US Tour 2011: Your guide to Vancouver
- Fri 10 Jun 2011, 1:42PM
- Posted by Thomas Cook
Ringed by snow-capped, forested mountains dropping down to miles of sandy beaches, Vancouver is a playground for residents and visitors alike.
Against the stunning scenic backdrop, a medley of sophisticated restaurants, leafy parks and lively, earthy brew pubs await. Cosmopolitan Vancouver is "young" - just over 100 years old - and its outdoorsy energy complements its easygoing West Coast style.
Things to Do
Walk along the seawall or through forested trails in sprawling Stanley Park, Vancouver's spiritual centre. East of downtown, stroll amid the tranquil ponds and stone walkways of the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
Giant carved totem poles tower above an impressive collection of First Nations masks and sculptures at the Museum of Anthropology. You can see British Columbia depicted in the brilliant canvasses of Emily Carr at the Vancouver Art Gallery. After walking the tree-lined streets of the West End, ride on a mini-ferry on False Creek.
A colourful parade of designer boutiques graces Robson Street; head to the shops lining West 4th Avenue for funky purchases; or wander through the shops of Ambleside in genteel West Vancouver. In addition to the essential Granville Island Public Market, Vancouver has permanent and weekly summer markets stocked with farm goods, fashions, and knick-knacks.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Pubs and clubs are clustered around two "entertainment zones." Rub shoulders with the club crowd on funky Granville Street downtown or enjoy a pub crawl along Water and Pender streets in Gastown. Hip Yaletown has established itself as a third zone, with swanky cocktail bars and clubs.
For more laidback surroundings, relax with beachgoers in Kitsilano, or picnic in Stanley Park and watch Theatre Under the Stars.
Restaurants and Dining
Seafood is king in Vancouver; this is a city where an appetizer of raw oysters often precedes a main course of wild salmon or halibut. Try a six-course seafood medley, paired with a glass of wine from an Okanagan winery, at an award-winning Yaletown restaurant.
Diners head to Fourth Avenue for Greek, Commercial Drive for Italian, and Chinatown for Cantonese. For a meal with a view, book a table in a Stanley Park restaurant to watch the sunset over the water.
Kindly supplied by Thomas Cook