Official Professional Travel Planners' Guide

2014 Official Professional Travel Planners' Guide

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CAN'T-MISS ATTRACTIONS These Vancouver hotspots are must-dos for every traveller's itinerary It's all about the views A refreshing way for your clients to get a feel for Vancouver and the surrounding region is to treat them to some of the best vistas this breathtaking landscape can offer. A visit to the Vancouver Lookout makes a great first stop and offers 360-degree views of the city skyline. For another peak perspective, have your clients head to North Vancouver for a visit to Grouse Mountain – here, they can ride North America's largest aerial tramway to the top of the mountain for truly awe-inspiring scenery year-round; take an eco-tour to the top of the Eye of the Wind turbine; zipline above the treetops; and then enjoy the restaurants and attractions. On the way back to downtown Vancouver, they can visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, which – along with the Cliffwalk feature – leads visitors over a pristine canyon and offers a firsthand encounter with the wonders of British Columbia's rainforests. Outside metro Vancouver, the Hell's Gate Airtram takes visitors on a gripping descent into a wild river canyon. Vancouver and the Vancouver Maritime Museum, both of which are located in Vanier Park, near Granville Island. And your clients will revel in astonishing natural wonders – such as the full skeleton of earth's largest animal, the blue whale – at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Truly engaging attractions One of the city's most beloved attractions is the Vancouver Aquarium – and with a full schedule of shows each day that includes up-close encounters with beluga whales and dolphins plus the 4D Experience film showings, it's easy to see why. At Science World, identified by the huge geodesic dome atop the building, visitors are engrossed by the world of science and technology as they explore hundreds of interactive exhibits through several galleries. Science World also features an OMNIMAX Theatre showcasing nature documentaries and movies shot on special film, giving viewers the sensation of being part of the movie's action. For Grouse Mountain Skyride World-class museums Vancouver's museums truly set it apart from other cities in Canada and allow your clients to examine the area's unique culture, arts and heritage. The two best places to get acquainted with the art of British Columbia's First Nations peoples are the UBC Museum of Anthropology – with its towering totem poles and stunning sculptures – and the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, located in downtown Vancouver. The Vancouver Art Gallery has nearly 8,000 works of visual art in its permanent collection, plus draws renowned travelling exhibits. Your clients also get insight into the work of some of Vancouver's most heroic citizens at the Vancouver Police Museum, which offers a popular Sins of the City tour and hands-on programs for kids that show them how to take fingerprints, examine bullets and more. For an unbeatable introduction to the history of Vancouver, send them to the Museum of 16  WELCOME TO VANCOUVER UBC Museum of Anthropology a great way to see some of these attractions and more at their own pace, have your clients join a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of the city such as those provided by Big Bus, Big Pink Sightseeing or the Vancouver Trolley Company. Photos: TVan/Grouse Mountain; Canadian Tourism Commission; (opposite page) TVan/Dannielle Hayes; TVan/Al Harvey

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