Canada Place - Built to look like an enormous sailing ship, this is where the cruise ships dock and also houses an IMAX theater, but what's really fun for kids is going up and down the hundreds of steps at the back of the building, getting a great view of Coal Harbour and looking at the super cruise ships docked on either side.
SeaBus Terminal - Take the ferry to Lonsdale Quay. It's a big 400-passenger catamaran, Burrard Beaver or the Burrard Otter SeaBus, with lots of windows, and completely enclosed (which is good in rainy or foggy weather.) On the way, you'll have a good look at the big ships in Burrard Inlet. It's about a 15 min. trip each way.
Vancouver Lookout - Take an express elevator to the Harbour Centre at 555 Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver to this viewing platform and you'll get a spectacular full-circle view of everything for miles. Pick a clear day and you can see from the mountains to the ocean. While the kids run around and around the enclosed platform, you can relax with a latte.
Gastown -The "old town" part of Vancouver, built right after the big fire at the turn of the century. Cobbled streets, gas lanterns, a steam clock (fun to watch the moving mechanical parts) add charm to the authentic Victorian buildings. Year-round street musicians can be found on almost every corner.
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