Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is the centre of the of the agglomeration with the same name and has the biggest population concentration of the province of British Columbia. The city is on the Street of Georgia, a sea as part of the Pacific Ocean. An inhabitant of Vancouver is called a “Vancouverite”. The city is named after the English captain George Vancouver, a descendant of the Dutch noble family Van Coeverden. He discovered big parts of British Columbia.

Vancouver has a big amount of museums and galleries. The Vancouver Art Gallery has a permanent collection of more than 7900 items including a big amount of pieces by the famous Emily Carr. The Vancouver Maritime Museum is a maritime museum with as flaghship the “St. Roch”, a historic arctic discovery ship. The Antropologic Museum of the University of British Columbia is the biggest in Canada and has a huge amount of objects of the “Native Americans”, the original inhabitants of British Columbia. Besides all that the city has one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, with a big number of white dolphins, exotic fishes and huge starfishes.  Each year there are two worldwide famous festivals: the Fringe Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

In the VanDusen Botanical Garden you can find the sculpture park with sculptures of the Vancouver International Stone Sculpture Symposium 1975.

(source: wikipedia.org)

Activities

In Vancouver Disney organized one excursion:

  • Northwest exploration & Capilano Suspension Bridge: You drive through the center of Vancouver, Chinatown, past the the different parks and through Gastown on a bus.  On the way to the Capilano Suspension Bridge you drive through Stanley Park. In the park there is a 15 minutes photo opportunity.  You stay near the bridge for an hour and after that you are dropped at the airport (which is the case if your cruise ends in Vancouver). ($99 adult, $59 child)

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