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The A to Z’s Glossary of Vancouver Places and Events

The A to Zs of Vancouver

In this Glossary of Metro Vancouver there are over 300 listings and links to the Lower Mainland’s most significant places, events and attractions.

Just like an encyclopedia or Wikipedia on the region, the alphabetical list includes everything from Ambleside, Alouette Lake and the Abbotsford Airshow to Yaletown, YVR and the Vancouver Zoo.

 

Glossary of Vancouver Places

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  • Eagle Acres – a dairy farm in Langley that hosts a pumpkin patch with hay rides in the fall.
  • ElectraFest – an electric vehicle tradeshow that’s open to the public and free to attend.
  • Elgin Heritage Park – home to historic Stewart Farm in Surrey.
  • English Bay – the best beach in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
  • European Festival – a festival at Swangard Stadium in late May.
  • Evergreen Cultural Centre – a community arts facility with an art gallery and community theatre in Coquitlam.
  • EXchange Hotel Vancouver – a 4-star hotel in what used to be the Vancouver Stock Exhange building on Howe Street.
  • Executive Hotels & Resorts – the Vancouver-based company that owns Big Splash Water Park and hotels like the Executive Vintage Park, Le Soleil and EXchange in downtown Vancouver.
  • Extreme Air Park – indoor trampoline adventure parks in Langley, New Westminster and Richmond.

 

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  • Jericho Beach – a beautiful sandy beach and home to the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
  • Jerry Sulina Park – a small park in Maple Ridge.
  • JOEY – a chain of premium casual restaurants that started in Alberta but is now based in Vancouver.
  • John Hendry Park – a Vancouver park that’s home to Trout Lake and the popular Trout Lake Farmers Markets in the summer.
  • John Lawson Park – a popular ocean-side park in West Vancouver next to Ambleside with a beach, pier and large children’s play area.

 

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  • Kanaka Creek Regional Park – a forested park with walking and cycling trails along the Fraser River in Maple Ridge.
  • Kay Meek Centre – a performing arts facility with a 488-seat theatre in West Vancouver.
  • Khatsahlano Street Party – a major street party on West 4th Avenue in July, billing itself as “Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival.”
  • Kidtropolis – an indoor play centre in Richmond that features a miniature village where children can dress up and use their imaginations.
  • Kilby Historic Site – a museum and historic site in the Fraser Valley depicting life in the area during the 1920s.
  • Kilby Park – a provincial park with camping, fishing and boating in the Fraser Valley.
  • Kitsilano – a popular district in which to live and location of one of Vancouver’s best beaches.
  • Kitsilano Farmers Market – a large market that takes place on Sundays in the summer at the Kitsilano Community Centre.
  • Kobe Restaurant – a Japanese teppanyaki-style restaurant in downtown Vancouver.
  • Krause Berry Farm – a farm specializing in berries and berry wines in Langley.

 

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  • Labour Day – a statutory holiday every first Monday in September.
  • Ladner May Days – a community event featuring a parade. live bands, amusement rides and baseball tournament.
  • Laity Pumpkin Patch – a couple of farms in Maple Ridge with pumpkins, corn mazes and other autumn-themed activities prior to Halloween.
  • Langley – a community located between Surrey and Abbotsford in the Fraser Valley.
  • Lansdowne Mall – an older shopping centre in Richmond.
  • Lavenderland – a lavender farm and flower-themed attraction in Richmond.
  • Lighthouse Park – a top place for nature and ocean views in West Vancouver.
  • Lions Gate Bridge – Vancouver’s most iconic bridge, connecting the city with North and West Vancouver on the North Shore.
  • Locarno Beach – a beautiful sandy beach in Kitsilano.
  • London Heritage Farm – a historical farm in Richmond.
  • Lonsdale Avenue – the main shopping street in North Vancouver.
  • Lonsdale Quay – the vibrant area of waterfront on the North Shore by the SeaBus terminal.
  • Lonsdale Quay Hotel – a boutique hotel inside the Lonsdale Quay Public Market.
  • Lonsdale Quay Public Market the popular year-round indoor market and top attraction at Lonsdale Quay.
  • Lower Lonsdale – the district in North Vancouver at the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue that’s home to the Shipyards, Lonsdale Quay, Polygon Gallery and numerous bars and restaurants.
  • Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve – a natural forested park in North Vancouver.
  • Lynn Canyon Park – beautiful nature and home of the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.
  • Lynn Headwaters Regional Park – yet another one of the North Shore’s truly amazing parks in the forest.
  • Lynn Valley Day – a small community festival in the Lynn Valley district of North Vancouver at the end of May.

 

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  • Maan Farms – a farm with petting zoo, seasonal corn maze and other activities in Abbotsford.
  • Mackin House Museum – a historic house in Coquitlam.
  • Mahony & Sons – a pub-style restaurant with locations in False Creek and Coal Harbour.
  • Main Street – a vibrant street that goes through Chinatown and Vancouver’s poorer downtown East Side.
  • Main Street Car Free Day – a massive street party on Main Street between Broadway and 30th Avenue on Father’s Day in mid-June.
  • Main Street Station Farmers Market – a farmers market taking place outside Vancouver’s Central Pacific Station on Wednesday afternoons in the summer.
  • Maple Grove Pool – a great outdoor pool for kids located at 6875 Yew Street in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood.
  • Manning Provincial Park – a provincial park and ski hill 3 hours east of Vancouver.
  • Maple Ridge – a municipality of about 82,000 people in central-eastern Metro Vancouver with farms and lots of outdoor recreation opportunities.
  • Maple Ridge Museum – a historic site near the Fraser River in Maple Ridge.
  • Maple Ridge Park – a municipal park with a river, children’s play areas and trails through the forest in Maple Ridge.
  • Maple Ridge Car Free Day – a community event that involves food trucks, market vendors and live entertainment on 224th Street and in the Memorial Peace Park in Maple ridge.
  • Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest – a small-town summer fair with farm animals, live music and a midway at the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge.
  • Maplewood Flats Conservation Area – a preserved area of tidal mudflats that’s good for birdwatching in North Vancouver.
  • Maplewood Farm the best place for young children to see chickens and pigs on the North Shore.
  • Marine Drive – the main commercial street connecting West Vancouver with North Vancouver (as well as a different street in South Vancouver).
  • Maritime Museum – also known as the “Vancouver Maritime Museum” and home to the St. Roch Arctic exploration boat.
  • Massey Theatre – a 1260-seat proscenium theatre in New Westminster.
  • McArthurGlen Mall – a designer outlet mall near YVR Airport.
  • Meadow Gardens Golf Course – a popular golf course in Pitt Meadows.
  • Mercato Italian Market – an Italian-themed night market that used to take place in the summer and just before Christmas, but as of 2020 just once in the winter.
  • Metropolis at Metrotown – the largest shopping mall in the province with close to 400 stores.
  • Michael J Fox Theatre – a community theatre venue at 7373 MacPherson Avenue in Burnaby.
  • Mill Lake Park – a large urban park with a small lake in Abbotsford.
  • Minnekhada Regional Park – a park on the Pitt River in Coquitlam.
  • Minoru Park – a nice city park in Richmond.
  • Mission Raceway Park – a small car race track in the Fraser Valley.
  • Mission – a municipality on the north side of the Fraser River from Abbotsford.
  • MONOVA – a history museum near in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood of North Vancouver. (The name stands for Museum Of NOrth VAncouver.)
  • Morgan Creek Golf Course – a popular golf course in Surrey.
  • Mount Seymour (the resort) – a popular ski hill for beginners and young families.
  • Mount Seymour Provincial Park – a provincial park where Mount Seymour the ski hill is located, as well as lots of great hiking and snowshoeing trails.
  • Mundy Park – the largest park in Coquitlam.
  • Murrin Provincial Park – a small park with a lake, trails in the forest and rocks to climb just south of Squamish.
  • Museum of Anthropology (MOA) – an interesting museum at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
  • Museum of North Vancouver – a new museum (as of 2021) near Lonsdale Quay on the North Shore. (Also known as MONOVA.)
  • Museum of Surrey – a museum in Cloverdale about the City of Surrey.
  • Museum of Vancouver (MOV) – the best indoor place to learn about Vancouver history.

 

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  • Oakridge Centre – a shopping mall and urban development at 41st Avenue and Cambie.
  • Ocean Wise Seafood – an environmental program originating in Vancouver that encourages people, restaurants and grocery stores to buy and eat sustainably-caught seafood.
  • Old Hastings Mill Store Museum – a small museum housed in Vancouver’s oldest building in the Kitsilano area.
  • Olympic Cauldron – the giant torch legacy from the 2010 Olympics.
  • Olympic Village – site of the International Athletes Village during the 2010 Olympic Games.
  • OMNIMAX – the giant 5-storey IMAX theatre at Science World.
  • The Orpheum – the city’s most beautiful and historically significant concert hall.

 

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  • Pacific Centre – a popular high-end downtown shopping mall.
  • Pacific Coliseum – a venue at the PNE and former home ice for the Vancouver Giants hockey team.
  • Pacific Ferries & Tours – a tour boat company.
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouverites’ favourite fair at the end of every summer.
  • Pacific Spirit Regional Park – located in the UBC Endowment Lands, a great place for hiking, walking and jogging in nature.
  • Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours – full day trips by boat along the Fraser River starting at the Quay in New Westminster.
  • Pagoda Ridge – a golf course with Asian-themed structures close to Fort Langley.
  • Pan Pacific Hotel – the hotel that’s located right at Canada Place.
  • Parade of Lost Souls An annual grassroots evening Halloween parade in October each year
  • Paradise Valley – a great private campground near Squamish.
  • Park Royal – a large shopping mall near Ambleside Park in West Vancouver.
  • Peace Arch – a joint Canada-US Park and location of BC’s busiest border crossing.
  • Peak of Christmas – Holiday Season celebrations at Grouse Mountain in December.
  • Penguin Plunge – a New Year’s swim in the frigid waters of Deep Cove every January 1st in North Vancouver. Another similar event takes place in Port Moody, as well as other polar bear swim venues.
  • Pinnacle at the Pier – a large modern hotel at the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue in the Shipyards District of North Vancouver.
  • Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront – a downtown hotel on Hastings Street that’s often used for meetings and private events.
  • Pitt Lake – the second largest lake in the Lower Mainland, located just north of Pitt Meadows.
  • Pitt Meadows – one of Metro Vancouver’s smallest municipalities that’s famous for dykes, rivers, mountain views and berry farms.
  • Planetarium – located at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.
  • PlayDome – an indoor carnival with amusement rides and midway games at BC Place Stadium (at Spring Break most but not all years).
  • Playland – the city’s amusement park.
  • PNE – the abbreviated name for the Pacific National Exhibition which is Vancouver’s summer fair.
  • Poirier Street Farmers Market – a large farmers market from May until October on Sundays in Coquitlam.
  • Polar Bear Swim – an annual swim in the frigid waters of English Bay every January 1st in Vancouver.
  • Polygon Gallery – a contemporary art gallery specializing in photography and historically-themed exhibits in North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale District.
  • Porteau Cove – a beautiful park and campground along the Sea to Sky Highway.
  • Port Moody – a Metro Vancouver municipality that’s part of the Tri-Cities (along with Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam).
  • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – a Sunday market between November and April at the Port Moody Recreation Centre.
  • Pride Parade & Festival – a major festival celebrating the region’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered community leading up to the August Long Weekend.
  • Prospect Point – an area in Stanley Park with a restaurant, souvenir shop and amazing views of the Lions Gate Bridge and North Shore Mountains.
  • Pull of the Net: A Multicultural Celebration – an arts and culture event at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village.
  • PuSh Festival – an International Performing Arts Festival from late January to early February.

 

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  • Yaletown – a trendy and popular district in downtown Vancouver.
  • York Theatre – a 1940s art deco theatre on Venables Street.
  • Yuk Yuks – a 150-seat comedy club in Vancouver.
  • YVR – Vancouver’s main international airport, located in Richmond.

 

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  • Vancouver Zoo – also known as the Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove.