Downtown Vancouver is always a hub of activity all year round and winter is no exception: there’s so much to see and do!
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.
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.
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.
One of life’s guilty pleasures: savouring the first bite of a fresh, buttery croissant served in Auberge Hotel’s Le Salon baked daily by Baguette & Co, a preeminent French bakery with multiple locations in Vancouver.
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.