After four years on the road, we have come to realize that most of our traveling friends have never actually been to Vancouver, British Columbia. Today I thought I would see Vancouver through the eyes of a tourist. You know how that goes, you live somewhere most of your life but you never seem to do the touristy things. Have we ever been to Whistler? once about 20 years ago in the spring, no snow; Have we been to Grouse Mountain, once many years ago, too expensive; Stanley Park? of course, hundreds of times when we were children and many times with our own children, but now there isn't much left of the original park for our grandchildren.
|The polar bears at Stanley Park but I think this is gone now.|
Vancouver is one of the most ethically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada. 52% of the people of Vancouver do not speak English as their first language.
|Vancouver waterfront with the Pan Pacific Hotel on the left. That's where the cruise ships dock|
For more than a decade Vancouver has been ranked as one of the most livable cities worldwide. Ecomomist Intelligence Unit acknowledges it as the first city to rank among the top ten of the world's most livable cities for five consecutive years.
Vancouver is located on the Burrard Peninsula between Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River. The city has an area of 114 km (44 sq. miles).
Shopping in the Gastown area of downtown Vancouver
Gastown is a historic neighbourhood of Vancouver that has a unique charm for a city where so much is new. Once a district that attracted the down and out, Gastown was saved from gutting and underwent gentrification. Gastown appeals to a hip crowd in search of non-pretentious restaurants, boutiques and furniture shops.
Vancouver's scenic location makes it a major tourist destination. Many visit to see the city's gardens, Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden and the mountains, ocean, forest and parklands which surround the city. Each year over a million people pass through Vancouver on cruise ship vacations, often bound for Alaska
HOPE YOU ENJOYED MY BRIEF TOUR OF VANCOUVER.