On sunny days, locals and travellers alike flock to the city
beaches where volleyball teams jostle for space with picnicking
families, sun worshippers and the toned and tan water sports crowd.
Popular Kitsilano Beach even boasts a huge heated outdoor pool
overlooking the city, Pacific Ocean and mountains behind.
Some of the city's best beaches are located within Stanley Park,
a 404 hectare green oasis just northwest of downtown. Aside sandy
stretches, the park boasts miles of tracks weaving through dense
forest, best explored on foot or by mountain bike. The final jewel
in Vancouver's nature crown is the snowy peaks which can be reached
in just 30 minutes making it possible for travellers to ski in the
morning and hit the beach in the afternoon.
But enough about the great outdoors. Urban Vancouver is a
buzzing city with a booming foodie scene. Given the (relative) ease
of travelling from Vancouver to the hub cities of Eastern Asia, it
may come as no surprise that the Asian food scene in Vancouver is
regarded as the best in North America, be it devouring Cantonese
dim sum at Dynasty, savouring tuna belly sushi at Kyuzo's or
sampling the now infamous Japadog - Vancouver's prized hot dog,
complete with seaweed flakes and 'secret' sauce. There's plenty of
local specialities on offer too, from the freshest seafood platters
to sumptuous farm-to-table offerings, but whatever you choose be
sure to wash it down with a cool pint from one of the city's many
Beyond the city, the world famous ski slopes of Whistler are less than 80 miles away, and are equally
as delightful to explore in summer for outdoorsy types, while both
Vancouver Island and the BC coast are wilderness playgrounds, home
to world class lodges and incredible nature experiences.