Quick Facts

  • Incorporated: 1886
  • Population: Approx. 2.7 million
  • Nickname: Van City or Hollywood North.
  • Vancouver aka Hollywood North is second only to Los Angeles in TV production.

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a regular on the ‘best’ and ‘cleanest’ cities list! When you explore the heart of the city you will be amazed with its backdrop. There are a number of vacation spots and places to visit in the beautiful city of Vancouver. On the one side of the city is the Pacific Ocean and on the other side lies the Rocky Mountains; including the snow-capped volcano Mount Baker. So whatever you do, you will be treated to a postcard image of either the coast or the Rocky Mountains. So its possible to go skiing and kayaking on the same day!

If you are a nature lover, head to the massive and stunning Stanley Park, which is North America’s third largest urban park. Here you can enjoy walking, jogging, or biking at your leisure. Near Vancouver you can also go sightseeing or challenge yourself in one of the many other parks such as Cypress Provincial Park where their popular trail, the Grouse Grind, is an essential workout experience! Mount Seymour is excellent for viewing wildlife and the magical Lynn Canyon Park is home to hidden waterfalls and moss-draped cedar and fir trees.

Don’t miss Gastown, the city’s oldest commercial district and fall in love with its beautiful Victorian-style architecture and historic neighbourhoods. There’s handy hop-on, hop-off busses and ferries to get you exploring Vancouver. And when you get tired of strolling and shopping, spoil yourself with great food and drinks at the wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops that this trendy city has to offer. We recommend taking a guided foodie tour so you don’t miss out on Vancouver’s Chinatown, the Granville Island Public Market, Italian Delis and bakeries on Commercial Drive, French cheese shops and Belgian waffles! Its vast variety of cuisine is testament to Vancouver’s ethnic diversity with almost half its residents speaking a second language. The locals are a friendly, polite and relaxed bunch of people.

Public transport is excellent with the SeaBus on the harbour or the rapid SkyTrain that can take you around Greater Vancouver. Bike tracks are also a prominent feature of the city-network so why not hire one to explore the city! You can indulge like the locals do at the farmers market in Trout Lake on Saturdays or on Sundays at the Kitsilano Famer’s Market. Be sure to check out the diverse culture of Canada on display in Vancouver’s Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art and in the Vancouver Art Gallery. A specialty is also the Museum of Anthropology and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum where a full blue whale skeleton is on display – kids will also enjoy the Vancouver Aquarium’s Animal Encounters where they go behind the scenes with animal trainers! Check out our travel directory for Vancouver vacation ideas at the top of this page for more info to help with your stay. Here you can find a number of options to choose from for best hotels, bed & breakfast and English schools in Vancouver.

Vancouver is not just a city; it’s an enviable lifestyle with the best of both city and nature at your doorstep!

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