Vancouver is western Canada’s largest metropolitan area and the third largest one in the country. It has an approximate population of nearly 3 million people and popularly known thanks to majestic and beautiful natural beauty since it is tucked in between Pacific Ocean and Coast Mountains. On several occasions, Vancouver has been listed among the world’s best cities one can live in and is of course one of the most beautiful destinations to visit. The city centre is the financial, entertainment and shopping hub of the city. Most of the notable landmarks in the city are easily accessible and there is a multitude of restaurant and accommodation options. The city centre is the perfect place to stay if you want to explore Vancouver and its surroundings.
The Stanley Park & the West End is Vancouver’s most popular place to hang out due to the beautiful Stanley Park, lots of eateries and shops and its wonderful beaches. Other areas outside Vancouver that you should consider visiting are Kitsilano and Granville Island, UBC Point Grey, Mt Pleasant South Main, Commercial Drive Hastings Park and Vancouver South. Despite being a young city, Vancouver has numerous points of interest and attractions for visitors to enjoy. Most of the historical buildings and landmarks are found downtown. Central business district is home to Canada Place that features distinctive sails, Vancouver Convention Centre, luxury old Vancouver railway hotel and the marine building. The most popular attraction in the city is Stanley Park and together with the Vancouver Aquarium and Coal Harbour walkway, they are found in West End & Gastown.
Vancouver also has modern architecture that you should as well consider visiting including Shangri- La which is the city’s tallest building and Sheraton Wall Centre. Granville Island has bustling shops and markets that are also great additions to the city’s landmarks.
The Museum of Anthropology is a perfect place to visit and learn some history and about the local people at University of British Columbia. The museum also displays important collections of ethnographic materials and archaeological objects from different parts of the world. Downtown is also home to Vancouver Art Gallery that has both local and international exhibitions and numerous collections of Emily Carr, a renowned artist from British Columbia.
Vancouver Public Library has a model that resembles Roman Colosseum and it is the largest library in the city. Located on Nelson Street downtown is Contemporary Art Gallery where modern art is featured. Other points of interest include Telus World of Science and BC Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. The Stanly Park is the most famous and most visited park in the city.
It has walking and cycling trails, magnificent views, beaches and a range of attractions. Other parks and gardens in Vancouver worthy visiting include the Queen Elizabeth Park and VanDusen Botanical Garden. Outdoor activities in Vancouver are many and varied and you can go beaching, skiing and snowboarding and spectate at sports like hockey, Canadian football, soccer and baseball and you can also take part in one of the various festivals held in the city.