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Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia and the third largest city of Canada.

Vancouver - British Columbia

Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia with one of the mildest climates in Canada. Home to spectacular natural scenery and a bustling metropolitan core, Vancouver has also been home to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010.

 

As for holidays to Vancouver, it is reassuring to note the city was voted the “Best City in the Americas” for 2004, 2005 and 2006 by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, based on the categories of ambience, friendliness, culture and sites, restaurants, lodging, and shopping. One of Vancouver's greatest attractions is its rich mosaic of neighbourhoods. Ethnically and culturally diverse, each has a distinct and always welcoming, personality.

 

The historic district of Gastown is the oldest neighbourhood of Vancouver. It is still as colourful and quaint as ever with its cobblestone streets, artists' studios, designer shops, and antique stores in refurbished heritage buildings. Gastown is also home to the world's first steam-powered clock, one of Vancouver's most photographed attractions.

 

An eclectic mix of shops, boutiques and galleries, Granville Island is perhaps most famous for its large and bustling Public Market, where local food vendors and artisans peddle their wares. While on holiday, browse the charming shops of the Net Loft, where retailers offer everything from exotic stationary to beads of every shape and kind, funky hats, books and locally-made fashions.

 

Every major city has a famous shopping and cruising strip; in Vancouver this is Robson Street. Head here for high fashion, trendy restaurants and bars, the coffee-shop culture and even a little star spotting; don't forget, this is the Hollywood of the North, and Robson Street is a favourite spot for visiting stars to shine.

 

Just a 25-minute drive from downtown, Grouse Mountain presides majestically over North Vancouver. The Grouse Grind™, a trek up the face of the mountain, is such a popular hike in Vancouver that it's even been trademarked. Locals often refer to the 1.8 mile slog up 2,800 feet as “Mother Nature's Stairmaster.”

 

Something of a cult classic among fitness buffs, the trek is more aerobic than scenic until you get to the top. The prize for huffing and puffing your way up is a glorious, panoramic view of downtown Vancouver, Washington's Mt. Baker, the Pacific Ocean and - off in the distance - Vancouver Island.

 

If you’re not looking for a work-out you can still get to the top by stepping onboard the famous Grouse Mountain Skyride. North America's largest aerial tramway is your gateway to the majestic nature of the Peak of Vancouver and is an experience in itself.

 

High above towering Douglas firs, breathtaking views of the city of Vancouver, sparkling Pacific Ocean, Gulf Islands and snowy peaks unfold as you journey up the mountainside.

 

Stanley Park is a 1,000 acre urban park bordering downtown Vancouver.

 

It is the largest city-operated park in Canada and the third largest in North America. It is more than 10% larger than New York City's Central Park and almost half the size of London's Richmond Park.

 

A 5.5 mile seawall path circles the park, which is used by pedestrians, cyclists, and inline skaters. Much of the park remains forested with an estimated half million trees that can be as tall as 250 feet and hundreds of years old. There are approximately

 

125 miles of trails and roads in the park, which are patrolled by the Vancouver Police Department's equine mounted squad. The Project for Public Spaces has ranked Stanley Park as the sixteenth best park in the world and sixth best in North America.

 

Whistler is a friendly ski town approximately 77 miles north of Vancouver. One of the many things that make Whistler so special is two unbelievable mountains - Whistler and Blackcomb. Side by side, they represent over 8000 acres of ski-able terrain, rising a mile above the valley of Whistler.

 

The pedestrian village has won numerous design awards and Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America by major ski magazines since the mid-1990s. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler will host most of the alpine, Nordic and sliding events

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