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It seems unlikely that a character named "Gassy Jack" Deighton would be responsible for one of the most beautiful cities on the continent. But that's history for you.

During the gold rush, Gassy Jack saw a chance to make money from the hordes of miners on their way to the Yukon. The saloon he built became the focus of the shanty town known as Gastown. From that ragtag group of shacks, modern Vancouver was born. The provincial government persuaded settlers to change the name of the town to Vancouver, after Captain George Vancouver, who sailed the region's waters in 1792.

Canada's third-largest city, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan place with a European feel and a personality all its own. It's a community with a rich ethnic mix - including the second-largest Chinatown in North America - and stunningly beautiful parks

Top things to do and see in Vancouver, British Columbia:

1 Stanley Park

A lush rainforest in the heart of the city, this 1,000-acre park teems with wildlife and natural beauty. Enjoy a spectacular array of activities, including the famed Vancouver Aquarium and the majestic Totem Pole Park.

2 Vancouver Lookout

Take a glass elevator 430 feet in the air to the city's famed lookout and step into the heated observation deck for breathtaking 360-degree views of the city, mountains and your cruise ship below.

3 Chinatown

Experience the vibrant Asian atmosphere in the second largest Chinatown in North America. Authentic architecture, exotic cuisine, and colorful specialty shops make each turn down the narrow alleyways a unique adventure.

4 Granville Island

Connected to the city by a causeway from the south, it was named "One of the World's Greatest Places" by Project for Public Spaces. It is a sophisticated home to performing arts, dining, and a fabulous public market that offers a wide array of fresh food and hand-made crafts.

5 Grouse Mountain

From sophisticated entertainment to unspoiled nature, Vancouver's most visited attraction is the pre-eminent all-in-one destination, with something for everyone. The famous Grouse Mountain Skyride takes you on a one-mile journey to the Alpine Station, 3,700 feet above sea level, where you can choose from a variety of activities.

6 Vancouver Aquarium

Home to over 70,000 fascinating creatures including majestic beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, curious sea otters, harbour seals and Steller sea lions! Long-established as a global leader in marine research, education and conservation, the Aquarium offers visitors an unforgettable experience through face-to-face engagement with a wide array of amazing animals.

7 Gastown

The original site from which modern Vancouver evolved. The varied shops and boutiques make the area a popular shopping district. The famous steam clock fills the air with music every 15 minutes.

8 Robson Street

Vancouver's most famous shopping street set in the heart of downtown is a three-block commercial mecca including premier fashion stores, fine dining and amenities. The street to see and be seen on!

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Explore Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Relaxed, cultured Vancouver, British Columbia, is consistently rated one of the finest cities in the world. Many cruises to Vancouver dock directly downtown, where a thick cluster of skyscrapers is framed by pine-covered mountains. It’s even easy to get around artsy Gastown, lush Stanley Park, and downtown’s museums from Vancouver cruises. Identify the nearby mountain peaks with the informative plaques on the Canada Place walkway. Admire the moody works of Emily Carr, a cherished British Columbian painter. Climb through the treetops at the Capilano Suspension Bridge & Park. Explore Granville Island, with its Public Market and collection of artists’ studios. Gaze into eagles’ eyes carved in totem poles in the Museum of Anthropology.

Local Attractions

Mix Mother Nature with vibrant culture on your cruise to Vancouver, British Columbia, a gleaming city of crystal skyscrapers and emerald forest. Snack your way through the bounty of British Columbia in a food-filled public market, find masterful First Nations artwork in museums and displayed in parks, and clamber through the trees and over a river on a delightfully rickety suspension bridge. Picnic on the waterfront at the Granville Island Public Market. Watch the steam clock chime in Gastown on your Vancouver cruise. Contemplate the tranquil Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Stroll the Stanley Park Seawall. See the original Raven and the First Men carving, printed on the Canadian $20 bill, in the Museum of Anthropology.

You’ll step off your cruise to Vancouver, British Columbia right into Canada Place port, topped with soaring white sails. A walkway offers sweeping views of the busy harbor, with float planes taking off from the water and ferries chugging across to the Vancouver North Shore.

 

Lively Gastown, the city’s oldest neighborhood, borders the Canada Place cruise terminal. Restaurants, native and contemporary art galleries, and designer boutiques line this neighborhood’s cobblestone streets. Stop at the intersection of Water and Cambie streets to listen to the Steam Clock whistle the Westminster Chimes every 15 minutes. A few blocks inland from your Vancouver cruise is the Vancouver Art Gallery. The museum’s pride is its extensive collection of paintings by British Columbia artist Emily Carr. Her naturalist paintings of swirling colors depict totem poles, native symbols, and Canadian landscapes.

Beyond the Port Area

The Museum of Anthropology, on the campus of the University of British Columbia, holds one of the finest collection of First Nations crafts and artifacts in Canada. The glassed-in Great Hall displays intricately carved totem poles, while a dramatically-lit rotunda shows off Bill Reid’s stunning Raven and the First Men cedar carving. Take the cliffside trails that lead down from campus to the rocky beaches. Or head over to Kitsilano, the best beach strip for soaking up the sun and city views, and for people-watching on cruises to Vancouver, British Columbia.  For a taste of British Columbia’s wild backcountry, cross the rickety 450-ft.-long bridge that dangles 230 ft. above the rushing Capilano River at Capilano Suspension Bridge & Park. The bridge isn’t the park’s only hair-raising attraction. You can brave the Cliffwalk, cantilevered on a mountainside over the Capilano, and scramble between towering firs on the Treetops Adventure.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is home to pink and white rhodendron blooms and a red and green pagoda reflected on a pond. Take a free guided tour to fully understand the principles of contrast and harmony that guide the garden’s intricate design.

Stanley Park, the city’s green heart, fills an entire peninsula at the edge of downtown. Cycle or walk the Seawall as it curves past beaches and the fir, spruce, and cedar forest of the park’s interior. Along the way is Brockton Point and the park’s collection of traditional totem poles.

Shopping in Vancouver
Shopping in Canada Hit Robson Street, straddling downtown and the fashionable West End, for the densest concentration of stylish boutiques in Vancouver, British Columbia. Granville Island features studios where you can watch artists at work and craft stores exclusively selling treasures by local craftsmen. The Granville Island Public Market is a colorful bounty of fruits and veggies, cheese, wine, chocolate, and fresh fish. Compile a picnic here to enjoy from the waterfront tables facing downtown’s thicket of glass skyscrapers.

Dining in Vancouver
Make your way to Yaletown and the West End from Vancouver cruises to sample the innovative Northwest take on contemporary cuisine—with a delicious emphasis on local seafood. An Okanagan Valley wine, from the British Columbia interior, is the perfect pair for a meal of fresh fish.

TRAVEL TIPS
Your Vancouver cruise pulls into Port Metro Vancouver, which occupies two cruise terminals at Canada Place.  Vancouver enjoys long summer days, and pleasant and mild weather for much of the year. However, rain is common in spring and autumn, so pack a light rain slicker.

Fun Facts
Vancouver’s moviemaking industry is third-largest in North America, just behind Hollywood and New York City.
The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Vancouver as the world’s most liveable city for five consecutive years, starting in 2007.
An Inukshuk, an Inuit stone statue and landmark, stands over English Bay. Though this statue dates from the 1980s, you’ll recognize its form as the emblem of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Ports & Places

Juneau, Alaska

Things to do and see

  • Mendenhall Glacier
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Whale Watching
  • Glacier Flightseeing
  • Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
  • Glacier Gardens
  • Dog Sledding
  • Mount Roberts Tramway
Skagway, Alaska

Things to do and see

  • White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Klondike Summit
  • Gold Rush History
  • Yukon (Canada)
  • Haines
  • Red Onion Saloon
  • Dog Sledding
Glacier Viewing

Things to do and see

  • Calving tidewater glaciers
  • Iceberg-dotted waters
  • Winding rivers of ice
  • Glacier-carved fjords
  • Whales & marine life
  • National Park Rangers in Glacier Bay
  • Onboard Naturalists
  • Jr. Ranger Program for youths
Ketchikan, Alaska

Things to do and see

  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Totem Bight State Park
  • Saxman Native Village
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
  • Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show
  • George Inlet Lodge
  • Creek Street
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Victoria, British Columbia

Things to do and see

  • Butchart Gardens
  • Legislative Buildings
  • Fairmont Empress Hotel
  • Beacon Hill Park
  • Victoria Butterfly Gardens
  • Craigdarroch Castle
  • Victoria Pubs
  • Whale Watching
Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska

Things to do and see

  • Prince William Sound
  • Portage Glacier
  • Turnagain Arm
  • Mt. Alyeska Tram
  • Seward Highway
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Anchorage
Vancouver, British Columbia

Things to do and see

  • Stanley Park
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Chinatown
  • Granville Island
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Gastown
  • Robson Street
Alaska Onboard Enrichment & Cuisine

Things to do and see

  • Iditarod champion Libby Riddles
  • National Park Rangers in Glacier Bay
  • Alaska storyteller
  • Onboard Naturalists & port lectures
  • Taste of Alaska Buffet and fish BBQ
  • An Alaska culinary demonstration
  • Glacier Bay Champagne Breakfast (Charges apply)
Inside Passage

Voyage of the Glaciers Cruise

Things to do and see

  • Glacier-carved fjords
  • Pristine forested shores
  • Whales, dolphins and other marine life
  • Bald eagles and tufted puffins
  • Towering granite cliffs
  • Cascading waterfalls
  • Majestic snowcapped mountains
  • Thousands of untouched islands
  • Glacier Bay National Park on all sailings
  • Additional glacier viewing
  • Cruise the scenic Inside Passage
  • Cruise 500 miles further north across the Gulf of Alaska
  • Visit Southeast Alaska ports of call
  • Exclusive Alaska enrichment programs

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