Things to do in Granville Street

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Granville Street, Vancouver

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  • Carolyn B
    Toronto, Canada93 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a very nice gallery. It is small but it contains a lot of things that on their own are beautiful or thought provoking, and they are all displayed in interesting ways in a beautiful space.
    Written February 18, 2024
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  • I_Roam_AB
    Alberta, Canada483 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely beautiful and wonderful. A gem of a theatre. Saw Alan Doyle play here and it was great. I hope everyone gets the opportunity to enjoy at least one show here.
    Written February 25, 2024
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  • Jen W
    Fenton, MI172 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can do this museum easily in an hour. One floor was under construction when we visited. There was an interesting exhibit about the forgeries of MacDonald paintings. The lockers are free and convenient to use.
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • Stewarts Vacation
    1,035 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice centre to window shop with mostly upmarket retail stores. The Food Court was a highlight - a wide selection of foods available, at reasonable prices and with quick service. There were ample tables and chairs for seating.
    Written December 17, 2023
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  • Stewarts Vacation
    1,035 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped here to admire the architecture of this church with its Douglas Fir ceiling beams and 32 stained glass windows. It's the oldest surviving church in downtown Vancouver. Once the brightest and tallest building in the city, it was known as ‘the light on the hill’, used by mariners for navigation as they came into port. Outside a 30m tower of steel, clad with stained glass, houses four bronze bells.
    Written January 2, 2024
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  • tammy c
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    After attending their concert on Saturday, I can't stop raving about the VSO. The orchestra played with conviction which the audience responded enthusiastically.
    The high light was Beethoven's piano concerto #5, majestic and mesmerizing. Leslie Dala brought its full effect for the hundreds who were at Shaughnessy Height.

    We came to Vancouver to attend the André Rieu concert which was cancelled the last minute because of their members got Covid. We truly feel like the luckiest visitors in Vancouver to have found VSO on the day.

    Music lovers must seek them out whenever this local orchestra is playing. They deserve the attention and support!
    Written March 28, 2022
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  • Lisa L
    Austin, TX31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We saw three movies over three consecutive nights while visiting Vancouver and thoroughly enjoyed the theatre’s location, the seating and the popcorn.
    Written August 1, 2023
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  • I_Roam_AB
    Alberta, Canada483 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Classic theatre. Might be time to spruce it up and clean it up a bit. I wish the bar prices were more reasonable. Grab a drink before or after at another more reasonably bae nearby.
    Written February 26, 2024
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  • Stephen D
    Vancouver, Canada99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ballet BC continues to deliver the most outstanding performances blending contemporary dance, music and innovative set design. Looking for to seeing what the new Artist Director will bring to Ballet BC.
    Written March 8, 2020
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  • JamesKMTan
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia21,734 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This gothic stone cathedral is located right in the heart of the city and commercial centre near the Downtown Canada Line station and numerous high rise buildings and shopping centres.

    It has nice stained glass windows and wooden benches to sit to contemplate and meditate. Come here for a break.
    Written October 12, 2018
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,142 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not much change to this edifice since I last visited about three years ago; but that is just the point. Vancouver is a young city, and 100+- year old buildings are few and far between. Not only is it interesting to examine the architectural style of this building, but to note that the other three corners of this prime intersection (many would say THE centre of downtown) have been redeveloped. So, look at the new chic hi-rises, then see what has stood the test of time. This building is indeed a real landmark.
    Written October 15, 2021
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  • Wilson L
    Kelowna, Canada4,367 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very average nightclub. Nothing special, but not the worst either. Drinks are decent though and priced well.
    Written February 9, 2020
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,887 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Whenever I’m in Vancouver, I tend to walk by this building on an almost daily basis. It’s never occurred to me that I should come here and play tourist, even if the lobby is considered a public space. For me, the HSBC Building is just one of many indistinguishable office towers in our city of glass. It certainly has its charm – built as it is with granite from Quebec and South Dakota – but as a “thing to do” in Vancouver . . . I don’t know. I just kind of struggle with it. I guess if one is on an artistic culture tour then the HSBC Building might merit a brief stop? The site carries with it an interesting history and, hey, it does feature art.

    First opened in 1986 and home to HSBC since 1987, this office tower is built on the former site of the much lauded Hotel Devonshire (imploded in 1981). Over the last 33 years, the tower and – specifically – atrium have evolved into something of a minor artistic hub. In fact, the HSBC describes their atrium in this way via an information plaque found on the exterior of the tower: “The Atrium [. . .] is a public space dedicated to Vancouver’s citizens and visitors for the enjoyment of the arts and urban life.” It goes on to say that the arts and commerce have been brought “under one roof for the benefit of all.” In short, the arts have been combined with commerce to form a sort of gestalt. This might seem surprising at first, especially given the postmodern nature of the temporary art exhibitions, but if one thinks about it one quickly realizes that art and commerce have always walked hand-in-hand: Artists create objects – be they paintings, pictures, or whatever – that are part of our daily lives. They form, and inform, us regardless of how abstract they might be. The fact that the exhibits in HSBC’s atrium usually function as a “preview” of larger shows whereby pieces can be sold and people can network only makes their placement in a large banking tower all the more apt and appropriate.

    Beyond the transient art exhibits, perhaps the most noteworthy attraction at the HSBC Building is Alan Storey’s impressive “Broken Column” pendulum. Installed in 1987, the piece has been described by Fodor’s as “one of the city’s more intriguing public-art installations.” While I might disagree with that characterization (the city is home to far more intriguing pieces of public art), I will agree that it is nevertheless an eye-catching piece. When I first visited the HSBC Building for business about 10 years ago, seeing the pendulum swing “to and fro” was almost mesmerizing. A decade later, it still carried the same effect on me. It was peaceful and thus represented a nice contrast with the hustle and bustle of Vancouver’s downtown core.

    If I was a tourist in Vancouver, would I make a special trip just to visit the HSBC Building? No; however, if one is on a cultural tour of sorts, this attraction can very easily be added to an itinerary. After all, it is in the heart of downtown AND the Vancouver Art Gallery is literally right across the street. So, one can spend a few minutes here and then cross the street or vice versa.
    Written August 5, 2020
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  • Satisfied_Traveller1
    Menlo Park, CA26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a fantastic experience cycling through the city! The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, highlight of our trip!
    Written December 24, 2023
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