Come rain or shine, summer or winter, Vancouver is a veritable banquet of experiences just waiting to be tried. The term ‘great outdoor’s must have been created with Canada in mind and with Vancouver regularly featuring on the ‘world’s best cities to live in’ list, it’s time everyone went to see what the fuss is about.
In addition to the standard sights one would expect to find in a city such as museums, galleries, gastronomic delights and green spaces, Vancouver is also a city with snow covered mountains; a city, with beaches on which to sunbathe, vineyards in which to imbibe and water on which to kayak or sail.
Vancouver is a city so clean it sparkles and one where being ‘green’ is ultra-cool. Hit the malls in Central Vancouver and the famous Granville Island Public Market for contemporary style, or take a trip to Stanley Park where smaller boutiques and outdoor markets come with a beach view. China Town serves up steamed buns and a slice of kitsch to the young and hip who hang out there while the delightful views of False Creek attract those who want to reminisce over the 2010 Olympics.
The Museum of Anthropology is home to some wonderful archaeological finds dating back to the colonization of British Columbia, while the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Contemporary Art Gallery show of a range of local and international artists.
Stanley Park is the perfect green spot for a picnic or a jog or even for a visit to the impressive Vancouver Aquarium located on site. For family fun take a hop-on hop-off bus tour to get your bearings and see the sights, or why not rollerblade the famous Seawall from False Creek though Yaletown, Science World and Granville Island to Kitsilano with its fantastic beaches.
The ‘Gateway to Whistler’ Vancouver is of course synonymous with winter sports and while it may not have the majestic Rocky Mountains to hand, there are three local ‘hills’, Cypress, Grouse Mountain and Seymour, that more than adequately supply snowboard and skiing fanatics a chance to carve the powder.
An authentic and quintessential part of everyday life in Vancouver is sport. Nothing says Canada more than football, hockey, soccer, baseball or roller derby to the average Canadian but they do also find time to throw a festival or two! Chinatown bursts with color during Chinese New Year and the July Dragon Boat Festival, while the entire city sparkles during the Festival of Light in late July. Everything edible is celebrated at the EAT Vancouver Festival in May while Vancouver International Film Festival and Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival show off the city’s eclectic tastes and cultural diversity.
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