Vancouver, one of the top ten most beautiful cities in the world (part 2)

Lita, Gem, & daughter Marie-Anne at Queen Elizabeth Park

Visiting Gastown gives us an essential part of Vancouver’s colourful history – the old buildings, the cobblestone, the Steam Clock, the Art Deco Masterpiece at Telegraph Travel, Vancouver’s Marine Building, once the tallest skyscraper in the British Empire, and the vintage lampposts.

Gem & Lita at Granville Island

Another must-see site in this world-class beautiful metropolis is the Granville Island located across False Creek , a short inlet in the heart of Vancouver that separates downtown from the rest of the city. Actually, Granville Island is a tiny peninsula that was originally used by the First Nations as a fishing area and since 1979 has been a busy lively district with a large indoor two-storey public market having a wide variety of activities the whole family will enjoy and where local farmers and other food vendors could sell their products to consumers year-round. Customers come here to buy fresh produce, meat, fish and seafood, cheeses and other products that are locally raised and produced. Attracting both local residents and tourists, the market also includes independent food purveyors from local to Mexican and Asian to Greek . A wide range of items are sold here by retail vendors from deli food to candies and delicious snacks.

Managed by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and considered as “the most inspiring public place in the world”, Granville Island provides other ameneties such as a marina, a hotel, fine arts galleries in the Net Loft Shops and Railspur District, and various cultural venues for the various performing arts theatres including Vancouver’s only professional Improvisational Company.

The Granville Island market includes a “kids market” designed for children where you can shop, play and eat . Shop for the best selections of toys, games, kids clothings, or party supplies. Play for hours of fun at the play area or enjoy the bumper car rides and then quench your thirst with coffee and a bite by the pond.

Located at the eastern tip of False Creek is the Science World, Vancouver’s giant mirrored ball -shaped science centre where you can update yourself to discover the wonders of science and technology. Built as Exposition Centre for the Exposition ’86 Worlds Fair, the science centre, with an omnimax theatre (the world’s largest domed movie screen at 5 stories high) and family-friendly science-related displays and activities, is a wonderful place for children and also for people of all ages.

Our sightseeing for the day is capped by enjoying the quarry gardens and sculptures in beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver’s horticultural jewel, located at the highest point in the city at 125 meters above sea level. Created from a former stone quarry in 1961 to celebrate Vancouver’s 75th anniversary, the garden features arboretums and the Bloedel Floral Conservatory, a triodetic dome lush paradise of free-flying exotic birds and plants.

Science World