Vancouver Tourism
  Wild Whales Vancouver has graciously offered a 20% discount to all conference attendees that wish to go on a whale and wildlife watching boat ride during or shortly after the conference. Wild Whales Vancouver has adviced participants reserve a tour prior to the conference to be sure a spot is available.
bigbus   Westcoast Sightseeing has lots of different tours available for any type of budget and length of times. Check them out here.
  Stanley Park is a popular tourist attraction with its 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of forested and grassy areas directly west of downtown Vancouver. The park is filled with bike trails as well as a trail that follows the perimeter of the park with stunning views of the North Shore and the Burrard Inlet. Rental bikes are available for affordable rates on the west end of downtown Vancouver. In addition, the Vancouver Aquarium is located in Stanley Park where you can get a look at Vancouver's native sea life.
aquarium   Vancouver Aquarium is Canada's largest aquarium and features many fresh and salt water organisms. The facility provides a fun and educational experience and is invovled in research and conservation of the animals exhibited. The aquarium is located in Stanley Park and is a great complement to a day outside in the park.
  The Museum of Anthropology offers a fantastic look into the history of past and present human societies. The building is filled with large totem poles and carved building posts from many of the First Nations artists of British Columbia. In addition, the Museum features an extensive system of visible storage, allowing the public to view over 13,000 objects from around the world. The objects are arranged according to culture area, and information on each item is available in books nearby.
  Granville Island is a small shopping districted located below the Granville St. Bridge. Once an industrial area, this island has been turned into a public market populated with craft shops and local farmers selling their current crops. Granville Island Brewing Co. (though mostly brewed in Kelowna, BC) also has a small facility on the island where tours and tastings are held. The island provides a great afternoon of food and shopping for visitors and locals alike!
  The UBC Botanical Gardens encompasses approximately 44 hectares of UBC's campus. Over 8000 different plant species can be viewed in a number of locations around campus that reflect different areas of the world including alpine, asian and native gardens. Whether you are looking for a short stroll through a beautiful garden or a full afternoon exploring the different plants that populate the world, the UBC Botanical Gardens are a great experience for people of all ages.
  Grouse Mountain provides an excellent viewpoint of Vancouver and the surrounding ocean. Take the skyride lift to the top of the mountain to be treated with the spectacular view. There are also plenty of hiking trails and the famous Grouse Grind, a 2.9 km hike straight up the face of the mountain.
capilano   The Capilano Suspension Bridge is Vancouver's oldest tourist attraction with its 137 m bridge suspended 70 m above the Capilano River. Visitors can also explore the treetops through a series of structure built 30 m above the forest floor. First Nations carving demonstrations and musical entertainment occur daily at the First Nations Cultural Centre.
whistler   World famous Whistler is a great area to spend some time after the conference. From the beautiful scenery to great skiing you will find Whistler has a little bit of it all. Blackcomb ski resort is still open during the conference dates if you are an avid skier or snowboarder. Bike rentals and trails also allow visitors to explore the forest on wheels rather than on foot. It is a 2-3 hour drive to Whistler from Vancouver so plan accordingly!
art gallery   If you like art, the Vancouver Art Gallery is definitely worth a visit. Most exciting is the permanent collection highlighting British Columbia's renowned artist Emily Carr, who painted many native villages and totem poles of the area. The changing exhibits are always worth seeing too. And Tuesdays from 5-9 PM are "by donation" - perfect if you don't have much time.
kayak   Kayaking in Indian Arm provides a day of great scenery and a good time. Rental kayaks are available in the city of Deep Cove and can be rented hourly or daily. There are camping locations at the waters edge only accessible by boat as well as many islands to explore.


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