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Why You Need to Visit Vancouver

It’s been over a year since I moved to Ireland. When people here find out I am Canadian, I’m usually told, “I’d love to go to Canada and visit Vancouver.” Having been to  Vancouver several times myself I can understand why this city is so high on people’s travel list. Here are some reasons why you need to visit Vancouver.

Nature

Totem Poles at Stanley Park.

Do you like the mountains? Do you like the ocean and beaches? Do you like parks with giant trees and beautiful gardens? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you’ll love Vancouver. The Pacific Ocean is right next to Vancouver. The city has several beaches like English Bay Beach, Third Beach, and  Wreck Beach. The North Shore Mountains and Coast Mountain chain surround Vancouver, so going to the mountains is quick and easy. Within the city, there is no shortage of beautiful parks and gardens. The most significant and most well known is Stanley Park. It has a seawall, several gardens, monuments and sculptures, and 400 hectares of west coast rainforest.

Adventure

 

Vancouver Skyline from Stanley Park.

Biking in Vancouver.

Vancouver is also an excellent place for adventure and active travelers. With the mountains surrounding the city, there are several ski resorts to visit in the winter. During the summer months, there is mountain bike trails, hiking and rock climbing.  You can walk on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is 230 feet above the Capilano River. With the ocean nearby you can do aquatic activities like paddle boarding, surfing, and swimming. In 2010 Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics. If you want to feel like an Olympic athlete, then visit the Richmond Olympic Experience. Here you can simulate sports like bobsledding and ski jumping. You get to feel like an athlete ski jumping down a mountain without all that pesky training or danger.

Culture & Festivals

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Vancouver is a great place to visit for those who love the arts and culture. One of the most well known is the Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden located in Chinatown. Built by Chinese scholars in 1986 this Garden promotes Chinese culture and understanding in Vancouver. Art lovers will want to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery. It has exhibits of Indigenous Art and Western Art from across British Columbia and Canada. Granville Island is a favorite market for locals and travelers to visit. Aside from the food market itself, there are also restaurants, shops, galleries, and theaters on Granville Island. Finally, Vancouver has a variety of different festivals and events throughout the year. Some festivals and events in Vancouver include Theatre Under The Stars, the Celebration of Light fireworks competition, the Vancouver Folk Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Vancouver is a perfect city whether you want to enjoy nature, have an adventure, or take in a bit of art and culture. I always love visiting Vancouver. It’s a beautiful city with a laid-back vibe. I’m already looking forward to my next visit there. I hope Vancouver is a city you’ll visit for yourself one day too.

This is a paid post with a promotional link. I really love visiting Vancouver and can’t wait to see this city again. All opinions here are my own. 

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