Vancouver is one of the must see destinations if you are able. It’s a personal favourite of ours and we have been twice and would happily go again. Who wouldn’t want to see this beautiful city nestled on the Pacific Ocean with clean sandy beaches on one side and glorious mountains on the other. Plenty of great places in-between as well! No wonder it’s so popular.
If skiing is your thing, then you would be very close to world class and Olympic ski resorts at Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. There is also Seymour and Grouse Mountains, the latter well worth a visit if only to see the bears and the view of Vancouver harbour. If you are feeling particularly fit, do the tough vertical climb aptly named the Grouse Grind instead of taking the easier ride.
If you like fishing, you’ll find some of the best sport fishing in the world, particularly if you are after some of the local species of salmon. As with the tours, there are many companies to take you on your fishing expedition of a lifetime.
If you are fortunate enough to be in Vancouver on business with a couple of days to spare, mixing business with pleasure couldn’t be better! There are loads of major sporting events to attend, a variety of shows to see and some of the best restaurants and bars to find in Canada. The night life in Vancouver is fantastic if you’re looking for it, but if you’re looking for cultural retreats, then you will find that as well. Basically, whatever you are looking for in a vacation you are sure to find it in Vancouver.
Public transport in the area is one of the most reliable and organised in the world. If you are used to buses leaving just before a train gets in (as often happens in the UK!) then you’ll be surprised here. The same applies for the ferries which are plentiful in the area.
If you are looking for more than a ferry, Vancouver has a busy cruise ship terminal. Spend a few days in Vancouver, hop a cruise ship to Alaska and cruise up the inside passage along the coastline of British Columbia up to Alaska. Watch a pod of playful killer whales shadow your trip.
If you don’t have your own transport, there are several tour companies that have some great tours and very knowledgeable guides who will pick you up at your hotel and drop you back in the evening. We would recommend a trip to Victoria and Butchart Gardens or Whistler and the Olympic village and certainly, an aerial view of Vancouver from a float plane. There are loads of hop-on and hop-off buses which allow you to easily visit the artisan Granville Island (an absolute must), Stanley Park, the Space Museum and the Marine Building (where part of the Fantastic Four was filmed) just to name a few.
It doesn’t matter when you go to Vancouver; any time of the year is good. The people are friendly and helpful, the city is clean and safe and the transport excellent.
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