Five Reasons Why Even Locals Should Head to the Visitor Centre This Summer

If you’re a Vancouverite planning a day of sightseeing around your home town, you might think that a trip to Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre is about as useful to you as a chocolate teapot. You know where you’re going, and thanks to Google (and tourismvancouver.com), you can do all the research you need online, right? Not so fast!

Here are five great reasons to plan a trip to the Visitor Centre before you set out to see the sights.

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Five Reasons Why Even Locals Should Head to the Visitor Centre This Summer

The 7 Best Ways to See Vancouver


populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

Visiting this fine city of ours for the first time?  Take in all Vancouver has to offer and more by using a few (or all) of the following modes of transportation:

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The 7 Best Ways to See Vancouver

Explore Vancouver’s Yaletown: A Neighbourhood Tour

Yaletown Featured Image About Vancouver

photo: About Vancouver

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

By far, Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s trendiest neighborhoods – a district that’s filled with great restaurants and bars, shopping and entertainment, and gorgeous views. Here’s our list of our favourite attractions.

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Explore Vancouver’s Yaletown: A Neighbourhood Tour

Travelzoo Canada On Why Visitors Love Vancouver

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Lara Barlow, country manager for Travelzoo Canada, tells us that 83% of Canadians are traveling this year, and a survey says 51% of those who are travelling within Canada plan to visit BC and 32% plan to visit Vancouver specifically. Continue reading:
Travelzoo Canada On Why Visitors Love Vancouver

Flightseeing with Harbour Air – Win an Extended Panorama Tour for Two!

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Harbour Air was founded in B.C. in 1982 and today has more than 40 aircrafts, servicing 350,000 passengers throughout coastal British Columbia. The Harbour Air Group, consisting of Harbour Air Seaplanes, Westcoast Air and Whistler Air is one of the largest seaplane companies in the world. Harbour Air also has Tantalus Air, a land-based charter airline.

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Flightseeing with Harbour Air – Win an Extended Panorama Tour for Two!

48 Hours in Vancouver for Scenic Viewpoints

Photo credit: Lilian Sue

Photo credit: Lilian Sue

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on scenic viewpoints that showcase the Vancouver travelers think they know-and a few that they don’t.

What You’ll Need to Go on a Scenic Exploration
• A vehicle (rented or your own)
• GPS/Map
• A good quality camera (Doesn’t necessarily have to be an SLR, but should have a good zoom function)
• A tripod (to make it easier for panoramic shots)
• A picnic lunch
• A swim suit
• Good quality hiking boots/walking shoes (You’ll be doing a lot of walking)

Day One

Mid-Morning to Early Afternoon 11am to 1 pm

View of False Creek from Charleson Park. Photo Credit: Vancouver Park Board

View of False Creek from Charleson Park. Photo Credit: Vancouver Park Board

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Start your day off after breakfast in a Vancouver viewpoint not even many locals know about. Located on 999 Charleson Street and a mere 6 minutes from the downtown core is a hidden gem in the Charleson neighborhood. Charleson Park gives you amazing views of False Creek and Downtown Vancouver without having to deal with the crowds across the way at David Lam Park.

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A Bird’s-Eye View: Flightseeing in Vancouver

Snow-capped mountains. Glacial fjords.  Gleaming cityscapes.  Coastal waters studded with deep green islands.  Vancouver is a postcard-perfect city, and one of the best ways to take in all the scenery is by air.  Options range from quick 20-minute flights above the skyline to day-long excursions to distant glacial lakes.

Here are three suggestions:

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A Bird’s-Eye View: Flightseeing in Vancouver