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CAM­BIE VIL­LAGE This busy, eclec­tic area has every­thing from Nat Bai­ley Sta­dium, home of the Van­cou­ver Cana­di­ans base­ball team, to the Bloedel Con­ser­va­tory, a lush trop­i­cal biodome with hun­dreds of ex­otic plants and birds. Get nos­tal­gic at the sin­gle-screen Park Theatre or laugh the night away at Yuk Yuk’s Com­edy Club. Just across the Cam­bie Street Bridge from the down­town core, with three Sky­Train sta­tions for easy ac­cess. www.cam­bievil­lage.ca map 4: D4/e4

CHI­NA­TOWN The Mil­len­nium Gate marks the en­trance to Canada’s largest Chi­na­town. Cana­dian-Chi­nese me­mo­ri­als, tra­di­tional herbal­ists and souvenir shops min­gle with trendy fu­sion food and edgy nightlife. This neigh­bour­hood is also home to the world’s nar­row­est com­mer­cial build­ing, the Sam Kee Build­ing, just 1.8 m (6 ft) wide at its base. Sam­ple a tra­di­tional dim sum brunch or ar­ti­sanal cock­tails, then stroll through the tran­quil Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Clas­si­cal Chi­nese Gar­den for a mo­ment of in­tro­spec­tion. www.van­cou­ver-chi­na­town.com map 1

COAL HAR­BOUR A ma­rina-side oa­sis of calm amid the bus­tle of down­town, this area is paved with sea­wall paths and filled with the sort of glit­ter­ing res­i­den­tial tow­ers that gave Van­cou­ver the nick­name City of Glass. Jog­gers and cyclists breeze past lux­ury cruise ships and sea­side restau­rants. Go flight­see­ing in a float­plane and soar above the Olympic Caul­dron, or get the 4D vir­tual tour with Fly­Over Canada. map 1

COM­MER­CIAL DRIVE Lo­cals re­fer to this vi­brant strip of in­de­pen­dent eater­ies, cafes, bars and spe­cialty shops as The Drive. Her­itage build­ings and gen­er­a­tions-old fam­ily busi­nesses thrive along­side a lively coun­ter­cul­ture scene. Knock back an Ital­ian espresso, fill up on or­ganic fare, then meet lo­cal po­ets and per­form­ers at an open-mic night. Cor­ner­stones of the com­mu­nity in­clude The Cultch Theatre and dogfriendly Trout Lake. www.thedrive.ca map 4: D4/e4

DOWN­TOWN This is the cos­mopoli­tan and com­mer­cial heart of the city, with count­less shops of­fer­ing every­thing from sou­venirs to de­signer fash­ions. Spend the af­ter­noon at the colos­sal Van­cou­ver Pub­lic Li­brary, get awestruck at the his­toric Or­pheum Theatre (home of the Van­cou­ver Sym­phony Or­ches­tra) or the Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, and re­lax with 360-de­gree views of the city lights at the Van­cou­ver Look­out. Keep the party go­ing late into the night at one of the lively bars and night­clubs on Granville Street. www.down­town­van­cou­ver.net map 1

GAS­TOWN Her­itage meets hip in the old­est part of the city, a Na­tional His­toric Site. Ex­plore the cob­bled streets and grand late-Vic­to­rian build­ings, filled with de­signer fash­ions, Na­tive art, upscale home­wares, Cana­di­ana sou­venirs, and enough restau­rants and bars to sat­isfy ev­ery ap­petite. Watch the iconic Gas­town Steam Clock in ac­tion, and tip your cap to a statue of the neigh­bour­hood's found­ing fa­ther, “Gassy Jack” Deighton, at Maple Tree Square. www.gas­town.org map 1

GRANVILLE IS­LAND The penin­sula be­neath the Granville Street Bridge may not be a true is­land, but it sure feels like it, es­pe­cially when reached by mini ferry from down­town. Colour­ful, re­fur­bished in­dus­trial build­ings house artists, crafts­peo­ple and per­form­ers, while the still-ac­tive ce­ment si­los host the “Giants,” a mas­sive pub­lic art in­stal­la­tion by graf­fiti artists OSGEMEOS. Find fresh pro­duce, seafood and hand­made gifts at the Pub­lic Mar­ket,

catch a live show after a visit to the brew­ery, or sit back and watch chil­dren en­joy the Kids Mar­ket and wa­ter­park. www.granvilleis­land.com Map 6

KERRISDALE This fash­ion­able shop­ping dis­trict sat­is­fies con­sumer crav­ings with half the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city. More than 200 stores and ser­vices—in­clud­ing restau­rants, bou­tiques and gift shops—make it easy for vis­i­tors of all ages to find what they’re look­ing for. Browse books, an­tiques, cam­eras or cou­ture for ba­bies and pam­pered pups be­fore tak­ing a latte break in one of the nearby parks. www.ker­ris­dalevil­lage.com Map 4: E3

KIT­SI­LANO Usu­ally short­ened to Kits, this neigh­bour­hood on the south shore of English Bay is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for fans of out­door re­cre­ation and nat­u­ral well­ness. Cafes, healthy restau­rants, gyms and yoga stu­dios thrive along tree-lined streets. Swim, sun­bathe or play ten­nis at renowned Kits Beach, then fly a kite in Vanier Park, where the Mu­seum of Van­cou­ver, Van­cou­ver Mar­itime Mu­seum and H.R. MacMil­lan Space Cen­tre await. www.shop­west­4th.com Map 4: D2/D3

MAIN STREET Step off the Sky­Train and into a trea­sure trove of in­de­pen­dent shops, craft brew­eries and eclec­tic din­ing in this char­ac­ter-filled neigh­bour­hood, known as one of North Amer­ica’s coolest streets. Fill your bags with con­sign­ment-store gems, ex­plore the Van­cou­ver Mu­ral Fes­ti­val’s legacy in brightly painted al­leys or spend the af­ter­noon at Guelph Park, af­fec­tion­ately known as Dude Chill­ing Park. Kids— and in­quis­i­tive adults—love Sci­ence World, housed in an iconic geodesic dome. www.mount­pleas­ant­bia.com Map 4: D4/E4

NORTH VAN­COU­VER This picturesque city draws lo­cals and tourists alike for out­door ad­ven­tures on the beau­ti­ful Coast Moun­tains range. Capi­lano Sus­pen­sion Bridge, Lynn Canyon and Grouse Moun­tain—in­clud­ing the Grouse Grind, also known as “Mother Na­ture’s StairMaster”—are just a few of the area’s best-known at­trac­tions. After a day of sea kayak­ing, ski­ing, hik­ing or moun­tain bik­ing, visit the Lons­dale Quay Mar­ket for snacks, shop­ping and sou­venirs. www. van­cou­ver­snorthshore.com Map 4

OLYMPIC VIL­LAGE A shin­ing me­mento of the 2010 Win­ter Games, these wa-

ter­front con­dos and town­houses—right next door to Sci­ence World, a souvenir from the 1986 World Expo—once housed ath­letes and Olympic of­fi­cials. De­signed to be one of the world’s most sus­tain­able neigh­bour­hoods, this area is also burst­ing with su­perb photo ops and an ever-grow­ing col­lec­tion of des­ti­na­tion restau­rants, brew­pubs and shops. Go kayak­ing in False Creek, then en­joy a live show at the BMO Theatre Cen­tre. Map 1

POINT GREY/WEST SIDE Old­town char­ac­ter meets new-stu­dent vi­tal­ity in this area, where spe­cialty shops, cafes, restau­rants and fash­ion bou­tiques in the vil­lage point the way to the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia. Beaches stretch be­low the north­west cam­pus cliffs, in­clud­ing Wreck Beach, the only nude sand in the city. Dis­cover mon­u­men­tal First Na­tions ar­ti­facts at the Mu­seum of An­thro­pol­ogy, find peace at the UBC Botan­i­cal Gar­den and Ni­tobe Memo­rial Gar­den, then hike, bike or even ride a horse through Pa­cific Spirit Park. www.point­greyvil­lage.com Map 4: D1/D2

RICH­MOND/STEVESTON Famed for its vi­brant Asian com­mu­nity and plen­ti­ful shop­ping—in­clud­ing the big­gest sum­mer night mar­ket in North Amer­ica—Rich­mond also of­fers some of the most di­verse din­ing op­tions in Metro Van­cou­ver. Skate at the Olympic Oval, splash down the slides at Water­ma­nia and feast on dim sum, hot pot or fu­sion fare be­fore head­ing over to charm­ing wa­ter­front vil­lage Steveston, where the Gulf of Ge­or­gia Cannery Na­tional His­toric Site bears tes­ta­ment to what was once the largest fishing port and cannery on the West Coast. www.tourism­rich­mond.com Map 3

ROBSON STREET Van­cou­ver’s fa­mous shop­ping street stretches from BC Place Sta­dium to the Van­cou­ver Art Gallery and through to Stan­ley Park, with most of the shops and restau­rants con­cen­trated be­tween Granville and Bute streets. Brand-name stores rub shoul­ders with one-of-a-kind bou­tiques, eater­ies and cafes. Most shops stay open late, so there’s plenty of time to hit all of the im­mense flag­ship lo­ca­tions of Lu­l­ule­mon, Sephora, L’Oc­c­i­tane and Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret. www.rob­son­street.ca Map 1

SOUTH GRANVILLE This area is home to Gallery Row, the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of fine art gal­leries in Van­cou­ver.

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