Vancouver is the city of urban beaches and mountainous backdrop. It is one of the most beautiful cities I had visited with my old college buddy Luke. It is a beautiful place to see and experience, in my opinion, in the world. The city experiences equable climate which keeps the temperatures mild all year round. Boasting a busy cultural life, it is also a paradise of leisurely activities.
Here are some of the must-see attractions of Vancouver.
- Stanley Park
This is the lush green peninsula park with large trees close to Downtown Vancouver. Here, I found a paved seawall path which encircles the green area. You can explore the area either on a bicycle or on foot. I spend my entire day here exploring the various attractions. These range from Vancouver aquarium to Brockton Point.
- Granville Island
This flourishing center of activity has once been industrial. The area has a distinctive and relaxed atmosphere. Retailers and artists have houses here alongside galleries, theatres, houseboats, and also restaurants. I bought fresh seafood and vegetable. There are also ready-to-eat items.
- Grouse Mountain
In summer as well as winter, the mountain offers a panoramic view. I went there in the evening when the lights were on. There is a gondola that runs from the street to the summit on a daily basis. There are activities, dining, and wildlife at the top of the mountain. If you are visiting with family, this is an excellent location. It offers snowshoeing, outdoor skating, snowboarding, and skiing.
- Kitsilano Beach
Kitsilano Beach with sandy shoreline showcases a fun-loving and laid-back Vancouver. I found the place to be mainly frequented by locals. There is an outdoor hot seawater swimming pool. I loved the admiring view of a mountainous backdrop. There are several walking trails and cafes that you can visit.
- English Bay
It centers one of the busiest and loveliest beaches. At English Bay you found many high-class restaurants. It is a well-known outdoor area where tourists and locals come to take a walk. The best time to visit is during summer when there are three nights of fireworks display set with music.