Vancouver, BC won't wow you with museums, art galleries, symphonies, shows, and the opera - we do have those things, but just not to the scale of most places. But what will wow you is the natural beauty. A diverse city surrounded by mountain and ocean.
For major attractions, though, we have:
- parks like Stanley Park,, the Van Deusen Gardens, Queen Elizabeth Park
- museums like Vancouver Art Gallery,, the Museum of Anthropology
- neighbourhoods like Chinatown, Gastown, Kitsilano, and the West End and streets like Commercial Drive (hippie/lesbian area), Davie Village (gay area), Robson (shopping), and Granville (nightclubs)
- attractions like Kits Beach, Grouse Mountain, Granville Island (home of the public market)
- architecturally we're a bit lacking but we have the art deco gems at Burrard Bridge and the Marine Building, the roman ampitheater inspired Public Library, the classic Sun Building, the endless green glass of Yaletown
- and a great selection of restaurants from Asian to French to sushi and burgers and all sorts of West Coast and fusion cuisines
- for sports fan, the NHL's Vancouver Canucks are the only real big name professional team, with the CFL BC Lions coming second and there are a number of minor teams playing hockey, baseball, soccer, etc. The city is also gearing up to host the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. But Vancouver is more of a place where you participate than watch...kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, cycling, beach volleyball, sailing, golf, running, you can do pretty much any sport here.
- and for those with a more twisted sense of tourism, you can always check out the Downtown Eastside to see how horrible a life of drug abuse can be.