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What do you think of when you hear Vancouver, BC, Canada? Is it multiple mountain ranges? How about thousand year old trees or glacier-fed streams? Maybe world-renowned ski resorts? Or perhaps you think of a cosmopolitan city where you can find hip restaurants and the latest fashions? You would be correct if you believe Vancouver offers all of these activities and more. Read on to find out what you can do and see when you visit one of British Columbia’s hottest cities. But be warned. You may not want to leave.
Activities You Can do in Vancouver
Vancouver residents have fallen in love with biking. Rain or shine, road warriors cycle around the city, especially on Saturday mornings. Some believe that biking is slowly replacing golfing as a preferred pastime. Whatever the case, you may want to see the city from the seat of a bike.
Those who have a sense of adventure may want to go climbing and caving on Vancouver Island where thousands of caves are waiting to be explored. If it’s your first time visiting, you may want to take a guided tour and have an expert show you the ropes. Not only will you see brilliant crystal formations, but you’ll rappel down an underground waterfall in Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park.
If you want to see Vancouver from the sky, consider booking a skydiving or gliding excursion. You can also go bungee jumping and zip-lining. If you have a medical condition, you may want to check with your doctor to make sure you can do these outdoor activities. For a slower pace, consider a leisure hike on one of the hundreds of hiking trails. Afterwards, soak in a natural mineral hot springs. Can you feel the stress melt away? Of course you can!
Wine and Dine
Vancouver’s many wineries, breweries, cideries, and farms have drawn award-winning chefs from all around the world making it a destination for foodies and dining aficionados. Restaurants use local BC ingredients in their dishes to give you mouth-watering bites each and every time. To learn how to prepare local favorites, take a culinary tour or cooking class. To learn about BC wineries, take a self-guided or guided wine tour of one of the 200 wineries in BC. They range from estate wineries to family-run vineyards. Pack a picnic lunch or dine at a winery’s bistro or restaurant. The wine experience has been recommended by Frommer’s, Sherman’s Travel and The New York Times. Don’t miss it!
Theatre, Festivals and More
Vancouver offers world-class concerts and shows; your vacation wouldn’t be complete without seeing a musical, theatre, dance, or even stand-up comedy performance. Make a night of it by dressing up and attending the Opera, Symphony or Ballet. Or have a laugh at a comedy club.
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If you love festivals, Vancouver won’t disappoint. Choose from the HSBC Celebration of Light, TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival; Bard on the Beach professional Shakespeare Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, and more.
Are you a night owl? Vancouver has a thriving late-night scene with live music venues (see local bands and international acts), laid-back pubs, and ultra-cool lounges. You can dance the night away at fun dance clubs and other late-night spots.
You can’t leave Vancouver without shopping for the latest fashions. Styles range from cozy flannels and fleece to haute couture; whether you shop at chic boutiques or area malls, you’ll find pieces that suite your tastes. You’ll also find unique art, ceramics, and furniture. You may want to ship purchased items home.
Hooked on Vancouver? Plan a Vacation Today
Imagine traveling to Vancouver, BC, Canada, known as “Manhattan with mountains,” according to The New York Times. Perhaps you’re hiking on Vancouver Island or repelling down a cave. Maybe you’re dressed up to go the opera with your significant other. Or maybe you’re biking around the city or playing golf.
Friendly and welcoming people, an abundance of nature and adventure, and high service and value, what more could you ask for? Contact your Travel Planners International agent today and find out more about what you can do and see in Vancouver, BC, Canada. You may want to make it a family vacation. Will you visit in the summer or winter? Choose a time that works for everyone.
by Amandah T. Blackwell, Savvy-Writer