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Framed by water and snow-capped mountains, Vancouver, the largest city of Canada’s west coast is stunning. But Vancouver holidays are about more than just scenery. Add easy access to world-class hiking and skiing and the museums, galleries, and buzzing dining scene, and you’ll see why Vancouver is consistently ranked among the world’s most liveable cities.
Vancouverites make the most of the natural beauty on their doorstep, and you should, too. Even a short drive from the centre will uncover mountain trails that lead past waterfalls, over suspension bridges, and up to a peak covered with centuries-old red cedars. Vancouver receives plenty of rain, so there are green spaces worth a visit in the city, too, including waterside Stanley Park.
If you want to explore further afield, the legendary Whistler ski resort is a 90-minute drive. During the ski season, head there to lose yourself in fresh powder on alpine trails. For pristine deserted beaches and artsy towns, black bears and forests, Vancouver Island is a tranquil escape from it all.
Back in the city, galleries showcase the best of local and indigenous artists, and museums offer insights into the heritage of the First Nations. For a different type of culture, catch the Canucks ice hockey team play Canada’s favourite sport at Rogers Arena. And if you feel inspired, you can get your skates on at one of the city’s eight ice rinks.
To experience more of Vancouver’s cultural variety, look to its dining scene. Considered one of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities, Vancouver has no shortage of international cuisine, while fine-dining restaurants and neighbourhood bistros proudly showcase farm-to-table dining. You can just as easily find cheap eats, such as national favourite poutine, chips smothered in cheese and gravy, around the city – perfect if you’ve spent some time raising a glass or two to the thriving craft beer scene.
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