Vancouver is the 3rd largest city in Canada and is unofficially divided into Districts for use by those who visit there. There are many different options for entertainment in Vancouver from a variety of festivals throughout the year, to museums, mountains that offer opportunities for breathtaking views or skiing, shopping centers sure to please the most discerning shopper a variety of places to eat and a night life that is sure to excite everyone in your group!
Vancouver is a very young city, established in 1886 when their City Hall consisted of nothing more than a wooden hand painted sign nailed to a post! This city gained media attention when they served as host for the Expo ‘86 World Fair and it is certain that hosting the 2010 Olympics will put them further into the spotlight.
One of the really exciting options you can select in Vancouver is renting a bicycle (even tandems) for getting around and seeing the sites. There are a variety of shops offer bicycle rentals and many will rent by the hour, by the day or even by the week. You’ll be glad you used this option when you visit Queen Elizabeth Park which offers a little bit of everything from golf, tennis, lawn bowling, quarry gardens, and a floral conservatory. You can spend the entire day and even stay to enjoy a wonderful dinner at their high quality restaurant.
For those who love water and the mammals that inhabit our waters, you’re not going to want to miss Vancouver Aquarium offering web cams that allow you to see belugas and otters, animal encounters that all you to get up close and personal with the beluga whale, or have the entire family spend the night for an after hours adventure.
Those who love the outdoors will not want to miss the opportunity to visit Grouse Mountain offering activities that include skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides and a wildlife refuse that is home to grizzly bears, wolves and more.
Shoppers will delight at the variety of shopping opportunities that are offered in Vancouver from modern urban design to high end retailers and a variety of outer wear shops as well as fresh foods and more. A combination of historic buildings, underground shopping centers and more will delight the most discerning shopper!
Whether you are looking for Chinese dim sum or an exquisite Japanese sushi, Singapore cuisine, plain old sausage and eggs or an elegant dining experience your choices in Vancouver are numerous. Take a walk through some of the local areas before you decide where to eat. If you’re looking for a casual meal, an elegant dining experience, a crowded restaurant or an intimate cafe you’ll find it all in Vancouver!
While you are in Vancouver pick up a copy of the Georgia Straight for the best rundown of evening activities. There are many great night clubs in the city center and they offer music and dancing, dj’s or karaoke.