Brimming with exceptional culture, astounding natural beauty and an impressive variety of dining options, Vancouver makes an enchanting city break destination.
Vancouver holidays truly offer the best of both worlds; the buzz and ample amenities of a cosmopolitan city, coupled with breathtaking scenery and a superb array of opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Full of spectacular vistas, Vancouver is a photography enthusiast's dream. From dramatic mountains and chic beaches to lush forest and shiny skyscrapers, the city's landscapes are as diverse as its incredible culinary scene. The chance to glimpse the ample local wildlife makes a visit here all the more special. For those that are craving time outside in the freshest of air, Vancouver will never disappoint. You can reach the imposing snow-peaked mountains in 30 minutes by car; perfect for those with a penchant for skiing, and Stanley Park is beloved for its woodland, green open spaces and beaches. The North Shore, meanwhile, provides plenty in the way of nature, with mountains, rainforest, parks and lakes. Whether it be hiking, birdwatching, cycling, kayaking, or just enjoying some respite amid beautiful surroundings, Vancouver trips guarantee breathtaking sights and wonderful memories.
There is also plenty to do and see away from the city's natural wonders. Home to a fantastic array of galleries and museums, along with a multitude of other attractions and shopping opportunities, it's impossible to become bored in Vancouver. Home to a wide range of cultural attractions and events, you can find some kind of thrilling performance most days of the week. Whether you're passionate about theatre, live music, history or art, you're sure to have your cultural thirst thoroughly quenched on a trip to Vancouver. When it comes to exploring the city's various neighbourhoods, you'll find that it's happily easy to navigate on foot, being a relatively compact city. The Downtown area is the centre of the city, home to many of its best sights and attractions, as well as a great variety of eateries. The harbour front here has a lively but laid back atmosphere, while the leafy oasis of Stanley Park sits close by. The chic West End area plays host to some of the city's best shopping, as well as the vibrant English Bay Beach. Another popular stop on most Vancouver tours is Gastown. With its iconic redbrick bars and trendy boutiques, this historic neighbourhood is the oldest part of the city and was once a hub of Victorian industry.
As you'd expect from any world-class city, there are plenty of things to do and see in Vancouver. A great place to start is discovering the city's most spectacular views. For that, the Vancouver Lookout is a must-do. Set inside the Harbour Centre in the Downtown neighbourhood, this attraction whisks you to a viewing platform 430 feet above the ground, providing the chance to gain a stunning unobstructed view of the whole city, including some very photogenic mountain and ocean scenery. Another spot for great views of a different kind, FlyOver Canada offers the chance to virtually experience a number of breathtaking Canadian landscapes. If you're keen to explore some culture following those stunning vistas, you'll find that Vancouver holidays offer plenty of great options. The Vancouver Art Gallery houses more than 9,000 pieces of art, as well as an ever-changing schedule of events. For history, the Museum of Vancouver features everything from First Nations art to neon light pieces. Christ Church Cathedral makes a great addition to any Vancouver itinerary. Dating back to 1889, this atmospheric building exists as something of a serene escape amid the dazzling skyscrapers of Downtown. If it's shopping you're after, don't miss out on the opportunity to pay a visit to Granville Island. With a variety of shops to wander in and out of, as well as a colourful market and plenty of dining and drinking options, it's become a popular destination on many Vancouver tours.
Vancouver trips wouldn't be complete without taking advantage of the city's wealth of delightful outdoor spaces. From the sandy beaches of Kitsilano and English Bay to the spectacular nearby mountains, there are plenty of opportunities to get away from the bustle for a while. Whether you'd like to hike, cycle, ski, kayak or sail, you'll find everything you need here. If you'd prefer a more laid back outing, a gondola ride to the top of Grouse Mountain provides wonderful views, while the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a serene escape, complete with koi ponds, traditional Chinese architecture and centuries-old trees. Stanley Park is another popular destination. Spanning a total of 1,000 acres, this oasis of greenery is home to rainforest trails, beautifully manicured gardens and Canada's largest aquarium. Vancouver also promises the chance to glimpse its ample local wildlife. Orca whales can be spotted on boat trips from the city, while a visit to Vancouver Island means opportunities to see everything from bears and whales to marmots and eagles.
When it comes to dining out, there are few better cities to eat your way through than Vancouver. Home to an impressively vast variety of cuisines, you can find every type of dish your tastebuds desire here. From authentic Chinese food and street food to fine dining and organic delis, it's impossible to tire of the city's food scene. There's a delicious variety of locally sourced ingredients to be sampled; from duck and lamb to cheese and craft beer, Vancouver's eateries are brimming with tantalising local fare. The seafood here is also superb. Be it salmon, oysters, prawns or halibut, it's not hard to find tasty and fresh dishes featuring the quality ingredients that the local waters provide. Alternatively, those with a vegetarian or vegan diet will also find that they are very well catered for across the city.
For a city with such an electric food scene, visitors to Vancouver will find that dining out is happily affordable, and there are plenty of happy hour dine-in deals to provide even better value. When it comes to unwinding with a drink, you'll find every type of venue from plush cocktail bars to pubs. For a tipple in a lively historic setting, Gastown is a must, while the wide range of waterfront restaurants bars are an idyllic spot to relax and enjoy an enchanting view of the sunset.
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