Entertainment & Activities
An energetic world-class city has plenty to experience. Whether it’s sports, arts, culinary, or outdoors, the choices are plenty.
Sports enthusiasts and concert-goers will love the proximity to Rogers Arena, home to the Vancouver Canucks and host to some of Vancouver’s highest-profile concerts. In the past the arena has hosted the World Figure Skating Championship, NHL All-Star Games, and Vancouver’s former basketball team, the Vancouver Grizzlies.
If you’re a performance arts enthusiast, but prefer a more intimate venue, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, or the “Queen E,” as it’s affectionately called in Vancouver, is one of the city’s premiere performance spaces for theatre, concerts and other artistic performances. It’s home to the Vancouver Opera and Ballet B.C. since its doors opened in 1959. And it is in good company to another stellar venue called the Orpheum Theatre, which is recognized as one of the most beautiful concert venues in Canada, and is home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
In the centre of Downtown’s core, you’ll find the Vancouver Art Gallery. A stunning heritage building from 1906, the gallery is one of the largest in Canada, and is currently located in the former law courts. A design for a new art gallery building was revealed in 2015 with the ground-breaking planned for 2017. Meer steps away is Robson Square Plaza, an architecturally unique urban park with an ornamental waterfall and stepped landscape. It lives between the Provincial Law Courts and the Vancouver Art Gallery, features the Robson Square Ice Rink, and houses the downtown campus of the University of British Columbia.
Within a short walk of the gallery and square is the downtown central branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Built in 1995, its Romanesque architecture and green roof made international headlines when it was completed, and offers access to an astounding circulation of more than 9.5 million items including books, ebooks, CDs, DVDs, newspapers and magazines.
For those wanting to take part in sports rather than watching from the sidelines, Andy Livingstone Park is the place to go. The park features a football field, two soccer fields, tennis courts, a softball field, a skate park and 3 playgrounds. It also has quiet green spaces with a recirculated waterfall and stream.
And for those of who want to learn from some of the best chefs in the city, the Dirty Apron Cooking School is home to some of Vancouver’s favourite cooking classes. Students can choose from a wide range of classes, such as learning how to sharpen knifes, a baking class for couples, and cooking amazing meals after being taught by celebrity chefs.