Few people venture out to Canada’s west coast, preferring to check out Quebec City, Montreal and Prince Edward Island. This is completely understandable, as each of those has a lot to offer, but those willing to travel to the other side of the country will be greatly rewarded by the city of Vancouver.
The city is surrounded by natural beauty. The Coast Mountain range sits just to its north, while to the West is the Georgia Straight, which gradually becomes the Pacific Ocean.
Inside the city, the nature is just as good. The 1,000 acre Stanley Park, is the city’s oldest and is the Canadian answer to New York’s Central Park. It sits right along the water and in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown. It is the perfect place for a walk or a picnic.
Not to be missed is the city’s historic Gas Town district that displays some of Vancouver’s oldest streets and architecture. It is loaded with trendy restaurants from all corners of the world. Canada’s loose immigration policy has made the country and particularly its cities very culturally diverse.
A great day trip from Vancouver can be had on Vancouver Island, a short 90-minute ferry ride from the city.
The island’s largest town is Victoria, which sits on the southernmost point of the island and offers some of the most spectacular views of the area. Evidence of Victoria’s colonial past appears at every corner. The island and city are both extremely popular and get over 6 million visitors every year.
Westjet, Canada’s largest discount airline offers direct flights to both Vancouver and Victoria from most major cities on its schedule in both Canada and the United States.