Vancouver, City of Nature
April 3, 2012
It’s not often that you come across a city like Vancouver, one that so effortlessly combines the excitement of a modern city with true access to the great outdoors. This really is a “city of nature” – look in one direction to see glass skyscrapers, sidewalk cafes and art galleries, then turn around and take in a view of a temperate rainforest, oceanfront beaches and majestic mountains. Vancouver offers a fresh perspective on what it means to visit a city - lose yourself on a hike among ancient trees without leaving the downtown peninsula, have lunch at a busy waterfront market, spend the afternoon on a mountain wildlife-watching, then come back down again to dine and dance the night away in one of the city’s hip neighborhoods. A visit to Vancouver offers a refreshing change to the usual city vacation.
As one of the world’s premiere city destinations, much is made of Vancouver’s beauty, and it truly is spectacular in a way that will have you reaching for your camera more often than you can imagine. But this city is about more than just a photo-opp – it’s all about the lifestyle. Even if Vancouver is a stopover before getting on an Alaskan cruise or train to explore the Rockies, it’s easy to have an authentic experience and get to the heart of what makes this city so different. Get to know the locals when you explore colourful neighbourhoods like the beachside West End area, Gastown’s hip and heritage streets and uber-hip Yaletown. A calendar full of festivals, dazzling gallery shows, live performances and a multitude of nightlife options satisfy those looking to immerse themselves in the cultural side of the city. The amazing natural scenery also forms a backdrop for unique attractions – sway across a temperate rainforest canyon at Capilano Suspension Bridge, or make take in Western Canada’s only 4D theatre experience at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park.
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