3 things in the City I Love

 

Blue Pacific Ocean, lush green rainforest, soaring mountains, friendly people, multicultural, these are just a few words to describe the best city in the world.  With a pleasant climate all year long, beaches, golf courses, and ski mountains within 20 minutes of downtown, this city is an outdoor enthusiasts playground.  It is also home to world-renowned shopping on the famous Robson Street and countless award-winning restaurants featuring food from around the world.  Can you guess which city this is?

  

VANCOUVER, CANADA!!! 

 Vancouver aerial panorama

We are incredibly fortunate to call Vancouver home and every time we travel, we are still excited to return home.  We have arrived in many cities on many airlines and we are still awed every time we fly into YVR International Airport on the west coast of Canada.  Nestled below the North Shore Mountains and on the edge of the Pacific Ocean the view of Vancouver is simply stunning from the air!

Being our hometown, and knowing all of the great things our city has to offer, it is difficult to narrow down the many options to just three.  However, here are our picks for the 3 Things in the City we love:

1)     The Geography

Vancouver has definitely been built with the outdoors in mind.  The downtown of Vancouver is easily walkable.  From the business district to the beaches, it is only a 20 minute walk and you will often find many Vancouverites hanging out at English Bay, one of the most popular beaches.  Connecting English Bay to the amazing Stanley Park, a park right in the downtown core on the edge of the ocean, is the Sea Wall.  No visit to Vancouver is complete without a walk/bike/in-line skate around the almost 9 km Sea Wall circling Stanley Park.  Offering staggering views of the Strait of Georgia, Vancouver Island, and the North Shore Mountains, the Sea Wall is the gem of the city. 

 English bay sea wallSea wall + lions gate

 

 

 

 

 

As you walk around the sea wall be sure to check our Stanley Park as well.  At 1000 acres (400 hectares), there is more than enough park land to explore from hiking trails to tennis to the Aquarium. 

2)     The Climate

With a fairly moderate climate all year long, one of the best experiences you can have in a day is thanks to Vancouver’s relatively warm winter weather.  From December to April, you can ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon without having to drive more than 30 minutes.  Our North Shore Mountains, Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour, which frame our city are all within about a 30 minute drive of the downtown core.  So, in the winter months, grab your skis or snowboard and head to the hills for a morning on the slopes. 

Skiing - Mt SeymourSkiing - Mt Seymour

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, make sure to also pack your golf clubs as well!  In the afternoon, head down the mountain for your tee-time at one of Vancouver’s numerous golf courses. 

Golf cartsGolf green

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because our winter climate does not usually fall below 0°C, we get little to no snow in the city (don’t worry the mountains do get snow & usually LOTS) therefore, most of the golf courses remain open year round.  There is nowhere else in Canada where this is the case and probably not many in the world.  A true unique Vancouver experience! 

3)     The food

Vancouver has grown to be a very multicultural city due to the welcoming nature of its citizens and Canadians in general.  This influx of many cultures has also brought in a huge variety of food options.  Traditional, west coast cuisine features seafood, particularly salmon caught off our coast, however, you can also have some of the best sushi outside of Japan in Vancouver.  So when in Vancouver, we recommend checking out as many of our restaurants as possible.  Some personal favourites include the Banana Leaf Malaysian cuisine, Yaletown Brewing Company, The Boathouse, Kingston Taphouse, the Mongolie Grill, The Reef Caribbean Restaurant, and a Vancouver Original: White Spot.

Food - salmon

Salmon Dinner – Boathouse Kitsilano

Food - prime rib

Prime Rib Dinner – Boathouse Kitsilano

We hope you enjoy your trip to Vancouver as much as we enjoy living in this diverse and stunning city! A trip to Vancouver, will be filled with many sights, activities, and experiences, you will not be disappointed!

For more information on Vancouver, check out our Travel Guide here.

What is your favourite part of Vancouver?  Please share your suggestions for other things to see/do in Vancouver.

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6 Responses to 3 things in the City I Love

  1. Wow, the weather and the various terrain would be enough to attract me to Vancouver. Combined with the various cuisines, it is a must visit!

    Kathleen Couch August 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm Reply
    • Thank you for your comment, Kathleen we believe we live in the most beautiful city in the world. That is a great way to describe Vancouver “various terrain” as we think it has something for everyone. We hope that you get a chance to visit our spectacular city soon. 🙂

      evan&tracy August 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm Reply
  2. I love Vancouver. It’s my home away from home as my brother lives in Horseshoe Bay. I love cycling around Stanley Park, visiting Granville Market and hiking up Grouse Mountain for the great views (although I’ve only done this once). I hope to be back there next year to enjoy some of the restaurants you’ve mentioned (including the chocolate fudge brownie at White Spot).
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    Karen Graham August 8, 2012 at 2:36 am Reply
    • Horseshoe Bay is beautiful and lucky you to be able to stay there when you visit. Exploring Granville Island market is such a great way to spend the day, such interesting shops, cafes and restaurants. We have hike up Grouse Mountain only once before but it is definitely worth the view or the gondola ride up is also fun! Highly recommend the chocolate fudge brownie at White Spot…brownie, chocolate sauce & ice cream, what’s not to love!?!

      evan&tracy August 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm Reply
  3. I’m already desperate to visit Canada as I’ve a friend their whos been asking me to visit since he went there for uni. Now, about six years later, I might finally get around to it, and it’s posts like this one that make me want to go even more.

    Good luck in the ‘City I Love’ contest btw.
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    ANGLO/Dale August 10, 2012 at 9:39 am Reply
    • A big thank your for your comment! We are really glad that our post has inspired you even more to visit Vancouver. We have traveled quite a bit but are still awed by our city and its beauty. We really hope that you do get a chance to visit soon. 🙂

      evan&tracy August 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm Reply

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