While in Vancouver for the annual conference of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, take some time out to explore an area known for its clear air, spectacular mountains and nearby Vancouver Island.

Right in Vancouver are a number of attractions, such as Lord Stanley’s Park, surrounded by a wide seawall walkway interspersed with beaches. Vancouver’s first park and one of the city’s main tourist attractions, Stanley Park contains 1,000 acres close to the downtown core.

For fresh food, shopping and theatre attractions, Granville Island and its public market are a favorite.

Vancouver Art Gallery showcases culture, history and contemporary life.

Vancouver Aquarium is a popular attraction in the Pacific Northwest. The aquarium environment simulates the animals’ natural habitats.

Adjacent to the downtown peninsula is Vanier Park. The Vancouver Museum and Maritime Museum share space during the summer with Shakespeare in the Park.

A glittering geodesic dome at the end of False Creek is a place where children and adults can learn about science.

The Orpheum Theatre is a landmark of Granville St., since its completion in 1921. Originally a vaudeville theatre, it was restored and reopened in 1977. It is now the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

The 3,000 seat Queen Elizabeth Theatre, in the heart of downtown Vancouver is the home of the Vancouver Opera and Ballet British Columbia.

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