Sunday, June 1, 2008

Exploring Downtown Vancouver (Part 2)

Sometimes, a drive-by (or even a walk-by) the city is not enough for us to appreciate it. If you are in Vancouver and you wanted to see a three hundred sixty degree and bird's eye-view of the city you should go to the Vancouver Lookout at the Harbor Centre.


Vancouver Lookout at the Harbor Centre shot from Canada Place, Photo by Jasper Jugan

The Vancouver Lookout at the Harbor Centre is walking distance from Gastown and Canada Place. It is located at 555 West Hastings Street, but given the picture, I am very sure that you will find it. Tickets cost about $13.00 for adults, but if you are a student and you have an ID with you, your ticket will just cost you around $9.00. The best thing is that if you purchased your ticket in the morning, you can use the exact same ticket to go after sunset to see Vancouver city at night.

Comparing the Vancouver Lookout with the other structures such as skyscrapers and namely the Space Needle in Seattle Washington, I think this one is the smallest of them all, just look at this picture we took inside the Vancouver Lookout:


The best time to go to the Vancouver Lookout is during a day where there are clear skies but unfortunately, for us, we got there at a time where the views such as the beautiful mountains were covered by clouds; however, you can still see some spectacular views of the city and its popular landmarks.




If you are going for sightseeing in Vancouver Lookout, you may also want to take note of the signs like the one below that identifies and describes interesting landmarks that can be seen from that view.


This now brings me to the next landmark, the Science World at Telus World of Science.

Science World as locals would call is one of the two remaining structures left from the 1986 World's Fair. It features a huge geodesic dome structure that makes it one of the landmarks that you can easily associate with Vancouver City aside from the sails at Canada Place. To get there you have to catch the SkyTrain and get off at the Main Street – Science World station.

Admission fees for ScienceWorld can be seen here: http://www.scienceworld.bc.ca/hours_rates.html

For me the exhibits and activities at Science World are for kids and for kids at heart, this reminds me of the "Museong Pambata" we have locally here in the Philippines. One of the things that you can do there is to watch the shows running throughout the day that discusses basic about natural and physical sciences.



There are also many activities around:



Although most of the activities are for children, but doing them as a young adult is fun too.


At the end of the day, I enjoyed my visit to Science World. I would recommend this to families who are looking for educational fun around Vancouver.