Vacation In Vancouver: More Than Just Olympic Sports!
Vancouver is No. 1! On February 12, 2010, Vancouver was again named the most livable city in the WORLD by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the world's leading provider of country intelligence. Now is the time to take a gander at the food, sights and regional offerings of this cosmopolitan city in the Pacific Northwest
Winter offers snow-shoeing, sleighing and snow-boarding among other pursuits. Summer specialties include biking, hiking, fishing, eco-tours and kayaking.
The city is a destination for foodies, as well. The New York Times ranks local restaurant prices as ridiculously low. The Globe and Mail reports that “…the city is so obsessed with haute cuisine they spend more money eating out than any other city in Canada.” What are you waiting for? Find out how and where to go today.
Vancouver is indeed the jewel of Western Canada and it’s easy to see why the Olympic committee chose to honor this lovely city.
Here is an outstanding metropolis, full of cosmopolitan restaurants, intriguing historical sites, fascinating museums and galleries. The history of the Pacific Northwest is unique and varied. You will spend countless hours immersed in the various cultures that made the area so prosperous and vibrant.
From late November to the end of January float tours of the Squamish River allowing bald eagle viewing are available to visitors through Lotus Land Tours.
Rainforest hiking tours, accompanied by a trained naturalist, can be enjoyed in the North Shore Rainforest from Rockwood Adventures. Paragliding, canoeing, beach combing and sledding are available in season in the area.
History buffs can find First Nation guided full-moon paddles in traditional canoes from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Be prepared to be amazed at the natural wonders of this unique geological Canadian province. Walkabout Historic Vancouver offers two hour walking tours through historic neighborhoods led by guides dressed as 19th century schoolmarms.
If you prefer to spend your hours outdoors lying on the beach there are many to choose from. English Bay Beach is famous for sunsets. Kitsilano Beach
has a heated ocean pool for soaking away the tensions of travel and leisure.
No matter where you travel in British Columbia, you’re sure to be greeted with a warm and welcoming smile and even a hearty handshake from residents and business owners who are genuinely glad to count you among the visitors to this pretty city. You’ll feel at home as you roam their museums, shop in their stores, and eat in their restaurants.
If you’ve come here to enjoy the city’s arts and cultures, you won’t be disappointed. You can wander through walls full of fine art, hear the symphony orchestra, enjoy the ballet, and even see Shakespeare performed in an outdoor theater.
While Vancouver BC is an outdoors-oriented city, the indoors holds treasure galore for the curious of all ages. Museums such as the Maritime Museum, H.R.MacMillan Space Center and the Museum of Anthropology are sure to fill any rainy day needs for distraction and edification of the whole family. There is bound to be an exhibit to interest all ages and attention spans inside the doors of these fabulous buildings.
The Storyeum is just that: a place for stories about the people, history and music. Underground theaters contain a series of vignettes to explain the local history from First Nations origins up until the present. The music theater presentation is optimistic and engaging but does not ignore the problems associated with years of white settlement.
If you like hockey, baseball, and the excitement of Canadian football, you can find every one of those here. But if you’d rather play than watch, try your hand at a number of watersports available in and around the waters of Vancouver, including sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, and scuba diving.
Golf aficionados can play on some of the finest courses in Canada and hikers, bikers, and roller bladers will find plenty of places to explore.
Thanks to its moderate climate, guests can visit Vancouver just about any time of the year. You’ll never swelter in the sun here, as the summer daytime temperatures average a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit), making it the perfect time for outdoor pursuits or sightseeing.
The fall is also a wonderful time to visit. Accommodation rates are lower and the theater, opera, and symphony are ushering in a new year of fine productions.
If you visit in the spring, you may even be able to ski and golf on the very same day! Spring is also the busiest time for festivals and other special events and you’ll find that the gardens here are incredibly beautiful.
Of course, if you’re a ski bum, you’ll want to come to Vancouver British Columbia during the winter. You’ll love Whistler and Blackcomb Ski Resorts, voted #3 among North America’s Top Ski Resorts by Ski Magazine (2005).
Winter, spring, summer, fall…no matter when you visit, you’ll find the city of Vancouver to be a warm and welcoming place, greeting you with a fond embrace and encouraging you to return again and again to explore this wonderful vacation destination.
"Visiting Vancouver is SO much fun.
I just love all the things to see and do!"