The gateway to skiing in British Columbia, Vancouver is a vibrant city on the water that is not to be missed on your trip to Canada. With several surrounding mountains within a two-hour drive, the charming city of Vancouver is the gateway to popular ski resorts including Whistler and Sun Peaks and a favourite hangout of ours on the way to or from the mountains.
Nestled between the ocean and the mountains, Vancouver is very much a hub for anyone wanting to explore the great Canadian outdoors and as such, Vancouverites seem to spend as much time outside, kayaking rivers and scaling mountains, as they do topping the charts for the happiest urban residents in the world.
There's also some superb cuisine. With a rise in organic farms and wineries, as well as locally caught game and seafood, Vancouver’s cuisine sets a precedent for sustainable dining. Fable, a restaurant that supports the farm-to-table movement, creates sharing plates with local ingredients. Head to The Belgard Kitchen for lunch before sampling the popular West Coast Pale Ale at Postmark Brewing. Alternatively, a selection of British Columbian wines at the Vancouver Urban Winery.
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Vancouver is just a two-hour drive from Whistler along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway and under a ten-hour flight from London. Renowned around the world for its snowy seasons and providing a wide range of slope gradients and difficulties, Whistler ski resort it is suitable for all levels and well worth a visit.
Take the scenic Skyride Gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain, perfect for boarders. On a clear day, views stretch as far as the eye can see. Soar over the treetops on the adrenaline-inducing zip line that can reach 80km/hr, with views over the Blue Grouse Lake region. Another perspective of the city can be had from a seaplane. See how Vancouver is flanked by channels feeding into the Pacific Ocean and the soaring mountains.
From fresh outdoor markets to all you can eat sushi and fine dining establishments Vancouver’s foodie scene is booming. One of our favourite spots for lunch is Granville Island. Make the journey across False Creek and you’ll be well-rewarded for your efforts. The centrepiece of the island is the Public Market where you can peruse the artisan food stalls before polishing off a delectable lunch overlooking False Creek and the city beyond.
Discover the diverse areas of Vancouver, from Main Street’s independent boutiques and coffee shops of Commercial Drive, to the galleries of Gastown, the city’s historic neighbourhood. Wander along Water Street past vintage lamp posts to the famous steam clock. Ascend the 40-second elevator to views of the city at the Vancouver Lookout. The Vancouver Art Gallery has more than 11,000 visual artworks, including an extensive Emily Carr collection.