Non Rail Attractions
Vanrail 2015 Non-Rail Attractions
Suggested Program for Non-Rails (or Further Sight-Seeing)
The following are in addition to the suggested rail attractions
Excellent collection of aquatic animals. Parking in the Park and at the Aquarium is by parking-meter.
A recreation of a village in BC from the 1920's, staffed by interpreters in period costume. It includes a restored and working carousel.
on the campus of the University of BC.
It has an excellent collection of totem poles and other aboriginal artifacts in a collaborative program with local First Nations.
just north of the hotel on north road.
accross the Port Mann toll bridge on 152 in Surrey
Both are major shopping centres with a variety of stores and plenty of parking.
in North Vancouver.
To get there, you can take SkyTrain (rapid transit) from the hotel to Waterfront station, then the SeaBus (cross harbour ferry) to North Vancouver. Lonsdale Quay is a few yards from the SeaBus terminal, and offers a farmer's market, a variety of shops, and an even greater variety of spots to eat.
in North Vancouver.
A good place for a hike, across the suspension bridge over Lynn Creek canyon, down through the forest and back across the creek at the Three Falls bridge. Somewhat strenuous involving a steep climb out of the canyon. Admission and parking are free.
Beautiful sea-views, particularly of the Lion's Gate, which carries a lot of marine traffic. The entire walk is 3 km long, but is entirely flat.
Access to the hatchery is from Capilano Road (northbound) in North Vancouver. There is a fish ladder up from the Capilano River into the hatchery, which has glass side-windows, so you can see returning salmon jumping from step to step. Runs should just be starting at the time of your visit. The park also has trails in the forest, some of which are flat. Admission to all this is free.
Access is from Highway #1 freeway in West Vancouver. The approach road is moderately steep, and at about the 1500 foot level there is a pull-off and view point with spectacular views over the city and the Fraser Delta. If you continue up to the ski area at 4000-5000 foot level, there are more views and trails through the forest. Admission and parking are free.
This is a gondola that gives access to the Grouse Mountain ski area in winter, and is priced accordingly. You also pay for parking. The gondola ride gives views to the west, and of Capilano Lake behind Cleveland Dam (which provides some of Vancouver's drinking water). From the top there are views over the city to the south. There are places to eat with a range of prices, and trails to walk. There is also an enclosure with some orphaned grizzly bear cubs. Take insect repellent - at this altitude there are mosquitos and black flies.
These are just beyond Hope at the east end of the Fraser Valley. The Kettle Valley Railway (that became part of the CPR) left the CPR main line at Hope, and then gained access to the Coquihala Valley via five tunnels, bored in a line, with the Coquihala River flowing to and fro between them. The tunnels have now been cleared, and bridges replaced, to form a walking trail, a spectacle not to be missed, if you have time. The drive from the hotel is about 2 hours each way. Take Highway #1 to Hope, then Highway #5 to the Othello exit, and follow the signs to the parking lot. Admission is free.
If the weather is sunny, you will find any of the above enjoyable.