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Exploring Vancouver

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Exploring Vancouver

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No trip to Canada is complete without a visit to the beautiful city of Vancouver.

Located in the British Columbia region, Vancouver is known for its balance of sophisticated city life and stunning natural surrounds. Here are some of Vancouver's must-do activities.

Explore the city streets
Vancouver has a wonderful atmosphere and there are plenty of sights to see. 

Walk along Robson Street, with its some 200 shops and eateries to enjoy. Around 80,000 visitors flock to the street each weekend, so you know it's the place to be. 

The Pacific Centre is great for those who love shopping at malls. Head to Granville Island for some great food and the markets. Make sure you eat at the food carts that are dotted around and enjoy some amazing gelato options. It’s also perfect for anybody in search of quirky boutique goods. 

Wander the streets of the Gastown neighbourhood for a glimpse into Vancouver's past before dining in the seaside district of Kitsilano.

Cycle Stanley Park
Idyllically sandwiched between the Strait of Georgia and the downtown area of Vancouver, is the 1001-acre Stanley Park. Stanley Park Drive, which runs along the iconic seawall, makes for a beautiful 8.8km bicycle ride as you enjoy fantastic views of English Bay. Hire bikes from one of the vendors on the marina end and cycle around the seawall. You’ll pass the Lost Lagoon, totem poles at Brockton Point and if you carry on a little further to Morton Park, the A-maze-ing Laughter mural featuring a number of bronze statues in various states of hysterical laughter.

Visit Chinatown
Vancouver's Chinatown, located in eastern downtown, is a colourful district and a great place to see beautiful art and taste delicious food. 

Stroll the lanes and take in the sights of various heritage buildings from Chinese pioneers to the nation, dating back as far as the 1890s. 

Visit the gorgeous Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first authentic classical Chinese garden to be built outside of China. Wander down the walkways and savour the tranquil atmosphere. 

If you're in town between May and September, be sure to visit the Chinatown Night Market for souvenirs and great food.

Victoria on Vancouver Island
If you have time, Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city, is definitely worth a visit. It’s a quaint, English-type city on Vancouver Island. It’s really nice to walk around and has some great restaurants. Just outside the city are the beautiful Butchart Gardens. You can do Victoria in a day. However, the ferry takes about 90 minutes, or you can take a floatplane at least one of the directions, which takes 35 minutes. There are some really nice hotels there, should you choose to stay the night. 

Head to Grouse Mountain
Take in Vancouver's stunning environment with a trip to Grouse Mountain, only 15 minutes from downtown central. Here there are great outdoor activities to be enjoyed year-round.

Start your adventure with the exciting Skyride, an aerial tramway that takes you above the forest and up into the mountains with stunning views. 

In the winter, enjoy ice skating and sleigh rides, while the rush of zip-lining is thrilling at any time of year. There's also a theatre onsite, and the opportunity to stand atop a wind turbine! 

Make sure you visit the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, which is home to bears, owls, grey wolves and hummingbirds, many of which have been rescued from challenging circumstances. 

Whatever you do, Vancouver is sure to enchant you.  Click here for HOT Canada deals.

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