Vancouver in Pictures

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    Vancouver in Pictures

    Vancouver, British Columbia
    ••• Vancouver, with Stanley Park in foreground and Coastal Mountains in back. Photo © George Rose / Getty Images

    Vancouver, the most populous city in British Columbia and Canada's most westerly, is hailed not only for its natural beauty, but for the laid back charm of its residents. It just seem like everyone loves this coastal city, which is a top destination for domestic and international travellers and hailed as one of the world's most liveable cities. 

    Much of Vancouver's allure is the omnipresence of nature in a densely populated city. Nestled amidst ocean and mountains, it's hard not to feel exhilarated in their midst. In addition, Stanley Park, which can be seen in the above photo's foreground is a downtown sanctuary that offers city dwellers and visitors a multitude of outdoor activities.

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    Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    ••• The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver gets lit up for the Christmas holidays. Photo courtesy Tourism Vancouver

    Vancouver has a huge number of hotels ranging from the budget to funky boutique to crazy luxury expensive. 

    Most every major hotel brand is represented in Vancouver. Fairmont Hotels, which once had just the vintage Hotel Vancouver, has an impressive four properties in this happening city:  the Fairmont Waterfront, Fairmont Pacific Rim and Fairmont Vancouver Airport.

    Read more about where to stay in Vancouver.

     

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    Vancouver Aerial Views

    Vancouver, B.C.
    ••• Vancouver on the west coast of Canada, is surrounded by water and mountains. Photo © Tourism Vancouver

    Vancouver is located on the southwest corner of mainland British Columbia, Canada's most westerly province. The city is bounded on three sides by water, with a significant part of the downtown jutting out into the water with Stanley Park at its tip. 

    Read more about the geography of Vancouver.

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    Vancouver in Early Spring

    ••• Vancouver late winter / early spring. Photo © totororo / Getty Images

    Vancouver weather is infamously wet, yet mild year-round. As writer Allan Fotheringham put it, "Vancouver is the Canadian city with the best climate and the worst weather." From high 70's Fahrenheit (low 20's Celsius) in summer to mid 40's Fahrenheit (0° to 5° Celsius) in winter, the climate is seldom unpleasant. Winters are wet, but snow is rare, except on local ski hills.

    Waterproof items and lots of layers are the best advice for what to include when packing your bag. 

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  • 05 of 08

    Vancouver Cherry Blossoms

    Cherry Blossom Canopy over City Street in Vancouver
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    Spring comes early to Vancouver, compared to the rest of Canada. Come February, bulbs start to bust through the earth and the blossoms are coming out on the huge number of cherry trees that line the city streets and parks. Much like in Japan, these flowering trees send a message to residents that it's time to break out the beer and sake and gather under the pink and white petals to celebrate the changing seasons. 

    Read more about Cherry Blossom Festivals in Vancouver. 

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    Granville Island, Vancouver

    Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
    ••• Granville Island, Vancouver, BC. Photo © George Rose / Getty Images

    Granville Island is a success story of urban planning. Once a run-down industrial park, Granville Island is now a bustling destination for locals and visitors that features a children's market, public market, an art school, shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries, a hotel, brewery and more.

    The Island is a foodie lover's dream, so go hungry. You'll discover lots of fresh, local produce and seafood with plenty of waterside locations to sit and enjoy it. 

    Don't miss getting there or back or both by the colourful and inexpensive Aquabus that will pick up and drop off visitors at various locations, including Yaletown and Science World. 

     

     

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    Stanley Park Totem Poles

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    ••• Totem Poles in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo © Michael Wheatley / Getty Images

    First Nations art, including the nine totem poles at Brockton Point, is an inspiring and colourful cultural highlight in Vancouver's Stanley Park. The collection began in 1920 when the park purchased four of the monumental wooden sculptures and grew to nine in 2009 with the addition of one by a Squamish Nation artist.

    Totem poles are unique to the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest coast, including British Columbia, Washington and Alaska.

     

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    Vancouver Seawall, Stanley Park

    Vancouver Seawall
    ••• The Vancouver seawall runs around Stanley Park and is popular for runners. Photo © George Rose / Getty Images

    Stanley Park features an 8.8 km (5.5 mile) seawall that runs the perimeter and provides a perfect flat, paved path for roller blading, biking, jogging and hiking.

    Spokes Bike Rental at the corner of Georgia and Denman, across the street from Stanley Park, is a convenient place to rent a bike, including kids' bikes, tandems, trailers and trail-a-bikes. Rentals are from an hour to full day.

    Stanley Park is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Hours for activities for attractions within the park vary by season.