<h3>Innovative local flavors</h3>
Due to Vancouver’s proximity to the Pacific, seafood is a menu highlight, but Asian influences enhance the local cuisine as well. Splurge on a British Columbian six-course seafood dinner in a hip Yaletown dining room, or snack on beef satay in a Thai restaurant. After a day of sightseeing, stop for a frothy mug of beer and fried clams on a brewpub patio before heading back to your Vancouver hotel. <br /><br />
<h3>Museums and culture</h3>
Giant, colorfully-carved totem poles tower above an impressive collection of First Nations masks and sculptures at the Museum of Anthropology. At the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park, beluga whales whistle and blow among thousands of sea creatures. Vancouver Art Gallery exhibits canvases of West Coast art, while Monte Clark Gallery presents rising stars.