With the largest metropolitan area in the western region of Canada, Vancouver has been ranked as one of the most beautiful destinations to visit and one of the best cities to live in the world. It is known for its spectacular natural beauty and great attractions, which are just some of the reasons why tourists flock to this big city.
Vancouver is split into three districts: Downtown, the Westside and the Eastside. The downtown area covers Central Business District-Yaletown, Gastown-Chinatown and Stanley Park and the West End. It is where most of the city’s attractions, restaurants and luxury hotels are located. It also has many structures which display fine architecture as well as four beautiful beaches: Sunset Beach, First Beach or English Bay, Second Beach and Third Beach. The Westside district covers Kitsilano, UBC, South Granville and South Vancouver. This district also offers plenty for tourists such as beaches, gardens, the Granville Island markets and several fine museums. Lastly, the Eastside district covers South Main, Commercial Drive and Punjabi Market. It is a large and mostly residential part of the city but also offers ethnic restaurants and unique shops that are certainly worth a trip.
Vancouver offers the mildest climate among the major Canadian cities. As a matter of fact, you can even see palm trees growing here. The city experiences plenty of rain, especially during winter; however, during the summer, Vancouver receives the least amount of rain among the Canadian cities. The best time to visit the city would be between July and October since that would be the time when the weather is usually perfect for having a holiday. The rainy season usually starts in mid-October.
Although the city of Vancouver is fairly “young”, it offers different attractions for tourists. Most of the landmarks and historical structures are located downtown while the Vancouver Convention Center, Canada Place, the Marine Building and Hotel Vancouver’s old luxury railway can be found in the central business district. In Gastown and in the West End, you would be able to find Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium and Coal Harbour Walkway.
If you wish to learn more about the people, history and culture of the Northwest Coast, you can go to the Museum of Anthropology which is at the popular University of British Columbia. The museum is home to many significant collections of different ethnographic materials and archaeological objects from different areas of the globe. You can also visit the Vancouver Art Gallery downtown which offers both local and international collections and the Vancouver Public Library which houses the largest library in the city.
If you are looking for parks and gardens to visit, Stanley Park would be a great place to start. It offers many trails for cycling and walking, along with beaches and other magnificent views and attractions including the Vancouver Aquarium.
For outdoor activities, you can always go jogging, biking or rollerblading along the Seawall. You can also go to Granville Island and rent a speedboat on the waters of Coal Harbour and Stanley Park. Skiing and snowboarding can also be done on any of the three hills which are Cypress, Seymour and Grouse Mountain that are located on the North Shore.