18. Walk around the manicured gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park
Many Alaska cruises start or end in Vancouver, so you’ll likely want to take advantage of the opportunity to spend additional time in this great Pacific-Canadian city. A good place to start is Queen Elizabeth Park, with a stroll around the colorful Quarry Garden and Bloedel Floral Conservatory.
19. Admire the view from the Vancouver Lookout
In downtown, the Vancouver Lookout tower provides aerial perspectives of the harbor and the cityscape. As an architectural structure, it doesn’t generate the sense of grandeur that, say, Toronto’s CN Tower does, but the outward views are impressive nonetheless.
20. Come face-to-face with the totems in Stanley Park
Vancouver’s superlative green space, Stanley Park, is a wonderful place to spend a day, with numerous walking and biking trails, beaches, sweeping bridge views, hollowed-out trees, and these majestic totem poles—monuments that celebrate Canada’s aboriginal First Nations history and culture.
21. Enjoy the sunset at… Sunset Beach Park
Vancouver has a multitude of splendid beaches within its city limits. For example, the aptly named Sunset Beach Park and this picture-perfect view to end an Alaska cruise vacation.