Vancouver holidays are for those who value art as much as adventure. The most populous city in the Canadian province of British Columbia, and consistently voted amongst the most liveable cities in the world, Vancouver is a hub of creativity and industry in equal measure.
Travelling to Vancouver promises a getaway full of intriguing museums and galleries, enchanting parks and beaches, and irresistible food and coffee. The local charm means you may just make some new Canadian friends along your way too. From the natural beauty of Grouse Mountain to the charming boutiques of Davie Village, you can’t go wrong when you visit Vancouver.
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Canada’s appreciation for good food is perhaps one of the clearest examples of the country’s French DNA. The question of where to eat in Vancouver is a complicated one because high-quality food is everywhere. Your options are virtually endless including cheap eats at no-nonsense delis in Hastings, the fine-dining of Le Crocodile (a Vancouver institute for over 30 years), and the relaxed atmosphere of local cafes.
Shopping in Vancouver requires a bit of suburb hopping, but it’s always worth the trip. A city as steeped in history as this one makes the shopping experience a pleasant one. Discover stores in incredibly old heritage buildings on Robson Street, or pop in to well-known department chains in Downtown. There are plenty of bargains on unique items just waiting to be found.
To be in Canada is to be surrounded by the natural splendour of the north, and that means taking advantage of the many Vancouver parks and squares. Take an afternoon stroll through the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Garden, embark on a hike down to Stanley Park, or enjoy the inner-city tranquillity of Harbour Green. Getting back to nature is easy in Vancouver.
As you would expect in a town that adores creativity and artistic expression as much as this, a visit to the many Vancouver museums and galleries should rank high on your to-do list. From the venerable Museum of Vancouver to more speciality hubs like the BC Sports Hall of Fame (a must for ice hockey fans), there are so many cultural institutions to visit here.