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A Guide to the Best Vancouver Vacation Attractions
by: Greg Mattson
Vancouver is a great place for vacations, romantic getaways, or as a base for
exploring southwestern B.C. Let me tell you some more about our hometown!
One of the most unique aspects about Vancouver is its location. The wilderness
is only a ½ hour drive away from downtown!
Getting close to nature is very easy here. The hiking, sailing, skiing and
golfing opportunities are just awesome and available most of the year. You can
travel to Whistler quite easily (1.5 hr drive from the city), and the ferry to
Victoria on Vancouver Island is a short 30 km trip to the south.
When is the best time to plan your Vancouver vacation? Anytime between April to
the end of September will give you a decent chance for some nice weather. We get
the most rain and low clouds between November and February.
Here's a brief look at some of the top Vancouver attractions:
Stanley Park: One of the jewels of Vancouver. An incredible 405 hectare park
right beside the city center! Trails through the forest, excellent views of the
city and north shore mountains, historic totem poles, and the Vancouver Aquarium
are just a few reasons why this should be one of the first stops on your
Robson Street: The main shopping artery in the city. Shops, restaurants, and
hotels line each side of the street, which gets pretty busy from June to
October. If you like Starbucks and love to people watch, there are 2 of them
across from each other on the corner of Robson and Thurlow streets!
Canada Place: Originally built for Expo 86, Canada Place, which includes the
convention center and Pan Pacific Hotel, is a signature building on the
Vancouver waterfront, vaguely familiar to the Opera House in Sydney. A walk
around the perimeter shows off the North Shore Mountains, harbor and any cruise
ships that are docked during the summer season. If you’re in the mood for a film
of some type, the IMAX Theater at the north end has interesting films on a giant
five story high screen with surround sound!
Granville Island: Just a great place to spend an afternoon or early evening
wandering through the shops, checking out the Public Market, sipping an espresso
and watching the buskers, or stopping by the Granville Island Brewery and
sampling the latest pale ale! You can also catch the “sea taxi”, a small little
craft that shuttles you around False Creek to different places like Science
World and across the water to the downtown side.
Capilano Suspension Bridge: It’s a long way down! (Over 200 ft). A
rope-and-plank swinging bridge over the rushing waters of the Capilano River –
scary, but totally safe! Numbers of visitors wise, this is the biggest draw in
the city, and the admission price has gotten a little steeper too. Try mornings
or early evening for the fewest crowds.
Copyright © 2004 Excellent Romantic Vacations
About The Author
Greg Mattson is the editor of Excellent Romantic Vacations – A guide to great
romantic vacations & getaways in Canada, the USA and around the world.
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