Gorgeous, successful, cultured and outdoorsy, Vancouver is clearly a catch. Its sparkling waterfront is strung with beaches while the snow-capped North Shore Mountains dominate the landscape, promising world-class skiing, hiking and mountain biking just 15 minutes away. Downtown Stanley Park offers 1000 acres of trails, beaches and kids’ attractions.
Historic Gastown, with its Edwardian buildings and cobbled streets, draws time travelers to its art studios and antique shops. Once industrial Yaletown is now loft-central, packed with upscale shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Find serenity in the midst of bustling Chinatown at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Take the ferry to Granville Island, home to the Granville Public Market and its cornucopia of fresh fish, produce and food stands.
Yes, there are indoor attractions, like the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology and the Vancouver Aquarium. But Vancouver’s biggest thrills are found outdoors. Sway 230 feet above a lush canyon on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, or ride the Skyride up Grouse Mountain for a breathtaking view from 4,100 feet. Whee!