Vancouver

Did You Know?

  • The beautiful Lions Gate Bridge, connecting downtown Vancouver to the North Shore Mountains, was built by the Guinness family — yep, the ones who make the beer.
  • Each spring, Vancouver offers sports enthusiasts the ultimate trifecta: ski in the morning, golf in the afternoon, then sail a boat into the evening’s setting sun.
  • Vancouver is one green city. Home to the environmental organization Greenpeace (established in 1971), Vancouver is striving be the greenest city in the world by 2020.
  • At the time of the summer solstice (June 21st), the sun rises around 5 a.m. and doesn’t set until almost 9:30 p.m., making the days long and dreamy for playing outside.
  • Stanley Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world, with ancient rainforest, nine kilometres (5.5 miles) of seawall and plenty of places to take children to play.
  • Vancouver is a great place to see professional sport. The city boasts three major league sports teams: the Vancouver Canucks (ice hockey), the BC Lions (American-style football) and the Vancouver Whitecaps (soccer).

Vancouver is the perfect dichotomy, as cosmopolitan as it is natural. From Stanley Park, an evergreen oasis of 400 hectares (1,000 acres), right in the downtown core, to the fascinating UBC Museum of Anthropology; from numerous scenic, winding seawalls to stadiums and theatres that attract world-famous talent and acts; from city beaches to first-class restaurants and hotels, there is something in Vancouver for everyone.

For the foodie, there are endless culinary adventures. Taste locally made charcuterie and artisanal cheese while sipping award-winning BC wines; dine in restaurants with menus as spectacular as their sweeping views of mountains, ocean and stunning coastal sunsets; or, explore Vancouver’s burgeoning food truck scene, where the cost of lunch is minimal and the taste of creative, quick-to-order local specialties is priceless.

Vancouver also prides itself on a diverse cultural scene, which was proudly displayed when it hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Museums and cultural centres celebrate unique First Nations history and explore the fabric of the city’s immigrant heritage. Countless galleries showcase the best in both historical and contemporary Canadian and Western Canadian art. Serenity is yours to find in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden or UBC’s Nitobe Memorial Garden, with its traditional Japanese design. Or, just catch one of the world-class local and international ballets, plays, symphonies and concerts that move through the city with regularity.

For the active soul, don’t forget to bring your running shoes, swimsuit, hiking boots, bicycle, skis and golf clubs; endless opportunities to play in the Great Outdoors are only overshadowed by the passion of locals for doing so.

But don’t take our word that Vancouver is like nowhere else in the world. Come, see for yourself.

Amber Sessions
Manager, Travel Media Relations, International & Trade
Tourism Vancouver
210 - 200 Burrard Street, Waterfront Centre
Vancouver BC  V6C 3L6
Phone: 604-631-2870
asessions@tourismvancouver.com

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