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Outdoor recreation

With gorgeous surroundings of mountains, ocean, and forest, Vancouver offers no end to exciting activities for students who like to explore.

Ambleside Park

A delightful 24 hectares of greenery with a wide, sandy beach and a 1.2-kilometre walk along the Pacific Ocean (map)

Whistler

Whistler Village and Whistler Mountain (co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympics!) and  Blackcomb Mountain (map)

Lighthouse park

A beautiful waterfront park with cedar and fir forests (map)

Stanley Park

This outstanding park in the heart of the city of Vancouver has forests and waterfront trails, a public aquarium, top restaurants and more (map)

Cypress Mountain

Cypress Mountain: top skiing and snowboarding at an Olympics-rated site (map)

Lynn Canyon

Lynn Canyon: step into the temperate rainforest after crossing a narrow suspension bridge over a rushing canyon (map)

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Plenty of shopping

Unique clothes and accessories. Top sports equipment. Designer shoes. West Vancouver offers an eclectic variety of shopping options, from classy boutiques with the latest fashions from local and international designers, to books and top-quality outdoor gear.

Vancouver

  • Enjoy trendy Robson Street, with top designer shops and major chain stores like American Apparel. Locals have voted it the best shopping street in the city! (map)
  • Gastown shopping district in historic old Vancouver is popular with tourists. See the city’s famous steam clock. (map)
  • Granville Island: crafts, galleries, artist studios, fresh food market, restaurants (map)

West Vancouver

  • Village at Park Royal and its retail mall has 280 specialty shops, restaurants, and services spread over more than 1.2 million square feet (map)
  • Buy, or window-shop, at selective boutiques on Marine Drive

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Cultural Activities

If you’re an arts lover, you’ll feel right at home in Vancouver. Some of the most popular activities in West Vancouver and Vancouver are:

West Vancouver

  • Silk Purse Arts Centre: a creative focus for local theatre, music, art gallery displays, and workshops
  • West Vancouver Museum
  • Ferry Building Gallery
  • West Vancouver Memorial Library

All of the above are located in the Ambleside waterfront area of West Vancouver (map)

Vancouver

  • Chinatown: the second largest in North America, after the one in San Francisco (map)
  • Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden (map)
  • Vancouver East Cultural Arts Centre (map)
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia (map)
  • Vancouver International Film Festival (map)
  • Vancouver International Fringe Festival
  • Vancouver Museum (map)
  • Vancouver Police Museum (map)