Don’t Miss These Must-See Vancouver Tourist Destinations

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.


Vancouver a heaven for skiing, snowboarding, and winter fun!

Recreation plays a role in personal development. The renewal of mind and body readies you for learning and growth. The majestic geography of British Columbia makes Vancouver an ideal location for going to school because you’ll have opportunities all year to enjoy the outdoors. If you like to breathe brisk air and leave your tracks in fresh snow, the region’s slopes present world-class venues for skiing, snowboarding, or exploring magical landscapes.

Ski Resorts Everywhere

  1. The Sea to Sky Highway will take you to the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. This skiing paradise is open November through May and boasts 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, and over 200 trails. Plan for over 2 hours of driving to reach the resort that is 136 kilometres north of Vancouver. Lodging and ski packages start at $118 U.S. per night but jump up to $375 a night over the holidays.
  2. Cypress Mountain was a ski competition venue during the 2010 Winter Olympics, and it’s only a 30-minute drive north of Vancouver. Here you’ll find 53 alpine ski runs, and some of them are open for night skiing. Full-day adult lift tickets cost about $60 on a weekday.
  3. Sun Peaks is a 411-kilometre drive from Vancouver. It’s Canada’s second largest ski area. Lift operations run from November through April. Three mountains offer over 1,700 hectares of ski slopes. Weekday lift tickets start at about $66.99 Canadian.
  4. Big White Ski Resort is 450 kilometres west of Vancouver. Abundant white powder welcomes skiers and snowboarders. Pre-holiday specials offer a $150 a night special for lodging that includes 2 lift tickets. Expect higher prices during the peak weeks of December 23 through January 7.

If you’re not inclined to strap on ski boots, don’t think you have to stay indoors. Vancouver is still a superb region for outdoor winter activities.

  1. The Celebrate Canyon Lights winter festival at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park runs from November through late January. Hundreds of thousands of lights adorn the suspension bridges that let you walk among 250-year-old Douglas fir trees.
  2. In Squamish, the Sea to Sky Gondola venue offers winter activities like the Christmas Forest Walk and snowshoeing. You can also try snow tubing, a fast moving but easier activity than skiing.
  3. At Grouse Mountain in the Lower Mainland, you can tour the alpine region of Blue Grouse Lake on zip lines.

When you’re a student at the Universal Learning Institute, many enriching experiences beyond the classroom await you throughout the Vancouver area.

A Reading List to Improve Your English

The Universal Learning Institute (ULI) supports international students who want to improve their English language skills. Our campus is a place where you can talk to native speakers and other ESL students. We also encourage you to read English language books. Reading is an ideal way to expand your vocabulary and increase comprehension.

This list of book recommendations for ESL students presents a variety of titles. You should find a few titles that appeal to you. From ideas important for success to some good relaxing fun, these books will build your English reading skills.


This list offers everything from career advice to new ways of looking at the world.

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – First published in 1936, it is easy to read and packed with tips for effective communication and success in life.
  2. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell – An influential work that explains how ideas, behaviours, and products become popular.
  3. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth – Given 5 or 4-star reviews by most readers, the book says that success depends on dedication more than talent.
  4. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – Often the recipient of 5-star praise from readers, the book will train you to be mindful or your habits.
  5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – Anyone, introvert or extrovert, can benefit from this book that most readers give 4 or 5 stars.

Relax With Your Imagination

Reading fiction can help you unwind after studying for exams. Get to know some characters whose adventures will help you learn more English.

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Still getting 5 star reviews after 200 years, this monster story written by a teenager created the science fiction genre.
  2. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – Featuring the famous character Sherlock Holmes, this story is a great read on a spooky night. Doyle wrote popular fiction, and you’ll have little trouble with his prose.
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – This modern science fiction comedy will put a smile on your face. Plus, the text contains the answer to life, the universe, and everything!
  4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Perhaps you already read this world-famous novel in your own language. Even so, Harry’s adventures at wizard school as written in their original English will build your language skills.