What to do in Vancouver

The following attractions may be of interest during your visit. Click on the attraction's header to learn more.

Vancouver Art Gallery

4 min by car, 17 min by foot from Westin Bayshore

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery hosts innovative exhibitions and extensive public programming. It works to advance scholarship in the visual arts, particularly with regard to the historical and contemporary art of British Columbia. Special emphasis goes to the achievements of First Nations artists and the art of the Asia Pacific region. Check back later for information on upcoming exhibits.


Stanley Park and Seawall Path System

3 min by car, 7 min by foot from Westin Bayshore

Stanley Park is Vancouver's oldest and largest park, featuring 400 hectares of West Coast rain forest, trails, paved pathways, and beautiful views of the ocean, sky, and North Shore mountains. The seawall pathway system wraps around Stanley Park and extends west all the way to Spanish Banks (near the University of British Columbia.) In total, it includes 28km of uninterrupted pathway. A loop around Stanley Park is 5.5 miles or 9km.


Vancouver Aquarium

10 min by car, 17 min by foot from Westin Bayshore

The Vancouver Aquarium is an OceanWise initiative, and home to thousands of ocean species. Scientists, educators, and conservation experts work to protect our oceans and to inspire  visitors to become responsible custodians of the environment. Innovative programming, superlative animal care, and a commitment to aquatic research have earned the Aquarium an international reputation for excellence.

Museum of Anthropology

25 min by car from Westin Bayshore; 1 hour via the 44 bus from downtown

The Museum of Anthropology is "a place of world arts and cultures," with a special emphasis on First Nations peoples and other cultural communities within British Columbia. Through innovative programming and partnerships with local and global communities, the MOA aims to promote awareness and understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing. 

UBC Botanical Gardens

25 min by car from Westin Bayshore; 1 hour via the 44 bus from downtown

The UBC  Botanical Garden was established in 1916. Originally, its mission was to research the native flora of British Columbia. Now, that mission has broadened to include education, research, conservation, community outreach, and public display of temperate plants from around the world.