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Vancouver is situated on the western edge of Canada in British Columbia, the province that conjures up most people’s image of Canada. The city sits between the ocean and the mountains. A fantastic city that combines an amazing downtown district, a busy port, great beaches and skyscrapers with majestic snow capped mountains in the background. Vancouver has a vast wilderness on its doorstep where you can swim, hike, ski, fish and much more.
Vancouver has an endless supply of things to see and do. It doesn`t matter what time of year you visit. Whether you want to be indoors or out, active or a spectator, spend a lot of money or none at all - Vancouver has it all!
Immerse yourself in history and discover rich maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. Naturally thrilling since 1889, Capilano Suspension Bridge is breathtakingly suspended 135m across and 70m above the Capilano River. The Van Dusen Botanical Garden is a living museum of plant collections from around the world; this spectacular 55-acre botanical garden is beautiful in every season and is home to 65 species of birds.
The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival takes place every Jun-Sep, on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, bringing to life the magic of Shakespeare’s great plays. Take in the spectacular panoramic views of the city Skyride whisks you to the top of Grouse Mountain, the Peak of Vancouver.
Attractions & Adventures:
UBC Biodiversity Collections, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park.
Parks & Gardens:
Bloedel Floral Conservatory, Capilano Suspension Bridge, English Bay, Grouse Grind & Skyride, Jericho Beach, West of Wallace St., Point Grey, Kitsilano Beach and Pool, Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve / Rice Lake Loop, Lynn Canyon, Nitobe Memorial Garden, Stanley Park, UBC Botanical Garden, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Wreck Beach.
Vancouver Events Guide:
Canada International Film Festival - 24 March
The Canada International Film Festival has firmly established itself among the top film festivals in Canada. Held each year in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Vancouver the festival brings the very best of world cinema to Canada from over 90 countries around the world.
Restaurants in Vancouver
Restaurant food in Vancouver is diverse, sophisticated and so good it`s worth visiting just to eat. Up market favourites include West, CinCin, Pied-A-Terre, Vij`s and Rangoli. Don`t miss The Observatory at the top of Grouse Mountain for some of the best food and best views anywhere.
For more modest fare and prices, try Moderne Burger on Broadway and Jolly`s Indian Food on 4th Avenue. Moderne Burger has fantastic retro architecture with great hamburgers, milkshakes and malts in metal glasses and crisp, hot fries. Jolly`s offers really good Indian food that is perfectly balanced and not overly spicey.
Shopping in Vancouver
Shopping in Vancouver is easy because shopping areas are concentrated into a few blocks. Most antique stores are on South Granville or on Main Street. Most outdoor gear is near MEC on West Broadway and most high end boutiques are on Robson Street.
For a mega mall experience head for Canada`s largest Mall, the Metropolis, with more than 450 shops, two food fairs, several restaurants, two giant grocery stores, a Grand Court performance area, Silver City cinema complex and a hotel.
For street shopping, Vancouverites and visitors alike love Robson Street on the Vancouver west end, just two blocks south of and parallel to West Georgia. Here you`ll find many of the best shops in Vancouver and plenty of places to eat so you can keep up your shopping stamina.
Vancouver has one of the most pleasant climates in Canada! In summer, the days are usually long, warm and sunny. Nights are cool and clear. Spring and autumn are also comfortable, with moderate temperatures and occasional rain. It can snow occasionally during December and January.
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