This, the third largest city of Canada on the Pacific Ocean, is one of the prettiest and most liveable in the land. Year after year, international organizations produce lists based on a number of criteria and often rank it best or second, and occasionally third in the world.
The area around Burrard Inlet was inhabited by aboriginal tribes as early as 9000 years ago, European sailors appeared on the shores of British Columbia in the 17th century, but the city got a boost in population in 1858 with gold rushes – Caribou and Fraser. Both attracted as many as 25,000 adventurers from California and elsewhere, but it was the arrival of transcontinental railway from the east coast of Canada in 1887 that helped to increase the population.
is the largest and most important commercial centre on British Columbia with a population of approximately 600,000, and Greater Vancouver Area accommodates well over two million people.
Vancouver city centre id south of Burrard Inlet, and connected to North Vancouver by a bridge. Stanley Park is in the south; a 1000-acre (400 hectares) park cradles ocean beaches and centuries old trees.
You are likely to be fascinated by the many attractions that display ancient history, natural phenomena, science and nature. You can learn a great deal about aboriginal art and artefacts at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Museum, and Maritime Museum.
Science World at Telus World of Science, located in the geodesic dome, delights everyone with its hands-on experiments, demonstrations and screened shows in the unique Omnimax theatre on site. The Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 70,000 creatures, including whales and sharks.
Robinson Street in the heart of downtown leads in fashion stores and is famous for, potential star spotting and street-side dining.
The International Buddhist temple offers traditional ceremonies and Chinese arts. Here you can admire the palatial architecture and soak in the serenity the temple presents.
In Vancouver you can buy authentic aboriginal art from artists and workmen who created them including soft moccasins, exquisite jewellery, hand-carved ceremonial masks, and learn the story of totem poles.
is home to many people from all over the world, and offers tourists opportunities to sample their cuisines i.e C- Restaurant, an excellent seafood restaurant, Cioppino’s for Italian specialties, and Vij’s for Indian food. Tojo’s owner, a Japanese restaurant, invented the California roll, which actually popularized sushi in North American. Authentic ethnic cuisines form China, Thailand and many other countries compete for guests who appreciate delights regardless of their origin.
You want to visit a spa, just asks the concierge at your hotel.
If you like to shop, browse Chinatown, visit Little India, pay a visit to the Golden Village in Richmond, and for mementos wonder into Gastown, Granville Island or Robson Street.
There is no shortage of hotels, inns, guesthouses and affordable accommodations in this beautiful city with many parks and gardens.
The skyline of Vancouver is dominated with hundreds of high-rise buildings due to the far sight of city planners who wanted to preserve the beautiful environment and keep the city compact.
Europeans flying to Vancouver should stay in Toronto or Montreal at least for a few days to acclimatize.
Asian visitors will be able to adapt quickly.
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