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Vanier Park, Vancouver

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Vanier Park is a municipal park located in the Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is home to the Museum of Vancouver, 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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  • Vanier Park is the site of the H.R. Planetarium, The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) and nearby, the Maritime Museum. just steps from the Maritime Museum is a dock for False Creek Ferries. False Creek Ferri...  more »
  • With Stanley Park close by, it is difficult to compete. This park holds its own, nice open areas, very scenic and easy to get to. Worth the visit  more »
  • A sweet little park just west of the Burrard Bridge, it is the home of the MacMillan Space Centre (planetarium), the Museum of Vancouver, the Vancouver Maritime Museum and City of Vancouver Archives. ...  more »
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  • Good bike path. There is a ramp to lower and lift your boat onto your car. There are also coast guards so safety is great. Downside is that there are duck poop on the docks.
  • Went to the space museum, nice museum with a lot of interesting facts about the Canadian space program and it's many contributions to the international space station and space travel in general. Nice park, wish we would have had more time to see more of the park overall. Beautiful area with waterfront views.
  • Great views, good museums, well maintained, lots of paths and walkways, plenty of parking, lots of entertainment, great place to bring a date. A must visit if traveling to Vancouver for an extended stay. Try leaving it to the last day, it is a great place to say goodbye to the city, and see the sunset at the same time.
  • The most beautiful spot in Vancouver. Feels like it's in Hawaii. Wonderful breeze from the ocean and the most incredible view of Vancouver. If I had to recommend one tourist spot in Vancouver this is it.
  • Great place to walk. The parking didn't take my credit card so had to leave it and hope to not get a ticket.

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