Historic Attractions in Vancouver

Explore Vancouver’s Rich History

Vancouver has an endless supply of attractions and things to see and do. Most of us do not really know the history behind the fascinating attractions we have in Vancouver! We encourage you to explore our city’s attractions and learn more about Vancouver’s rich history and cultural diversity. Here is our list of the Historic Attractions in Vancouver.

Stanley Park

Historic Attractions in Vancouver

Explore Stanley Park through 127 years of evergreen forest.  September 27th,1888. Mayor David Oppenheimer opened Stanley Park as Vancouver’s first official green space. The lush oasis of Stanley Park is North America’s third largest urban park with an estimated eight million visitors a year.

Orpheum Theatre

Historic Attractions in Vancouver


The Orpheum theatre entrance is quite ordinary and many of us have been guilty of just passing by it. If you have the chance to visit this theatre you will be amazed at the intricate detail, beautiful crystal chandeliers and astounding architecture performed by the architect Marcus Priteca in 1927.


Historic Attractions in Vancouver

Gas town was Canada’s third largest city at one point in time. It’s was the only non-native settlement that was a lumber mill where the owner didn’t allow alcohol on the premises. A well-known personality by the name of “Gassy Jack” Deighton arrived and told the mill workers that if they built him a saloon he would serve them drinks.The saloon was up and running within a day and Gastown was born. Gas town still maintains it’s historic charm.  If you plan to visit gas town check out the famous steam clock!

Science World

Historic Attractions in Vancouver

1986 World exposition on Transportation and Communication, was a world’s fair held in Vancouver.The science world building was constructed for expo 86 and opened in 1985. It’s unique dome shape  makes it an iconic landmark for Vancouver. There are 391 lights and 766 triangles on the Science World dome!  It’s a great attractions with many interactive activities and learning experiences for the kids and the whole family.

Granville Island

 Historic Attractions in Vancouver


Granville Island has transformed from industrial to artistic. In the late 1970’s Granville Island’s was 37 acres of industrial space which has now transformed into a successful urban tourist destination. It was once home to factories, plants and sawmills. It has changed drastically and Granville Island is now filled with fantastic shopping and offers an interesting experience for both locals and tourists. Be sure to visit the public market which offers an extensive range of fresh produce, ocean fresh products, baked goods, hand -made chocolates, sweet delights, home-made goods, tea ,wine, books, pottery and hand crafted jewellery!

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Historic Attractions in Vancouver

Follow in the footsteps of the millions of visitors who have crossed Capilano Suspension bridge since 1889. The Capilano suspension bridge has a great history. There is so much to discover at this attraction and they offer a great variety of activities to choose from with their unique cliffwalk to their treetop adventures.

Vancouver is recognized as one of the world’s most livable cities with an amazing history. On your next visit be sure to take the time to explore these captivating historic attractions around Vancouver.

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