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Vanier Park, Vancouver

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
Vanier Park is a municipal park located in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is home to the Vancouver Museum, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the City of Vancouver Archives, and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.HistoryThe Squamish people and their kin, the Tsleil-Waututh. Musqueam and Squamish/Tsleil-Waututh established a brief political unity in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century by Chief August Jack, aka Qahtsahlano, who inherited the chieftaincy of both peoples and established his residence at Snauq at the mouth of False Creek, now Vanier Park just west of the Burrard Bridge, rather than choose between residence at the Capilano Reserve or at Musqueam, as either of those would have had political implications for the one not chosen.Once a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) station, Number 7 Supply Depot, the site was turned over to the Vancouver Park Board by the Federal Government on October 28, 1966. Named for former Governor General of Canada Georges Vanier, the park officially opened on May 30, 1967. The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and the Vancouver Museum complex opened in 1968, thanks to lumber baron MacMillan’s $1.5 million donation.
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  • Very good Park. With many beaches and rest and to spend some time zones. It also has good trails for biking.
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  • We visited Vanier Park recently on a lovely, sunny day in Vancouver. We took the ferry to the Maritime Museum, then walked along the lovely sea wall path from where there are great views back to the c...  read more »
  • Poised at the edge of English Bay, Vanier Park boasts wonderful views of downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. Tranquil ponds, open fields, and a wide pathway complement the outstanding waterfront expe...  read more »
  • Beautiful park with awesome views of Downtown Vancouver and False Creek. Vancouver Museum and HR MacMillan Space Centre (with a great planetarium) is only two minutes walking. Also the awesome Maritime Museum can be visited while you are there. During summer months you can watch excellent plays at “Bard on the Beach” [ google it! :) ]
  • Nice walk from Granville Island 3K round trip. Medium pace 15 mins. each way. Great museum!
  • Fly a kite. Go for a walk. Enjoy the park. Great view of Vancouver downtown.
  • Was here for Bard On the Beach and Fireworks. A great spot to see the fireworks and a nice park.
  • Vanier Park is located close to the Vancouver downtown and features awesome festivals like bard on the beach. This is a must do if you are visiting Vancouver. You can watch a shakespeare play with Vancouver downtown as the background. - A Richard Trus review
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