Vancouver is a very popular destination among tourists having won the Travelers' Choice awards in 2016. It is a world class city with sophisticated, high standard amenities and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities and adventure. Located near the ocean, there is plenty of scenic beauty, green areas as well as mountains for enjoying nature at its best. After a hectic day, you can enjoy a scrumptious meal in the fine local restaurants, savor the lingering taste of BC wine or relax in one of the spas. The city has a temperate climate and the snow covered mountain offer a breath taking view of the city. You can ski on the slopes of the mountains or indulge in other winter sports or you can go to the ocean and sail on the sparkling waters, Vancouver offers both pleasures of the mountains and the water at the same time.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Climate: Temperate climate, spring from March-May and summer from June-August are warm requiring light clothes. Carry sweaters for the evenings and wind jackets too. September-November are autumn months with the cold beginning to set in. You will need slightly warm clothes and also rain gear since November is also the wettest month. Winter months require warm clothes with jackets and also some rain gear.
By Air: Vancouver International Airport is located just 25 minutes from downtown and has several international and domestic flights.
By Road: Vancouver has a well integrated network of highways that connect it to various nearby cities. Several Coaches and Bus services are available or you can self drive or rent vehicles to drive across these highways.
By Sea: Several cruises or ferry rides are available that that connect you to Vancouver.
By Train: An extensive network of railways connects Vancouver to other cities with VIA Rail’s transcontinental service and Amtrak trains. Pacific Central Station is the terminus for both VIA Rail and Amtrak trains. Rocky Mountaineer trains have stations in East Vancouver and North Vancouver.
Places of Interest
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Location: Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, Canada
Timings: 09.00 am – 05.00 pm
The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers a unique experience to visitors. Thrilling tourists since 1889, it is a great combo of nature, history and culture. You can appreciate the beauty of nature from the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Treetops Adventure and the new Cliffwalk that offers thrill and excitement. The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has the largest private collection of totem poles in the world. The Cliffwalk traverses along the Capilano River on a granite precipice with several narrow bridges, stairs and platforms that take you through rainforest vegetation. The Treetops Adventure has seven suspension bridges at 100 feet that are attached to old trees in the coastal rain forests. Seasonal events that are organized throughout the year add to the mystic charm of the place.
Location: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Timing: Daily 9 am to 10 pm
A great attraction of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is popular among tourists throughout the year. Offering a beautiful view of the city, mountains and the ocean it is truly a combination of civilization and wilderness. The visit begins with Skyride, North America’s largest aerial tram system that takes visitors 3,700’ above the city to the mountaintop. The Eye of the Wind, the world’s first wind turbine offers a thrilling 360 degree view since it has a view POD that is accessible by elevator. The 5 line zipline with dual lines gives you an adrenaline rush while the 5-acre Wildlife Refuge gives you a unique experience. You can enjoy fine dining at the restaurants in the Peak Chalet. There is a theatre where you can watch the story of Grouse Mountain’s two grizzly bears who have been orphaned, the resident barn owl and an eagle’s perspective of how the Southwestern BC would look. Apart from this there are several summer and winter activities like ice-skating, snowshoeing, lumberjack shows, guided eco walks, hiking trails and paragliding etc. that keep you excited.
Location: 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Timings: Open daily 10am-6pm (until 9pm Thursday)
A very interesting and futuristic place, the sphere-like building of Science World is itself very attractive. Built originally for the World Fair, Expo 86, it is a landmark of Vancouver. It is home to children-friendly exploration center that explains various scientific phenomena with the help of exhibits, models and demonstrations. The numerous themes include air, water, motion and various inventions. There is a large theater on-site, as well as a huge IMAX screen. You can see some very well known and impressive exhibits that are part of world tours.
Museum of Anthropology
Location: - 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver
Timings: Daily 10am-5pm (until 9pm on Tuesday)
A showcase of the cultures around the world, the Museum of Anthropology is a part of the University of . Focusing particularly on British Columbia First Nations, the exhibits have native art that include large totem poles in the Great Hall. You can explore archaeological and ethnographic objects from , , America, the South Pacific and . There is an interesting Biodiversity Museum focusing on natural history and the extensive UBC Botanical Garden which has many unique plants along with a Japanese garden.
Location: 2305 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
Kitsilano Beach is a place where the local crowd hangs out with friends, you may find them jogging, strolling, absorbing the sun, swimming or simply enjoying the view. You can join them as they play beach volley ball, tennis or throwing the disc around. You can also enjoy the walking trails or have few bites at the cafés around there or go to the nearby shopping areas and buy vibrant stuff.