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Some think Vancouver is the most beautiful city in North America. That might be debatable. Vancouver has roughly over 2.5 million people and was founded in 1885 with the connection of the Canadian Pacific Railroad to the City. Vancouver is the third largest city within Canada.
It is the home to the business and culture heart of British Columbia. It is an extremely highly ethnic community with Richmond having the highest concentration of Chinese, outside of China itself.
Vancouver is considered to be one of the most livable cities in the world. This is primarily because Vancouver has natural beauty which has been untouched by development. As well the city is working towards a zero-footprint by 2050. The City is also made up of many bike paths, having a large number of cyclists within the City.
Activities In Vancouver
Cypress Mountain is located about 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver. It is one of 3 ski hills within an hour of the city centre. Cypress is apart of Cypress Provincial Park. It was the home to the 2010 Olympics free skiing and snowboarding events. The view from the parking lot alone is one of the best views of Vancouver and beyond within the city.
TV & Films Sets
Many TV and movies since the early 1980s have been filed in Vancouver. Dubbed as Hollywood North, as it is the second most active filming location next to Los Angeles for TV and movies in North America. These sets have become attraction within themselves, many people just going to the shooting locations happening with in the City at any given time.
Granville Island is a man-made peninsula on False Creek close to downtown Vancouver. This is a redeveloped industrial part of the city, a redeveloped in the 1970s of the entire south part of False Creek. Today it is an tourist attractions; it is a daily market, with many popular restaurants, museums, theatres and hotels. It is now the centerpiece of the popular Seawall that circumferences the entire False Creek.
This 1000 acre jewel connects Vancouvers downtown to the North Shore. The park is made up of 1000 year old ancient Douglas Firs; as well as a walkable and runnable perimeter sea walk wall. The park also has several beautiful beaches and tennis courts.
Gastown was the original location of the settlement of Vancouver dating back to the 1880s. Today it is made up of many beautiful art galleries and restaurants that are geared towards tourists. The area is also very popular with the local University students with the many pubs and nightclubs in it.
If there was a California hippie part of Vancouver it would be Kits. Today those hippies are more yuppies, but the area still keeps that hippie vibe with its now many vegan restaurants and yoga studios.
It is a city of 200,000, made up again of the largest Chinese population outside China. Richmond has the Richmond Night Market which is made up of several hundred kiosks selling vegetables, seafood as well as local crafts. The City is also surrounded by other popular tourist attractions like Steveston.
Trips From Vancouver
There are many great trips within hours of Vancouver. Here are a few:
It surprises many that this world-renowned ski resort is less than 2 hours away from Vancouver via the Sea to Sky Highway, which was improved prior to the 2010 Olympics. Whistler can be a day, overnight or even a weekend trip. For fun, the alpine village offers skiing, hiking and world-class restaurants.
Victoria is almost ten times smaller in population than Vancouver and is the capital of British Columbia. It is less than a 3 hour ferry ride over to this charming, well-manicured, little town with many attractions with tourists in mind.
Really the suspension bridge can be done in less than a few hours. To really enjoy the experience of the suspension bridge, you’ll have to pay the day fee which allows you to walk across it as many times as you want. One of the beauties of the bridge, is that it’s in a deep forest, over a two hundred foot river gorge.
At half the distance to Whistler, you’ll find Squamish. Spuamish is a beautiful town at the end of Howe Sound. Take a climb up the Chief or take a ride up the Sea to Sky Gondola. Squamish is worth the trip, just to take in more of the beauty in and around the Vancouver area.
Salt Spring Island
People who travel to Vancouver note there is a laid-back vibe to the city. When you go over to Vancouver Island, you’ll notice that it is even more laid-back and then if you go to Salt Spring Island, you noticed that the vibe is very very very late back.
This is where many American hippies, who were avoiding Vietnam, eventually settled. Salt Spring Island is a beautiful island offering quaint restaurants, hikes up Mount Maxwell Provincial Park. As well as beautiful beaches and world renowned art studios.