunches to whale sightings.
Top Destinations for Tourists and Locals
- Stanley Park lets city dwellers roam a scenic area that forms the third largest park in North America. The Seawall creates a waterfront path where divided lanes accommodate walkers and bicyclists comfortably. The 400-hectare park offers seasonal recreational activities and operates a nature centre and aquarium.
- At the Museum of Anthropology, visitors encounter art exhibits that emphasize the historical and contemporary works of First Nations people on the Northwest Coast. Views of water and mountains beyond the building enhance the experience.
- The vivid past of Gastown entertains tourists visiting this historical neighbourhood. A walking tour is available that takes people to the Steam Clock, Byrne’s Block, Maple Tree Square, and Gassy Jack statue. Weekend mornings in Gastown bustle with brunch goers eager to fill up at the neighbourhood’s many eateries.
- West End borders Stanley Park and holds the distinction of being the city’s first affluent neighbourhood. It remains a popular urban destination where visitors enjoy beaches, parks, and people watching. The active nightlife in this neighbourhood includes events like outdoor disco parties.
- Chinatown does not disappoint lovers of Chinese cuisine. Numerous restaurants occupy the neighbourhood. Unique Asian-style buildings from the area’s early days still remain although new development is vying for space.
- Victoria on Vancouver Island is the provincial capital and a favorite getaway near the city. The Inner Harbour sets the scene where civilization meets the sea. People can tour the Parliament Building or the Royal British Columbia Museum. Away from town, hiking, vineyard tours, and wine tastings provide a relaxing change of pace. For those who want to get out on the water, tour boat companies cruise alongside humpback whales.
This short list presents only a fraction of Vancouver’s must-see tourist destinations. Any time of the year, even on rainy days, students can discover new experiences in and around the city.