Even by North American standards, Vancouver is a young city (it was incorporated in 1886). But what it lacks in history it compensates for in culture. Experience Vancouver’s Indigenous culture (including First Nations, Metis and Inuit people) in an array of historic sites, boutiques, and museums.
The city’s high-fashion boutiques and fondness for health-conscious eating make it an attractive urban playground. Plus, Vancouver and its breathtaking backdrop of mountains and beaches has been the setting for a bevy of popular television shows and major motion pictures (including “Riverdale,” “X-Files” and “Deadpool”), so don’t be surprised if you recognize landmarks from your favorite scenes or stumble upon a production in progress.
But this mitten-shaped city on Canada’s western edge draws in more than pop culture junkies. Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting and skiing will beckon to your adventurous side (and are especially accessible on one of the best Vancouver tours). Looking for a little rest and relaxation?
Try lounging along the 11 miles of beaches or in one of the numerous parks. During the cold weather, you can duck inside one of the top-notch museums or take the kids to one of the family-friendly attractions, like Granville Island or the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
When you add excellent shopping, dining and nightlife scenes to the mix, you’ll see why many praise Vancouver as a go-to getaway for the multifaceted traveler.