The focus will be on the Olympic alpine events at the famous Whistler Mountain Ski Resort as well as various other winter sport related events such as hockey and figure skating in and around Vancouver. Vancouver is a city that rises to major events such as this, as it did for Expo 96, allowing itself to showcase it’s pristine hospitality, nestled in the Pacific Northwest.
Vancouver however during the spring, summer and fall months is also known for its gorgeous blue skies, it’s majestic mountain views cupped into the endless ocean. During these months, Vancouver shines at it’s best as it experiences fairly dry climate, easy access to shopping, golfing, swimming and skiing and at times, all in the same day.
The downtown district offers a handful of outstanding 5 star hotels available right on the waterfront, but there are also great hostels and affordable hotels in the downtown core and in and around the famous boutique shopping district of Robson Street.
Vancouver is also known for it’s famous international cuisine as it has one of the most diverse ethnic populations in the world. If you are interested in world class sushi, excellent authentic Thai food, Sumptuous Greek or Italian Food, Chinese, French or Indian, Vancouver is host to some of the worlds best chefs, representing any type of cuisine to whet and satisfy your appetite.
So what else to do in Vancouver? How about the famous Stanley Park, which is second only to New York’s, Central Park in size for an urban park situated right inside the downtown core. If you cross the bridge, you are welcome to go up the gondola at Grouse Mountain to get an eagles eye view of the city, all this within 30 minutes from the downtown core. Gastown is a city landmark, a shoppers delight and one of the oldest areas of Vancouver, where you can experience BC’s history.
Granville Street is quickly becoming the entertainment district of the downtown core, with bars and clubs lined up on both sides of the street. This is where you can experience a bit of Vancouver’s culture such as the Annual Symphony of Fire fireworks competition and the Yaletown Street Party.
Although you would probably never want to leave Vancouver, there are also some great one day side trips you can take to Victoria, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands or Whistler Mountain. Vancouver and British Columbia is an destination and vacation you will not soon forget.