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Vancouver is a multicultural city by the North Pacific Ocean on Canada’s west coast. Combine the thrill of urban life with nature that includes a temperate rainforest, snow-capped mountain, and a beachfront full of outdoor activities. A constant in any list of most liveable cities in the world, feast on fresh oysters and craft beer at Granville Market after a day cycling through Stanley Park to learn the history of First Nation people as you move between ancient trees. End a day on top of Grouse Mountain, skiing slopes that lead you to a city bulging with cultural happenings and outstanding nature.
Museum of Anthropology
Capilano Suspension Bridge
At 450 hectares and with over 16 miles of forested trails, Stanley Park is a stunning nature retreat bordering Vancouver’s downtown. Begin your day with a cycle along the seawall, taking in exceptional views of Lost Lagoon and Lions Gate Bridge as you cruise by the Burrard Inlet. At Brockton Point you’ll see totem poles representative of the First Nation. An aquarium, railway, and spray park ensure your time will be full of outdoor adventure.
Granville Island is home to a farmer’s market, craft breweries, and art galleries. Located under the Granville Bridge in the heart of downtown, island shops offer a variety of jewellery, clothing, and aboriginal art. Artisan workshops and craft studios make for an excellent afternoon of culture and creativity after touring a brewery. Fresh oysters in one of several high-quality local restaurants is a must. A walk across the bridge at sunset caps of a fine day.
Peaking at 1,200 metres, the views from Grouse Mountain are unrivalled. Fifteen minutes from downtown, a skyride takes you to its top with skiing and snowboarding popular activities in winter. A mountain zipline through a canyon provides plenty of extreme adventure for those looking for a thrill. In the evening, why not check out a lumberjack show and indulge in some local traditions that include an 18-metre tree climb.
A world-renowned venue for exhibitions of Northwest Coast First Nations art, the Museum of Anthropology showcases weavings, carvings, and thousands of more objects from around the world. Enter the Great Hall and take in displays of textiles, poles, and carvings in a space full of natural light. A stroll through the grounds of this ancient and innovatively designed museum only reminds you of Vancouver’s close relationship with nature.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge hangs 70 metres above towering evergreen trees in a temperate rainforest full of wonderful nature trails. A cliff walk tour is perfect for thrill seekers as you walk a bridge that juts out from a granite surface and suspends you over the Capilano River. At Raptors Ridge, learn of a conservation project that protects hawks, owls, and falcons. An ecotour caps of a stunning day spent above ground in a nature haven just north of the city centre.
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