- 10 beaches
- 220 parks
- 03 ski resorts 30 minutes away
Walk, run or cycle along the seawall circling world famous Stanley Park and spot the Girl in a Wetsuit statue on the way. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium to peer up close to octupus and anenomes, native to BC's waters. Linger with friends over organic coffee on a patio at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Head for friendly Kitsilano or colourful Commercial Drive for noodle houses, sushi bars and authentic Italian eateries. Shop Main Street boutiques for one-of-kind fashions by local designers. Go upscale in über-urban Yaletown to celebrity spot at award-winning bistros. Shop at Granville Island Market for artisan cheeses and duck fat french fries. Take a skyride to Grouse Mountain to night ski gaze or skate on an outdoor pond at Christmas. Learn to wind surf in English Bay, right downtown.
- Take off on a tandem paraglide or soar high on Grouse Mountain’s five-line circuit zipline.
- Stand inside the Eye of the Wind, the world's only glass ViewPOD in a wind turbine
- Step onto a cantilevered Cliffwalk following a nearly one-km path into space, at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
- Hike from downtown into bear country on a guided Vancouver Coast Rainforest Adventure
- "Flightsee" with the locals on a seaplane Aero-Mail Run from Vancouver Harbour to the quaint villages of the Gulf Islands.
- Drive 15 minutes to ski in the shadow of the Olympians on Cypress Mountain
- Rollerblade to Prospect Point on the seawall around Stanley Park.
- People watch and window shop along the Robson Street stroll.
- Get a pedicure at a day spa in the trendy Kitsilano or South Granville Street shopping districts.
- Take the Aquabus to visit artists’ studios and the Public Market at Granville Island.
- Visit Chinatown for dim sum and to enjoy the serenity of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
- Play blackjack at a downtown waterfront casino at the Plaza of Nations, once home to Expo '86.
Arts & Culture
- Watch live theatre under the stars at Stanley Park's Malkin Bowl.
- Stare up at 10 full-scale First Nations totems at the BC Museum of Anthropology.
- Tour the permanent collection of Canada’s celebrated painter, Emily Carr, part of 10,000 works on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
- Enjoy outrageous comedy with your meal at Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre.
Food & Drink
- Learn a professional chef's insider secrets on a grand tour of Granville Island Public Market; sample the duck fat french fries.
- Try local Granville Island Crazy Raven Pale Ale at the bar and grill on Cypress Mountain.
- Dine high above Vancouver's city lights at the Observatory on Grouse Mountain.
- Dig into fish and chips from the city-view deck at Jericho Beach Sailing Centre.
- Rub elbows with celebrities at ultra-chic city restaurants and bistros in Yaletown.
Nature & Wildlife
- Get a bird's eye view of a Douglas fir forest on a Treetops Adventure in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
- Watch orphaned grizzlies play in a five-acre alpine sanctuary on Grouse Mountain.
- Go au naturel at Wreck Beach, where clothing is optional.
- See alligators basking in the tropical Amazon Gallery at the Vancouver Aquarium.
- Warm summer months extend from mid-June through September, with average daily July temperatures of 17.5 degrees Celsius in Vancouver.
- Winter, from December until March, brings cool, wet weather. January in Vancouver averages 3.3 C. Expect snow in the mountains.
- Spring lasts from March until early June, and brings mild temperatures. April's Vancouver’s average is 9.2 C.
- Fall, from late-September to November, brings mild, cool weather. In October, Vancouver averages 10.1 C.
- Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Area: 115 sq-km (44.4 sq mi)
City Population: 603,000
Metro Population: 2.3 million
Size: Largest city in BC, eighth largest in Canada; North America's third largest Chinatown.
Popular languages: English (50%), Chinese (25%), Tagalog, Punjabi and Vietnamese.
- Ski season at Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour runs from December until April.
- VanDusen Botanical Gardens' Festival of Lights, and the Festival of Trees downtown are highlights from late November to early January.
- Summer to skimboard at one of Vancouver's friendly urban beaches.
- Fall for the Vancouver's International Film Festival and more than 500 performances at the International Fringe Festival.
- Vancouver Festivals & Events.