Nestled between snow-topped mountains and the wild Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is the heart of British Columbia and a jewel in Canada’s crown. Often voted as one of the ‘best cities to live in’ worldwide, Vancouver is jam-packed with exciting and interesting things to see and do. Albeit relatively young for a city, Vancouver has received the rare accolade of being perfect for nature lovers and city dwellers alike.
The former home to Vancouver’s factories and sawmills, Granville Island is now a firm favorite with savvy travelers looking to see something a little different. Grab a tug-boat ferry from the downtown peninsula. Once you are there, explore the island’s artisan crafts, large public market, and beautiful artwork on display.
A mere twenty minutes from the city lies the Grouse Mountain, which is home to snow, superb skiing conditions, and North America’s largest aerial tramway, the Skyway. Travel 3,700 feet up to the Alpine Station, where you have over 26 solid ski runs to choose from as well as a breathtaking view over Vancouver.
After coming down from the mountains to the sea, take a boat into the ocean to spot one of the world’s most majestic mammals, the whale. Typically, tours leave from historic Steveston fishing village on the West coast. From March through to October, you have a very high chance of seeing whales, dolphins, sea otters, and sea lions. If, after all that salty sea air, you have a hankering for some fresh seafood, head to Fanny’s Oyster Bar for freshly shucked oysters and seafood dishes, such as scallop risotto.