Vancouver - The Cultural Capital
Vancouver is a Canadian city that needs little introduction. The fast-paced city has become a tourist hotspot, as well as one of the better cities to live in. The mild climate means that residents can spend their summer days on the beach, which is an uncommon sight in Canada!
The greater Vancouver area is the third largest in Canada and consists of many smaller towns and neighbourhoods. The metropolitan lifestyle is enjoyed by a variety of ethnicities and people from all over the world who have chosen to make Vancouver their new home.
Vancouver's hot neighbourhoods
No matter your budget, culture or lifestyle, Vancouver has a neighbourhood for you.
Located in the heart of the bustling city, Granville Street is where you need to be for a fast-paced and exciting lifestyle. Restaurants, night clubs and bars, as well as interesting boutique clothing stores line the streets.
If you are looking for a trendy neighbourhood outside of the city, Steveston is worth a look. Historically speaking, the small fishing town used to be one of the biggest fishing ports in the world, but in recent years, it has become one of Vancouver’s better neighbourhoods. Located along the Fraser River, locals can still enjoy tasty seafood on a daily basis. Though the area can be expensive, residents can enjoy a laid back lifestyle with beautiful surroundings.
What to do in Vancouver
Spending time outdoors in Canada is a must and Vancouver’s setting is the perfect spot to explore on foot, bike or boat.
One of the top activities in the city is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, a labyrinth of suspended pathways that wind their way through the treetops. The 450 ft (137m) long, 230 ft (70m) high bridge is an impressive feat that often leaves visitors who have a fear of heights, a bit weak at the knees. The entire experience is something that just cannot be missed, which is why almost a million people visit every year!
Whether the sun is shining or the snow is falling, Grouse Mountain should make the top of your list. Only 15 minutes outside of Vancouver, the mountain summits at 4,100 feet, and while you can hike your way up, most of the 1.2 million annual visitors decide to take the gondola ride. The breath-taking journey up the slope offers views of the distant cityscape, inlets, bays and the Gulf Islands. Once you have made it to the top, you will find that there are plenty of activities to enjoy. The wildlife refuge which protects endangered animals, including 2 orphaned grizzly bears and a Timber wolf, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about these fascinating animals in a spectacular setting. Zip lining, paragliding and hiking along the many mountain paths are just some of the exciting activities to enjoy.
Vancouver is home to many different cultures, which means that the city has become well known for its delicious food. Locals and tourists often visit the famous China Town, but the lesser known Punjabi Market is a feast for the senses. Occupying 6 blocks on Main Street, Little India offers more than just fragrant curries and samosas. Shoppers can delight in discovering little trinkets, jewellery and scarves, while enjoying the unique sounds of Bhangra.
Take a stroll through Canada’s largest aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium. Home to over 50 000 aquatic creatures both big and small, you can expect to see Belugas, sea otters and dolphins. Those daredevils out there will enjoy a swim with the sharks in the tank, while those who prefer to stay on dry land can enjoy the 4-D Experience Theatre. This is a must-see for foreign visitors who want to learn more about Canada’s greatest ecological areas including the Arctic and British Columbia coast.
Vancouver has so much to offer, so start planning your trip today!
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