The building is distinctive—it kind of looks like a white space ship that just happened to land in Vanier Park. Which is only fitting, because this is the city’s planetarium, which has introduced many a budding astronomy buff to the magic of the stars. Vancouver’s space center and observatory was founded in 1968 and has since offered an exciting program of starry-eyed displays and exhibits, as well as films that explore the universe around us. Exhibits are hands-on and interactive, making this a great place for the kids. On Saturday nights, visitors can scan the skies around Vancouver with the Cassegrain telescope. The building is also home to the Museum of Vancouver.
H. R. MacMillan Space Centre
1100 Chestnut St (in Vanier Park)
Our Rating Neighborhood Granville Island Hours July–early Sept daily 10am–5pm; early Sept–June Mon–Fri 10am–3pm, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm; evening films Sat 7:30pm and 9pm. Observatory Sat 8pm–midnight. Closed Dec 25. Transportation Bus: 22 Phone 604/738-7827 Prices Admission C$15 adults; C$11 seniors, students, and children 5–10; free children 4 and under; C$45 families (up to 5, max 2 adults). Evening films C$13 adults, C$10 seniors and youth 12–18, C$8 children 5–11 Web site H. R. MacMillan Space Centre