Five Ways to Experience Vancouver’s Local History

The following article was written by Carly Whetter, Communications Assistant at Tourism Vancouver.

As a large port city on Canada’s west coast, Vancouver has a long and curious history. Luckily, locals and visitors alike can immerse themselves in the gritty underbelly of downtown Vancouver with Forbidden Vancouver tours; learn more about First Nations history and cultures with Talaysay Tours; read up on the life of one of the city’s first bookbinders at Roedde House Museum; learn about Canada’s long fishing history at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery; and explore Vancouver’s immigration history at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

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Five Ways to Experience Vancouver’s Local History

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Don’t miss out on the last few days for this year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival, plus lots of art and music-related events this Friday through Sunday.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Super Bowl weekend (go Seahawks)!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of community block parties and music events this Friday through Sunday!  Start planning with our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend… and aye, don’t forget it’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day on Friday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Five places to see the mighty Fraser River in action

Tugboats docked in front of New Westminster's River Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Tugboats docked in front of New Westminster’s River Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

In Vancouver, the ocean gets all the glory. While tourists and locals alike stroll Kits Beach and cycle Stanley Park’s sea wall, nobody mentions the Fraser—yet it’s an integral part of West Coast life. Many people live along the river’s banks and enjoy it daily, walking their dogs and jogging along its shores.

The Fraser is a working river, and you’d be amazed to see what kinds of things travel along it. Flowing 1,375 kilometres from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains, it merges with the Pacific Ocean and acts as a highway for people and industry. It’s always a treat to watch the tiny tugboats chug by, pulling everything from heavy log booms to shipping containers. (How do they do it?)

The view is always changing, and it’s always inspiring. Here are five places to see the Fraser shine.

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Five places to see the mighty Fraser River in action

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Happy Labour Day weekend!  Plan the last long weekend of the summer with our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Friday through Monday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of community festivals and outdoor concerts happening around the Metro Vancouver area this Friday through Sunday.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend