Spectacularly sandwiched between the Strait of Georgia and the soaring Coast Mountains, Vancouver is Canada’s most westerly metropolis. The city plays dual roles—it’s both a luxury resort town and a bustling industrial seaport—and it mixes a dynamic high-rise skyline with expanses of natural beauty. Vancouverites are a genial bunch, and it’s no wonder—when they’re not relaxing at coffeehouses, they can be found rollerblading along the ocean around Stanley Park or doing yoga on the beach. The greater Vancouver area is home to a diverse mix of cultures—traditional Native/First Nations and European heritages mix here with Chinese, Japanese, and Indian communities—and the international spirit was only reinforced in 2010, when the city hosted the Winter Olympic Games.
Taking a sunset stroll along the seawall from English Bay Beach to Stanley Park’s Second Beach Pool.
Exploring the dynamic public market and many artisans’ studio-shops on Granville Island.
Sushi—it’s everywhere, and nobody can agree on a favorite place. Just pick a spot near your hotel and go in and try some.