There’s a reason travellers from all around the world choose Vancouver as their premium holiday destination. Vancouver ranked 8th on the list of the Best Cities in the World in 2018. If you want to visit Canada or make this great country your new home- Here's 10 reasons why you won’t be able to resist the charm of VanCity.
1. Stanley Park
Let’s start off with the most famous and natural feature Vancouver’s city center has to offer- Stanley Park.
The focal point in Vancouver is perfect for a relaxed day spend amongst the beautiful greenery of British Columbia. Take a stroll through the park and discover the Totem Poles, one of Vancouver's most visited attractions. Or you can head to the Vancouver Aquarium which houses rarely seen marine life. You can also choose to dine at the four great restaurants in the park or have a picnic by the beach shore. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll have a spectacular backdrop at all time.
Quick fact: Stanley Park is 1000 acres in size, bigger than Central Park in New York.
Nĭ hăo- Canada is known as a multicultural nation. Find out how different cultures embrace VanCity. Explore Chinatown where you can eat, shop and learn about traditional Chinese culture.
Chinatown is home to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The garden offers intriguing characteristics, from yin and yang plant arrangements to stories about the Ming dynasty. A cultural experience not to be missed!
3. Capilano Suspension Bridge
Feeling daring? Become one with the treetops when you walk on the 450-foot span Capilano suspension bridge situated not far from Vancouver city center. The bridge allows you to view nature from a breathtaking perspective. The wobbly bridge also takes you on a British Columbia historical experience through interpretive signage and tour guides through the rainforest.
You don’t want to miss out on this nature adventure!
Vibey. Historic. Lively. Gastown is one of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhoods, it dates back to 1867. If you’re looking for a one of a kind shopping experience, then Gastown is the place to go.
The best way to take advantage of all there is to see and do in Gastown is to go on a walking tour through the neighbourhood. What will you find? Oh, just a few of the finest restaurants and casual cafes Vancouver has to offer. The cocktail scene is the best in the city and you can even order your own custom cocktail to be made based on your mood. Looking for a unique culinary experience? If a maple ice-cream sandwich with bacon doesn’t peak your interest, nothing will!
What’s more, when the sun goes down, Gastown comes to life with lights and live music acts. The scenic town has a special memory in store for each and every person.
5. Science World
Ever wondered how eyes evolved or where in the world the oldest rocks are located? Ignite your mind and discover the wonders of science at Science World in Vancouver. Watch the true story of Henry Bates’ fascinating 11 year journey through the Amazon rainforest, through the largest Omnimax theatre in the world! Check out the intriguing Ripley’s Believe It or Not science exhibitions. Fuel up at Triple O’s who are known for their award-winning burgers. A day at Science World, is a day to remember forever!
6. Whistler Ski Resort
Catch Vancouver during winter for mountains and mountains of snowy fun. Whistler is internationally known as one of the world’s leading ski resorts. Whether you're a skier or snowboarder, you’ll be thrilled with the resort’s two peaks. Not a skier? No problem. You can soar through the skies by zipline or partake in snowshoeing in a winter wonderland.
7. Vancouver Lookout
Take in a spectacular 360॰ view inside the Vancouver Lookout Tower. The tower should be your first sightseeing stop. From the North Shore and Olympic Peninsula Mountains to the sprawling Stanley Park, you’ll know exactly what lies in store for you in this great city.
8. Watermania Recreation Centre
Looking for a place to take the kids? Look no further than Watermania Recreation Centre. Hours of aquatic fun lies in store for the little one’s. The facility has a 57-metre swimming pool, diving boards, wave pools, water slides, whirlpool and a giant indoor trampoline adventure park.
You can head to the bowling alley and the ice skating complex or shop around the centre. Whatever the weather, the indoor fun centre has you covered. (So punny)
9. Whale Watching
Get up close and personal with the giants of the ocean. You can take a 12 hour day trip from Vancouver to Victoria. Cruise out into the waters on a whale watching boat from Vancouver harbour and sail out onto the open ocean, home to sea lions, seals, porpoises, gray whales and orcas. Keep your eyes peeled for a once in a lifetime snapshots a majestic whales.
You will arrive at Victoria and have free time to explore the city. Victoria is home to Butchart Gardens, a truly enchanting premier floral garden. You will be returned to Vancouver via speedboat. You’re sure to have a whale of a time!
10. Vancouver Brewery Tours
Keep your thirst quenched by checking out Vancouver’s vibrant craft beer scene. The Vancouver Craft Brewery will show you how award winning beers are made and you can sample plenty of beer along the way! Snacks accompanying the beer will be served throughout your tour while you relax and chat to fellow beer lovers. At the end of your tour you will receive a free souvenir beer sample!