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Why fly to Vancouver?
It's a city cradled in mountains, meshed in lush green and flanked by big waters. Vancouver is Canada at its natural best where being green is not a choice but a part of the lifestyle. The city sits on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and is a ferry ride away from Seattle.
Visit Stanley Park for walking, biking or even a great hike, it is one of the greatest examples of a well-planned urban park that meshes with the city. Head outside of Stanley Park towards the main drag, where you will find some of the city's best ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, and over to the beach where you can relax in the sun, perhaps be lucky enough to partake in a whale sighting or head over to one of the many beach side restaurants that provide you a patio view of the whole scene.
The city is home to a large Asian population which means the dining choices are aplenty. From fantastic curries, the best in vegan and to the best sashimi you've ever had, Vancouver city center is all about fusing its many parts into a fancy new whole.
And although you don''t need to go to Chinatown for great Chinese you should go for the interesting juxtaposition of a little bit of China in the heart of Vancouver. Here you will find shops that can sell you the strangest concoctions to cure all ailments to roast pork hanging in windows and Little Kitty lunchboxes if you are so inclined.
The city is home to several major league teams including the Vancouver Canucks, head to a game to truly witness Canadian hockey passion (fused with Canadian beer - and you will definitely have an adventurous evening).
For a nice day trip visit Vancouver's outlying wine region and do some sampling as you take in pure mountain air, if it is a warm summer's night head out into the orchard and amaze yourself as you stare into the numerous twinkling stars (low light pollution in the area makes star-spotting with the naked eye a whole lot easier).
Vancouver is a city that plays hard but relaxes even harder, you'll understand exactly how to do that when you get there.
Vancouver is a rainy city and the water drops can pelt any time of the year. However, the weather in the city can vary greatly from morning to evening so be prepared with an umbrella and a few layers of clothing since rain often drops away to a sunny, warm day. The winter temperatures in Vancouver are much milder than in the rest of Canada. The numbers do drop in the low 10s and snow is not unheard of, but is not common. You are more likely to see a rainy winter day. Summers are also mild for the most part with temperatures in the low 20s.
When to fly to Vancouver
Peak season Summer is a popular time to visit the city as temperatures are comfortable and that is when visitors take in the great outdoors for hiking and biking or lay out on one of the city's several beaches. Summer is a pricey time to fly to Vancouver. Off season The cold, wet winter months lead to a decline in tourism in Vancouver and that means it is a great time to snap up flight deals. The city warms up by March so you can take in the city on a smart flight rate.
Getting into Vancouver
Your gateway to Vancouver will have you touching down at Vancouver International Airport, which is located close to 30 minutes from the city center. From the airport you can take bus, shuttle or taxi to get into downtown.
Getting around Vancouver
The city is modern, however car usage is high as Vancouver has spread out into large suburbs. You can use the public bus in downtown and there is also the Skytrain service that will get you to the outlying areas. The Vancouver downtown is very walkable and for the most part you won't need transportation. There is extensive ferry service if you want to head out to the islands. Taxi service is readily available.
- No visit to Vancouver is complete with a trek through Stanley Park. This is where Vancouverites go for their daily run, go swimming or suntanning in the summer or for an evening walk through the beautiful gardens. The park is also the natural home of many animals like beavers and coyotes as well as geese among others. The park includes several beaches surrounded by lush greenery, making for a lovely escape on summer days.
- Take the ferry ride over to Granville Island, here you will find a lovely market selling the freshest of ingredients from fine cheeses to artisan breads and much more. Follow that up with a meal at one of the island's many restaurants which pride themselves on serving locally grown organic foods.
- Take a day trip to wine country.Just an hour's drive east of Vancouver is the Fraser Valley, which is home to numerous vineyards. You can do a wine tour and sample some of BC's finest wines. Many of these are boutique wineries which means you are likely to meet the very owners and learn about the whole process from grape to table.
- Have you ever had a hot dog with seaweed? Well in Vancouver you can and you must, the Japadog chain has outlets in a number of major cities around the world and one of them is in the heart of downtown Vancouver near the Vancouver Library. There is usually a long line-up of people waiting to get their one-of-a kind dog. Offerings include a Kobe beef dog with caviar and miso sauce and an arabiki sausage dog topped with Japanese noodles.
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