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Places to See Via SkyTrain
Getting around Vancouver is easy, especially when you board the SkyTrain. This elevated, light rapid transit system travels throughout downtown Vancouver and its surrounding municipalities, with a number of notable destinations along the way. Read this quick guide to start planning a day of sightseeing via SkyTrain, or learn more about Vancouver’s transit system here.
The system’s newest route, the Canada Line touts a number of cultural attractions and retail areas, making it an ideal mode of transportation for sightseeing or for a shopping crawl. Here are some highlights to visit along the way.
Vancouver City Centre Station
Located downtown, this station is within easy walking distance of the Pacific Centre shopping mall, Vancouver Art Gallery and the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. You also could explore nearby Robson Street, where you’ll find a number of chic boutiques, upscale restaurants and sidewalk cafés.
Get off at this stop to stroll Vancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood: a dynamic mix of restored heritage buildings, boutique shopping, restaurants and cafés, and trendy nightlife venues.
King Edward Station
For a day outdoors, you’ll want to stop at the King Edward Station. Just a few blocks away, you’ll find Queen Elizabeth Park, a lushly landscaped sanctuary with a number of activities, such as pitch-and-putt golf, tennis and lawn bowling. Nature lovers won’t want to miss the tropical Bloedel Conservatory, an exotic garden encased by a glass dome. Before continuing on, enjoy an alfresco meal on the patio at Seasons in the Park restaurant.
As its name suggests, this station is the stop for Aberdeen Centre, an Asian-influenced retail complex with more than 85 stores and services. Browse herbal and teashops, exotic fashions, international cuisine and innovative home goods.
Expo Line/Millennium Line
The Expo and Millennium Lines share many of the same stations, at least until the routes split off in New Westminster. Here are some notable tourist attractions along their shared route.
This station is located in Chinatown and is close to a number of cultural — and multicultural — attractions, including the Vancouver Public Library’s Colisseum-like Central Branch, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Sports fans can walk to where the game day action takes place: Rogers Arena and the BC Place stadium, followed by a trip to The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Main Street-Science World Station
This station is the gateway to a world of science, literally. Walk a block toward the waterfront to Science World, the eye-catching geodesic dome located on Vancouver’s False Creek. Visitors can learn about rocket science, human anatomy, electricity and dinosaurs, or catch an educational film on the giant screen at the OMNIMAX Theatre.
One of the city’s most colourful and diverse neighbourhoods, Commercial Drive is easily reached by SkyTrain. The station sits at the corner of Commercial and Broadway; walk north up Commercial to explore the area’s multicultural mix of cafes, ethnic grocery stores, and boutiques.