Vancouver is one of those popular destinations you end up visiting more than once. Canada is famous for its genuinely friendly people, breathtaking views and world class ski slopes. This is just a part of the reason people enjoy visiting this city so much. Plus, unlike other locations in Canada, Vancouver enjoys very mild weather all year round. That means the weather will be perfect for exploring and sightseeing no matter when you visit.
As previously mentioned skiing is a very popular activity in Vancouver. While it rarely snows in the city, Vancouver is home to some of the best ski slopes in the western hemisphere. Cypress Mountain, Mount Seymour, Whistler, and Blackcomb are among the most popular ski destinations in the world. Visitors come from just about every corner of the globe to enjoy downhill skiing at these very well kept resorts.
Many are pleasantly surprised to discover that Vancouver is home to a number of very great beaches. In fact, there are dozens of beaches all of Vancouver. Kitsilano Beach readily comes to mind because it is always filled with people playing volley ball and soaking up the sun when the weather permits. Other popular beaches include Jericho Beach, West End Beach and Wreck Beach.
Boating and fishing are also pretty popular in Vancouver. While prices are pretty reasonable in Vancouver, these are among the more affordable activities. It is easy to see why these activities are so popular here because the waterways are endless and the coastline is simply gorgeous. Visitors just take their pick of the scores of fishing boats and yachts waiting to be hired at Granville Island or Coal Harbour. Best of all, when you hire one of these boats, you also have an experienced seaman at your disposal who is able to advise when are where the fish are biting or take you to the most beautiful parts of the coast if you are just sightseeing.
Hiking is one of the best ways to explore a destination this beautiful. Vancouver has a number of hiking trails which require various levels of experience and exertion. That makes it easy to choose a trail that suits your hiking abilities. Dog Mountain is one of the best places to hike because it offers an unimaginable view of the harbor and Vancouver Island. Hiking to places like Provincial Park and Mount Seymour also has the added benefit of allowing you to get a front seat to view the many meteor showers which take place all year round.
If you are a fan of gorgeous flowers, a visit to VanDusen Botanical Garden would be perfect for you. VanDusen Botanical Garden is a 55 acre property that is home to over 7500 different varieties of plants. You can stroll and gaze at unique flowers for hours at a time. This location also boasts a café, a restaurant and a planetarium. Many often turn their trip to the VanDusen Botanical Garden into an all-day event in order to get the most bang for their buck. Plus, it is easy to keep kids entertained in the many spacious garden areas.
What trip would be complete without a little shopping? It should come as no surprise that Vancouver is home to a mixture of luxury brand retailers like Tiffany’s and Gucci, plus a variety of other stores like Banana Republic. Robson Street, Main Street and Alberni Street have become synonymous with world class shopping for the very latest in the world of fashion. Include a little extra money to indulge for your trip to Vancouver.
Vancouver is definitely a destination worth considering. There is something to suit every taste and budget. There are tons of fascinating sights and interesting attractions to explore. Plus, the locals are very friendly. This is an additional bonus since they can easily guide you to the best places to eat, sleep and explore. Please however be mindful that most people have to apply for a visa before visiting this destination so do your research before booking your trip. When you finally get there, be sure to take lots of pictures to help you to remember your trip forever.