Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city perched on nature's edge. A city of unparalleled beauty, from the 1000 acre/400 hectare lush jewel known as Stanley Park, the largest city park in North America, the hustle and bustle of fashionable Robson Street to the glamour and glitz of trendy Yaletown, Vancouver has it all.
A playground for all ages, Vancouverites are loyal to their outdoor recreation. Given the area's moderate climate (the mildest in Canada), activities can be enjoyed year round. Activities range from rainforest walks, ocean kayaking, and salmon fishing to skiing, snowshoeing, golfing, roller blading and cycling, all done against awe-inspiring natural backdrops of mountains, wilderness and our spectacular harbour. With our three highly rated mountains only 20 minutes drive from the city, locals enjoy an active winter of skiing and snowshoeing; and in the summer, meander along nature trails amidst sub-alpine meadows and sparkling lakes while viewing the local wildlife.
A vibrant city, the pedestrian-friendly streets are filled with individuals from varied ethnic backgrounds and walks of life. As a result of its culturally diverse population, Vancouver has equally diverse neighbourhoods, all of which provide wonderful browsing and shopping opportunities. Vancouver's exotic setting is also reflected in its array of flavourful offerings. Between its internationally praised fine-dining restaurants and trendy cafes, the city's many restaurants offer everything from original seafood fare to unique vegetarian dining.
For shopping there are endless rows of fashion boutiques found on Robson Street. The sidewalk cafes, specialty stores and coffee shops attract visitors and locals alike. Yaletown has converted its old industrialwarehouses into trendy places to shop, eat and be seen. Besides the fabulously fresh food at the public market on Granville Island, this heritage area is home to many artisans who blow glass, weave intricate tapestries and throw clay. Gastown is a great place for those looking for First Nations craftworks. Thanks to Vancouver's ethnic diversity, you can find authentic goods from just about anywhere in the world as well as the traditional shopping delights of designer shops and malls. Vancouver enjoys the best of all worlds: four distinct seasons, snow-capped mountains, ocean-side beaches, outstanding hotels and restaurants, one-of-a-kind entertainment, cleanliness and safety.
Words and images courtesy of Tourism Vancouver (www.tourismvancouver.com).