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Main Street Attractions

Things to Do Near Main Street, Mount Pleasant, Little Mountain, and Riley Park

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Mount Pleasant and Riley Park-Little Mountain are mainly residential neighborhoods with trendy real estate and gentrifying streets. But, these artsy districts also offer fun local attractions for visitors, from parks with formal gardens and a science museum to late-night dining and designer shopping.

For this travel guide, I've combined Mount Pleasant and Riley Park-Little Mountain as well as Cambie and Main streets into one list.

Things to Do Near Main Street:

1. Science World

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This unmistakable sphere on the shores of False Creek was built for Expo '86, but has since been transformed into a fun and educational science museum. Kids and adults equally love the experiencing the exhibits, be it generating power, guessing factoids, or watching a movie on the 27-meter IMAX screen.
Address: 1455 Quebec St.
Phone: 604-443-7440

2. Queen Elizabeth Park

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Views of the Vancouver skyline, an arboretum of native Canadian trees, paved walking paths, and the pretty sunken Quarry Garden bring people back again and again to Queen Elizabeth Park. While Vancouver is known for its mountainous scenery, within city limits it is Little Mountain that is the city's highest point at 152 meters (499 feet). The mountaintop lookout is next to the Bloedel Conservatory and a plaza with choreographed fountains. Seasons in the Park restaurant, a favorite for special occasions, also has lovely views.
Address: East 33rd Avenue at Ontario Street
Facilities: Lawn bowling, disc golf, pitch and putt golf, tennis, dog off-leash area, picnic sites,

3. Bloedel Conservatory

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Free-flying exotic birds (including chattering parrots), tropical plants, and languid ponds make up the ecosystem under the Bloedel Conservatory glass dome. The humid environment is a fantastic rainy day activity.
Location: In Queen Elizabeth Park
Phone: 604-257-8584

4. Baseball at Nat Bailey Stadium

Minor league baseball's Vancouver Canadians step up to bat at Nat Bailey Stadium, located just east of Queen Elizabeth Park. The summertime experience is replete with baseball staples (read: hot dogs and beer). Ticket prices are inexpensive compared to other pro-sports events.
Address: 4601 Ontario St.
Phone: 604-872-5232 (tickets)

5. Punjabi Market

Browse saris, spices, bangles, and other imported goods at the southern end of Main Street, known as the Punjabi Market. Between 49th and 52nd avenues, Main Street becomes a veritable Little India with Indo-Canadian shops, restaurants, and other businesses.
Location: Main Street between E. 49th and E. 52nd avenues

6. Chinatown

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At its far northern end, Main Street enters another cultural enclave -- Vancouver's historic Chinatown. Walk along Keefer and East Pender streets (which both branch off Main) to duck into restaurants, import shops, and small grocery stores stocking roasted ducks, faux silks, and traditional Chinese herbs. Neighborhood attractions include the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classic Chinese Garden as well as the neighboring public park.
Location: Keefer, E. Pender, and Main streets

7. Main Street Shopping

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Main Street is one of the best shopping streets in Vancouver, with independent designers, consignment clothing shops, craft suppliers, and trend-focused furniture showrooms. Most shops lie between East 16th and East 23rd avenues, but explore further north and south to find more treasures.

Outdoorsy folk will want to spend time browsing the aisles of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) and the neighboring gear shops, located on West Broadway between Main and Cambie streets.

8. Dining and Nightlife

Dinner turns into late-night drinks at busy, trendy dining establishments along Main Street, where the eats tend to be eclectic, reliable, and not too expensive. Most Mount Pleasant restaurants double as local bars, serving inventive cocktails and craft beers to a young, hip nightlife scene.

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