Visit Vancouver, the City Surrounded by Nature
When dreaming of traveling in Canada, thoughts of unmatched natural beauty, wild landscapes and a nature lovers paradise automatically come to mind.
British Columbia is known as the kingdom of abundance, with its stunning Pacific coastline, its rugged mountain ranges and endless outdoor activities, British Columbia is a destination for adventure seekers and wilderness appreciators that is not to be missed and Vancouver is a great starting point to kick off your Canadian holiday.
A city best experienced outdoors, the legend is that as soon as you arrive in Vancouver you will hear Mother Nature calling. Strolling through Vancouvers streets you will find gourmet street food vendors and high end retail stores framed by the glittering Pacific Ocean on one side and the often snow-capped Coast mountains on the other. Vancouver is a city where you can easily find yourself sailing around the bay in the morning and heading up to the slopes in the afternoon.
To get the best out of the city, here are just some of our must dos that compliment any trip to Vancouver.
Cycle the 9kms of the Stanley Park seawall
Known as the soul of the city, Stanley Park puts other parks around the world to shame. Spanning over 1,000 acres, the park is the largest in North America and you could easily spend the day exploring all the area has to offer. A highlight of the park and a route favoured by locals is the Seawall that hugs Vancouver's waterfront. The path starts at the Vancouver Convention Centre and ends at Spanish Banks Park, making for a leisurely and enjoyable way to view the city and get in a little exercise.
Head over to trendy Granville Island
This former industrial site is now one of Vancouvers most talked about areas. This small mini-city is filled with trendy restaurants, galleries and art house theatres and home to the famous Granville Island Public Market. Open almost every day, the market is full of cafes, boutique stalls and a spectacularly large fresh produce section that draws in the cities best chefs in the early hours of the morning to choose the freshest items for their restaurants.
Stroll with Queens
Attracting a staggering 6 million visitors a year, Queen Elizabeth Park is another great example of the cities respect for green spaces. Home to over 1,500 native and exotic trees, beautifully curated rose gardens and the Bloedel Conservatory with its 200 free-flying exotic birds.
Brave the heights of Capilano
Suspended above the rushing waters of the Capilano River, the Capilano Suspension Bridge offers spectacular views all the way along its 450-feet walkway. As the citys oldest attraction, the park has expanded to offer visitors more than just the original attraction. Its surrounding 27 acres celebrate nature, history and culture in unique and thrilling ways. In the summer months you can catch gondola rides, go alpine hiking, watch bird-of-prey displays and visit a grizzly bear refuge. Plus, for some of the most breath taking views in the region, head up the Eye of the Wind, a 20-story, elevator-accessed turbine tower with a panoramic viewing pod.
Vancouver is the starting point of many of the Canadian rail journeys that explore the vast nation. Speak to Rail Plus to find the best option for you, from luxury rail and cruise options to independent travel packages or point to point tickets, the options are endless to explore this magnificent country for yourself.