Things to Do

The cities of West Vancouver and Vancouver, plus their gorgeous surroundings of mountains, ocean, and forest, offer no end of exciting activities for students who like to explore. Here’s just a sampling:

Outdoor recreation in West Vancouver

  • Ambleside Park: a delightful 24 hectares of greenery with a wide, sandy beach and a 1.2-kilometre walk along the Pacific Ocean
  • Lighthouse Park: a beautiful waterfront park with cedar and fir forests

Outdoor recreation in the Vancouver region

  • Stanley Park, Vancouver: This outstanding park in the heart of the city has forest and waterfront trails, a public aquarium, top restaurants, and more
  • Cypress Mountain: top skiing and snowboarding at an Olympics-rated site
  • Grouse Mountain: enjoy a breathtaking gondola ride, night skiing, or one of North America’s most famous and grueling hikes, the Grouse Grind
  • Lynn Canyon: step into the temperate rainforest after crossing a narrow suspension bridge over a rushing canyon
  • Whistler Village and Whistler Mountain (co-host of the 2010 Winter Olympics!) and Blackcomb Mountain

Plenty of shopping

Unique clothes and accessories. Top sports equipment. Designer shoes. West

Vancouver offers an eclectic variety of shopping options, from classy boutiques with the latest fashions from local and international designers, to books and top-quality outdoor gear.

West Vancouver

  • Village at Park Royal and its retail mall has 280 specialty shops, restaurants, and services spread over more than 1.2 million square feet
  • Buy, or window-shop, at selective boutiques on Marine Drive


  • Enjoy trendy Robson Street, with top designer shops and major chain stores like American Apparel. Locals have voted it the best shopping street in the city!
  • Gastown shopping district in historic old Vancouver is popular with tourists. See the city’s famous steam clock.
  • Granville Island: crafts, galleries, artist studios, fresh food market, restaurants

Cultural activities in West Vancouver:

  • Silk Purse Arts Centre: a creative focus for local theatre, music, art gallery displays, and workshops
  • West Vancouver Museum
  • Ferry Building Gallery
  • West Vancouver Memorial Library

All of the above are located in the Ambleside waterfront area of West Vancouver

Cultural activities in Vancouver:

  • Chinatown: the second largest in North America, after the one in San Francisco
  • Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • Vancouver East Cultural Arts Centre
  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Fringe Festival
  • Vancouver Museum
  • Vancouver Police Museum