Vancouver is home to dozens of well-known visitor attractions, activities and landmarks. For visitors and locals that want to steer away from "typical" Vancouver experiences there are plenty of cool things to do that we bet you didn’t know about:
1. Feed, touch and get splashy with a beluga or dolphin during a behind-the-scenes animal encounter at the Vancouver Aquarium.
2. Pitch 'n putt into the twilight hours surrounded by giant cedars in Stanley Park.
3. Learn about Vancouver’s darker side with the Vancouver Police Museum’s "Sins of the City" walking tour. 4. Ride a tandem bike around the 8.8 kilometre Stanley Park seawall.
5. Sing your heart out at a real Japanese-style karaoke bar.
6. Embark on a self-guided culinary walking tour of Vancouver’s street food scene: sample pulled pork sandwiches, fried oyster po’ boys, steamed pork buns, chanterelle mushroom poutine and duck salad.
7. Zipline between mountains at top speeds of 80 kilometres per hour atop Grouse Mountain.
8. Learn how to master sword arts such as the rapier, side sword, sword and shield, and long sword at Academie Duello.
9. Sample three different types of locally handcrafted sake at Osake on Granville Island.
10. Staying at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver? Take one of their K9 Ambassador dogs for a walk (their names are Beau and Mavis).
Vancouver is a great destination for families in and of itself, but you can also visit before or after an Alaska cruise, or as part of a more extended British Columbia itinerary.
For more information, contact Suzette Mack, Family Travel Specialist at