For those of you who attended our RG in August 2014, we will be in the same great city, and just a few short kilometres away. Between the North and South Arms of the mighty Fraser River, Richmond is "The Pearl in the Mouth of the Dragon."
The Great Vancouver area is a beautiful destination. We hope you'll spend some time here to explore and experience why!
- Stanley Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world, most of it still covered by dense forest. The Vancouver Aquarium is in this park as well.
- Gastown is a restored part of the old town, with many small stores, bars and restaurants.
- Granville Island is a restored area of former industrial land, now full of its own quirky stores, small restaurants and marinas. You can get there from downtown Vancouver by taking bus No. 50 on Granville Street or with the cute little coloured water ferries fromYaletown.
- The University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) are both in a spectacular setting, the first separated from the rest of the city by dense forest, the other a mountaintop. The Museum of Anthropology is on the UBC campus. It presents an excellent overview of First Nations cultures of the Pacific Northwest.
- Queen Elizabeth Park is a beautifully maintained urban park on a hill with a good view of the city below. Within it is the Bloedel Conservatory, an enclosed bit of tropical paradise.
- Metrotown, easily reached by SkyTrain, is one of the largest shopping malls in Western Canada.
- On the North Shore, the wilderness is never far away. You can get there by car through the Lions Gate Bridge or by taking the Seabus, a ferry designed for foot passengers only.
- Many spectacular tourist locals are on the North Shore, including Capliano Canyon with its salmon hatchery and suspension bridge, and Lynn Canyon, with its own suspension bridge and extensive hiking paths.