There are so many must-see tourist attractions in B.C.—from the Totem Poles in Stanley Park to Whistler Village there are history, charm, and stunning scenic views that you don’t want to miss. From Vancouver to North Shore, Victoria, and Whistler, these locations house the top 21 tourist attractions in BC, and we can’t wait for you to see them.
Check out the Top Tourist Attractions or Points of Interest by Region
Points of Interest in Vancouver
1. Totem Poles in Stanley Park
The Totem Poles in Stanley Park are one of the most visited tourist attractions in BC. Their original purpose was to pass on their stories to younger generations, as a written language did not exist for many Indigenous People until the late 20th century. Using the interpretive signs provided, travellers can uncover the tales behind these artifacts. You can see the Totem Poles in Stanley Park on both the Vancouver Highlights Tour and the Highlights + Vancouver Lookout & Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour.
2. Prospect Point in Stanley Park
On the northern side of Stanley Park, Prospect Point offers an opportunity to soak up a panoramic view of Burrard Inlet, marvel at the gorgeous mountains lining Vancouver’s North Shore, and admire the architecturally impressive Lions Gate Bridge. It’s a great place to grab a snack or a drink and just enjoy the view.
3. English Bay
Palm trees, sand, and endless dining options are what the locals love the most about English Bay. Being one of Vancouver’s most popular beaches, English Bay is all about relaxing and enjoying the simple things in life. You can walk along the beach and check out the two art installations, the ‘A-maze-ing Laughter’ statues and the stone Inukshuk or walk down Denman Street where mouthwatering treats from around the world await. You can gaze upon the English Bay on both the Vancouver Highlights Tour and the Vancouver City + Lookout & Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour.
4. Granville Island
Granville Island is Vancouver’s premier market for crafts, food and interesting products. It boasts a focus on small, independent local businesses that specialize in artisan creations. With galleries, boutiques, and cafés, you might end up doing more shopping than you intended!
If you are looking for a little bit of guidance and free time in Granville Island, both the Vancouver Highlights Tour and this extended tour that includes + Vancouver Lookout & Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour are great options.
The rough, cobblestone streets of Gastown make it easily stand out amongst the city’s neighbourhoods. As Vancouver’s original downtown, this area was a booming center for the industry due to the port and trains. Today, you will find stores, tucked amongst bars, pubs, and various art galleries. Visit the statue of Gassy Jack, the infamous Saloon owner who the area is named after, and keep an ear out for the Westminster Chimes from the steam clock.
You can pass through Gastown on both the Vancouver Highlights Tour and the Highlights + Vancouver Lookout & Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour.
Marked by the historic red-brick warehouses, Yaletown is one of the chicest areas of Vancouver and attracts trendsetters and visionaries alike. Tucked along the narrow streets, you’ll find the perfect combination of shops and restaurants with plenty of outdoor patios for lounging and soaking up the Vancouver sunshine. Visit the Roundhouse Plaza to see Engine 375, showcasing Vancouver’s history with the railroad.
Once home to the Chinese immigrant population, Chinatown is now a booming area within the city of Vancouver with delicious food options, shops, and cultural attractions like the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. To find this neighbourhood, look out for the Millenium Gates marking the entrance and the red lamp posts lining the streets. You can observe Chinatown from the comfort of a luxury bus on both the Vancouver Highlights Tour and the Highlights + Vancouver Lookout & Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour.
8. Canada Place
Canada Place, easily seen by its iconic five white sails, serves as Vancouver’s Cruise Ship Terminal. From here, you can watch as cruise ships glide under the Lions Gate Bridge against a backdrop of the coastal mountains. You can also wander over to the Olympic Cauldron, designed for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and meander your way down the Canadian Walking Trail to the Port Discovery Centre to learn about the ever-growing Port of Vancouver. Canada Place is the pickup destination for pre and post-cruise tours.
9. Vancouver Seawall
Designated as the longest-stretching, uninterrupted waterfront pathway in the world (that’s a mouthful), the Stanley Park Seawall spans the perimeter of Stanley Park and beyond. Originally designed to protect the shoreline against erosion, it has become a well-known tourist attraction in BC and a must-do Vancouver experience. You’ll see these stonewalls touch the water’s edge as you walk or cycle all around the city.
10. Sea to Sky Highway
The Sea to Sky Highway is easily one of the most scenic drives in Canada. Your journey along the BC-99 highway from Vancouver will feature a breathtaking view of Howe Sound, a glacier-made fjord filled with the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and spotted with tiny islands. As you wind around the mountains, you’ll find yourself fully embracing the coastal life. The Whistler, Shannon Falls & Sea to Sky Gondola Tour will take you around each curve of the Sea to Sky Highway with a guide driving so that you can use every second to take in your beautiful surroundings.
11. Vancouver Lookout
A must-see in BC, the Vancouver Lookout Tower gives you a breathtaking view of the city and beyond. Standing at 168 metres (553 feet) tall, the Harbour Centre Tower offers visitors a 360-degree view of the city and its most prominent features. Admission to the Vancouver Lookout tour is included on the Highlights + Vancouver Lookout & Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour.
Points of Interest in the North Shore
12. Horseshoe Bay
Horseshoe Bay is a quaint residential community only 30 minutes outside of Vancouver. Surrounded by mountains and the ocean, you’ll find coffee shops and cafes located right along the shoreline.
13. Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain is well-known for its height of 1,250 metres (4,100 feet) and its Skyride that offers astonishing views as you are carried to the top of the mountain. As one of the top attractions in BC, it has gorgeous sights year-round and outdoor activities for every season–from hiking to dining to skiing, and so much more. Experience the majesty of Grouse Mountain and so much more on the North Shore Mountain Discovery Tour.
14. Capilano Salmon Hatchery
Located along the shore of the Capilano River, the Capilano Salmon Hatchery is a not-for-profit dedicated to the conservation efforts of Pacific Salmon, a species that has been vital to ecosystems of BC for hundreds of years. Depending on the season, you can see fish make their way up the river to the hatchery as this incredible species will swim thousands of miles to return to their place of birth to reproduce. Visit and learn more about the Capilano Salmon Hatchery on the North Shore Mountain Discovery Tour.
15. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Another top tourist attraction in BC is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Crossing this legendary suspension bridge is thrilling at 70 metres (230 feet.) high and 137 metres (450 feet) long. While in the area, you can venture through the tree canopies with the Treetop Adventures, and walk along the side of the granite cliff with the thrilling CliffWalk. You can see the bridge on the North Shore Mountain Discovery Tour is an amazing option.
Points of Interest in Victoria
16. Victoria Inner Harbour
When you turn the corner and see Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the first time, you will experience a truly breathtaking sight. Surrounding the glimmering water are the magnificent BC Parliament Buildings, Fairmont Empress Hotel, and Royal BC Museum. Head up along Government Street and enjoy the colorful Victorian-era buildings which now serve as storefronts. Exploring the Inner Harbour is a must-do for any trip to Victoria. To explore Victoria with the perfect balance of free time and access to an experienced guide, book the Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour.
17. Victoria Chinatown
Victoria’s Chinatown is the second oldest in North America. Here you’ll find the Gates of Harmonious Interest as a welcoming sight. As Canada’s narrowest commercial street, make sure you wander through Fan Tan Alley during your explorations. Tucked amongst the brick walls of this alley are tiny storefronts full of treasures. You can spot Victoria’s historic Chinatown on the Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour.
18. Butchart Gardens
Butchart Gardens is one of the most beautiful places in BC. Once the residence of the Butchart family, this property was purchased to extract limestone for a cement factory in 1904. After the quarry was exhausted, Jennie Butchart brought to life a vision she called the Sunken Garden. From that point on, this piece of industrial land has turned into 55 acres of gardens with over 50,000 bulbs and 900 plant species. Today, as a National Historic Site of Canada, the legacy of the Butchart family continues.
Adventure through the marvelous Butchart Garden with a guide that can open your eyes to the history and help you enjoy the beauty on the Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour or One-way Victoria to Vancouver with Butchart Gardens Tour.
19. Brentwood Bay
Many residents of Brentwood Bay enjoy magnificent views since the town is situated directly across from the gleaming ocean waters of the Brentwood Inlet. The peaceful ride between the Butchart Gardens and the BC Ferries terminal is a relaxing way to finish the day. In the summer months, you can see paddleboards and kayaks along the water as the sun begins to set.
Ride through the area on BC Ferries on the Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour, One-way Victoria to Vancouver with Butchart Gardens Tour, or the One-way Vancouver to Victoria Tour.
Points of Interest in Whistler and Area
20. Whistler Village
Whistler Village, nestled at the base of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, is the heart of the town of Whistler, where they “aprés-everything” (their words, not ours). Wind your way through the picturesque cobblestone paths, satisfy your sweet tooth by visiting the original Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory store, or indulge in the award-winning cuisine. Being a quintessential ski town, it has the perfect balance of world-class and homegrown. The Whistler, Shannon Falls & Sea to Sky Gondola Tour allow time to peruse the village and all its charm.
21. Shannon Falls
The melting snow through the spring and summer adds to the magnificence of BC’s third-highest waterfall, Shannon Falls. The waterfall is technically in Squamish, and is found on the way to Whistler. This premiere attraction only requires a short, light hike to the viewing platform where you can feel the mist of the raging water and embrace the authentic, natural beauty of British Columbia. You can explore the stunning waterfall of Shannon Falls on the Whistler, Shannon Falls, & Sea to Sky Gondola Tour.
There's our point of view of the top 21 Tourist Attractions in British Columbia, including Vancouver, North Shore, Victoria, and Whistler. Now find out your top favourites. There are so many beautiful and fun places to visit and we love taking visitors and locals alike through the beauty that is BC. Check out our tours and let our experts guide you through the history and the sights. We can’t wait to see you here!