Vancouver, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia, is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. Framed by the Pacific Ocean and Coast Mountains it’s a popular destination for outdoor adventurers and urban explorers alike. Due to its stunning scenery and melting pot of cultures, Vancouver is a popular filming location with a thriving art, theatre and music scenes.
This city is ideal for urban exploration from the independent boutiques of Main St or the coffee shops of Commercial Dr, the redbrick bars of Gastown, the markets & brewery on Granville Island or the heritage-house beachfronts of Kitsilano, there are endless nooks and crannies to discover. Vancouver’s meandering Oceanside pathways are the perfect way to explore the city. Close to 30 kilometres of uninterrupted waterfront path allow you to make your way around the many parks, beaches and favourite neighbourhoods of Vancouver. A highlight is the path along the seawall around Stanley Park where you can gaze out at the mountains and the ocean while wild otters frolick along the shore. If flora and fauna are your thing, you can’t go to Stanley Park without visiting the Vancouver Aquarium which is not only the largest in Canada but also widely respected for its marine conservation research and animal rehabilitation.
Exploring a city as diverse as this is hungry work so it’s a good thing Vancouver is often referred to as Canada’s dine-out capital. Abandon your diet and dive right into North America's best Asian cuisine, or unleash your appetite on a rich smorgasbord of fresh-caught local seafood. And we haven't even started on Vancouver’s thriving craft-beer scene, pouring the nation’s finest IPAs, sours and more.
Immerse yourself in the culture and history of this beautiful part of the world by visiting Vancouver Art Gallery, known for its works by regional artists, and the Museum of Anthropology which houses preeminent First Nations collections.
"You’re gorgeous, baby, you’re sophisticated, you live well...Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains. It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling." – The New York Times