With cheap flights to British Columbia departing daily, there’s never been a better time to visit the bustling and multi-faceted city of Vancouver.
With its fabulous oceanfront location, Vancouver offers visitors access to great beaches and a vibrant, cosmopolitan city; here, you can enjoy an urban retreat with a touch of chilled out beach life. And with a rainforest nearby, you can go hiking while witnessing nature at its finest.
Vancouver has everything you’d expect from a modern Canadian city in terms of entertainment. Robson Street in the centre of the downtown area has a variety of shops for those in search of retail therapy. Others looking for something edgier should head to trendy Yaletown with its ‘one-off’ boutiques and eclectic vibe. By taking advantage of affordable flight deals to Vancouver, you’ll have plenty of extra cash to use on treating yourself.
Vancouver’s balance of ‘urban chic’ and ‘natural retreat’ is what makes it so special. The various wildlife reserves and parks near the city allow an easy crossover from fast-paced to serene and sedate.
Visitors looking for a relaxing and traditional afternoon pastime may want to consider a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through Vancouver’s number one attraction, Stanley Park. Vancouver’s parks are also great for bird watching.
Adrenaline junkies will find plenty of active pursuits, from mountain biking to kayaking, which is available in the nearby Grouse Mountain area of Vancouver’s North Shore. For the truly adventurous, the Mountain Ziplines will get the heart racing and offer spectacular views of the stunning surrounding scenery.
When evening comes the fun doesn’t stop. Vancouver boasts a wide and culturally diverse range of restaurants and eateries, plus a good selection of clubs, pubs and live music bars on Granville Street, Gastown and Main Street. There’s something to suit every taste and budget.
Vancouver also offers one of the most eclectic, vibrant and exciting dining experiences in Canada. Fresh ingredients, award-winning chefs and stunning locations all combine to make eating out an event. You’ll find everything from Japanese fare to authentic Italian restaurants.
Chefs and foodies alike take sustainable meals very seriously too, and Ocean Wise, a program developed with the Vancouver Aquarium, encourages the use of environmentally friendly fish and sustainable seafood choices.
Vancouver’s festivals reflect the city’s various cultural influences that make it so fascinating and vibrant. The Chinese New Year Parade, Eastside Cultural Crawl and Celebration of Light fireworks festival attract thousands of spectators every year.
But perhaps the most appealing of all Vancouver’s attractions is its beaches. With glorious stretches of sand to enjoy and a host of watersports including windsurfing, kayaking, boating and sailing, this is the city for beach lovers.
With flights to Vancouver leaving daily from an airport near you, there’s never been a better time to head off for a fun-packed weekend with family or friends. And with a yearly calendar of fun festivals there’s always something a little bit different going on.