Whistler is Canada's most famous ski resort, with terrain encompassing two mountains, Whistler and Black Comb. At the base is a posh resort of top end hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Just outside of North Vancouver, Mount Seymour Provincial Park offers skiing in winter and hiking opportunities in summer.
From the 1250 m (4100 ft) high Grouse Mountain - Vancouver's "private" peak - an unmatched panorama can be enjoyed in clear weather, especially in the evenings when the city lights are on. A cable car, operating daily, runs from the end of Nancy Greene Way to the summit restaurant (at 1128 m (3700 ft)) from where a chair-lift continues to the summit itself.Grouse Mountain is a winter wonderland providing access for outdoor skating, snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding. In summer, Grouse Mountain is a hikers paradise with trails to challenge, the famed Grouse Grind, and mountain-top alpine trails of varying intensity.
Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R4K9, Canada
Opening hours: 9am-10pm
Always opened on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Family Day - Alberta (3rd Monday, Feb), St Patrick's Day (Mar 17), St George's Day (Apr 23), Discovery Day - Newfoundland (Jun 24), Fête Nationale / St John Baptiste Day - Quebec (Jun 24), Canada Day (Jul 1), Labor Day - Canada (1st Monday, Sep), Thanksgiving - Canada (2nd Monday, Oct), Remembrance Day / 1918 Armistice Day (Nov 11), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26), Victoria Day - Canada, Good Friday - Christian, Easter Monday - Christian
Useful tips: Check website for pricing, varies depending on activity.
Royal Hudson Steam Train (Closed)
Britannia Beach - Britannia Mine Museum
When in production between 1930 and 1935 the Britannia Beach copper mine was the largest in the British Empire. Today there is an interesting mining museum, The Britannia Mine Museum, with collections of old photographs, equipment, machinery and minerals. Visitors are taken by mine railway to a specially laid out gallery underground.The gravity fed concentrator mill is a listed National Historic Site as well as a Provincial Historic Landmark. The Britannia Mine Museum also has a number of hands on exhibits, visitors can take a ride through the mine, and pan for their own gold.
Address: Highway 99, Box 188, Britannia Beach, BC V0N1J0, Canada
Opening hours: 9am-4:30pm
Entrance fee in CAD: Family $72.00, Adult $21.50, Students $16.00, Senior over 65 $16.00, Child 6-12 $13.50, Child 5 & under FREE
Useful tips: The guided underground tour and train ride is offered throughout the day, approximately every 40 minutes on weekends, and every hour on weekdays. The last tour is at or around 4 PM in summer season and 3PM during winter months.
Facilities: Gift shop
New Westminster, Canada
Situated on the Fraser River about 25 km / 15 mi south-east of Vancouver, adjoining Burnaby to the south-east, New Westminster (present population about 40,000) is the oldest town on mainland British Columbia. Founded in the 1850s it was a boom town during the gold-rushes and by 1868 had been elevated to provincial capital. In the town center are many Victorian buildings which, having survived a major fire in 1898, have now been carefully preserved. Particularly worth seeing are Irving House (302 Royal Avenue open May-Sep. 11am-5pm, at other times Sat. and Sun. 1-5pm), the impressive home of a riverboat captain, and (beyond it) New Westminster's Museum.
New Westminster Waterfront
New Westminster Waterfront, a recent development on the banks of the Fraser River, features a small promenade and modern shopping center. Westminster Quay Public Market aims to create all the color and atmosphere of a weekly market.This area is one of the main highlights of New Westminster.
Station House Museum, Port Moody, Canada
Port Moody, now a suburb of Vancouver, lies at the head of Burrard Inlet some 20 km (12 mi.) east of the city center. For just one year it was the terminus of the Trans-Canadian Railroad - hence the Golden Spike Festival held annually at the end of July/beginning of August. Built in 1907 the restored CPR station has now been converted into the Station Museum recalling the early days of the railway era on Canada's west coast.
Richmond (23 km / 14 mi) south of Vancouver; population 150,000) was founded in 1879 on a large island in the Fraser River delta. On its south-west side (and now incorporated into the town) is the picturesque former fishing village of Steveston with delightfully restored old timber houses, boatsheds and landing stages. Scores of fishing craft still bring their catch ashore here. Located in Moncton Street is the Steveston Museum.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery features exhibits, displays, artefacts and machinery that relay the history of the West Coast fishing industry. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery was begun in the late 19th C and consists of a number of buildings, some of which were built as late as the 1960s, as the needs of the cannery changed.On display are canning machinery, an ice making machine, and other pieces of equipment.
International Buddhist Society Temple
Built in traditional Chinese style the Buddhist temple at 9160 Steveston Hwy in Richmond has some valuable interior furnishings. As well as religious ceremonies, lectures and tea ceremonies are also held. Attached to the temple are a small museum and library.
Map of Vancouver Attractions