Vancouver, British Columbia
Set in beautiful surroundings - mountains on three sides and water on the other, Vancouver is a pretty destination. The beauty of Butchart Gardens will floor you, as will the multiculturalism nature of the city. Parks, museums, and art galleries abound as do the different districts of the eclectic Gastown, the very Chinese Richmond and the Japanese pocket of Steveston. Picture postcard perfect, Vancouver is known for its laid back attitude and will definitely seduce you.
A visit to the Gastown district for a fun-filled day and evening!
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
- A walking tour in Downtown to explore the scene
- A ride on a horse-drawn carriage around Stanley Park, or better still brave it and hike along the seawall!
- Take a Aquabus Ferry to Granville Island and go for a serendipitous stroll through the markets to stumble upon lively cafes and art galleries
- A tramway ride up to Grouse Mountain for an exhilarating experience
- Stroll through the peaceful and well-manicured Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens
- Spend an afternoon at the Vancouver Art Gallery for some cultural upliftment
- Make a trip to Chinatown and you may be forgiven if you thought you were in China!
GRAB A BITE
Vancouver throws up so many options when it comes to restaurants and cuisines. Lovely little cafes in Gastown, slurpy noodles in Chinatown or a Japdog at a street vendor - these are just some of the choices!
You can shop till you drop in Vancouver - the best part is that you will be picking up some pretty unusual stuff. Robson Street is the main shopping district - you can get everything here - from fashion to food. Whether you are looking for haute couture designer brands or just wanting to browse at little boutiques, this is the place to do it.
Check out the craft stores selling Native Indian crafts in Water Street. Main Street is also a favourite destination with shoppers, as is Gastown where you can stumble up on antiques and other bric-a-brac. Yaletown is great for picking up household stuff and Granville market for fresh food.
In early summer the temperature are quite comfortable at 63F/17C and as the months progress at the height of summer temps go up to 73F/23C in August. It rains intermittently, so be sure to carry your umbrella!
The local currency in use is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Credit cards are accepted everywhere, and ATMs abound. There is a 5% goods and service tax on almost everything you buy and even in restaurants. Additionally in BC, there is a 7% Provincial sales tax charged, so be prepared.