Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #1 in Vancouver, Canada


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 5 sights
Distance 1.4 km
Ascend 29 m
Descend 25 m

Explore Vancouver in Canada with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Individual Sights in Vancouver

Sight 1: Gate to the Northwest Passage

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Gate to the Northwest PassageMichael Nugent from Vancouver, BC, Canada / CC BY-SA 2.0

Gate to the Northwest Passage is a 1980 sculpture by Alan Chung Hung, located adjacent to the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vanier Park in the Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The 4.6-metre (15 ft) sculpture of a square, cut and twisted "like a paper clip" to form an arch, is composed of weathered Corten steel that rusts to provide a protective layer. The work was installed in 1980 to commemorate the arrival of Captain George Vancouver in Burrard Inlet, following a competition sponsored by Parks Canada one year prior. Gate to the Northwest Passage received an adverse reaction initially, but reception has improved over time. The sculpture has been included in walking tours of the surrounding neighborhoods as a highlight of Vanier Park.

Wikipedia: Gate to the Northwest Passage (EN)

329 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 2: Ben Franklin

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Ben Franklin

The Ben Franklin mesoscaphe, also known as the Grumman/Piccard PX-15, is a crewed underwater submersible, built in 1968. It was the brainchild of explorer and inventor Jacques Piccard. The research vessel was designed to house a six-man crew for up to 30 days of oceanographic study in the depths of the Gulf Stream. NASA became involved, seeing this as an opportunity to study the effects of long-term, continuous close confinement, a useful simulation of long space flights.

Wikipedia: Ben Franklin (PX-15) (EN)

327 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 3: Vancouver Maritime Museum

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The Vancouver Maritime Museum is a maritime museum devoted to presenting the maritime history of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and the Canadian Arctic. Opened in 1959 as a Vancouver centennial project, it is located within Vanier Park just west of False Creek on the Vancouver waterfront. The museum is affiliated with CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.

Wikipedia: Vancouver Maritime Museum (EN), Website

301 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 4: H. R. MacMillan Space Centre

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The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, is an astronomy museum located at Vanier Park in Vancouver, British Columbia. The museum was opened on October 28, 1968, containing a Planetarium Star Theatre. Today the museum includes an exhibit gallery and demonstration theatre where public lectures and events are hosted. The museum shares the building with the Museum of Vancouver. Next to the building is the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory.

Wikipedia: H. R. MacMillan Space Centre (EN), Website

396 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 5: Vanier Park

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Vanier Park

Vanier Park is a municipal park located in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, created in 1967. It is home to the Museum of Vancouver, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the City of Vancouver Archives, and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. It is also the site of the ancestral Squamish settlement of Sen̓áḵw

Wikipedia: Vanier Park (EN)


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