Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in the world, it is also the most densely populated urban centre in Canada. Situated in the country’s extreme southwest, Vancouver is a city whereby you can experience everything Canada has to offer in one city. Traverse forest-covered mountains, take an evening stroll along fine beaches, and immerse yourself into the culture and traditions of one of the most spectacular and diverse cities in the world. The chance for exploration is enticing, as the surrounding wilderness is just exquisite, or visitors could alternatively discover Vancouver’s fantastic social scene.
The original name of the city when first established in 1867 was Gastown incorporating a mill and a tavern. Since then however, the city has become one of the major cities in the world and is regularly high on the list of the most desirable places to live. Vancouver is famous for its impressive skyline and is now known for its stunning architecturally significant buildings as well as numerous cultural attractions that will fascinate and excite in equal measure.
There are numerous cultural hotspots including Chinatown – the largest in North America outside of San Francisco – Little Italy, Japantown and the Punjabi Market, which ensure there is never a dull moment while out and about in the city.
However, the city’s green space is also impressive. Designated as a National Historic Site of Canada, Stanley Park is one of the largest urban spaces in North America and is a wonderful escape from the sprawl of downtown Vancouver. Surrounded by the waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay, the park features numerous sights for you to enjoy, from hiking and biking trails, to dense forest that you can explore thoroughly while enjoying the sights out over across the city.
Catching the ferry a little further west where Vancouver Island lays enables you to experience Canada at its finest. A laid back, colonial-inspired atmosphere awaits you, as well as stunning scenery and delightful towns such as the island’s major town of Victoria. Charming streets, cafés and parks such as the world-renowned Butchart Botanical Gardens make this place the ideal spot for relaxation and enhance the experience of visiting this part of Canada.
Vancouver really is the destination to visit if you wish to combine the excitement of a vibrant city setting and the beauty of nature. Incorporating the wonderful surrounding scenery, holidaymakers can take part in numerous outdoor activities that enable you to experience the great Canadian outdoors.
The city itself is highly regarded and is regularly listed as one of the best cities in the world in which to live and visit. Vancouver has vast cultural identity that spans nearly all of the continents on Earth.
Vancouver enables visitors to experience a city unlike any other, you can be walking amongst the wonderful cityscape or perusing the wildlife and natural beauty of the mammoth urban Stanley Park situated at the mouth of Vancouver Harbour, or even strolling along the beach admiring the sea views.
Vancouver Island provides a getaway for those native to Vancouver as well as providing a chance for exploration for those visiting this grand city. Whale watch, scuba dive and hike around this wonderful island where treasures await that you cannot possibly imagine including the charming town of Victoria which enables you to discover a part of Canada’s colonial past.
Things to do in Vancouver & Vancouver Island
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