Local Attractions & Dining

With its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, Vancouver is known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live. While you’re in Vancouver for NUTHOS-14, take advantage of your downtime by immersing yourself in the city’s vibrant culture and diverse attractions. Check out the list below for local attractions and restaurants that you won’t want to miss! For additional attractions and more information about the Vancouver area, please visit https://www.destinationvancouver.com/.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Make your way across the swaying suspension bridge, which stretches 137 metres (450 feet) across a canyon and the Capilano River 70 metres (230 feet) below. Then explore the beautifully lush fir- and fern-carpeted forests via a series of elevated suspension bridges in the Treetops Adventure, and the thrilling Cliffwalk. 
Address: 3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC, V7R 4J1
Hours: 10 AM to 8 PM
Distance from the hotel: 16 minutes (9 km)

Vancouver Aquarium

Over 65,000 animals, 120 world-class exhibits and an unforgettable experience awaits at the Vancouver Aquarium. From the wonders of the Amazon gallery to the fish, jellyfish and octopus in the Canadian waters area, you’ll love observing the various animals in action.

Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC, V6G 3E2
Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM
Distance from the hotel: 12 minutes (4 km)

VanDusen Botanical Garden

Explore VanDusen Botanical Garden, an inspiring 55 acre outdoor oasis with over 7,500 plant species and varieties. Spot and photograph local wildlife, enjoy the hedge maze, and relax in a serene setting located in the heart of Vancouver.
Address: 5151 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1
Hours: 10 AM to 2 PM
Distance from the hotel: 15 minutes (6 km)
Website: https://vandusengarden.org

Vancouver Lookout

Take a glass elevator up 168 metres (553 feet) to enjoy a view that includes Stanley Park, historic Gastown, the Northshore mountains and the vibrant downtwon core. Vancouver Lookout has been an iconic element of the city’s skyline since 1977. 

Address: 555 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 4N6
Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM
Distance from the hotel: 6 minutes (1.5 km)

Vancouver Art Gallery

This highly-acclaimed collection of national and international contemporary art is worth spending at least an afternoon exploring. Don’t miss the collection of work by the well-known British Columbian artist, Emily Carr.

Address: 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2H7
Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday), 10 AM to 8 PM (Thursday, Friday)
Distance from the hotel: 1 minute (400 m/ 6 minute walk)
Website: https://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Science World

Ignite your mind and discover the wonders of science with popular, hands on interactive displays, inspirational feature exhibitions, and jaw-dropping science demonstrations.

Address: 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC, V6A 3Z7
Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM 
Distance from the hotel: 8 minute (3 km)
Website: https://www.scienceworld.ca

Grouse Mountain

Just 20 minutes from downtown, the Peak of Vancouver offers the perfect mountaintop destination for a truly rewarding and memorable experience. 

Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC, V7R 4K9
Hours: 9 AM to 9:30 PM 
Distance from the hotel: 23 minute (13 km)
Website: https://www.grousemountain.com

Whistler, British Columbia

With more than two million visitors per year flocking to its seemingly endless skiable terrain, Whistler is legendary for its ski scene. Thanks to the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, Vancouver’s sister to the north also boasts improved accessibility and sparkly new attractions. Of course, Whistler is a four-season destination, so if you’re planning a visit outside of the ski season, visit the Whistler Day Trip page. 

Getting There: Just a two-hour car ride from Vancouver will land you in Whistler’s mountain paradise via Highway 99, also known as the Sea to Sky Highway. If you’d rather not get behind the wheel yourself, board a scheduled bus service from either downtown Vancouver or Vancouver International Airport. When you arrive, everything you need is easily accessible by foot. 

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort

Whistler Village

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Nearby Restaurants

Blue Water Cafe

A destination in a heritage warehouse space offering sustainable seafood with innovative touches.

Address: 1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5T4
Hours: 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM (Sunday to Wednesday), 4:30 PM to 11:30 PM (Thursday to Saturday)
Distance from the hotel: 3 minute (700 m/ 8 minute walk)
Website: https://www.bluewatercafe.net

The Boathouse Restaurant – Kitsilano

A waterfront option for local, sustainable seafood and premium steaks, plus wines from British Columbia.

Address: 1305 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC, V6J 5N2
Hours: 11 AM to 9 PM (Sunday to Thursday), 10:30 AM to 10 PM (Friday and Saturday)
Distance from the hotel: 6 minutes (2.3 km)
Website: https://www.boathouserestaurants.ca


An airy, high-end restaurant in the Fairmont Hotel offering modern Canadian cuisine, wine and cocktails.

Address: 1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC, V6C 0B9
Hours: 7 AM to 11 AM, 5:30 PM to 10 PM
Distance from the hotel: 6 minutes (1.5 km)

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

A sophisticated locale for high-end, locally sourced seafood dishes, brunch and artisanal cocktails.

Address: 845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2K6
Hours: 3 PM to 11 PM
Distance from the hotel: 1 minute (350 m/ 5 minute walk)


A brewpub serving house craft beer, cocktails and whiskey, with board and arcade games and local art.

Address: 97 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5T 1B3
Hours: 11:30 AM to 12:00 AM
Distance from the hotel: 10 minutes (3.5 km)

Brix & Mortar

Modern Canadian fare and some 60 wines by the glass served in a chic heritage building with a patio.

Address: 1137 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 6M5
Hours: 4 PM to 10:30 PM
Distance from the hotel: 1 minute (350 m/ 5 minute walk)

Bufala Kerrisdale

A pizzeria offering from-scratch, Neapolitan pies and Italian tapas, plus craft beef, wine and cocktails. 

Address: 5395 West Blvd, Vancouver, BC, V6M 3W4
Hours: 4 PM to 10 PM (Monday to Thursday), 12 PM to 10 PM (Friday to Sunday)
Distance from the hotel: 13 minutes (6.3 km)