Comfort Inn & Suites
1748 Capilano Road
North Vancouver, BC V7P 3B4
Phone: (604) 988-3181
Fax: (604) 904-2755
The Royal Hudson Steam Train was, until recently, the only antique steam engine in regular service in North America. It is currently on display in Squamish while the broiler receives repairs. The operators are working on the repairs of Royal Hudson to bring it up on tracks. Until then, come by to gaze at it as it is open for people to come and visit till it's back in service.
Connecting the main city to North and West Vancouver, the hulking Lions Gate Bridge is as much, a distinctive city landmark as it is an important link to the other cities. Completed in 1938, the suspension bridge passes over the Burrard Inlet, and was a landmark achievement of its time. With the picturesque Coastal Mountains as a backdrop, the bridge's location is a visual delight and has resulted in numerous appearances in popular media and movies. Needless to say, it ranks among some of the most photographed landmarks in the city and has become an icon associated with Vancouver. Owing to its historic significance the impact it had on the city's transportation system, the bridge was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2005.
Although it's safe, you will want to grip the rope as you step out on to the creaky wooden planks of Capilano Suspension Bridge, which provides a look at the glorious Capilano River raging 230 feet (70 meters) below. This popular attraction, situated at the park of the same name, isn't recommended for those who fear heights. Ten minutes from Downtown, the attraction includes a restaurant, post and gift shop and offers guided tours as well. All the park attractions are included in the admission price.
Famous for the thrilling and one of the oldest attractions of North Vancouver called the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the park also features other attractions. These include the 'Treetops Adventure' where you can walk across from one Douglas fir tree to another on bridges and walkways that are attached to tree trunks 30 meter (98.43 feet) above the rain-forest floor. For those enthused with regional folk-art, the cluster of totem poles made by First Nation people is located inside the remote section of the park. The carvings on the trees are breathtaking and according to popular belief, the intricate carvings offer stories of their own.
Spending the day touring around Stanley Park is bound to work up appetites. Built on the historic park's lookout, this popular and long-standing café offers incredible views of the city, mountains and ocean. It also houses a gift shop and patio dining. Seafood is a highlight on the menu. The brunch menu offers fresh fruit salads and light pasta dishes. Host your private events here with the beautiful view and create wonderful memories. Call for open hours as they are seasonal.
This lovely sculpture by Elek Imredy is that of a girl who has donned a wet suit and is staring at the nearby ocean. It has been compared to the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, and certainly is a popular installation at the Stanley Park.
Brockton Point is located at the far eastern side of Stanley Park and is a scenic peninsula. Here, you can explore attractions like Brockton Point Lighthouse or enjoy the view of North Vancouver.
Vancouver Aquarium, officially known as Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, is one of the largest in North America. Inside you'll find more than 8000 aquatic animals, hailing from as far away as the Arctic and the Amazon. The Pacific Canada Pavilion contains a living exhibit that interprets issues facing marine life of the Georgia Strait. The main attractions, however, are the orca, beluga and dolphin shows. Come here and spend a full day with your family gazing at unseen beauties of the hidden world of the water-kingdom.
This seasonal Native American attraction is located in the expansive Stanley Park. Each summer, Aboriginals from throughout British Columbia gather together to build the Klahowya Village. More so a symbolic event rather than an actual village, the site aims to create an authentic aboriginal experience for visitors. From the artisan marketplace, to cultural performances, workshops and storytelling, the village is a must visit to gain a new perspective on British Columbia natives.
See, touch, and admire exotic and domestic birds, reptiles, rabbits, goats, cows, ponies, donkeys, sheep, pigs, guinea pigs and chickens. Located across from Stanley Park's Rainforest Train, the farmyard is an interesting and inexpensive experience for people of all ages. Kids can approach, pet and feed baby goats and other small animals. Watch your shoelaces though, the little animals seem to enjoy chewing them. Children's Farmyard is also used for important conservation and education purposes.
Brace yourself to be dazzled during a winter visit to Stanley Park. The miniature train at the local park offers 10-minute rides for kids that stretch a little over a mile. The expedition is even more special during the Christmas season. Popular carols form the perfect background score to a trip aboard the train. It takes you through the woods that beam with over two million lights. Proceeds of the ride go to Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. Sip on hot chocolate or snack on roasted peanuts and take in the magical aura and festive cheer.
Attractions abound in this massive open space, a veritable rain forest within a metropolis. To name a few, the park is home to the Children's Farmyard, Miniature Railway, tennis courts, beaches, children's water park, heated ocean-side swimming pool, the Theater Under the Stars, the Vancouver Aquarium and the 10.5-kilometer (seven-mile) perimeter Seawall, which is packed with joggers and walkers. Once a military reserve, the park became one of the city's premier attractions by action of the city's first council.