A great destination is Vancouver British Columbia and the surrounding areas. There is so much to see and do in the area that it can keep a traveler busy for days. The variety of things to do is endless and can give a visitor the perfect mix of the experience of visiting a big city to spending a relaxing afternoon in a park, garden or on a beach.
Victoria Island – A quaint little island that features small shops to elegant buildings like the Empress Hotel built in the early 1900’s. The small town has small shops along winding roads that seem to be from another era. Another stop not to miss would be to see the Craigdarroch Castle built in 1890. Another highlight is the Buchart Gardens. It can be an experience just getting to Victoria Island by taking one of the local ferries offered from Vancouver.
Vancouver features several great areas including Gastown district which features numerous outdoor cafes, restaurants and shops of every kind. In the evening, the street is a flurry of activity with crowds of people walking along the streets. Every kind of cuisine is available in the area.
A variety of gardens are found in Vancouver from the Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research to The Park and Tilford Gardens in North Vancouver and the VanDusen Botanical Gardens these gardens are spread out in different areas of the city. You aren’t far from one of these great gardens no matter where you are in the city.
Stanley Park is a 1,000 acre park in the middle of Vancouver. It has many trails, and picnic areas and some great little beach areas. It overlooks the harbor and has many viewpoints where you can look out over this great city. Another stop not to miss is the Vancouver Aquarium.
Too expensive to fly right to Vancouver? Try checking out a flight to Seattle instead. Seattle air fares are typically very competitive and usually are less expensive than flights to Vancouver and it is a great gateway to our Canadian neighbor.