Cruises from the city are the perfect chance to explore this British Columbia gem


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One of the best views of Vancouver can be found at the top of Harbour Centre.
It’s not often that you can stand in a city center and look out at glacial fjords, islands, mountains, and forests. But that’s exactly what it’s like to be downtown in Vancouver, a British Columbia city that seamlessly mixes natural beauty with cosmopolitan culture.

The Must-See List
When in port on your luxury cruise, put the sprawling Stanley Park high on your list, where more than 1,000 acres of woods, trails, and gardens make up an impressive mid-city wilderness. Vancouver Aquarium is also located inside the park, one of North America’s biggest public aquariums. Granville Island is another popular spot for visitors, with a public market, glassblowing and pottery studios, unique shops, and fabulous dining. Vancouver’s Chinatown neighborhood is the second biggest in North America, making it a remarkable area to stroll – be sure to visit the classic Chinese gardens at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. And no traveler should miss the Capilano Suspension Bridge, one of the city’s most famous attractions.

More to Do
The Vancouver Art Gallery is a celebrated stop in the city, with a collection of notable Canadian works and excellent traveling exhibits. History buffs will be enthralled by the Museum of Anthropology, with its 535,000 archaeological and 35,000 ethnographic objects. Visitors might also want to explore Gastown, where restored Victorian buildings are among the attractions. To get out in nature a bit, the Sky Ride at Grouse Mountain brings passengers to an elevation of 3,700 feet, where they are met with stunning views and the five-acre Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.

City Dining
John Bishop is one of Vancouver’s food icons, and travelers can sample his fare at the 100% organic Bishop’s. For some of the city’s best seafood, YEW Restaurant and Bar is serving up the freshest fare around. To dig into the area’s Asian influences, Tojo’s is a popular and reputable choice for Japanese cuisine.

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