Lush green rainforest, stunning sandy beaches, a buzzing metropolis set amid a backdrop of snow topped mountains could only mean one thing- you have arrived in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, where city and nature meet in harmony.
Vancouver has been home to us for the last 4 amazing months and we could not have come to more a magnificently located city. Surrounded by majestic mountains as far as the eye can see and the sparkling blue sea lapping at every corner makes Vancouver the perfect choice for being voted one of the best cities to live in the world year after year.
From quirky cobbled streets to nude beaches, here you will find our guide to our top 5 places to visit whilst in Vancouver.
Travel to Gastown
Walk the cobbled streets of this historical site where the city of Vancouver was born. Boutique laden lanes with dazzling old school street lamps are the backdrop to this trendy part of town. With fancy bars, restaurants and classy cafes you will easily wind away an afternoon perusing this eclectic neighbourhood.
Travel to Grouse Mountain
Twenty minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is hard to ignore along the horizon filled with captivating silhouettes of majestic snowy peaks. At such close proximity to the bustling city having nature on your doorstep is truly refreshing. In summer you can hike the Grouse Grind and race others to make it to the top of the score board, visit the Wildlife Refuge for endangered animals, zip line through the forest and marvel at the city view from the Peak of Vancouver. In winter the mountain opens up for snow shoeing, snowboarding and skiing whilst at Christmas you can experience free ice skating, sleigh rides and meet Santa and his Reindeer Prancer at the annual month long event.
Travel to Granville Island
An artistic peninsula underneath the Granville Bridge boasting an indoor market filled with delicious treats, organic goods and wondrous craftsmanship. Across from False Creek you can access Granville Island by ferry, which makes for a delightful jaunt or by car, bus or walking from downtown. You will surely come across some marvelous busking acts showing skills from comedy to classical music, seafood restaurants offering the daily catch and a theater to round things off. A great place to come to find your pumpkins for Thanks Giving and Halloween,
Travel to Stanley Park
Stanley Park borders downtown Vancouver and is almost entirely surrounded by the pacific ocean. At 1.001 acres you can easily while away an afternoon here strolling around the pedestrian friendly walkways, capturing the totem poles on camera, seeking out the famous mermaid on a rock, and getting lost deep in the forest with lakes and hidden treasures. With stunning views of the North Shore this is a most picturesque place to grab a coffee and unwind from the daily stresses of life.
Travel to Wreck Beach
Nestled behind The University of British Columbia in Pacific Spirit Regional Park I was shown this beach on a crisp sunny winters day. This beautiful stretch of coast is an internationally acclaimed secluded heaven, the bright city lights are hidden around the corner and the only view you have is of the endless ocean as far as the horizon. The clothing optional beach is a naturists piece of paradise but attracts many pro clothing fans also.