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Vancouver Travel Guide

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Plan Your Vancouver Vacation

Consistently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities, Vancouver lures visitors with its abundance of natural beauty, multicultural vitality, and cosmopolitan flair. The attraction is as much in the range of food choices—the fresh seafood and local produce are some of North America's best—as it is in the museums, shopping opportunities, and beaches, parks, and gardens. Indeed, the

Vancouver package is a delicious juxtaposition of urban sophistication and on-your-doorstep wilderness adventure.

The mountains and seascape make Vancouver an outdoor playground for hiking, skiing, kayaking, cycling, and sailing—and so much more—while the cuisine and arts scenes are equally diverse, reflecting the makeup of Vancouver's ethnic (predominantly Asian) mosaic. Yet despite all this vibrancy, the city still exudes an easy West Coast style.

More than 8 million visitors each year come to this, Canada's third-largest metropolitan area. Because of its peninsula location, traffic flow is a contentious issue. Thankfully, Vancouver is wonderfully walkable, especially in the downtown core. The North Shore is a scoot across the harbor, and the rapid-transit system to Richmond and the airport means that staying in the more affordable 'burbs doesn't have to be synonymous with sacrificing convenience. The mild climate, exquisite natural scenery, and relaxed outdoor lifestyle keep attracting residents, and the number of visitors is increasing for the same reasons. People often get their first glimpse of Vancouver when catching an Alaskan cruise, and many return at some point to spend more time here.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Stanley Park The views, the activities, and the natural wilderness beauty here are quintessential Vancouver.
  2. Granville Island Ride the mini-ferry across False Creek to the Granville Island Public Market where you can shop for delicious lunch fixings; eat outside when the weather's fine.
  3. Kitsilano beaches Options range from beaches with grass-edged shores to windswept stretches of sand, to cliff-side coves so private that clothing is optional.
  4. Museum of Anthropology at University of British Columbia The phenomenal collection of First Nations art and cultural artifacts, and the incredible backdrop, make this a must-see.
  5. Rain-forest intimacy Traverse the canopies at UBC Botanical Garden and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park; you can even zip-line from the treetops.

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