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Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada and one of the most beautiful on the American continent, a dynamic metropolis set in a beautiful location with a temperate climate throughout the year.

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada.  It is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada.

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The Vancouver International Film festival, which runs for two weeks each September, shows over 350 films and is one of the larger film festivals in North America. 

The International Film Centre venue, the Vancity Theatre, runs independent non-commercial films throughout the rest of the year, as do the Pacific Cinematheque, and the Rio theatres.

Libraries  include the Vancouver Public Library with its main branch at Library Square, designed by Moshe Safdie.  The central branch contains 1.5 million volumes.  Altogether there are twenty-two branches containing 2.25 million volumes.

Locals Shop in Vancouver

Who knew that Vancouver was such a hub for boutique shopping!?

But lucky for me, my friend Trish Friesen of has her curated list of inspired boutiques to find anything from everyday staples to fun accent pieces.

I’m talking loads of great jewelry, purses, hats, shoes, basics, jeans (Vancouver is obsessed with denim) and more.

Robson Street downtown is the main shopping district.  The intersecting Burrard & Alberni street houses some of the most high-end shops in the region.

H-MAN, which is a large grocery store featuring a wide range of high-quality, primarily Korean groceries; or ROOTS: their fashionable designs with motifs of beavers, maple leaves, and canoes gave rise to what has been called “Roots nationalism”, a kind of branded Canadian pride.  There are several stores for this brand of clothing, bags and shoes.


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The different parts of the City Centre have diverse characteristics.  The central business district has, as you would expect, a high number of coffee shops and lunch places, the West End has a wide variety of restaurants.

Yaletown has a number of high end restaurants and Chinatown has many Chinese restaurants.  Some of the best Japanese food outside of Japan is in Vancouver and its Cantonese and Korean offerings are also reputable.

Top 8 Places to Eat and Drink Vancouver.

European Breads, an organic crepes cafe, which also sells various freshly-baked breads of organic wheat, rye, spelt, and other grains; or Mink (A Chocolate Cafe), place where the coffee is strong, the hot chocolate is rich and the chocolate is plentiful. 

It also does waffles and fruit parfaits.  The chocolate fondue with pound cake and seasonal fruit for dipping is excellent.


The mild climate of the city and proximity to ocean, mountains, rivers and lakes make the area a popular destination for outdoor recreation.  The coastline provides for many types of water sport, and the city is a popular destination for boating enthusiasts.

Lonely Planet British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies (Travel Guide).

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Lonely Planet British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Watch wildlife in Jasper National Park, stroll the seawall at Vancouver’s Stanley Park, and set sail on a ferry service through the Inside Passage; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies Travel Guide:

  • Color images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips – including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience – including history, aboriginal culture, the arts, and the best of west coast cuisine, local beer and wine
  • Free, convenient pull-out Vancouver map (included in print version)
  • Coverage of Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon, and more.

Vancouver is also home to notable cycling races.  There are some popular races as Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix, which has been held on the Cobblestone streets of Gastown.

Within a 20 to 30-minute drive from downtown are the North Shore Mountains, with three ski areas:  Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain, and Mount Seymour.  Mountain bikers have created world-renowned trails across the North shore.  The Capilano River, Lynn Creek and Seymour River, also on the North Shore, provide opportunities to whitewater enthusiasts during periods of rain and spring melt, though the canyons of those rivers are more utilized for hiking and swimming than whitewater.

Did you know ‘Accommodation‘ is one of the most misspelt words in the English language? Here are some variations:
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