The picturesque city of Vancouver offers a colourful landscape of skyscrapers, mountains, rainforests and deep blue ocean waters. Full with the friendliest people, citizens of Vancouver will welcome any visitor with open arms as their helpful and hospitable manner is well known. As well as being one of the best places to live, Vancouver is known to be an incredibly popular tourist attraction, especially as just over half the population speak a first language other than English.
Approaching its 130th birthday on 16th April this year, Vancouver will celebrate its heritage as it marks the little sawmill community of Granville that was reborn as the brand new cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. This is definitely the year to visit, so be sure to stop by our favourite places such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Aquarium and Stanley Park, which are open all year round. The wonderfully constructed BC Place stadium, located at the southeast corner of False Creek, is also worth exploring. BC Place Stadium was used for the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and it is also home to the BC Sports Hall of Fame, which is definitely worth a visit. For those Olympic enthusiasts amongst you, visit the Vancouver Convention Centre and the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza in Coal Harbour.
With a mild climate, Vancouver provides endless options of activities and entertainment, catering to the interests of all ages. Vancouver offers an array of spectacular sights that will light up your eyes! If culture is your calling then you don’t have to stray far as World class shopping, theatre, stand-up comedy shows, outstanding live entertainment and Vancouver’s aboriginal art galleries, are all at your fingertips.
If stomping the city streets isn’t what you’re looking for then never fear! Vancouver is just a 25 minute drive away from breath taking nature. The North Shore Mountains, whose southernmost peaks form a stunning backdrop to the city, provide the perfect terrain for hiking or biking.
Those feeling adventurous can grab their life vests and kayak one of the many rivers close by such as the Capilano River, Lynn Creek or Seymour River.
For those looking for something really special a whale watching trip is the thing to do. Vancouver Island – is one of the best locations Canada wide to spot orcas, minke whales, huge humpbacks and grey whales. Say hi to one of these friendly giants by going on one of the many day tours on offer all across the city.
You can’t visit British Columbia without going on a bear tour. British Columbia is 1st place when it comes to spotting grizzlies. With just over half of Canada’s grizzly bears calling BC home it’s not an activity to leave off the list.
For guaranteed grizzly bear sightings just thirty minutes from Vancouver, head to Grouse Mountain and visit resident bears Grinder and Coola.
Whatever activities you choose to do it undeniable that Vancouver is one of the world’s most incredible cities and the perfect place to create happy memories with families and friends.