Best Vancouver Hidden Gem Attractions

THE 10 BEST Hidden Gem Attractions in Vancouver

Best Vancouver Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • J M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On of the best galleries I went to, I highly recommend visiting it. It’s a very unique and personal experience. Loved how it higlighted the impact and importance of first tribes in the BC history.
    Written March 7, 2024
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  • jkweebs
    Omaha, NE644 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like architecture this is a great place to visit. The nautical theme is throughout the building and entrance. Lots of amazing carved stone
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • Paint S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Autumn colours.Lots of photos taken but only one fits limit amount of alowed pixells.Spring and Autumn is the best time to walk in this garden
    Written October 10, 2023
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  • Nora S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely cocktail bar with warm ambience. The bar itself is from the 1890s and seating made from reclaimed wood. The bartenders really know their drinks and there is something unique for everyone (except children😜). The craft spirits are distilled onsite in a beautiful copper still. Try a sampler flight of gin and/or whiskey. It highlights the wide range of flavors - all delicious!
    Written February 9, 2024
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  • scbeaches
    sc285 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    we just walked around the gardens/park. nice area for a picnic. out of the hustle and bustle of robson st. we didn't go inside or do the tour.
    Written July 28, 2023
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,144 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A friend and I recently made our annual trip to this gem of a ball park - terrific as ever! We had great seats, but were surrounded by people talking in loud voices about everything but the game. Fortunately, even though it was a sellout, we were able to find a seat in the shade with a great view of the whole field. The game itself almost becomes secondary to the atmosphere when the cares of the day drift away.
    On the negative side, while there is lots of parking, it always seems to be full, so take public transit, as we do. There is a Skytrain station a few blocks away, a north-south bus just to the east, and an east-west bus immediately to the south. And, the beer is getting expensive - over ten bucks a can! I believe the elasticity of demand is setting in, as people appear to be imbibing less and less.
    Nevertheless, these side issues can't detract from the overall experience. Looking forward to next year.
    Written August 12, 2023
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  • Neil B
    Auckland, New Zealand1,180 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Third stop on our Mt Pleasant self-guided brewery tour. Beautiful old building, good beer, friendly and obliging staff.
    Written December 30, 2022
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  • Geoff P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have done a few escape rooms before, and really enjoyed Find and Seek's rooms a lot. The puzzles were ingenious and the rooms were also well designed and very enjoyable. Thank you so much for a great team activity, we had a great time!
    Written February 27, 2024
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  • Habsfan911
    North Vancouver, Canada16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience! Helpful staff, great clues. Good for tourists and locals alike. Maps were very good.
    Recommended!
    Written April 30, 2023
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  • orion0116
    Calgary, Alberta80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just up the hill from the Hornby seabus stop, you’ll find the most delightful distillery tucked away in a small spot. The proprietors are friendly, the drinks are creative and refreshing, and if you were looking for special gin, special tonic, or some great Christmas presents, check them out!
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • travelbudis
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thank you Shawn for getting us prepared and ready to go in no time. He's awesome :) I highly recommend trying out waterbiking. It's very easy to pick up and very rewarding. Great for teambuilding and group activity. We also saw some seal and a dolphin!
    Written June 29, 2023
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  • bev_7371946
    Vancouver, Canada57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a wonderful two hour tour of Granville Island with the very knowledgeable Michael. There was certainly enough food to satisfy our group - small sample sizes but so many of them that I took the donut home to eat later. We all had favourites and many of us enjoyed everything. Thanks to Michael - and the various vendors - for a great morning.
    Written February 7, 2024
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,892 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    While in town for a short BC “staycation,” we decided to check out Forbidden Vancouver’s Holiday History & Hot Chocolate Tour. Murder, jealousy, scandal AND hot chocolate!? Who wouldn’t be down for that? Anyway, imagine our surprise when we arrive at the meeting point (outside Old Navy on Robson and Granville) and spy Glenn! Having just enjoyed the pleasure of his company two months earlier on the Really Gay History Tour, we knew we were in for a treat! And Glenn did not disappoint! Over the course of two hours, he enthralled us with historic tales of the mob and corruption at the Mayor’s office during the tenure of LD Taylor; the stunning architecture of Francis Rattenbury, who is perhaps most well-known for designing the BC Parliament buildings and nearby Empress, but who fell victim to murder from his adulterous wife and their young chauffeur; the intriguing history of the Hotel Vancouver and the celebrities who’ve stayed there, including Yvonne De Carlo and Howard Hughes; the irony of “moral turpitude”; and the delights of Vancouver’s beautiful art deco Marine Building. The history, stories and intrigue were, of course, peppered with beautiful holiday displays at the Hotel Vancouver and Hyatt Regency. I especially enjoyed the gingerbread displays @ the Hyatt and was surprised to learn they’d been hosting that event for over 30 years. Where the heck have I been?

    Our tour concluded with an absolutely delicious hot chocolate courtesy of the award-winning Mink Chocolate Café. While there, we couldn’t help but purchase a few of their unique chocolates to take home and give away as gifts.

    All in all, we enjoyed the tour. Glenn did an amazing job weaving the stories together into a compelling narrative that kept the group intrigued and engaged from start to finish. The stunning holiday displays and delightful hot chocolate at the end were the proverbial icing on the cake and, in an odd sort of way, nicely complemented the scandalous tales of Vancouver! Indeed, this isn’t exactly a Hallmark story . . . it’s a million times better!

    A question: We have taken a number of tours with Forbidden Vancouver over the last couple years and thoroughly enjoyed them all. In fact, I think the only ones that remain outstanding, for us, are the “Forbidden Vancouver” tour and the “Monumental Scandals” tour; however, reviewing the Forbidden Vancouver webpage, the “Monumental Scandals” tour reads very similar to the Holiday History tour (minus the holiday displays and delicious hot chocolate), so wondering if it would be worthwhile to check out? Perhaps if we had another guide . . . though it would be funny if we signed up and had Glenn again ;)
    Written December 31, 2023
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  • Jack W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a great time on our Elaho Exhilarator trip at the start of September. Some of our group were a little apprehensive beforehand, however the staff provided us with thorough instruction plus entertainment on the bus journey, which put us at ease. The trip itself was exciting and varied and our guide Rylan pointed out good views and where to spot the wildlife. We'd love to come back if ever in the area again!
    Written October 11, 2023
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  • Mercedespony
    Kitchener, Canada123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My daughter and I booked the 2 hour Smooth Classic Kayak Tour of False Creek. Jesse was our guide, and she was fantastic! the tour wasn't difficult and definitely all levels of kayakers would enjoy the experience. We saw a few harbour seals while kayaking and watched a Sunday morning dragonboat race - FUN! Thanks Jesse! T & T
    Written June 26, 2023
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