During your stay, discover the many things to do in Vancouver. Ask the Concierge for more information on the area attractions, including current exhibits at the Vancouver Art Gallery across from the Hotel, or at the renowned Museum of Anthropology.
Famed for its dramatic natural setting, Vancouver is also home to an unusually diverse range of museums, parks and world-class shopping.
Things to Do in Vancouver
Concierge Recommends: Vancouver
The Chef Concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver shares travel recommendations to make your stay memorable.
Things to Do in Vancouver for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Thanks to its natural surroundings and energetic spirit, this coastal city in Western Canada attracts adventure-minded travellers, residents and companies.
Things to Do in Vancouver With Kids
From interactive museums to outdoor fun at Granville Island, Vancouver offers cultural events and attractions for the whole family.
Vancouver Art Gallery
The fine arts of past and present centuries are on display in Vancouver's most beautiful heritage building. The architecturally distinguished gallery showcases powerful works across diverse media.
One of the largest Chinatowns in North America, second only to San Francisco, it was declared a historic area in 1971. Since then, its buildings and unique character have been preserved and enhanced.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
The bridge has just launched a brand new activity at the bridge this summer - a heart-stopping cliffside journey through rainforest vegetation on a series of unobtrusive cantilevered and suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above Capilano River.
Several blocks of superbly restored buildings, cobblestone streets, the world's only steam-powered clock and many other charming features make Gastown a popular destination for shoppers and diners.
Centrally located, this shopper's paradise offers a bustling covered market, while some of British Columbia's finest arts, crafts and dining make this island a favourite "people place."
"The Peak of Vancouver" offers a host of mountaintop experiences for locals and vacationers. The Skyride Gondola whisks you to a vantage point of 1,128 metres (3,700 feet) for a superb view of the city.
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
The Space Centre dazzles with a planetarium, virtual simulator, observatory and laser show, as well as live and audiovisual demonstrations, leading-edge technology, interactive exhibitions and more.
Here, you will find Vancouver's last stand of old-growth forest. Climb the rocky beach, explore tidal pools and take in the enormous ancient trees.
Touch a tornado. Step on sound and see exploding zucchinis. Lose your shadow. Find a beaver lodge. Stretch your mind in a distorted room and talk back to yourself in an echo tube. Do all this and more.
Over 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of woodlands, with nature trails, gardens, miniature train rides, a petting zoo, and beaches, and bordered by a long seawall that provides cycle and pedestrian paths.
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Home to beluga whales, dolphins, seals, sea otters and seabirds. See colourful crowds of bustling coral reef fish and circling sharks in the tropical galleries, plus a walk-through Amazon rainforest.
Located just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Mount Seymour is renowned for its ski and snowboard school. Mount Seymour is home to 340 metres (1115 feet) of vertical, with 21 runs.
A vibrant, artistic part of the city, Yaletown is becoming Vancouver’s most diverse shopping district and is also a great area for wandering or sitting on a patio.
Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia
An exciting, comprehensive display of the powerful art and icons of the West Coast Native peoples, with Haida and Kwakiutl carvings and totem poles, along with a collection Asian and Pacific artefacts.
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Permanent and temporary exhibitions highlight exploration, sailing, fishing, maritime art and the port’s development. Climb aboard the St. Roch, one of Canada's first ice-breakers navigating the Arctic.
A beautiful secluded island accessible by ferry, you can view mink, grouse, ravens, eagles, herons and deer. Hike up Mount Gardiner for views worth painting. There’s biking and kayaking, too.
Located just off the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Shannon Falls is the third highest in the province. It’s surrounded by parkland, and near the well-known climbers' haven, Chief Mountain.
The North Shore's Cypress Mountain, located 25 kilometres (16 miles) from downtown Vancouver, is a ski area cradled between two mountains - Mount Strachan and Black Mountain - that soar above Vancouver.
Marion Scott Gallery
A comfortable gallery with an international flavour, specializing in the arts of the Canadian Inuit and featuring Northwest Coast Native Art. Exclusive agents to sculptor Alexander Schick.
Located overlooking Vancouver's waterfront, Edgewater Casino offers gaming, dining and entertainment from sporting to red carpet events.
Located on Granville Street between 6th and 17th Streets, South Granville offers high-end shopping, antiques and world-class dining, while showcasing Vancouver's fine art galleries.
Museum of Vancouver
The Museum specializes in permanent and travelling exhibitions depicting the history of Vancouver, the history and art of Canada's Native peoples, and the decorative arts of Asia, Europe and North America.
B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
Find British Columbia's most extensive collection of artefacts and archival materials chronicling the province's professional and amateur sports and recreation history, with hands-on exhibits.
Vandusen Botanical Gardens
Native and exotic plants, along with more than 60 species of birds, are displayed among rolling lawns, tranquil lakes and woodlands. Children and adults alike will enjoy the Elizabethan hedge maze.
Bill Reid Gallery
Promoting Northwest Coast Art, the Gallery primarily collects and exhibits works of contemporary Northwest Coast Aboriginal artists. Also featured are other Canadian and international artists focusing on Aboriginal arts.
The diverse stretch of stores is every shopper's dream. Walking is the best way to view this bustling stretch of shops and restaurants, which is a meeting place for culture, food and fashion.
Alberni Street is quickly becoming Vancouver's hub for elite fashion, retail and restaurants. Notable haute couture retailers include Hermes, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Brooks Brothers and Tiffany & Co.
Metropolis at Metrotown
Includes a Multiplex theatre and 450 retails stores, and is only 20 minutes from the Hotel via the skytrain.
Located directly beneath the Hotel, a central downtown experience that touches every aspect of life, from fashion to food, with boutique-style stores that stretch over three city blocks.
Lonsdale Quay Market
Featuring over 80 vendors, specialty shops and restaurants, the Market also includes a children's section complete with a play area. The Market is accessible via SeaBus, a pedestrian ferry.
Queen Elizabeth Park
This is the highest geographic point within downtown Vancouver. Take in the public gardens nestled in a former quarry, explore the geodesic conservatory and eat at Seasons in the Park.
River Rock Casino
River Rock Casino offers a taste of Las Vegas while visiting Vancouver. In addition to over 1,000 slot machines and 89 table games, the casino features the largest poker room in Canada.
Arts Club Theatre Company
Located on Granville Island, it offers dinner-theatre packages, as well as a popular licensed lounge with live bands and an outdoor patio.
Bard on the Beach
A Shakespeare festival during the summer months held in giant tents in Vanier Park, overlooking picturesque English Bay.
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company
A 647-seat theatre that adjoins the larger Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Established in 1962, the company has a rich history of premiering original Canadian plays.
First-class acoustics make the Orpheum one of North America's finest heritage theatres. Home to the Vancouver Symphony, the Orpheum is also host to a variety of pop, classical, choral and chamber concerts.
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
The Theatre boasts one of the largest stages in Canada. Ultra-modern electronic lighting and perfect acoustics make it the perfect facility for Broadway shows, pop and rock concerts, operas and dance.
A quaint, recently renovated art-deco style theatre, originally built in the late 1920s. It is the home of many vibrant, small, innovative productions.