Top Things to Do in Vancouver, Canada


Image result for VancouverIf you are going to travel to Vancouver, BC, here are some tips on things to do and see. The third largest city in Canada, and located on the west coast of British Columbia, Vancouver is well known for its outdoor activities, food, and culture, as well as having a slightly eccentric attitude.
With its relatively mild climate and its proximity to both ocean and mountains, the greater Vancouver area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Locals brag about being able to go skiing, boating or golfing nearly every month of the year.
When speaking of the greater Vancouver area, the nearby municipalities of Richmond, Burnaby, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Coquitlam, and Surrey are usually included.
The city of Vancouver itself is divided into unofficial boroughs or neighborhoods that include the West End, Gastown, Yaletown, Kitsilano, Point Grey, UBC, Kerrisdale, Mount Pleasant, Collingwood, and the notorious Downtown East Side.
Robson street, in the heart of downtown Vancouver, is the most ritzy shopping area, with famous designer shops, trendy restaurants and boutique hotels. Within walking distance is Yaletown, once a warehouse district but now being transformed into a fashionable place to live, shop and dine.
Gastown is where Vancouver was born during pioneer days, and now many of its 19th century red brick buildings house souvenir shops or lively eateries.
Commercial Drive, called simply The Drive by locals, was once a seedy neighborhood for European immigrants. Ever evolving, it is now very popular with young adults, who feel comfortable in its coffee houses, cafes and eclectic boutiques.
Vancouver is the only city in Canada with a rapid transit train that connects its international airport to the downtown core. Perhaps because city fathers once nixed a proposal for its freeway to extend downtown, they opted instead for a high tech railway line called SkyTrain. Partly elevated but with some underground sections, SkyTrain was first introduced when Vancouver hosted the Expo 86 world exposition, and it has now expanded to three lines.
People who enjoy ethnic food, especially Asian flavors, appreciate the many inexpensive mom and pop style restaurants that dish up tasty specialties from China, India, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. Toward the southeast part of the city is the Punjabi Market, a neighborhood where you can enjoy curry buffets, Indian sweets for desert, and shop for colorful silk saris.
Not far away is Richmond, where more people speak Mandarin and Cantonese than English, and where lovers of fine Chinese food can discover restaurants that equal the best from Hong Kong or Beijing.
No matter what season you come to Vancouver, you’re well advised to bring along an umbrella and a raincoat. Some winters see large accumulations of snow, and during the hottest days of summer, the temperature may rise to the high 80s Fahrenheit, but it is a rare week that doesn’t see at least a few drops of liquid sunshine.


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