Set amid a backdrop of snow covered mountains and impressive rain forests, Vancouver has something for everyone. Whether you want to experience superb restaurants, world-class shopping malls or recreational activities this city has it all. No wonder nearly 9 million tourists flock to the region each year. Here are some of the must see family attractions when visiting Vancouver:
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Originally built in 1889 by Scottish engineer George Mackay, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vancouver. Offering a unique mix of adventure, history and nature the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park now has various walkways and suspension bridges throughout its vast 27 acres of terrain.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s perfectly safe but does sway quite a bit when there are lots of people on it. The admission fee includes the Living Forest exhibits and a history tour of this unique environment.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a short bus ride from the city and is a great day out for the whole family. Admission costs CA$31.95 for Adults, CA$19.95 for 13-16 year olds and CA$12 for 6-12 year olds (children under 6 get in for free) and all of the parks attractions are included.
Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Constructed in 1986 using only traditional methods, the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a throwback of old garden tradition which was widely used during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
52 master craftsman and their Canadian counterparts built this impressive Chinese garden within a year using tradition building techniques without the use of nails, screws or glue. All this craftsmanship brings together the harmony of four main elements, water, rock, plants and architecture making it one of the top attractions in the city.
The best way to experience the garden is by taking a guided tour (included in the admission); this 45 minute tour gives you information about the history and significance of each garden element and why they are placed in specific areas. The tours start every half an hour from 10:30am when the garden is open.
After your tour you can visit the exquisite gift shop that sells a unique selection of items from Canada and China including skin care products, original artwork and a selection of books about Chinese culture, food and tea.
Admission costs CA$12 for adults and CA$9 for children, although there is a family ticket available which entitles 2 adults and two children (under 17) entrance to the park for CA$25.
Telus World of Science
An integral part of the Vancouver skyline, the huge silver golf ball shaped structure that is Telus World of Science is a great place for kids of all ages. Featuring an array of permanent interactive exhibits and displays, as well as various special exhibits throughout the year, Telus World of Science offers hour of fun for the whole family.
Experience a range of live science shows, art displays and puzzles & illusions that will made your mind bend.
General admission is CA$22.50 for Adults, CA$18.50 for 13-18 year olds and CA$15.25 for children aged between 3 and 12.
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