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Vanier Park museum complex

A little to the west of Granville Island, Vanier Park conveniently collects most of the city’s main museums: the Vancouver Museum (, the Maritime Museum ( and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre ( The complex sits on the waterfront at the west end of the Burrard Bridge, near Kitsilano Beach and the residential shopping centres of Kitsilano and West 4th Avenue; Vanier Park itself is a fine spot to while away a summer afternoon. You could easily incorporate a visit to the museums with a trip to Granville Island using the ferry, which docks just below the Maritime Museum. Coming from Downtown, take the #22 Macdonald bus south from anywhere on Burrard or West Pender streets – get off at the first stop after the bridge and walk down Chestnut Street to the park. The park is pleasant, with a few nice patches of sandy beach on its fringes.