Burrard Inlet and the lights of Vancouver from Cypress Mountain
Winters in Vancouver offer the best of all worlds. Within 30 minutes of the city are three ski hills that host a range of winter activities, complemented by amazing city views. Mild weather at sea level makes it possible to enjoy an equally broad range of outdoor activities in the city, even in the middle of winter. All this in a cosmopolitan city, with a stunning ocean and mountain backdrop.
One of the many great things about the mild Vancouver winter is you can still pursue your favourite outdoor activities. Kayak around English Bay, stroll along uncrowded beaches or bike around the Stanley Park seawall while admiring the snow-capped North Shore mountains
Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to entertain the family? Head to Robson Square where there is a covered outdoor rink where ice skating is free
Vancouver's dining scene is famous for fresh seafood, top Asian cuisine and a wealth of locally... Read more sourced fare (the 100 Mile Diet was invented right here). Indulge in West Coast cuisine at West or Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar. For legendary sushi, grab a seat at Tojo’s. Chinese food is serious business in a city where a third of the population can claim Asian roots. Kirin Restaurant and Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant are top Vancouver choices, or enjoy a taste of Hong Kong cuisine in Richmond, the heart of BC’s Asian food scene. For cheap eats sample some global street food from a thriving downtown food cart scene.
Some of Vancouver tastiest globally-inspired treats are sold on street corners from the... Read more city’s many food trucks. You’ll find them parked downtown any noon hour from spring through fall; some even operate year-round. Just look for the queue of hungry locals. Local favourites include slow-smoked pulled pork sandwiches at Re-Up BBQ; offbeat Pan-Asian creations at The Roaming Dragon; made-from-scratch Tex-Mex fare at Tacofino and fresh, local seafood at Feastro the Rolling Bistro. Locations are subject to change, check websites or get updates through Facebook or Twitter for current locations and hours.
Fine food meets sweeping views in North and West Vancouver, known locally as the North Shore.... Read more Enjoy stunning vistas across the inlet and city, at West Vancouver’s Salmon House on the Hill or try mile-high dining atop Grouse Mountain. Back at sea level, sample West Coast fare with sunset scenes at Dundarave Pier, or French cuisine at La Régalade. If you’re heading to Whistler, stop at Horseshoe Bay for a casual lunch at the Olive & Anchor. For desert, treat yourself to some Chocolate Sparkle cookies at Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates and Patisserie, or a maple glaze doughnut at Honey Doughnuts and Goodies in Deep Cove.
When flying in to Vancouver, book a window seat – the approach offers great views of the... Read more mountains, the Fraser River and distant Vancouver Island. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just a short drive from downtown, or ride the rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to the city centre. The city is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane. A full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental options are also available.
YVR has a wide variety of dining options to satisfy every craving, both...
You can get just about anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver on the city’s TransLink... Read more system, which includes buses; three rapid transit lines, known as the SkyTrain; and the SeaBus, a passenger ferry serving North Vancouver. SkyTrain is a great way to travel to and from Vancouver International Airport, and to explore Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. The SeaBus makes regular crossings between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike paths including the car-free Seawall Path, which runs more than 20 km (12 mi) along Vancouver’s waterfront.
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