Since I was there for a writing for animation class. I really only had 3 days as a tourist, and I know there was so much more to see and do that I didn't have time for. Trip Advisor helped me narrow down my choices.
On my first day, I went to Stanley Park. One of the reviews said this was like New York's Central Park, but on the waterfront.
By the way, I paid for an extra data plan so I could use my google maps in Canada. I am glad I did. I think I would have been okay because Starbucks was everywhere, but it was always good to have reassurance that I was going in the right direction, or to turn around when I realized I was going in the wrong direction. I learned that you have to turn off all your apps except the google when you are doing this though, they suck up your data even when you don't use them.
This was a fun, colorful, clean, and diverse market place. I found myself spending a lot of time (and money) at the Ten Thousand Villages store, even though that store, that supports craftspeople in third world countries, is not exclusive to Vancouver.
My last day in Vancouver was on Sunday, and though I had a list of places I wanted to see, I realized that I had to narrow it down after it took me so long to get to each place. I did make it to the Museum of Anthropology.
One of the highlights of the museum is the Bill Reid Rotunda, which has as its centerpiece a large sculpture, the Raven and the First Men by this beloved Canadian artist. The guide was able to tell us this story, as she was given permission by Bill Reid to share this origin story of his people. The first people are seen inside the clam shell and the story goes that the Raven encouraged them to come out.