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Grab some pop­corn and set­tle in—from Sep. 27 to Oct. 12, the Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (page 64) is on sil­ver screens across the city. In the lime­light this year are over 200 fea­tures and 100 short films hail­ing from more than 70 coun­tries, plus a host of events, work­shops and live per­for­mances. It’s one of the largest show­cases of Canuck films in the world, so it’s guar­an­teed to have fans of Cana­dian cin­ema on their feet. Doc­u­men­taries and East Asian films also play strong sup­port­ing roles. In that case, bet­ter make that pop­corn a large.—Jill Von Sprecken

vis­i­tors since 1889. Cross the sway­ing planks of the bridge sus­pended above the Capi­lano River and wan­der among tow­er­ing ev­er­greens in a West Coast rain­for­est. Get a squir­rel’s-eye view at Tree­tops Ad­ven­ture: seven sus­pen­sion bridges in the trees take you high above the for­est floor. First Na­tions totem poles can be found at Kia’palano. Ex­plore the Clif­fwalk, an adrenalinepump­ing series of nar­row sus­pended stairs, bridges and walk­ways (year­round). Free shut­tle from down­town Van­cou­ver. Open daily. $46.95, se­nior $42.95, stu­dent $34.95, 13-16 $27.95, 6-12 $14.95, un­der 6 free. Af­ter 5 pm, ad­mis­sion is 30% off (to Sep 3). 3735 Capi­lano Rd., North Van­cou­ver. 604-985-7474. www.cap­ Map 4: B4

FLY­OVER CANADA Get im­mersed in Canada’s beauty with this vir­tual flight ex­pe­ri­ence. Strap into a seat in front of the spher­i­cal screen and let the sights, sounds and scents of the coun­try sur­round you (year-round). Open daily. $27, s/s $21, 4-12 $17. 999 Canada Place Way. 604-620-8455.­over­ X Map 1: B6

MAPLEWOOD FARM This 2-ha (5-acre) pet­ting zoo spe­cial­izes in the dis­play of nearly 200 do­mes­tic farm an­i­mals and birds. Milk­ing demon­stra­tion daily at 1:15 pm. Small chil­dren meet goats and feed bun­nies and birds. With its me­an­der­ing stream and pond, the sur­round­ing park is ideal for young fam­i­lies to en­joy a pic­nic lunch (year­round). Open daily. $8.51, se­nior/child $5.15. 405 Sey­mour River Pl., North Van­cou­ver. Take Dol­lar­ton exit off Hwy 1. 604-929-5610. www.maple­wood­ X Map 4: C5

PEAK 2 PEAK GON­DOLA State-ofthe-art 28-per­son cab­ins travel a 4.4-km (2.7-mi), 11-minute ride on a sus­pended ca­ble be­tween the peaks of Whistler and Black­comb moun­tains. In sum­mer, ex­pect stun­ning views and the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess hik­ing trails on both moun­tains (to Oct 8). Ter­mi­nal ac­cess at Ren­dezvous (Black­comb) or Round­house Lodge (Whistler). Toll-free 1-800-766-0449. www. whistlerblack­ Map 2: A8

SCIENCE WORLD AT TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE Jump­start your imag­i­na­tion as you ex­plore hands-on in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits, watch live science demon­stra­tions, catch a show in the Science The­atre and im­merse your­self in the domed OMNIMAX The­atre (year­round). Open daily. Fea­ture ex­hi­bi­tion (sur­charge ap­plies): The Science Be­hind Pixar Par­tic­i­pate in fun hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties and learn about the pro­duc­tion pipe­line and con­cepts used at Pixar ev­ery day (to Jan 6). Spe­cial events: Science World Af­ter Dark An evening event for adults only (Sep 20). Open­ing the Door Guests aged 13-18 can con­nect and net­work with pro­fes­sion­als in the an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try (Sep 21). 4:30-6 pm. SWEET (Science World Ex­trav­a­gant Evenings for Teens) (Sep 21). 6-9 pm. 1455 Que­bec St. 604-443-7440. www.sci­ence­ X Map 1: E7

SEA TO SKY GON­DOLA The ad­ven­ture be­gins with a 10-minute ride on a ca­ble sus­pended 885 m (2,903 ft) above Squamish. Take in views of Howe Sound from view­ing plat­forms, re­fuel in Sum­mit Lodge, tra­verse the sus­pen­sion bridge, or use the ride up as a jumpin­goff point for hik­ing, rock climb­ing, moun­tain bik­ing and other back­coun­try ad­ven­tures (to Oct). $41.95, se­nior $39.95, 13-18 $25.95, 6-12 $15.95, un­der 6 free, fam­ily $103.95. Moun­tain Mu­sic Series: Hair­farm­ers (Sep 7), Cam Salay (Sep 14), Sea to Sky Or­ches­tra (Sep 21). Off the Sea-to-Sky Hwy (Hwy 99), 2 km south of Squamish. Daily shut­tle ser­vice from Van­cou­ver; ad­vance book­ing re­quired. Toll-free 1-855-732-8675. www.seatosky­gon­ X Map 2: B8

SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CUL­TURAL CEN­TRE This mag­nif­i­cent build­ing houses First Na­tions trea­sures. Learn about the his­tory, arts and cul­ture of the Squamish and Lil’wat peo­ple through ex­hibits, per­for­mances, art, film and hands-on crafts. Tours on the hour, cafe, gift shop (year-round). Open daily. 4584 Black­comb Way, Whistler; park in Day Lot 4 or 5. Toll-free 1-866441-7522. X Map 2: A8

VAN­COU­VER AQUAR­IUM Home to more than 50,000 strange and won­der­ful creatures from the Arc­tic, Amazon, Trop­ics and Canada’s wild West Coast. Watch shark feed­ings and sea ot­ter play­times. Sign up for An­i­mal En­coun­ters to get up close to ot­ters, pen­guins, sea lions, sea tur­tles and res­i­dent dol­phin He­len (year­round). Ex­hi­bi­tion: Vor­tex Cel­e­brated lo­cal au­thor/artist Dou­glas Cou­p­land ex­plores the plas­tic-pol­lu­tion cri­sis in oceans around the globe and the evolv­ing hu­man re­la­tion­ship with plas­tic in a provoca­tive and in­spi­ra­tional way (to spring 2019). Open daily. $38, s/s and 13-18 $30, 4-12 $21, un­der 4 free. Lo­cated in Stan­ley Park, walk­ing dis­tance from down­town. 845 Avi­son Way. 604-659-3474. www.vanaqua .org X Map 5: B5

VAN­COU­VER LOOK­OUT AT HAR­BOUR CEN­TRE Sight­see­ing atop a 169-m (553-ft) tower on the edge of Gas­town. Reached via glass el­e­va­tors, the ob­ser­va­tion deck of­fers spec­tac­u­lar 360-de­gree views of the city, har­bour and moun­tains. Ad­mis­sion tick­ets are valid all day and evening, al­low­ing same-date re­turn vis­its (year-round). Open daily. $17.50, se­nior $14.50, stu­dent $12.50, 6-12 $9.50, un­der 5 free. 555 W. Hast­ings St. 604-6890421. www.van­cou­ver­look­ X Map 1: C6


BC SPORTS HALL OF FAME & MU­SEUM Houses 1,400 sq m (15,000 sq ft) of in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits show­cas­ing BC’s sport his­tory from the 1900s to present day. Have fun in the sports par­tic­i­pa­tion gallery with a climb­ing wall, run­ning track and bub­ble-hockey game. See in­side 54,500-seat BC Place Sta­dium. The Terry Fox and Rick Hansen gal­leries pay trib­ute to home­grown he­roes. See Olympic mem­o­ra­bilia in the Van­cou­ver 2010 Gallery (year-round). $15, s/s $12, 6-17 $12, un­der 5 free, fam­ily $40. Gate A, BC Place Sta­dium. 604-6875520. www.bc­sportshallof­ X Map 1: D6

BURN­ABY VIL­LAGE MU­SEUM Ex­plore this 1920s vil­lage at your own pace. Cos­tumed in­ter­preters wel­come guests and give demos in the homes, busi­nesses and shops. Pop­u­lar stops in­clude the black­smith, gen­eral store and gar­den at the farm­house. Visit the re­stored in­terur­ban tram and ride on the vin­tage C.W. Parker Carousel (to Sep 3). Open Tu-Su. Free ad­mis­sion. Carousel $2.65. Spe­cial event: World Rivers Day (Sep 23). 6501 Deer Lake Ave., Burn­aby. 604-297-4565. www.burn­abyvil­lage­mu­ X Map 2: D4

MU­SEUM OF VAN­COU­VER Vis­it­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and dis­plays high­light lo­cal her­itage (year-round). Ex­hi­bi­tions: Wild Things: The Power of Na­ture in Our Lives Delves into the life sto­ries of lo­cal an­i­mals and plants (to Sep 2019).

cesna?em, the city be­fore the city This ground­break­ing ex­hi­bi­tion digs deep into lo­cal First Na­tions his­tory (on­go­ing). Neon Van­cou­ver/Ugly Van­cou­ver Ex­am­ines the ex­plo­sion of neon signs in the 1950s to 1970s and their later near-erad­i­ca­tion from Van­cou­ver streets (on­go­ing). Open Tu-Su. $15, s/s and 12-18 $11, 5-11 $5, un­der 5 free. 1100 Ch­est­nut St. in Vanier Park. Park­ing. 604-736-4431.­se­u­mof­van­cou­ X Map 1: D2

OR­PHEUM THE­ATRE Built in 1927 and im­mac­u­lately re­fur­bished, the former film-and-vaude­ville palace is a Na­tional His­toric Site with a fres­coed, domed ceil­ing and a crys­tal chan­de­lier. The Or­pheum is home to the Van­cou­ver

Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and BC En­ter­tain­ment Hall of Fame (year-round). 601 Smithe St. at Sey­mour. Civic The­atres 604-665-3050. www.van­cou­­atres X Map 1: C5

VAN­COU­VER MAR­ITIME MU­SEUM Ex­hibits thrill all ages with the rich mar­itime tra­di­tions of the Pa­cific Coast. Dis­cover the world of ship­wrecks and ex­plor­ers; step back in time to 1944 on board St. Roch, Canada’s cel­e­brated RCMP schooner; ex­plore The Chil­dren’s Mar­itime Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre; and visit his­toric ves­sels in Her­itage Har­bour (year-round). Open daily. $12.50, s/s $10, un­der 6 free, fam­ily $35. Ex­hi­bi­tions: Sea Snaps: Ma­rine Pho­tog­ra­phy (to Oct 7). St. Roch – 90 Years Of Ad­ven­ture (to Apr 2019). Mu­si­cal per­for­mance: The Tetes (Sep 13). 6:15-8 pm. In Vanier Park, 1905 Og­den Ave. 604-2578300. www.van­cou­ver­mar­itimemu­ X Map 1: D2

Parks & Gar­dens

DR. SUN YAT-SEN CLAS­SI­CAL CHI­NESE GAR­DEN This Ming Dy­nasty–style gar­den is tucked away be­hind pro­tec­tive walls in the mid­dle of bustling Chi­na­town. The ar­chi­tec­ture, rocks, plants and wa­ter are care­fully com­bined in a serene, strik­ing set­ting. Guided tours, spe­cial events, gift shop (year-round). Open daily, Rates vary with the sea­sons. Price in­cludes tour and tea. 578 Car­rall St. 604-662-3207. www.van­cou­verchi­ne­segar­ Par­tial X Map 1: C7

STAN­LEY PARK Van­cou­ver’s 400-ha (1,000-acre) park was named for Lord Stan­ley in 1888 when he was Gover­nor Gen­eral of Canada. Lo­cals and vis­i­tors get back to na­ture, walk­ing, bik­ing or blad­ing the 8.8-km (5.5-mi) sea­wall and tak­ing in spec­tac­u­lar scenery. Ma­jor park at­trac­tions in­clude the Van­cou­ver Aquar­ium, rose gar­den, totem poles, Lost La­goon and Si­wash Rock (year-round). Horse-drawn tours 604-681-5115 (to Nov 11). En­ter park via west end of Beach Ave., Nel­son St. or Ge­or­gia St. In Van­cou­ver 311, out­side Van­cou­ver 604-873-7000. www.van­cou­ Par­tial X Map 5

Tours & Leisure Ac­tiv­i­ties Boats & Fish­ing

ELEC­TRIC HAR­BOUR TOURS The city’s first zero-emis­sion elec­tric-boat tours take sight­seers on fully nar­rated 45-minute tours through Coal Har­bour or False Creek, with views of land­marks like Stan­ley Park, Granville Is­land and Science World (to Oct 14). $42. Coal Har­bour tours de­part from 501 Den­man St., just off the sea­wall. False Creek tours de­part from Her­itage Har­bour at Vanier Park. 604-451-1600. www.west­coast­sight­see­

FALSE CREEK FER­RIES Hop aboard th­ese mini-fer­ries to dis­cover des­ti­na­tions such as Granville Is­land, Yale­town, Science World and Vanier Park. The 25- and 40-minute mini-cruises sail ev­ery 15 min­utes. Also of­fers

reg­u­larly sched­uled ser­vice be­tween nine ferry ter­mi­nals (year-round). Fares and sched­ules 604-684-7781. www.granvilleis­land­fer­ Map 6: B1, Map 1

HAR­BOUR CRUISES & EVENTS Em­bark on ex­cur­sions such as a pad­dle­wheel tour of the city’s har­bour (to Sep 30) or a sunset din­ner cruise (to Oct 15). Tours de­part from 501 Den­man St., just off the sea­wall. 604-688-7246. Map 1: A4

SEWELL’S MA­RINA Rent a speed­boat for solo ad­ven­tures through Howe Sound, char­ter a sal­mon-fish­ing boat with skip­per-guide (year-round) or take a sea sa­fari wildlife eco-tour (to Oct). 6409 Bay St., West Van­cou­ver. 604-921-3474. www.sewells­ma­rina .com Map 4: A1

V2V VA­CA­TIONS Cruise the coast with this premium cruise ser­vice that con­nects down­town Van­cou­ver and down­town Vic­to­ria. The com­fort­able and con­ve­nient jour­ney in­cludes two stylish seat­ing classes, a se­lec­tion of lo­cal cui­sine and free on-board Wi-Fi. De­parts Van­cou­ver daily at 1:30 pm (year-round). 1055 Canada Place Way. 1-855-554-4679. www.v2v­va­ca­tions .com X Map 1: A6


HAR­BOUR AIR SEA­PLANES The world’s largest all-sea­plane air­line of­fers scenic air tours over Van­cou­ver, Vic­to­ria, the Sunshine Coast and the Gulf Is­lands. Daily sched­uled flights to Vic­to­ria and Nanaimo (year-round), and to Tofino, Whistler, Seat­tle and more in sum­mer. Ac­cess from Cor­dova and Thur­low streets. Van­cou­ver Har­bour Flight Cen­tre, 1-1055 Canada Place. 604-274-1277 or toll-free 1-800-665-0212. www.har­bourair .com Map 1: B6

HELI­JET Reg­u­larly sched­uled ser­vice be­tween Van­cou­ver, Nanaimo and Vic­to­ria. Char­tered flights to scenic North Coast des­ti­na­tions such as Haida Gwaii and Prince Ru­pert are also avail­able (year-round). Van­cou­ver Heli­port, 455 W. Wa­ter­front Rd. 604-273-4688 or toll-free 1-800-665-4354. www. heli­ Par­tial X Map 1: B6


GROUSE MOUN­TAIN Panoramic views un­fold as the Skyride aerial tram whisks vis­i­tors 1,130 m (3,700 ft) above the

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