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Culture Lover’s Guide to Vancouver

Culture Lover’s Guide to Vancouver

Vancouver’s cultural scene is shaped by the diverse communities that reside in the city. From contemporary art and towering totem poles to art deco architecture, here are a few ways to discover Vancouver’s eclectic cultural offerings.

Visit a Museum or Gallery

You’ll find a multitude of treasure-packed museums and galleries in Vancouver. Head to Vancouver Art Gallery to admire contemporary pieces, or to the Museum of Vancouver for a lesson in local history. Granville Island and South Granville are home to a high concentration of independent commercial galleries that are also well worth exploring.

Admire Architectural Landmarks

Though the majority of Vancouver’s buildings were constructed in the 20th century, there’s still a surprising amount of architectural variety in the city. Highlights include the art deco Marine Building (which doubled as the Daily Planet in Smallville ); the neon-signed Vogue Theatre; the Hotel Europe building; and the flying-saucer-style Vancouver Lookout in the Harbour Center.

Learn about First Nations’ Cultures

Delve into Vancouver’s indigenous heritage at the city’s Museum of Anthropology, where collections cover artworks and artifacts from First Nations communities and indigenous cultures. Admire intricately-carved totem poles in Stanley Park and at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and learn about local Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation communities in Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler.

Take a Photography Tour

If you want a cultural activity that allows you to get creative, consider joining a photography tour. Explore photogenic neighborhoods such as Granville Island, Chinatown, and Gastown with a guide who helps you capture frame-worthy images.

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The Vancouver Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour

The Vancouver Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Tour

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Whether you’re a Vancouver local or newcomer to the city, you will learn something new on this Art Deco and Chocolate Tasting tour of the city. Walk through the downtown core, discovering impressive Art Deco buildings. Your guide shares remarkable tales of murder, fame, and mystery. Stop at two award-winning local chocolatiers and indulge in generous tastings. Explore Vancouver’s past, architecture, and amazing chocolate.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Vancouver Secrets of Stanley Park Walking Tour

Vancouver Secrets of Stanley Park Walking Tour

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Visit Vancouver’s Stanley Park with a storyteller guide on a walking tour that explores the park’s weirdest art installations, crime scenes, hidden trails, and secret cemeteries. As you walk through the park, learn fascinating bits of Vancouver history, from Deadman’s Island to the long-lost village of Whoi Whoi. And since this walking tour begins and ends at the entrance, you are in the perfect location to keep exploring when the tour concludes.
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  • 2 hours
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Vancouver Secret Mission Spy Game (2-10 Players)
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Vancouver Secret Mission Spy Game (2-10 Players)

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Vancouver is under threat from an evil organization known only as Blackout, and you might be the city’s last chance! On this adventurous spy game, follow clues and crack puzzles in downtown Vancouver locations including Granville Street, the Marine Building, and Robson Square. With your secret agent kit provided, see if you have what it takes to stop Blackout from destroying Vancouver.
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  • 2 hours
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