Sights in Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is another historic city with a number of palaces, great museums, parks, vibrant neighborhoods, and memorials. It seems to be a very interesting city worth visiting.

  • Old Town Square—a bustling square surrounded by beautifully designed Baroque buildings, cafes, street entertainers, and craftspeople; 110 00 Praha 1
  • Vitus Cathedral—situated in the Prague Castle, this cathedral is the most significant and largest church in Prague that was the burial site of former Czech kings and home to the Czech Crown Jewels; Prague Castle
  • Prague Zoo—one of the top zoos in the world opened in 1931 with 4,600 animals and 680 species including 12 pavilions and 150 exhibits that include animals such as Asian elephants, giant Chinese salamanders, antelopes, giraffes, gharials, and gorillas; U Trojskeho Zamku 3/120
  • Prague Castle—the largest castle in Europe with over 700 rooms
  • Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum—home to permanent exhibitions that deal with the history of Jews in Bohemian lands from the 1780s to the post-WWII era and important Jewish entrepreneurs, scientists, writers, musicians, and artists along with more than 200 valuable silver artifacts; Vezenska 141/1
  • National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror—a museum that tells the story of Czech paratroopers defeated by 700 Nazi soldiers after killing an SS leader during WWII; Resslova 307/9a
  • National Gallery in Prague—an art museum with works from Czech artists and international masters such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, and Rodin; Staromestske namesti 12
  • Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul—a beautiful cathedral with an amazing view from the top; Rotunde 10, Vysehrad Fortress
  • Waldstein Palace—the home of the Czech Senate that was once a palace for royalty; Valdshtejnske namesti 17/4
  • Botanicka Zahrada—a public garden near Prague Zoo with a path that first takes you through a desert-like environment, through a tunnel under a rain forest, and into a room where there are plants found in tropical mountains; Trojska 196
  • Charles Bridge—Prague’s signature monument where you have amazing views of the towers and domes of the Lesser Quarter and the spires of St. Vitus’s Cathedral
  • Bazilika Svateho Jiri (St. George’s Basilica)—the best-preserved Romanesque church in the Czech Republic with a 12th-century interior that includes stone walls and small arched windows; Nam. U sv. Jiri
  • Clam-Gallas Palac (Clam-Gallas Palace)—designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, a Viennese baroque architect, this palace was constructed during a span of sixteen years and is now a state archive with occasional temporary art exhibitions and concerts; Husova 20
  • Franz Kafka Museum—a museum dedicated to the works of Franz Kafka, author of The Metamorphosis, who was a German author that lived in Prague almost his entire life, and the museum features facsimiles of manuscripts, documents, first editions, photographs, and newspaper obituaries displayed in glass vitrines; Hergetova Cihelna
  • Jan Hus Monument—a monument dedicated in 1915 500 years after Hus was burned at the stake in Germany that has been the subject of some controversy because its style clashes with the other styles of the square in which it is situated but still honors his ability to transform doctrinal disagreements into common language; Staromestske nam
  • Prague Jewish Museum—a museum that consists of six Jewish monuments: the Maisel Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, the Klaus Synagogue, the Ceremonial Hall, and the Old Jewish Cemetery; Reservation Centre, Maiselova 15
  • Municipal House—a restored home designed in the Art Nouveau style with a restaurant and café as well as richly decorated halls to explore upstairs; the home was the former site of the Royal Court, the seat of Bohemia’s kings from 1383 to 1483, and has a mosaic above the entrance “Homage to Prague” that is situated between sculptures representing the oppression and rebirth of the Czechs; namesti Republiky 5
  • Strahov Library—the largest monastic library in the Czech Republic that has two baroque halls that date from the 17th and 18th centuries but are no longer open to the public and feature floor to ceiling walnut shelving, ceiling frescoes, and ceiling embellishments; Strahovske nadvori 1
  • Loreta—a pilgrimage site founded by Benigna Katerina Lobkowicz in 1626 and designed as a replica of the Santa Casa (Sacred House, the home of Mary, mother of Jesus) in the holy land with the replica situated in the center of a courtyard complex surrounded by arcades, churches, and cathedrals; Loretanske namesti 7
  • National Monument—a large monument-museum dedicated to Klement Gottwald, the country’s first president, with a central hall home to marble sarcophagi that once were home to the remains of notable Communists and a war memorial with sculptures by Jan Stursa that features exhibits recounting the founding of the Czech Republic in 1918, World War II, the 1948 coup, and the Soviet invasion of 1968; U Pamatniku 1900
  • Convent of St. Agnes—located in the northeastern corner of Stare Mesto, this is the former convent of St. Agnes that is Prague’s oldest surviving Gothic building and now home to the National Gallery’s permanent collection of medieval and early Renaissance art from 1200-1550 from Bohemia and Central Europe; U Milosrdnych 17
  • Petrin—one of Prague’s largest green spaces that is a high hill with a lookout tower and mirror maze on top of the hill and also has the Kinsky Garden where the 18th century Church of St. Michael is situated
  • Mucha Museum—an interesting museum home to the art-nouveau posters, paintings, and decorative panels of Alfons Mucha as well as sketches, photographs, and other memorabilia; Panska 7
  • Nicholas Church—one of Central Europe’s finest baroque structures which has a ceiling fresco by Johann Kracker, Apotheosis of St. Nicholas, that is Europe’s largest fresco; the church itself was completed in 1755 and in 1787 Mozart played the pipe organ there and was honored with a requiem mass in 1791; Malostranske namesti 38
  • Prague City Museum—a great museum opened in 1898 that recounts the history of Prague from prehistory to the 20th century with labels in English and Czech and artifacts such as a scale model of the city as it was between 1826 and 1834 and the Astronomical Clock’s original 1866 calendar wheel; Na Porici 52
  • Museum of Decorative Arts—a museum open since 1900 that has four exhibit halls that feature artifacts such as furniture, tapestries, porcelain, and glasswork; 17 listopadu 2
  • Vysehrad Citadel—a complex of buildings and structures situated on the hilltop of Vysehrad Hill that over the span of 1000 years was a royal residence, religious center, and military fortress; information center at V pevnosti 159/5b
  • Apple Museum—a museum devoted to Apple that claims to have the world’s largest collection of Apple products with everything made by Apple between 1976 and 2012 including computers, laptops, iPods, and iPhones; Husova 21
  • National Museum—a museum built in the 1880s by Josef Schulz as a symbol of the Czech National Revival that inside honors the cultural, intellectual, and scientific history of the Czech Republic; Vaclavske namesti 68
  • National Technical Museum—a family-friendly museum that has halls featuring planes, trains, and cars as well as exhibits on astronomy, photography, printing, and architecture; Kostelni 42
  • Lobkowicz Palace—a 16th-century palace home to the Princely Collections that include paintings, furniture, and musical memorabilia with highlights including paintings by Cranach, Breughel the Elder, Canaletto, and Piranesi and musical scores annotated by Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn as well as a great collection of musical instruments; Jirska 3
  • Wallenstein Garden—a huge garden that was created for Duke Albrecht of Wallenstein in the 17th century with a loggia decorated with Trojan War scenes and on one side a fake stalactite grotto and bronze statues of Greek gods; Letenska 10
  • Story of Prague Castle—an impressive collection of artifacts that rivals the one at Lobkowicz Palace and depicts 1000 years of Prague Castle’s history from the building of the first wooden palisade to the present with exhibits including the grave of a 9th-century warrior, the helmet and chain possibly worn by St. Wencelas, and replicas of the Bohemian crown jewels
  • Vitus Treasury—a collection of ecclesiastical artifacts founded by Charles IV in the 14th century that includes gold and silver reliquaries encrusted with diamonds, emeralds, and rubies; nadvori II, Prazsky hrad
  • Troja Chateau—a 17th-century Baroque palace that was built for the Sternberk family and has sculptures and frescoes with a permanent exhibition devoted to the interior furniture of the chateau and rotating exhibitions sponsored by the Prague City Gallery; U Trojskeho Zamku 1

Sights in Brussels, Belgium

Brussels like Vienna is another historic city and had the first steam passenger railway in mainland Europe. It is home to great museums, squares, historic structures, and a palace.

  • Grand Place—a medieval square considered one of the most beautiful in Europe with several historic buildings
  • MIM-Musical Instruments Museum—designed in a variety of architectural styles, this museum formerly in the space a department store occupied has 7,000 instruments with 1,500 on display; Rue Montagne de la Cour 2
  • Museum of Natural Sciences—the largest dinosaur gallery in Europe with 30 fossilized Iguanodons and other dinosaurs; Rue Vautier 29
  • Notre Dame du Sablon—a major 14th century Gothic cathedral that highlights the Brabantine Gothic architectural style; Rue de la Regence 3b
  • Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History—located in two historic halls, this museum is home to ten centuries’ worth of military and technological history with suits of armor, antique firearms and swords, and armored vehicles and airplanes along with paintings, sculptures, decorations, and military uniforms; Parc du Cinquantenaire 3
  • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium—home to a large collection of Flemish School paintings including several by Peter Bruegel; Place Royale 3
  • Atomium—an atom-shaped set of protruding spheres built for the 1958 World’s Fair of Brussels with one sphere that has an exhibit about the history of the building with others devoted to design and architecture exhibits; Avenue de l’Atomium
  • Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinee (Belgian Center for Comic-Strip Art)—the world’s first museum dedicated to comic strips with more than 400 original plates and 25,000 cartoon works and a bookstore that sells graphic novels and comic books in French and Dutch; Rue des Sables 20
  • Mini Europe—a park filled with scale-models of European monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the bullrings of Granada; Bruparck
  • Musee des Enfants—a children’s museum for ages two to twelve with hands-on educational exhibits and activities such as dressing up in costumes, a hall of mirrors, tunnels, and an oversize camera; Rue de Bourgmestre 15
  • Musee Magritte—opened in 2009, this museum traces Rene Magritte’s life and artwork through letters, sculptures, films, and canvasse; Place Royale 1
  • Oceade—a waterpark with 14 slides, a tropical area, Jacuzzis, geysers, Turkish baths, and an ice bath; Avenue du Football du Championnat 3
  • Cathedrale St-Michel Et Ste-Gudule—the city’s cathedral that pays homage to Saint Michael, the patron saint of Brussels, and Saint Gudule, the daughter of a 7th-century Carolingian noblewoman, whose relics have been preserved at the cathedral for over 1,000 years; inside is a crypt and treasure rooms and painted windows; Parvis Ste-Gudule
  • Hotel de Ville—a 15th-century building that has a belfry topped by a bronze statue of St. Michael crushing the devil and a gateway where statues of the prophets, female figures with lofty virtues, and effigies of dukes and duchesses; inside are Brussels and Mechelen tapestries; Grand’Place
  • Musee Fin-de-Siecle—an art museum dedicated to the innovative period that occurred between 1868 and 1914 when new directions in European art were explored and covers four floors of art from this period; Rue de la Regence 3
  • Musee Horta—the former residence of Victor Horta, one of the major founders of Art Nouveau, who designed the home with this architectural plan and inside are skylights and his studio; Rue Americaine 25
  • Musees du Cinquantenaire—a museum with a wealth of antiquities and treasures from around the world with a great Egyptian and Byzantine section and displays on Belgian archaeology and Brussels tapestries; Parc du Cinquantenaire 10
  • Palais Royal—the official residence of the Belgian royal family that features tapestries, art, and antiques from around the world and a Congo-inspired mirror room; Pl. des Palais
  • Trainworld—a museum that honors the history of Belgium being the first country to establish a steam passenger railway in mainland Europe; this sight is located in the hangars of Belgium’s oldest functioning station and includes 20 full-size locomotives and educational spaces divided according to the history of railroad technology; Pl. Princesse Elisabeth 5

Switching gears…here’s to Mexico City!

I’ve been writing about Canada for a few weeks or more now so I believe it is time for a change of scenery. The last country in North America to be explored is Mexico. Mexico’s capital is Mexico City and there are some pretty interesting places to check out there. Here’s just a sampling below.

  • Acuario Inbursa—the largest aquarium in Mexico that takes visitors four stories underground to the bottom of the ocean and then upwards to view thousands of species of fish, sharks, eels, rays, jellyfish, and more; Av. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 386
  • Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso—an historic building that once was a Jesuit school for sons of wealthy Mexican citizens that now is home to regional art exhibitions; Calle Justo Sierra 16
  • Catedral Metropolitana—one of the largest and oldest Latin American cathedrals with five altars and fourteen chapels with numerous paintings, altarpieces, and statues; Zocalo
  • El Papalote, Museo del Nino—a children’s discovery museum with five themed sections, workshops, an IMAX theater, a store, and a restaurant; Av. Constituyentes 268, Section Two
  • La Feria de Chapultepec—a children’s amusement park with many games and more than 50 rides including go-karts, spinning teacups, and a roller coaster; Section Two
  • Laboratorio Arte Alameda—a contemporary art museum with modern and experimental art, a display area for video and photographs, and a room for artists whose works are not yet shown in other museums and galleries; Dr. Mora 7
  • National Museum of Anthropology—a comprehensive natural history museum with 23 exhibition halls; Avenida Paseo de la Reforma
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes—the city’s premier performance hall and an art museum; Avenida Juarez y Eje Central
  • Museo Memoria y Tolerancia—illustrates genocides and crimes against humanity and tries to instill respect and tolerance of other peoples; Plaza Juarez
  • Museo Soumaya—explores the ways that art and culture interact and has works by artists and sculptors such as Rodin; Av. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303
  • Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino—an art collection donated by the namesake of the museum set amidst spacious gardens and Mexican plants and features the world’s most important collections of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo; Calle Avenida Mexico 5843
  • Museo de Cera de la Ciudad de Mexico—an old mansion that houses a museum that depicts the history of Mexico City from its earliest days to the present; Calle Londres 6
  • Dolphin Discovery Six Flags—allows visitors to swim with dolphins and explore the newest Six Flags theme park; 1500 Carretera Picacho-Ajusco
  • Interactive Museum of Economics—the first museum in the world devoted to the communication between economy, finance, and sustainability and tries to allow visitors to learn about economy in everyday life; Calle Tacuba Centro 17

Sights in Calgary

Calgary is home to historic parks, great museums, a historic village, and a spacious zoo. I think I could definitely see myself checking out Calgary.

  • Fish Creek Provincial Park—a large urban park with over 54 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and running; 13931 Woodpath Road SW
  • Gasoline Alley Museum—a museum that celebrates the great changes the car brought to society with vintage vehicles, gas pumps, products, and signs from petroleum companies; 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • The Military Museums—a museum complex consisting of the Naval Museum of Alberta; Army Museum of Alberta; Air Force Museum of Alberta; Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Museum; Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Museum and Archives; The King’s Own Calgary Regiment (Royal Canadian Armored Corps) Museum; The Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum and Archives; and the University of Calgary Military Museums Library and Archives that is the second largest military museum in Canada and teaches visitors about Canadian military history; 4520 Crowchild Trail SW
  • Heritage Park Historical Village—Canada’s largest living history museum with hundreds of exhibits, rides aboard steam trains and antique midway rides, shops, restaurants, and daily demonstrations and activities; 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Studio Bell—the home of the National Music Centre with five floors of exhibits about Canadian music history, the Canadians Hall of Fame, interactive instrument installations, and vocal booths; 850 4th Street SE
  • Glenbow Museum—an arts and culture museum that has historical galleries and exhibitions of art and culture from around the world such as Asian art and First Nations art; 130 9th Avenue SE
  • The Calgary Zoo—a large zoo with over 900 animals from around the world including gorillas, hippos, grizzly bears, four species of penguins, red pandas, and lemurs; 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • Famous Five Statues—five statues of historic Canadian women; 8th Avenue SE, Olympic Plaza
  • Calaway Park—western Canada’s largest outdoor family amusement park with live performances, miniature golf, a fishing pond, stores, and an RV park; Highway 1, Springbank Road exit
  • Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre—located in Chinatown, this center is home to a prayer hall in the Temple of Heaven with ornate column details and paintings including 561 dragons and 40 phoenixes as well as a cultural museum, art gallery, crafts store, herbal medicine store, and a 330-seat Chinese restaurant; 197 1st Street SW
  • Calgary Tower—a 626-foot scepter-shaped building with views of Calgary, surrounding plains, and the Rocky Mountains and at the top is a revolving restaurant, grill, and gift shop; 9th Avenue and Centre Street South
  • Devonian Gardens—on top of the Toronto Dominion Centre shopping mall, this 2.5-acre enclosed garden has 20,000 plants, walkways, a sculpture court, and a playground; 317 7th Avenue SW between 2nd and 3rd streets
  • Fort Calgary Historic Park—a fort established in 1875 at the intersection of the Bow and Elbow rivers that was in operation until 1914 and now includes an interpretive center which describes the history of native peoples, Mounted Police, and European settlers; a restaurant which was once the fort superintendent’s house; and the Hunt House built in 1876 and believed to be Calgary’s oldest building; 750 9th Avenue SE

Sights in Edmonton

Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta and is home to interesting museums, parks, and natural attractions.

  • Fort Edmonton Park—a park that has re-creations of Edmonton throughout its history with a stable, general store, wooden sidewalks, a steam train, horses, gravel roads, and rides; On Whitemud Drive
  • Art Gallery of Alberta—a modern art museum that opened in 2010 and has over 6000 pieces of historic and contemporary art veering towards Canadian art; 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
  • Muttart Conservatory—a botanical garden with four pyramids that have plants from different climates and an onsite café; 9626 96A Street
  • Royal Alberta Museum—a newly renovated museum in the downtown area with a large collection that showcases Alberta’s natural and cultural history with the world’s largest collection of insects, a display about Alberta’s aboriginal culture, and a gallery where the province is divided into sections based on geography with plants and animals native to each area featured in their respective zones; 103A Avenue
  • Alberta Railway Museum—a museum that has over 75 train cars including steam and diesel locomotives; 24215 34th Street
  • Telus World of Science—an interactive science museum that allows visitors to use crime-solving technology to solve crimes, learn about living in space, practice being a paleontologist, and learn more about the human body; 11211 142nd Street
  • Valley Zoo—a zoo with over 100 exotic, endangered, and Canadian native animals as well as a petting zoo, camel and pony rides, a miniature train, carousel, and paddleboats; 13315 Buena Vista Road
  • Alberta Legislature—the former location of Fort Edmonton that is now Alberta’s legislative seat with a majestic dome and marble interior and offers visitors 45-minute tours and an interpretive center that describes the building’s architectural and political history; corner of 97th Avenue and 107th Street
  • Alberta Government House—a mansion that was once the home of the lieutenant governor but is now used for conferences and receptions and is well-preserved with artwork by Canadian artists; 12845 102nd Avenue
  • Galaxy Land—the world’s largest indoor amusement park with over 27 rides; West Edmonton Mall, 170th Street
  • Alberta Aviation Museum—a museum located in the last double-long double-wide hangar from WWII that has educational programs and shares the stories of aviators; 11410 Kingsway NW
  • University of Alberta Botanic Garden—a 240-acre garden with indoor greenhouses, a Japanese garden, a tropical greenhouse with exotic butterflies, a Native Peoples garden, and experimental garden beds; 51227 Highway 60
  • Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site—once the home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, this brick mansion has been restored with period furniture; 11153 Saskatchewan Drive NW
  • John Janzen Nature Centre—a newly renovated nature center with interactive exhibits, programs, events, and an indoor play area; 7000-143 Street, Whitemud Drive and Fox Drive

Sights in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax is the capital and major city of Nova Scotia and has a maritime history, art galleries, and fun museums for families to enjoy.

  • Anna Leonowens Gallery—founded by Anna Leonowens, the royal governess who inspired The King and I, and the founder of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, this gallery was named in her honor and has three exhibition spaces with an emphasis on modern studio and media art that has 125 exhibitions a year; 1891 Granville Street
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia—an art gallery housed in an 1867 building that once served as a post office, bank, and the headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, that has a permanent collection of over 17,000 works of art by modern Canadian painters, photographers such as Annie Leibowitz, and a renowned collection of maritime folk art; 1723 Hollis Street
  • Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21—Pier 21 once was the entry point into Canada for almost a million immigrants between 1928 and 1971 and is now the focus of a national museum that honors the contributions these immigrants made to Canada’s culture and economy; 1055 Marginal Road
  • Discovery Centre—an interactive science center with hands-on exhibits that explore physics, engineering, architecture, viscosity, and other subjects; 1593 Barrington Street
  • Halifax Citadel National Historic Site—this citadel built between 1826 and 1856 on the highest hill in Halifax is Canada’s most visited National Historic Site; there is a multimedia presentation on small forts and gun emplacements on the harbor islands and the bluffs above the harbor; tours of the barracks, guardroom, and powder magazine; and costumed reenactors practicing drills; Citadel Hill, 5425 Sackville Street
  • Halifax Public Gardens—among the oldest formal Victorian gardens in North America, this garden was completed in 1875 by the former gardener to the Duke of Devonshire and has gravel paths that wind around ponds, trees, and flower beds with a variety of plants from around the world as well as a café in the gardens; bounded by Sackville, Summer, and South Park Streets and Spring Garden Road
  • Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market—a waterfront market that features the wares of artisans, over 200 local farmers, and cooks in a sustainable building with wind turbines, solar-energy and water-conservation systems, and a bio-wall providing for natural ventilation; 1209 Marginal Road
  • Historic Properties—a collection of restored waterfront warehouses that have been converted into shops, offices, restaurants, and pubs but seven have been designated as National Historic Sites; 1869 Upper Water Street
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic—a waterfront museum with displays that commemorate Nova Scotia’s sailing legacy particularly the Titanic and the Halifax explosion with 20 or so artifacts from the wreck of the Titanic including the ship’s only surviving deck chair, wall paneling, a balustrade molding, and the wireless operator’s log from the day the ship sank; other exhibits focus on the Canadian Navy, sailing ships, small craft boats, and steam-powered ships; 1675 Lower Water Street
  • Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History—a museum that allows visitors to learn about the plants and animals in Nova Scotia and has a nature center that is home to snakes, frogs, insects, and other animals; 1747 Summer Street
  • Point Pleasant Park—a former fortification site converted into a public park with 186 acres of walking paths and seafront paths as well as a massive round tower military installation and great views of ships entering the harbor; 5718 Point Pleasant Drive

Sights in Vancouver

Vancouver is the major city of British Columbia and is home to botanical gardens, world-class museums, an aquarium, and several parks and beaches. It certainly appears to be a place worth checking out.

  • Ambleside Park and Beach—West Vancouver’s most popular beach with tennis courts, volleyball nets, and a water park in the summer as well as a large off-leash area for dogs; Argyle Avenue at 13th Street
  • BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum—a museum inside the BC Place Stadium complex that honors British Columbia’s top athletes through historical displays and galleries that commemorate the 2010 Winter Olympics and another honoring aboriginal artists; other galleries allow you to test your sprinting, climbing, and throwing abilities in a participation gallery and the Terry Fox Memorial pays tribute to a student who ran across Canada after losing his leg to cancer and raised millions of dollars for cancer research; BC Place, 777 Pacific Boulevard, South Gate A, at Beatty and Robson streets
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum—a museum on the campus of the University of British Columbia that showcases over 2 million specimens from the university’s collections including an 82-foot-long blue whale skeleton (the largest in Canada), bones, fossils, preserved lizards, animal skulls, stuffed birds, and other animal specimens as well as a Discovery Lab for children to examine animal refuse under a microscope and compare claws of different birds; 2212 Main Mall
  • Bill Reid Gallery—a small Aboriginal art gallery that showcases Bill Reid’s works and the works of contemporary aboriginal artists including wood carvings, jewelry, and sculptures; 639 Hornby Street
  • Canada Place—a four city-block long complex designed with Teflon-coated fiberglass that is home to Vancouver’s cruise-ship terminal and a simulated flight attraction that takes passengers on a trip around the country, the Canadian Trail that has displays about each province and territory, and the Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre which has a history wall with artifacts, images, and interactive displays; 999 Canada Place Way
  • Capilano River Regional Park—a park with 16 miles of hiking trails and footbridges over the Capilano River, the Capilano Salmon Hatchery where salmon can be viewed and visitors can learn about the life cycle of salmon, and the Cleveland Dam which dams the Capilano River to create the 3.5-mile-long Capilano Reservoir; Capilano Road
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge—Vancouver’s oldest attraction was built in 1889 and allows visitors to see rainforest scenery and walk across the 450-foot cedar plank suspension bridge hanging 230 feet above the Capilano River to the Treetops Adventure which lets you walk along 650 feet of cable bridges hung among the trees; besides crossing the bridge there are also viewing decks, nature trails, a totem park, and a carving center as well as history and forestry exhibits, a large gift shop in the original 1911 teahouse, and a restaurant; 3735 Capilano Road
  • Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives—a museum that illustrates the roles Chinese Canadians played in World War I and II and has an upstairs art gallery with traveling exhibits by Chinese and Canadian artists; across the street is the Chinatown Memorial Monument that memorializes the Chinese-Canadian community’s contribution to British Columbia, Canada, and Vancouver; 555 Columbia Street
  • Christ Church Cathedral—the oldest church in Vancouver that was built between 1889 and 1895 and built in a Gothic style with a sandstone and Douglas fir exterior and has 32 stained-glass windows depicting Old and New Testament scenes; 690 Burrard Street
  • Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden—the first Ming Dynasty-style garden outside China that was built in 1986 by 52 Chinese artisans from Suzhou and used design elements and materials from private gardens in Suzhou and guided tours are available during the summer and off-season during specified times; 578 Carrall Street
  • Equinox Gallery—housed in a former tractor company building, this is a 14,000-square-foot gallery that features artwork by modern Canadian and international artists; 525 Great Northern Way
  • Granville Island Public Market—a 50,000-square-foot building that sells locally grown fruits and vegetables; crafts; chocolates; artisanal cheeses and pastas; fish; meat; flowers; and exotic foods; 1689 Johnston Street
  • Granville Island Water Park—North America’s largest free public water park that has slides, pipes, and sprinklers and a grass patch for picnicking; 1318 Cartwright Street
  • R. Macmillan Space Centre—a space-themed museum with interactive exhibits, a flight simulator, an exhibit about Canada’s accomplishments in space, and a hands-on area with exhibits that feature a moon rock and a computer program that enables visitors to see what they would look like as an alien; Vanier Park, 1100 Chestnut Street
  • Kids Market—a child-friendly warehouse market with an indoor play area and two floors of shops that sell toys and books; 1496 Cartwright Street
  • Library Square—a library building in the shape of a spiral that has open plazas and a high atrium that includes a high-tech library, cafes, and fast food restaurants; 350 West Georgia Street
  • Lynn Canyon Park—a 616-acre park with a canyon landscape, a rain forest with waterfalls, and a suspension bridge that is 166 ½ feet above Lynn Creek as well as hiking trails, an ecology center that has maps of hiking trails, waterfalls, and pools, a gift shop, and a café; 3663 Park Road
  • Museum of Anthropology—this museum part of the University of British Columbia has one of the world’s top collections of Northwest Coast First Nations art including canoes, bentwood boxes, tools, textiles, masks, and artifacts from around the world as well as a ceramics gallery with 600 pieces from 15th to 19th century Europe; University of British Columbia, 6393 Northwest Marine Drive
  • Museum of Vancouver—a small seaside museum with a gallery that depicts Japanese internment during World War II and the local war effort, a 1950s gallery with a 1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria and a Seeburg jukebox, and a 1960s-themed revolution gallery that highlights Vancouver’s countercultural past; Vanier Park, 1100 Chestnut Street
  • Nitobe Memorial Garden—opened in 1960 in memory of Japanese scholar and diplomat Dr. Inazo Nitobe, this is a 2.5-acre walled garden with a pond, a stream with a small waterfall, and a teahouse and is considered to be one of the most authentic Japanese tea and walking gardens outside of Japan; University of British Columbia, 1895 Lower Mall
  • Old Hastings Mill Store Museum—the only remaining building from the 1886 fire in Vancouver and has existed since 1865 making it Vancouver’s first store and oldest building with displays of First Nations artifacts and pioneer era household products; 1575 Alma Street
  • Queen Elizabeth Park—a 130-acre park that has spacious sunken gardens; a rose garden; picnic areas; 18 tennis courts; an 18-hole putting green; and a restaurant; Cambie Street at 33rd Avenue
  • Roedde House Museum—an 1893 historic home set amid Victorian-era gardens with a restored interior that has antique furniture; 1415 Barclay Street
  • Science World—an interactive science museum with exhibits and demonstrations on the natural world, biology, anatomy, and other topics and next door is an outdoor science park which focuses on environmental issues; 1455 Quebec Street
  • Stanley Park Beaches—two beaches accessible from Stanley Park with a playground, heated pool with slides, and long stretches of sand; 7495 Stanley Park Drive
  • Stanley Park Miniature Train—a child-size steam train that takes children and adults through the woods of Stanley Park; off Pipeline Road
  • Stanley Park Nature House—Vancouver’s ecology center that has information, special programs, and guided tours; Stanley Park, Alberni Street
  • Stanley Park Seawall—a seawall path that includes a 5.5-mile shoreline section extending past marinas, cafes, and condos to downtown Canada Place
  • University of British Columbia Botanical Garden—a 70-acre botanical garden with 10,000 trees, shrubs, and rare plants from around the world including an Asian garden; a medicinal plants garden; an alpine garden with rare plants; and 1,010-foot-long Greenheart Canopy Walkway which is a network of suspension bridges between cedar and hemlock trees that takes visitors to eight platforms in the trees and a two-story viewing platform; 6804 Southwest Marine Drive
  • Vancouver Aquarium—a research and educational site home to sea otters, dolphins, sea lions, and harbor seals; an Amazon Gallery with a rainforest jungle with piranhas, caimans, and tropical birds; the Tropic Zone with clownfish, moray eels, and black-tip reef sharks; and hands-on displays; 845 Avison Way
  • Vancouver Art Gallery—western Canada’s largest art gallery featuring Canadian painter Emily Carr’s wilderness paintings and rotating historical and modern exhibitions; 750 Hornby Street
  • Vancouver Lookout Tower—a 553-foot-high observation deck with great views of Vancouver, a glass elevator, and a top-floor restaurant; 555 West Hastings Street
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum—a museum home to the RCMP Arctic St. Roch, the first ship to sail in both directions through the Northwest Passage and the first to circumnavigate North America; a maritime discovery center with hands-on activities and interactive touch displays; a large collection of model ships; and the Ben Franklin submersible that was built in 1968 as a marine research tool; Vanier Park, 1905 Ogden Avenue
  • Vandusen Botanical Garden—a 55-acre botanical garden with an Elizabethan maze, a formal rose garden, a meditation garden, and a collection of Canadian plants as well as a garden with hybrid water lilies and carnivorous plants, five lakes, a garden shop, a library, and a café; 5251 Oak Street

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