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Tours and Sightseeing
745 Denman Street
Rent a bicycle and see Stanley Park.
Gray Line of Vancouver
Book day trips to Whistler and Vancouver Island.
Charter a boat or take a harbour tour.
Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre Tower
See the city, the harbour and the mountains from on high.
A cheap and fun way to see the city—board a trolley at the corner of Water Street and Cordova (west end of Gastown) then get on or off wherever you like along the route.
West Coast Sightseeing
Choose from a variety of tours.
For more things to do, visit the Tourism Vancouver website:
Transportation Around Vancouver
For travel by bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain throughout the Lower Mainland.
Yellow Cab Company
For taxi rides to all Vancouver locations.
For more about land, sea, and air transportation, visit the Tourism Vancouver website:
Restaurants Near Harbour Centre
Average price per person for two-course dinner (excluding beverages, taxes and gratuities):
$ = under $15
$$ = $15–$25
$$$ = $25–$40
321 Water Street, 604-683-8376
Italian fare that goes way beyond pizza. Clean and simple tastes with top-of-the-line ingredients.
420 Pender Street, 604-605-0420
Deceptively simple and uncomplicated French food. Delightful bistro with charming staff and a pleasant little patio.
562 Beatty Street, 604-879-7119
Voted the best new restaurant by Vancouver Magazine—terrific room, great service, outstanding Belgian food and impressive beer list. Reservations recommended.
609 Granville Street, 604-639-2055
A culinary school with menus that change weekly. Offers excellent desserts.
217 Carrall Street, 604-688-9779
Shamrock-free Irish bistro with a sophisticated menu. Very reasonable.
Manhattan at the Delta Suites
Across the street from Harbour Centre
550 West Hastings Street, 604-689-8188
A hotel restaurant with a bright and clever global menu. Makes an effort to please a diverse clientele.
20-minute walk or short taxi ride to Chinatown
244 E. Georgia Street, 604-682-5777
Cambodian-Vietnamese food. One of the first ethnic restaurants in town to win accolades from the New York Times.
117 West Pender Street, 604-642-2882
Innovative interpretation of Chinese cuisine. Contemporary dim-sum in a lounge-like setting on the edge of Chinatown.
|Attraction||Admission Charge||Travel from SFU||Approximate Mid-Day Travel Time|
|Chinatown||$8.75 for Sun Yat Sen Gardens||walk|
|Commercial Drive||no||Take 20 Victoria bus eastbound from Hastings & Seymour; get off at 1st Ave. and Commercial Dr.||21 minutes|
|Gastown||no||walk or bus|
|Granville Island||no||Take the 50 False Creek South bus westbound from Cordova and Seymour; get off at 2nd Ave. & Anderson; walk under bridge to Granville Island.||14 min. bus + 10 min. walk|
|many art galleries on Granville Street, south of Granville Bridge||no||Take the 4 UBC or 7 Dunbar bus at Pender & Richards; get off on Granville St. and West 5th Ave.||12 minutes|
|Grouse Mountain, including the Grind||$29.95 for skyride, free to hike up the Grind||Get the Seabus at Waterfront Station; take the 236 Grouse Mountain bus to the base of the skyride.||52 minutes|
Note: you can walk from here to the Pacific Space Centre, the Vancouver Museum and the Maritime Museum.
|no||Take the 7 Dunbar or the 22 Macdonald bus from Pender & Richards; get off at Arbutus and Cornwall.||15 minutes|
|Lonsdale Quay Public Market||no||Get the Seabus at Waterfront Station.||12 minutes|
|Queen Elizabeth Park||$4.25 for Blodel Conservatory||Take the 15 Cambie bus eastbound from Pender & Richards.||23 minutes|
|Stanley Park||no||Take the 19 Stanley Park bus at Pender & Richards.||12 minutes|
|Steveston fishing village||no||Take the 351 Crescent Beach bus from Howe & Pender; get off at Steveston Highway onramp; take the C93 Steveston bus to the village.||55 minutes|
|Vancouver Art Gallery||$15; Thursdays, 5 - 9 pm, by donation||walk|
|VanDusen Gardens||$7.75; $6.50 in groups of 10 or more||Take the 17 Oak bus eastbound from Pender & Richards; get off at 17th Ave. & Oak.|
|Vancouver Public Library, downtown branch||no||walk|