Vancouver has been rated by Forbes magazine as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. From its gorgeous waterfront, to the majestic mountains which surround it, visiting, or living in, Vancouver, is pure bliss.
There are many things one can do in Vancouver. This article will highlight just a couple of these. The article will be divided into spring and summer visitation, and winter visitation.
Spring and Summer
Stanley Park is a popular attraction in Vancouver. It's larger than Central Park in New York City, so there is a lot of ground you can cover. The seawall is a stone wall which makes its way around the entire park. This road is used by pedestrians, bicyclists and others as a way to experience the park. As the name suggests, it's located by the sea, providing spectacular scenery. There are also paddle boats and other such recreational opportunities at Stanley Park.
Granville Street is home to the popular Granville Island district. This road runs north-south through the heart of Vancouver. Visitors can experience 19th, 20th and 21st century architecture. Located on the street are restaurants boasting exquisite cuisine, and shops with neat items. If you travel to Vancouver, visiting Granville Street is a must.
The Gastown area is another must see. This historical site is now a mix of contemporary fashion and old style boutiques. This popular tourist spot hosts many annual events, such as the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The most famous part of this area is the steam-powered clock.
Whistler Blackcomb is a popular ski resort located just over 100 km north of Vancouver. It's the largest ski resort in North America, attracting millions of people annually. During the summer, a bike park is opened for mountain bikers. Bikers can take gondolas half way up the mountain, and then descend down the mountain. The scenery, in both summer and winter, is truly breathtaking.
Grouse Mountain is another ski resort near Vancouver. It is closer than Whistler Blackcomb, but quite a bit smaller. It offers 26 runs, and features 4 chairlifts and one magic carpet. Skiers and snowboarders can also enjoy the slopes at night on one of thirteen runs. Grouse Mountain is also open in the summer to hikers and mountain bikers. Other resorts to look at that are all 30 minutes away from Vancouver are Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain.
The Robson Square Conference Center is not what it sounds like. It's actually an outdoor ice rink, as well as many other things. Skating out doors during the winter, under the dazzling city lights of Vancouver is a very romantic experience.
Another great activity is scuba diving. WHAT? Yes, I said scuba diving during the winter! A great place to dive is in West Vancouver, at Whytecliff Park. This dive site features many interesting sea creatures such as sea pens and octopus. The Pacific Waters are cold year run, so it's best to go in the winter when the visibility is better. Of course, please wear a dry suit. Whytecliff Park is great for beginners and experts, and offers courses.
The Winter Olympics
Vancouver is the proud host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. If you live near Vancouver, or can still find lodging, attending this event would be a once in a lifetime experience. Vancouver has been attempting to host the Olympics for many years now. Everyone anticipates that they will do an excellent job. If you can go, most definitely do so!
I hope this article helps you decide what to do in Vancouver. Of course, I have merely touched on all the opportunities there are, but these are definitely a good beginning.