One of the most popular and most naturally beautiful cities in Canada is Vancouver, located in British Columbia. The city has over two million people and is the most populous city in the province.
History and Present Day
The area has only been around for a little over 125 years. However, its indigenous peoples (known as First Nations) have lived in the location for approximately 6000 years. The area is named after Captain George Vancouver. The very first settlement in the location was Granville. However, the city became official in 1886. In 1986, the city hosted the Expo 85 World’s Fair, and that brought a lot of attention to the area. It was also the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
It is considered an excellent city for quality of life and livability. It also a favorite place for tourists. The area is ethnically diverse with at least 50 percent of the population speaking a language other than English as their first language. Divided into three sections ” the Eastside, the Westside and City Centre, in its many districts residents and visitors can take advantage of restaurants, shopping, nightlife and more.
What to Do
There are lots and lots of things to do in the city. Here are some of them:
1. Stanley Park
Parks continue to be a favorite not only for residents but also for tourists. Stanley Park is a favorite and famous park in the area, and it is the area’s largest urban park. People will find beaches, trails, and other family-friendly attractions.
Gastown is an historic area with Victorian buildings. Its best known for its Steam Clock, and visitors will find a mixture of specialty and souvenir shops, art by indie artists, trendy food and drink, hip cocktail lounges and restaurants and edgy fashion shops. Although its setting is old and beautiful, Gastown is definitely for those who appreciate the hip.
3. Granville Island
This is a peninsula, and it’s a shopping district in the city.
A visitor will find over 275 businesses, and these include a wide array of eating, shopping, performance art, and other attractions. It is one of the most popular places for tourists.
4. Grouse Mountain
Canadians love the great outdoors, and so do people who visit Canada. Grouse Mountain is a 1,200-metre mountain. Visitors will find excellent opportunities for not only skiing but also hiking along with the incredible views that the mountain provides.
5. Canada Place
Canada Place is one of the places visitors, especially businesses, come because it is the home of the Vancouver Convention Centre. It is also the central cruise ship terminal region for the area’s popular cruises to Alaska.
6. English Bay
Another beautiful section of the area is English Bay. The bay is a trendy place for swimming, sunbathing and watching the sunset. Beaches on the bay include English Bay Beach, Sunset Beach, Second Beach, and Third Beach. The shores of the Bay attract visitors all year long, but the peak season for the Bay in late summer.