Francis Rattenbury, architect of Victoria’s Empress Hotel  and many other masterpieces, designed Vancouver ’s imposing neoclassical-revival courthouse, which now houses Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St., 604/662-4700, daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Thurs., adult $19.50, senior $14, child under 12 $7). Initially, the courthouse faced Georgia Street, and although the exterior retains its original 1911 design, the main entrance is now on Robson Street .
The gallery’s third floor is where you’ll find a large collection of works by Canada’s preeminent female artist Emily Carr, along with the works of many other local artists. The gallery also holds pieces by contemporary artists from North America and Europe, as well as an impressive collection of historical art.
Guided tours are available. Kids will enjoy the children’s gallery, while adults will appreciate the special-events program, including a lecture series, films, and concerts. The gift shop sells a wide selection of art books, jewelry, and gifts, and the gallery caf é is always crowded.