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Art Gallery
“Stunning exhibitions of contemporary and historic artwork alike, the Vancouver Art Gallery never ceases to amaze, and is always a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.”
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Science Museum
“ Ignite your mind and discover the wonders of science at Science World at TELUS World of Science. Immerse yourself in interactive indoor and outdoor displays like the Ken Spencer Science Park, explore inspirational feature exhibitions, witness jaw-dropping live science demonstrations and view larger-than-life OMNIMAX® films. Created exclusively for kids ages 0–5 and their caregivers, the Wonder Gallery is designed to help little ones learn through play! Take a break from the action by watching a free show in the Science Theatre, or enjoying lunch at Triple O’s or in the Science World lunchroom.”
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Garden
“Beautiful and only a block away! Free area for pictures and enjoying garden, and a paid museum experience area.”
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Library
“A Moshe Safdie architectural masterpiece its design is reminiscent of the coliseum. It has a roof top garden and view deck that you shouldn't miss.”
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Cuban Restaurant
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“Restaurant and bar, great patio for people watching on the Drive. Comedy/live entertainment at nights.”
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Museum
“In Vanier Park near Burrard Bridge, the Museum of Vancouver is a large institution devoted to all things Vancouver. It covers the city history from the first Coast Salish communities to Japantown, Kitsilano hippie days, and urban development. Other worthwhile museums and centers​ are within a short walk, including the HR MacMillan Space Centre with its planetarium, an observatory, and the waterfront Maritime Museum, where splendid views capture English Bay with the North Shore mountains beyond. ”
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Museum
“Vancouver Maritime Museum Vancouver Maritime Museum Vancouver’s Maritime Museum in Vanier Park showcases the region’s maritime and boating history, as well as that of the Pacific Northwest and Arctic. It’s a good place to be on a rainy day, and Vancouver’s top attraction for learning about boats and maritime history. Maritime Museum Located in Vanier Park between Kitsilano Beach and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Museum of Vancouver, the Maritime Museum is home to a historic arctic exploration vessel, the St. Roch, and displays of model ships. The Vancouver Maritime Museum isn’t a large museum, but it has a fair collection of model ships and will likely take you between 30 minutes and an hour to go through, unless you are a model-ship enthusiast who wants to study every little detail on each display. The highlight of the Maritime Museum is definitely the St. Roch, a retired RCMP police boat and the first vessel to circumnavigate North America. The St. Roch is indoors and you can board the vessel and walk all around it, including inside in the galley. St. Roch at Maritime MuseumThe St. Roch indoors at the Maritime Museum Maritime Museum Information The Maritime Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sundays from noon until 5 pm, and closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The museum is also open Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm. It used to be by donation then, but not anymore. The museum’s address is 1905 Ogden Avenue which is located in Vanier Park. Admission Admission to the museum is about $12.50 for adults, $10 for students, youth and seniors, and $35 for a family. Children 5 and under are free. ”
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Brewery
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“This industrial part of town, is up and coming. If you want to discover some spots that even some Vancouver locals don't know about, walk along Powell street during the afternoon. ”
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Coffee Shop
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“Get the gibraltar here! Or a pour over. They take their coffee seriously and the room has lots of tables for working on your laptop at.”
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Planetarium
“No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, BC’s top space attraction that brings the wonders of space to Earth, while providing a personal sense of ongoing discovery. Kids, adults, the entire family — there's something for everyone.”
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Library
“Closest gym to house, small community centre gym, cheap to access for one-time workouts, most basic equipment for cardio and weights.”
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Science Museum
“Great place for kids and families! Always plenty of really cool exhibits to explore. You can easily spend 3-4 hours here.”
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Art Gallery
“The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is a non-profit public art gallery dedicated to the research, exhibition, education and documentation of contemporary visual art as it is practiced locally through to internationally. It aspires to generate significant audiences for its innovative and diverse programmes through free access and a profile that is international in scope. The CAG is the longest standing independent public art gallery dedicated to presenting contemporary visual art in Vancouver. They deliver between ten and twenty exciting exhibitions and off-site projects each year, provide an extensive range of learning and public programs for adults, families and children, offer a series of residencies for Canadian and international artists directly contributing to the local scene, and publish insightful catalogues that create a lasting legacy of exhibited work- all while offering all of our programs free of charge through an admission by donation policy. They believe that access to, enjoyment of and engagement with contemporary art and the surrounding debates should be available and open to all.”
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Event Space
“Indoor lap pool, kids pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, gym, and ice skating rink. ”
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Restaurant
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“A great local restaurant that features live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The menu offers items for all tastes. ”
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Art Gallery
“Showcasing a gorgeous collection made by Canadian artist Bill Reid and other First Nations artists, the gallery is one of the few places in the city where you can truly explore the artistic history of Canada. From gorgeous art pieces carved out in stones, paintings, sketches, totem poles, abstract figurines along with fine pieces of gold and silver jewelry, the place offers something of interest for everyone. Highlights include: Reid’s bronze masterpiece Gold and silver jewelry pieces Totem pole carved by James Hart of Haida Gwaii”
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