It has been said that Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains as wherever you look, you see water, mountains, or both, and everyone here looks so healthy. It's a liquid, modern, and travel-friendly city with a unique mix of cultures, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It's the supermodel of North American cities. In winter, the heart of downtown is 30 minutes from the ski slopes. In summer, sun seekers crowd its beaches and seaside promenades. And despite a rain-prone climate, it displays a perpetually sunny disposition.
Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage throughout all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the World. Canadians are known for their friendly nature, and Vancouver's citizens take great pride in their welcoming, clean, safe streets - day or night, all year round. Catering to any interest throughout the year, you can enjoy world class shopping, gourmet meals, outstanding live entertainment, sporting events, theater, outdoor adventure, spectacular sights and attractions - it's all waiting for you in Vancouver.
One of Vancouver's greatest treasures is the 405-hectare Stanley Park, conveniently located on the west side of the downtown area. Situated on a peninsula, the park is surrounded by the ocean and home to huge red cedar and Douglas fir trees. A seawall, which rings the park has an extensive walking, jogging, and biking path with designated lanes for walkers and bikers. From the seawall, there are some lovely views of the city and mountains. A scenic drive also winds through Stanley Park with numerous pullouts.
Within the park are the Vancouver Aquarium, scenic Beaver Lake, the Stanley Park Pavilion, Rose Garden, the Lions Gate Bridge, Deadman's Island, the Girl in a Wetsuit Statue and the Empress of Japan Figurehead, which you can visit most of them on board one of the old-fashioned horse-drawn vehicles. Also of special interest, are numerous totem poles, some of which were erected more than 100 years ago.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
A 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, the iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge is a Vancouver landmark. Since 1889, visitors and locals alike have flocked to this famous swinging bridge across Capilano Canyon, making it one of Canada's most popular attractions. The reason is simple - there are so many things to see and do. Committed to preserving and presenting its history, culture and nature in unique and thrilling ways, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is Canadian in nature, universal in appeal.
From sophisticated entertainment to unspoiled nature, Grouse Mountain is the pre-eminent all-in-one, four-season mountain resort with a little something for everyone. The wilderness paradise is located just a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, and once visitors arrive, the famous Grouse Mountain Skyride (North America's largest aerial tram system) takes visitors on a 1600 meter (1 mile) aerial journey up the mountain to the Alpine Station, 1100 meters (3700 feet) above sea level. Breathtaking panoramic views of the city, sea and surrounding mountains unfold as you climb, culminating with a summit altitude of 1250 meters (4100 feet).