SIGHT SEEING IN B.C.
Capilano Salmon Hatchery
Located in North Vancouver, approximately 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the Capilano Salmon Hatchery (a truly free site!) is an educational wonderland! The hatchery's displays show various types of salmon and their life cycles, and the commercial aspects of the B.C. salmon industry.
About 30 minutes north of the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, Shannon Falls is a fantastic display of cascading water. The easy walk up to the falls through tree lined paths lead to the falls. Visitors in winter may be lucky enough to see the falls in a spectacular display of ice and icicles.
At the far southwestern corner of Richmond, lies the historic village of Steveston. This once booming fishing village is still home to a major portion of British Columbia's southern fishing fleet. The popular Government dock still has public fish sales most weekends of the year. Stroll the pier and check out the numerous art galleries and specialty shops. Seafood restaurants abound in the pier area. Don't forget to check out windy Garry Point Park - perfect for kite flying! Stroll along well-defined paths and watch the marine traffic head up the river.
This historic shipyard was built in 1889 to serve the southcoast fishing fleet. The site also housed a cannery until 1980. The shipyard now contains the cannery and shipyard buildings, a Japanese house with a net loft and a First Peoples house.
Open from May to October, this exhibit showcases the commercial fisheries on the West Coast. From the site it is just a short walk to the fresh fish off the boat at the government docks.
No trip to Vancouver is complete without a trip to world famous Stanley Park. Perhaps Vancouver's most famous attraction, the park is packed with free things to do. Visitors who want peace and tranquility can find it along the myriad of walking trails. Start at Lost Lagoon and visit the nature house, then proceed around the Lagoon. You'll find geese, swans, and many other species of birds. The Stanley Park seawall is an ideal way to take in the view from all around the park. Visitors are welcome to walk, bike or rollerblade the 8.85 km (5.5 mile) wall. Cyclists and rollerbladers do need to proceed with caution and yield to pedestrians. In some areas, bladers and bikers are required to depart from the seawall and travel on roadways for a short distance.
The park also features a number of beaches (Third, Second, English Bay) with lifeguards on duty in the summer months. Second Beach also features a pool with wash rooms and change rooms. A children's water park is located at Lumberman's Arch and a refreshment stand is close by. The Miniature Railway (which has an admission fee) is located a short walk from the water park.
A pitch and putt golf course is located near the Rhododendron Garden and the formal Rose Garden is located near the Stanley Park Pavilion. The park also has tennis courts, located near the Lost Lagoon Nature House.
Also worth checking out (although it does require an entrance fee) is the Aquarium.
Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
The Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre is located in Lynn Canyon Park. The Centre offers educational programs and interactive displays focussing on the flora and fauna of the region. The park features a free suspension bridge across Lynn Canyon. Once across the bridge, there are plenty of walking trails. This is not the place for a child's stroller. Visitors with young children may want to think about using a child backpack. Walks take visitors to some spectacular waterfalls and pools. Do not be tempted to swim or dive in the pools. Please take the (posted) Park warnings seriously.
Marine Drive - Scenic Drive
This is our favorite way to leave the city and head back to the ferry terminal. Start at Dallas Road and head east past Beacon Hill Park, old stately neighborhoods, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Oak Bay, Cadboro Bay, and Gordon Head. Follow the "scenic drive" signs and head all the way around to the west side of Saanich Peninsula along West Saanich Road.
Over a century old, the British Columbia Legislative Buildings dominate the Inner Harbour. Guided tours of the Rattenbury built buildings are available. Young Francis Rattenbury also built the Canadian Pacific Steamship terminal (now the Royal London Wax Museum) and the Empress Hotel.