Every year, after a cold and damp winter, Vancouver residents and visitors are rewarded with breathtaking blossoming of 40,000 ornamental cherry trees which herald the advent of spring. A profusion of pink and white flowers dot the urban landscape along boulevards, streets, parks and even the downtown area in and around The Auberge: pristinely pink cherry-blossomed trees line the walkway of Perch Park, where passers by can take a moment to sit at one of the tables or on a park bench, relax and enjoy a mini urban oasis.
Situated along the stunning waterfront vista of Coal Harbour, Canada Place is virtually the busiest hub of activity in downtown Vancouver housing not one but two convention centres along with the cruise ship terminal’s facility for numerous cruise ships bound for adventures to Alaska during the warmer months of the year.
Downtown Vancouver is always a hub of activity all year round and winter is no exception: there’s so much to see and do!
While winters in the Pacific Northwest tend to be cold & rainy, as soon as the temperatures hover around freezing, the chances are great that you’ll see the precipitation turn to snow prompting scores of ski and snowboarding enthusiasts to hit the local slopes.
According to Conde Nast Traveller’s recent Reader’s Choice Awards for 2017, Vancouver has once again placed in the top 10 best cities in the world and it’s obvious as to why: mind-blowing outdoor scenery, rich multicultural diversity, a dizzying array of cosmopolitan as well as a hipster dining experiences and of course, a thriving visual & performing arts scene.
In a recent article in the New York Times entitled 36 Hours in Vancouver, the writer waxes poetic about how easy it is to be smitten by this city, and we couldn’t agree more! By day, Vancouver offers a dizzying array of activities aptly suited for a West Coast city surrounded by nature: on the water there’s kayaking or canoeing; on the seawall along the water’s edge there’s strolling, cycling or in-line skating; in the nearby local mountains there’s hiking up the Grouse Grind, and of course in various neighborhoods including the downtown core you could spend countless hours exploring and meandering about, but at dusk, this jewel in the Pacific Northwest truly comes alive.
Whether you’re a visitor to Vancouver trying to determine the quickest way to get downtown from the airport or you merely want a convenient mode of transportation to go shopping, taking the Canada Line alleviates the stress of driving, avoids all the traffic congestion and looking for a place to park, especially around the city centre.
It’s time to shed those down parkas and woolly toques; after what has been an unbearably long, cold winter, a profusion of pink cherry blossoms punctuate the city landscape and herald the return of spring to the West Coast.
While downtown Vancouver has the full range of culinary options ranging from family-style large chains to fine dining in the immediate vicinity of The Auberge Hotel, there’s hidden gem located at the rear of the building: The Lions Pub boasts modern pub fare served in a lively, convivial atmosphere. The menu runs the gamut from traditional British comfort food to a wide range of sandwiches, burgers and salads. Of course there’s beer on tap as well as a huge selection of craft beer, too!
Both visitors and locals alike would agree that Vancouver is visually picture postcard perfect, especially when it boasts mountains and an ocean nearby for a handy backdrop, but this world class cosmopolitan city in the Pacific Northwest is absolutely captivating when she’s all glammed up for the holidays.