Things To Do In Vancouver

La Grande Résidence is located in downtown Vancouver, in the heart of one of Canada's most vibrant cities. We are surrounded by an abundance of things to do and see. To enhance your stay, we have compiled a local guide of nearby attractions and activities to thrill every member of your family.

Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park

Give yourself a 230-foot view of the Capilano River when you make the 25-minute taxi ride from The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver to Capilano Suspension Bridge and park. Built in 1889, it’s considered to be Vancouver’s oldest attraction, and it hasn’t lost a step in its popularity. Be sure to explore the totem poles in the park, too.

Vancouver Lookout

Make the 15-minute walk from your room at La Grande Residence and head to the observation deck at Vancouver Lookout, 167 metres above sea level, for a stunning 360-degree view of the city.

Science World

Stimulate your senses at Science World, one of Vancouver’s top attractions for all things science, biology, and technology. The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver may not be able to give you a 3D laser show, but this incredible venue will. There’s also the Alcan Omnimax Theatre, a dome featuring an 88-foot wide screen that spans 180-degrees around the seats in the theatre. All of this fun is just a 10-minute drive away.

Vancouver Aquarium

The world-famous Vancouver Aquarium is a must-see, and it’s only 10 minutes away via taxi from The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. With over 8,000 fish species, marine mammals and more, get here and be wowed by the award-winning exhibits as well as an on-site shark tank and so much more.


Vancouver’s Chinatown dates all the way back to the late 1890s. And, it’s North America’s third-largest Chinatown district after major American cities San Francisco and New York City. Lucky for you, The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver is just a 10-minute drive or 30-minute walk away. So you’re not too far from experiencing all that Chinatown has to offer, including the vast amount of restaurants, but also specialty stores, historic and architecturally stunning buildings, and more.  


It doesn’t get much better than when you stay in the heart of the city at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. You’re just a 15-minute walk or five-minute drive to many incredible and popular spots, including Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood: Gastown. Founded in 1867 by John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, he would kick-start this growing area after first setting up a tavern here. These days, you’ll discover the fashion scene of Vancouver. Be sure to take note of the Victorian-era influences throughout the neighbourhood, which runs north of the downtown Vancouver peninsula from Richards east to Main Street and south to Hastings Street.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Steeped in history, the Vancouver Art Gallery, founded in 1931, features the Institute of Asian Art, which showcases First Nations artists in the region. There are more than 12,000 pieces here, including many works by famed Canadian artist Emily Carr. You must put this iconic venue in your itinerary. It’s so close, at just a 5-minute walk from The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver.

Museum of Vancouver

Have you ever wanted to walk the steerage deck of a 19th-century passenger ship or sit in an authentic Canadian Pacific Railway passenger car from the 1880s? Well, you can do that and so much more at the Museum of Vancouver, located just a 15-minute walk from The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. This unique venue was established in 1894 to continually showcase early Vancouverites and how the city has developed and changed through the decades.

Parks and Gardens Bloedel Conservatory

Take a quick 15-minute cab ride from The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver to the largest tropical garden in Canada, at Parks and Garden Bloedel Conservatory. Housed in a triodetic dome, you’ll find tropical birds, more than 500 species and varieties of plants and a wondrous fish pond.

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden

The first park of its kind to be built outside of China, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a “scholars” garden, or Ming dynasty style garden home, and is one of Vancouver’s top attractions. Make your way only 10 minutes by taxi from the doors of The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, and take a guided tour, or check out a public festival, exhibition or concert.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park may be located at a place called Little Mountain, but you’ll find a big collection of activities taking place here. A park that offers up spectacular views, and it’s only 15 minutes from The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. From a pitch and putt golf course, tennis courts, lawn bowling greens, and more, there’s no shortage of things to see and do here.

Stanley Park

When you stay with us at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, we recommend you visit historic Stanley Park. Located only a 20-minute walk, or a 10-minute drive from the hotel, you can easily make your way to one of the most stunning and popular parks in the city, with over 988 acres of West Coast rainforest and its iconic Vancouver Seawall. Take a run, walk or bike on this incredible pathway and get some of the best views of the city, as well as the majestic Pacific Ocean. The biggest sights to see up close are the First Nations Totem Poles at Brockton Point. Quite frankly, the number of things to do at Stanley park is too long to list here. You must see for yourself. 

University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens & Canopy Walk

Asian, alpine and native plants—from all over the world—live here at the University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens & Canopy Walk, the oldest operating university botanical garden in Canada. Experience the Pacific Coastal Rainforest in the awe-inspiring canopy walk, a 308-metre walkway that reaches incredible heights of 17.5 metres. So don’t forget to look up. Way up. It’s worth the 20-minute drive from The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver.

VanDusen Botanical Garden

When you’re staying with us at The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, you’re only a 15-minute drive to VanDusen Botanical Garden. From woodlands to tranquil lakes and exotic plants to calming walking paths, this oasis will bring calm to your day. And, for something completely different, challenge yourself in the Elizabethan hedge maze.