Getting around Vancouver is easy, especially when you get onboard 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 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, modern lofts, boutique hotels 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.
Much like its name suggests, this station is the stopping point 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 Central Branch, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Plaza of Nations 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 — they can even watch educational films on the giant screen at OMNIMAX Theatre.
There are few retail complexes that can compare to Metropolis at Metrotown, British Columbia’s largest shopping centre. This station is directly connected to the complex, which boasts 450 stores, an international food court, entertaining events and much more.