Experience the culinary capital of Canada
Snow-capped mountains peak out from behind tall glass skyscrapers on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Nestled somewhere between eastern culture and western tradition, Vancouver is a study in nature and urbanity coexisting peacefully.
As host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, snowy adventure is never far away. In fact, you can hit the slopes in the morning and be on the beach by afternoon. Bus to the Whistler Valley on the scenic Sea to Sky Trail and mountain hop via PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, taking the time to ski, ATV, snowmobile, zipline, or wildlife watch along the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Tour Whistler Village—a distinctly European looking alpine town—and browse local shops, the Olympic grounds, and hike nearby forest trails. Immerse yourself in the areas rich aboriginal heritage at the Aboriginal Cultural Center and Museum before heading back to lower altitudes in Vancouver’s North Shore. Here you’ll find warmer outdoor adventure at Stanley Park, a vast 1000 acres of urban-greenspace that includes ancient cedar rainforest, sandy beaches, and lush flora and fauna. Bike along the 17-mile long Vancouver Seawall, visit the Vancouver Aquarium, or peruse the park’s many monuments and totem art.
Home to a large community of Asian immigrants and Asian-Canadians, Vancouver’s dining scene is bursting with Eastern influence, from Japanese pubs and Chinese fine dining to fragrant Indian cuisine. The culinary capital of Canada, this claim is bolstered by an unending supply of fresh, locally sourced seafood, a strong farm-to-table movement, and a booming craft beer scene. Tool around North America’s largest Chinatown, discover the indie bars and restaurants of the Gastown neighborhood, or grab a bite in one of the trendy shopping areas like Yaletown, Robson Street, or Kitsilano. Tucked between mountains, sea, and cool eateries, you’ll find the mid-century inspired Museum of Vancouver and an impressive collection of classic and contemporary art at the Vancouver Art Gallery—including permanent collections by Emily Carr and the Group of Seven. The Museum of Anthropology offers an in-depth look at Aboriginal and Asian culture, while the city’s many conservatories and botanical gardens offer a peaceful respite from a busy day of sightseeing.