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.
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!
It’s time to enjoy longer stretches of drier weather, beautiful blossoms and pleasant strolls in one of the many gorgeous parks in and around downtown Vancouver: spring is in the air!
Without a doubt Vancouver reigns supreme as having a huge coffee culture, but there’s something altogether soothing about a mid-afternoon cup of tea to escape the frenetic cacophony of downtown Vancouver.
An exceedingly pleasant way to see the city as well as to get across False Creek with an exceptional view from the water involves climbing on board one of the little blue boats that glide effortlessly on the waterways: False Creek Ferries is probably one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets as a notable and interesting mode of transportation.
To celebrate the season, go and see what downtown Vancouver has to offer during the holidays whether it be for shopping, strolling, visiting beautifully decorated seasonal venues or just having a twirl around an ice rink in the center of the city, there’s something for everyone.
Although Vancouver’s world-renowned Stanley Park receives the most annual visits by tourists and locals alike, here are a couple of under the radar outdoor spots just a little further away from the downtown core but definitely worth exploring: VanDusen Botannical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory, both accessible by crossing either the Oak or Granville St Bridges and minutes from the city center. Both properties are open seven days a week: VanDusen is the larger open air property whereas the smaller Bloedel Conservatory situated at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park is a beautiful oasis filled with plants, trees and birds under a geodesic dome.