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Vancouver is a delicious juxtaposition of urban sophistication and on-your-doorstep wilderness adventure. The mountains and seascape make the city an outdoor playground for hiking, skiing, kayaking, cycling, and sailing—and so much more—while the cuisine and arts scenes are equally diverse, reflecting the makeup of Vancouver's ethnic (predominantly Asian) mosaic. Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities, and it's easy for visitors to see why. It's beautiful, it's outdoorsy, and there's a laidback West Coast vibe. On the one hand, there's easy access to a variety of outdoor activities, a fabulous variety of beaches, and amazing parks. At the same time, the city has a multicultural vitality and cosmopolitan flair. The attraction is as much in the range of food choices—the fresh seafood and local produce are some of North America's best—as it is in the museums, shopping, and nightlife.Vancouver's landscaping also adds to the city's walking appeal. In spring, flowerbeds spill over with tulips and daffodils while sea breezes scatter scented cherry blossoms throughout Downtown; in summer office workers take to the beaches, parks, and urban courtyards for picnic lunches and laptop meetings. More than 8 million visitors each year come to Vancouver, Canada's third-largest metropolitan area. Because of its peninsula location, traffic flow is a contentious issue. Thankfully, Vancouver is wonderfully walkable, especially in the downtown core. The North Shore is a scoot across the harbor, and the rapid-transit system to Richmond and the airport means that staying in the more affordable ’burbs doesn't have to be synonymous with sacrificing convenience. The mild climate, exquisite natural scenery, and relaxed outdoor lifestyle keep attracting residents, and the number of visitors is increasing for the same reasons. People often get their first glimpse of Vancouver when catching an Alaskan cruise, and many return at some point to spend more time here.

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Locals Love Stanley Park’s Huge Green Space
Locals Love Stanley Park’s Huge Green Space

Stroll or bike the perimeter seawall or take a horse-drawn carriage ride through this 1,000-acre park offering activities for adults and kids.

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Creatures From the Arctic to the Amazon
Creatures From the Arctic to the Amazon

Home to thousands of species, the Vancouver Aquarium ranks among the world’s best. See sharks, dolphins and sea lions, and walk through a rain forest.

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An Afternoon Exploration on Granville Island
An Afternoon Exploration on Granville Island

Once an industrial area, this revitalized neighborhood now boasts boutiques, cafes, galleries, bookstores and the city’s best open-air market.

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How to choose the ship that will guarantee you a good time at sea.

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World-Class Museum of Anthropology
World-Class Museum of Anthropology

Featuring totem poles, masks and other Native American art and artifacts, this museum also displays ceramics and jewelry from around the world.

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7 Travel Essentials

Find out why Samantha Brown recommends traveling with melatonin, comfy socks and other necessities.

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Popular Beaches for a Sunny Day
Popular Beaches for a Sunny Day

True Vancouverites cherish their many stretches of sandy shore, from hip Kitsilano Beach to quieter Spanish Banks to clothing-optional Wreck Beach.

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Nightlife and Dining in Yaletown
Nightlife and Dining in Yaletown

Set on the downtown False Creek waterfront, this former warehouse district now hums day and night with clubs, restaurants, bars and trendy shops.

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