Flourishing in the heart of nature, surrounded on both sides by Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver City is considered to be one of the world’s most liveable cities. Explore the essence of a Canadian multi ethnic culture coupled with the avant-gardism of a world class Olympic host.
You’ll love Vancouver City if…
- You’re looking for a romantic natural getaway in proximity to the luxuries of a modern city.
- You’re game for some adventure sports.
- You want to experience the Canadian culture first hand with your family.
Where should you head to?
For a perfect romantic getaway in the heart of nature, walk in the VanDusen Botanical Garden, surrounded by 100s of Cherry Blossoms. Take a little detour to gasp at the natural landscape of Pacific Northwest rainforest surrounding the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Watch the sky change its colour from behind the Inukshuk statue at the Sunset Beach in the trendy West End neighbourhood. Watch the shimmering lights of Vancouver City over dinner at the famous Fraîche Restaurant.
For some sporty adventures, rent a bike for a ride along the scenic Stanley Park Seawall on a paved pathway that runs along the park’s waterfront. Join in a game of sand volleyball at Kits Beach or Spanish Banks. Rent a board and challenge your windsurfing skills at Jericho Beach. Fancy some skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, snowmobiling or snow tubing? North America’s largest ski resort, Whistler, is just right for you. Zip-line or hike your way through the Grouse Grind trail or Snowshoe Grind for a view of the city or take a kayak excursion through the breath-taking glacier fjord of Indian Arm for deep blue waters and plenty of marine and mountain wildlife.
To experience the Canadian culture, pack a picnic and head to the blooming gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park or to the waterfront green spaces at Stanley Park. Scrutinise the lively exhibits and pieces in the Vancouver Art Gallery. Shop your way through over 450 stores in ‘Metropolis at Metrotown’ – the largest shopping centre in British Columbia. Take an Edible Canada walking tour, led by a chef, through Granville Island Public Market or Chinatown. Take a walk through the third largest Chinatown in North America. Stop by at the Scandinavian Community Centre for the Annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Travel down to Richmond to pay a visit to the famous Guan Yin Temple which attracts close to a quarter of a million visitors every year.
Top 3 must see events:
- Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
- Celebration of Light Festival.
- Vancouver International Jazz Festival.