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Things to do when we head to Vancouver in September.
Dim sum anyone?
This is North America's second biggest Chinatown, after San Francisco's. There are lots of interesting markets with many varieties of fresh and dried seafood and mushrooms. You'll also find inexpensive houseware and traditional Chinese medicine.
On weekend evenings, Keefer and Pender Streets become a busy open-air night market. If you have time for a leisurely meal, try dim sum at one of the many small restaurants. It is an inexpensive, multi-course culinary adventure.
See British Columbia's history come to life, as you embark on a theatrical journey that delivers an intriguing cast of characters and amazing sets. Located under the streets of historic Gastown, this unique Vancouver experience is not to be missed. Yup we gotta do this!
Home of good ol' Danger Bay. I wonder... whatever happened to Jonah?
North America's third-largest park draws eight million visitors per year, many of whom may skate or walk past you on the Seawall, a scenic, 5.5-mile path running along the water on the park's perimeter. You can also go on a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Everything from rollercoasters and ferris wheels to carnival games to a climbing wall and a glass house maze!
Everything from a 2 hour city tour to a harbour cruise to a full day sightseeing tour.
Make your way across Capilano Suspension Bridge, spanning 137 metres across and 70 metres above the Capilano River. Treetops Adventure is the park's newest attraction - seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up 30 metres above the forest floor, and offering a squirrel's-eye view of BC's thriving coastal forest. Gulp.
Paddle along the breathtaking waterfront of the downtown area and the beaches of Stanley Park with the Coast Mountains as the backdrop. All kayaking tours are suitable for first-timers and include equipment, safety orientation and training.
Step onboard the famous Grouse Mountain Skyride and get ready to experience an unforgettable 1,200 metre aerial journey high above Vancouver. Atop the mountain, various adventures await your arrival including the World Famous Lumberjack Show, the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, Birds in Motion demonstrations and much more.
The Vancouver Lookout, British Columbiaâs highest building, offers a spectacular 360-degree view of Vancouver. Take the 45-second ride up the exterior glass elevator and arrive 177 metres atop Vancouver, to breathtaking views which you will hold in your memory forever.
Housed in a magnificent, turn-of-the-century heritage building, the Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest art gallery in Western Canada. Internationally the Gallery is best known for its more than 200 major works by the British Columbia artist Emily Carr. Additionally, it is also a major centre for contemporary visual art.
In the heart of bustling downtown Vancouver, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden offers a cultural experience like no other. As the first Ming Dynasty Scholar's Garden built outside of China, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an architectural maze of walls within walls with an interplay of various-sized courtyards within one another, complemented by an exquisite display of pavilions, halls, bridges and covered galleries.
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre brings the wonder of space to Earth captivating visitors with its innovative programming, exhibits and activities, and inspires interest in earth science, space science and astronomy. The centre educates, inspires, and evokes a sense of wonder about the universe, our planet and space exploration.
Romeo & Juliet just happens to be on the schedule the week we're in Vancouver.
Former industrial site has been transformed into an artsy, posh neighborhood with quaint shops, cafes and bookstores.
Based on audience suggestions & contributions, the professional improvisers amaze audiences with their quick-witted, on the spot creations of hilarious scenes, songs and skits. Just because the sunâs gone down doesnât mean the competitions over. Throw your gear in the car, grab your friends and head over to TheatreSports to check out some real comedy contenders. No records will be broken, no tides will be turned but these improv jocks will take on formal theatre with a sweat-stained comic vengeance. TheatreSports combines the best elements of stage and sport delivering a laugh-packed evening for everyone.
Ticket price: $13.00-$16.50
Forest sprites with magical potions create romantic havoc in this deliciously magical comedy. Upset with Queen Titania, Oberon, King of the Fairies, engages Puck to charm her with a nectar that causes love at first sight. Mischievous Puck not only arranges for Titania to fall for a simple weaver named Bottom whom he has transformed into a donkey, but he uses the nectar to tangle the affections of four runaway lovers who have sought refuge in the forest. Much hilarity also occurs as Bottom and his friends rehearse a play they hope to present at court.
Start Time: 8pm (7pm Sundays)
Ticket price: $17.00-$29.50
The 22nd Annual Vancouver Fringe Festival - Taking place on and around Granville Island, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is B.C's largest, unjuried, uncensored grass roots theatre festival. The Fringe provides stages for the best and boldest in emerging talent on a local, national and international level, showcasing a wide array of live theatre, performance art, dance, multi-media works, ceremonies and street performance art. Over 600 performances in 11 days! Event Dates: September 7-17, 2006