Downtown Vancouver Attractions
Offering a vibrant city culture amid spectacular nature beauty, Vancouver is the perfect place to visit for a vacation, conference, or meeting. When visiting, you'll appreciate the perfect location of the St. Regis Hotel which puts all downtown Vancouver attractions and business destinations within easy reach.
Vancouver is Canada’s third largest city, after Toronto and Montreal and it is the largest city in the province of British Columbia, home to a fourth of the world’s ancient temperate rain forests. Surrounded by this natural beauty and mild climate year-round, Vancouverites have a healthy, outdoor-oriented lifestyle, and enjoy a wide range of internationally-inspired cuisine made with the bounty which comes from Vancouver’s unique ocean location and climate.
We’ve collected some of our favourite things to do below and our front desk team is always ready and eager to help you find wonderful things to do and delicious places to eat and drink during your stay.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Over 140m in length and more than 70m above the Capilano River, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of Vancouver's most spectacular attractions. Along with the bridge, the attraction includes a cliffwalk and treetop experience to see the amazing coast rainforest.
Take the world-famous gondola to the Peak of Vancouver for some of the most incredible views you will ever experience. With restaurants and a full range of summer and winter activities, Grouse Mountain is a Vancouver icon.
Vancouver's Chinatown is the largest in Canada and dates back to Vancouver's very beginnings. Centred on Pender Street and just a short walk from the St. Regis, it combines culture, shopping and history into one enjoyable visit.
Gastown is Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood and its cobbled streets and historic buildings are a must-see for any visitor to the City. With some of Canada's finest restaurants and fascinating boutiques, it's been voted one of the "coolest neighbourhoods in the World"! Gastown is just three blocks from the St. Regis Hotel.
Trendy Yaletown is world-famous for its patio culture and urban environment. The converted warehouses feature brick and beam construction and the loading docks have been converted into a patio dining destination.
Coal Harbour combines chic residential buildings with a seawall, which connects downtown to Stanley Park. Walking the seawall is a perfect way to look at the North Shore Mountains and watching the activity in Vancouver's busy harbour.
Voted the Best Park in the World on Tripadvisor, Stanley Park is a spectacular 1000-acre oasis of rainforest and rugged waterfront in the City. With beautiful trails through towering trees, a world-class aquarium, native totem poles and quaint restaurants, Stanley Park is Vancouver’s most-visited attraction.
Vancouver Art Gallery
Located in the heart of downtown, the Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest gallery in Western Canada will a permanent collection of over 10,000 pieces. Known for the strength of its selection of works by local artists, in particular Emily Carr. The Gallery is housed in the buildings of the former Provincial Court of BC and is open from 10-5PM daily and until 9PM on Tuesdays.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden
A trip to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden is like being transported back in time to 15th-century China. As the first garden of its kind to be built outside China, it's an escape from the City and a unique cultural opportunity located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver.
Easily identified by its famous geodesic dome. Science World was built for Expo 86 and is a favourite Vancouver attraction with interactive displays on a wide range of scientific subject for everyone from kids to adults.
UBC Museum of Anthoropology
Housed in a stunning setting facing the water and mountains on the campus of the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Anthropology houses a world-class collection of Northwest First People's art along with treasures from all over the world. Open daily.
Rogers Arena and BC Place
These world-class venues have hosted the 2010 Olympics and the 2015 Women's World Cup and now serve as the home base for the Vancouver Canucks and Whitecaps. See the upcoming event schedule which include sports, concerts, and expos.
The Orpheum Theatre is on Canada's National Historic Register and has been home to the Vancouver Symphony for over 30 years. The spectacular 1920s-era building is home to numerous concerts and theatre events.
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
The newly restored Queen Elizabeth is one of Canada's largest proscenium arch spaces and hosts opera, Broadway, music, presentations, and a broad spectrum of entertainment shows.
Downtown's largest shopping centre is just a block away from the St. Regis Hotel and includes international and premiere retailers anchored by Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew and The Bay. With over 100 retailers, it's a one stop destination for shopping.
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Vancouver Convention Centre
The spectacular convention centre was built to host the media centre during the 2010 Olympics and is a landmark on the waterfront. It's not only a destination for events throughout the year but is a must visit on any trip to the city to view the Olympic Cauldron and views of the North Shore.
The Harbour Centre, located adjacent to the Seabus Terminal, is topped by the Vancouver Lookout and the Top of Vancouver revolving restaurant. It's a great place to take in spectacular views of the harbour, Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains.
Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal
The famous sails of Canada Place are a downtown Vancouver landmark. It's a hub of activity with the cruise ship terminal, Flyover Canada attraction and convention centre East halls.
Located on West Hastings St., the boutiques of the Sinclair Centre is housed in some of Vancouver's oldest buildings like the 1910 Post Office and 1913 Customs Building which have been converted into one seamless shopping and office centre.
Sea Bus Terminal
The historic Seabus Terminal on Cordova St. is a hub for local transport including the passenger ferry to North Vancouver and the Skytrain and Canada Line light rail transit.
Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre
The new float plane terminal at the Vancouver Convention Centre is the central location for all float plane flights throughout the Northwest.
Canada line from YVR: the easiest way to get to Vancouver International Airport is by accessing the Canada Line, and the closest entrance is just 1 1/2 blocks from the St. Regis Hotel at the corner of Granville and Georgia. It's a half-block west and one block south from our front door.