Here’s a question for the Vancouverites out there. When’s the last time you took a horse-drawn carriage around Stanley Park; or went on a lunchtime cruise down the Burrard Inlet and into Indian Arm; or – Heaven forbid – lined up to dash across the Capilano Suspension Bridge?
A year ago? 10 years ago? Never? Now, I know what you’re thinking. Those things are so touristy. And they’re not exactly cheap, either. Good points. But – be honest – isn’t there still a little part of you that would love to experience all that again – to see the wonders of Vancouver through the eyes of a first-time visitor?
If so, you may be in luck. During the month of May, Tourism Vancouver is running a pretty unique initiative called Be a Tourist in Your Own Town. The basic idea is to get Vancouverites to fall in love with their city all over again. And the incentive? Lots and lots of free tickets – 30,000 in total – to some of the classic experiences around the city.
From May 2-May 29, BC residents can get free tickets to a different iconic Vancouver attraction each day. Here’s how it works. Follow Tourism Vancouver on Facebook, Twitter (@MyVancouver) or visit TourismVancouver.com first thing each morning to learn about the secret attraction of the day. Then you just have to register and you can download a pair of free admission tickets to the attraction, valid for the following day only. Voila! No lottery system, no waiting, just instant gratification.
The catch, of course, is that you have to be quick. Only a limited number of free tickets will be given out each day. The schedule of which attractions will be featured on which days is being kept a secret. But here’s a partial list of some of the tickets up for grabs:
• B.C. Hydro Stave Falls Powerhouse
• Beaty Biodiversity Museum
• Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
• Bloedel Floral Conservatory
• Britannia Mine Museum
• Burnaby Village Museum
• Capilano Suspension Bridge
• Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
• Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
• Greater Vancouver Zoo
• UBC Botanical Garden and Greenheart Canopy Walkway
• Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
• Harbour Cruises & Events
• Hell’s Gate Airtram
• H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
• Maplewood Farm
• Minter Gardens
• Roedde House Museum
• Science World at Telus World of Science
• Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours
• Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
• UBC Museum of Anthropology
• Vancouver Art Gallery
• Vancouver Lookout
• Vancouver Maritime Museum
• Vancouver Police Museum
So what’s your favourite? Among Vancouver’s classic, sometimes kitschy, always iconic experiences, which one do you love best? Please share any thoughts below.