Vancouver is an ideal destination for fitness fanatics. The locals here love to explore the Great Outdoors and popular pursuits include jogging, skating, cycling, mountain-biking, skiing and sailing in the scenic English Bay. Thrill-seekers can cliff-walk across a dramatic river gorge at Capilano Bridge Suspension Park, ascend Grouse Mountain on the rooftop viewing platform of a cable-car, or hike the gruelling Grouse Grind trail to the mountain’s snowy peak for spectacular views.
Vancouver Aquarium is home to penguins, dolphins, sharks and otters, or you can join a whale-watching cruise to spot these elusive creatures in their natural habitat. Admire grand historic buildings on a stroll through the cobbled streets of Gastown, the city’s oldest neighbourhood, and marvel at the Museum of Anthropology’s impressive collection of First Nations masks and sculptures. You’ll find excellent art galleries in South Granville, while super-chic nightspot Yaletown boasts sleek cocktail bars and swanky dance clubs with live DJs.
Vancouver’s foodie scene is one of the best in the world – from gourmet fusion cooking to no-frills food trucks, the standard is consistently high. The city’s multiculturalism is reflected in the range of cuisines on offer; Chinatown is scattered with authentic noodle houses, Commercial Drive boasts speciality Italian delis and Punjabi Market is a fragrant hub of South-Asian gastronomy. Vancouver’s stand-out fine-dining restaurants include Wildebeest, a hip farm-to-table restaurant serving locally sourced meat-centric fare, and Miku, a stylish Japanese eatery offering sushi and sustainable seafood. Wash down your meal with one of the city’s famous locally-brewed craft beers.
From luxury high-rise hotels to welcoming boutiques, Vancouver offers accommodation to suit every taste. Occupying a revamped landmark building in bustling downtown, the ultra-chic Rosewood Hotel Georgia oozes 1920s glamour, while the sleek Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel boasts a world-class spa. If a luxurious home-from-home is more your thing, try the Bee & Thistle, a sumptuous guesthouse with just four rooms which features original stained-glass, antique woodwork and vintage windows.
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