A city of superlatives
Vancouver consistently figures among the top cities in worldwide rankings for liveability and quality of life. The combination of urban life by the sea and proximity to mountains greatly contributes to this.
The city centre of Vancouver can easily be explored on foot. A good starting point for this is Gastown. Fun in and by the water can be had at English Bay Beach or Kitsilano Beach. Hence Vancouver is very famous for its huge parks, the Lynn Canyon Park and the Stanley Park, where locals come to relax and do sports. Considered one of the world’s most spectacular footbridges, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is another landmark not to be missed. This excursion is best combined with hiking on top of Grouse Mountain, the “Peak of Vancouver”. By the way, a holiday in British Columbia can be wonderfully combined with a trip to Banff or Jasper National Park, with the option of flying out of Calgary, Alberta.
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Edelweiss tips for Vancouver
Kitesurfing in the Suamish in front of an impressive mountain scenery and with a little luck meet sea lions. Afterwards you can end the day in 'The Watershed Grill' directly at the Squamish River.
Sightseeing in your Vancouver holidays
If you are sightseeing in Vancouver, you cannot miss the famous steam-powered Steam Clock in the Gastown district. At night it seems almost mystical, like something out of a Harry Potter movie. View in maps
Those who prefer to explore the area from the water can do so by public ferry that departs from Waterfront Station at Canada Place. Or treat yourself to a sightseeing flight with the "flying beaver and otter", a typical Canadian seaplane. View in maps
Grouse Mountain, the “Peak of Vancouver”, which offers a fantastic view over Vancouver, great skiing in winter and the chance to see orphaned grizzly bears and wolves in their wildlife refuge in summer. View in maps
For a short detour out into the green, the two parks close to the city, Lynn Canyon Park (with its amazing suspension bridge) and Stanley Park, are ideal. Both are the ideal place to relax, enjoy nature or do some sports. View in maps
The totem poles are part of the indigenous culture and can be admired in Stanley Park. If you want to get more deeply involved with the culture of the indigenous peoples, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC University in Vancouver or the Royal British Museum in Victoria are recommended. View in maps