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Five reasons to get excited about going to Vancouver

1. Vancouver Art Gallery. Well-known for its collection of Emily Carr paintings, sketches, and ceramics, the gallery also houses superior collections of photographs by Ansel Adams, Cindy Sherman and Henri Cartier-Bresson. A current exhibition is the Architecture of Herzog and de Meuren.

Credits: (left) National Stadium, The Main Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing, China, © Herzog & de Meuron; (middle) Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, © Rodolphe Escher for arc en rêve centre d'architecture; (right) Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Florida, USA, © Roland Halbe

2. Punjabi Market. Not really a market but a neighborhood of shops and restaurants that stretches for at least six blocks along Main Street at East 49th Avenue.

3. Stanley Park and the Sea Wall. Beat the traffic and explore Stanley Park and the Sea Wall on a bicycle or maybe even a set of rollerblades. Rentals are available at or, to name two sources.

Credit: "Stanley park" by Mjrogers50 at the English language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

4. The Olympic Cauldron. Erected for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, the cauldron is located just outside the Vanvouver Convention Centre, next to Coal Harbour. For the best perspective, check it out at night.

Credit: By popejon2 from Paddington, Australia, via Wikimedia Commons

5. Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. The new season begins June 4, and the opening offering is The Comedy of Errors. More info at

Credits: David Cooper & Emily Cooper

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