Explore Vancouver’s Outdoor ArtAugust 10th, 2012 by Dariusz Ciskal
Vancouver’s mountains are majestic and the ocean is so vast and compelling that visitors and residence spend a lot of time looking outwards at the view. Scenic beauty is a big attraction to Vancouver, but it’s also worth directing your gaze to the street level. From the Inukshuk that watches over English Bay to Chinatown’s Millennium Arch and the Olympic Cauldron; some of the most noteworthy and picture perfect places in Vancouver can be found in the form of public art.
The City of Vancouver has put together various self guided tour maps that will let you enjoy the mountains, the ocean and the neighbourhoods along a series of art stops. The Downtown Shoreline Public Art Walk brochure is a printable guide that will take you 57 art pieces around the downtown core. You will travel along the seawall past stunning views of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and English Bay. You will also pass through the well known neighbourhoods of Chinatown, Gastown and Yaletown. This art walk can be done on foot or on a bicycle in a day, or you can break it up into a few shorter trips.
The outdoor art in Vancouver doesn’t stop along the downtown peninsula’s shoreline. Explore the City of Vancouver website to see maps and guides to art all over the city including community art and pieces from the 2010 Olympic Public Art Program. Most of the art pieces are in parks or other points of interest and finding them will inevitably take you to the most exciting places in the city. Don’t forget your camera. There will be plenty of great photo opportunities along the way.
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