There are some cities in the world which give you exactly what you would expect when you visit, and there are one or two which are full of surprises. Vancouver, a beautiful metropolis in the south-western corner of Canada, undoubtedly fits perfectly in the latter group. It has a number of attractions to tempt the visitor, all located in a city which is a pleasing mix of influences, and which retains a wonderful village-type feel to it. Here are four must-visit locations that should be on every tourist schedule.
Canadians are understandably proud of the natural beauty of their nation, and where better to see it than a 4,000-feet high mountain that’s just a few minutes from the very centre of Vancouver? In the winter months, this is a hugely popular ski resort, but in the summer months it’s just as beautiful and just as well-loved.
If you like hiking, be sure to bring your boots, because the trails around Grouse Mountain are among the most picturesque in the whole of North America.
Vancouver Art Gallery
There are times on any city break when a little culture is the order of the day, so a visit to Vancouver Art Gallery is highly recommended. It’s located in Hornby Street in the centre of the city, and is home to more than 10,000 fascinating exhibits. As well as hosting artworks by celebrated Canadian artists, including the famous Group of Seven, there are also pieces by the likes of Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali and Alfred Stieglitz.
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Capilano Suspension Bridge
One of those tourist attractions that for some people would seem more like a white knuckle ride, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is a pedestrian walkway that spans the Capilano River some 230 feet below. At almost 450 feet in length, the walk is perhaps not for those who have a fear of heights, especially if they are likely to get the jitters halfway across! Be sure to take a camera with you, because the views are truly beautiful.
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The area around Vancouver’s spectacular harbour is a sight to behold, especially at night, and there is no better view than that offered by the Lookout at the Harbour Centre. This observation deck gives visitors a wonderful 360 degree panorama of one of the world’s great cities. Mount Baker, a 10,000-feet plus volcano, is visible in the distance on a clear day, while in the foreground you can watch the boats in the harbour, as well as the planes taking off from Vancouver Harbour Water Airport.
David Showell lives in the UK and is a keen traveller. He works for http//www.carhiredirect.co.uk.