If you are thinking of taking a tour through Canada, be sure to mark Vancouver on your list. This charming city has been rated one of the most beautiful cities in the world because of its mountain backdrop, urban beaches, and extensive parks. Vancouver experiences mild temperatures all throughout the year and offers plenty of treasures for you to explore all year round.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
This swaying bridge was first introduced in the late 1880s and spans a 70-meter deep river canyon leading to an activity park filled with forest trails and a treetop walk through old-growth giants. As you make your way across the 137m bridge, explore the best that nature has to offer in terms of lush fir- and fern-carpeted forests and towering trees. Visitors are able to hail a free shuttle ride to and from the bridge park and the ticket also covers the transparent platform known as the Cliffwalk and many other exciting attractions in the park.
This urban escape is composed of a paved seawall path and encompasses a green space. Most visitors take the time to explore the park on foot or by bicycle but there are also horse-drawn tours offered for those who prefer a more cultural and relaxed experience. Take a leisurely tour through the park and visit the famous Vancouver Aquarium while you are in the area.
Have you ever wanted to see the world from high up? At the Vancouver Lookout, you get a 130 meter- high vantage point to take in the beautiful city. This spaceship-looking hideout is located in the downtown Harbour Centre and provides a panoramic view of Vancouver. There are free 20-minute tours held on a daily basis, but the Lookout is also open to the general public to peruse at leisure.
Located in the middle of Vancouver city, beyond the majestic Millennium Gate, you’ll discover the beautiful and exotic China Town gardens. Transporting you back into the classical 15th century, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens features small Victorian shops and restaurants marked in Chinese characters. The gardens originally model a traditional garden from the Ming Dynasty and host a spectacular parade every Chinese New Year.
Gastown is the oldest part of the city and is an area filled with charming restaurants, galleries, and shops set in carefully restored Victorian buildings. Previously named ‘Gassy Town’ after a talkative man called John Deighton, aka ‘Gassy Jack’, the cobblestoned district gives you an ‘old town’ feel with monuments like the famous Steam Clock which resembles London’s Big Ben and a bronze statue of Gassy Jack himself erected on Maple Tree Square. The area has a range of microbreweries and brewpubs which manufacture their own beers as well as other interesting art boutiques.
Offering a magnificent panoramic view of the city lights, Grouse Mountain is a tourist must-see. In order to reach the summit, a gondola is operated and carries occupants to the peak of Vancouver. Bring the family along and spend some time in the clear mountain air doing fun outdoor activities such as skating, snowshoeing, skiing, and snowboarding or hiking trails.