Vancouver Pictures Guide
British Columbia, Canada
Kitsilano beach in English Bay, one of the best of a dozen beaches in and around Vancouver. Photo by Rwerner.
Lion’s Gate Bridge into Vancouver at sunset. Photo by Tom Richards.
Vancouver is one of the best cities in Canada for arts, culture and waterside lifestyles, a peaceful relaxed place in a dramatic location at the junction of the Rocky Mountains, the Fraser River and the Pacific Ocean, spoilt only by the mostly dull architecture and frequent rain.
Winters are invariably wet in the city but nearby mountain snowfall is excellent and summers are warm with plenty of sports facilities, recreational areas and beaches available along the 16, 000 miles of British Columbia’s coastline. BC is English-speaking, a big plus for visiting Americans and Brits.
One of Canada’s best cities for arts, culture and outdoor lifestyles, Vancouver is a relaxed place in a dramatic location and constantly ranked as one of the best places to live in the world, especially if you are not allergic to rain.
In winter there is pretty good downhill and cross-country skiing around the peaks of Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour, just over half an hour away while the world-class activities resort of Whistler- Blackcomb is an easy 115km/2 hours drive north.
Halfway between Whistler and Vancouver the town of Squamish is a brilliant destination for mountain climbing and mountain biking on rainforest trails.
Downtown Vancouver, a surprisingly overbuilt and unappealing collection of high-rise buildings considering the eco-friendly, arty-farty, new-age-stoner, totally-chilled ambience that the local people exude (well, the Anglo-Saxon types, the Chinese are less relaxed). Photo by MagnusL3D.
Vancouver has a lively and creative ambience with plenty of sensational eating and drinking establishments, particularly in ex-Victorian Gastown and ex-industrial Granville Island. Granville is the place for an art attack, stroll around quaint shops, colourful market stalls, watch some street entertainment and eat fine street food.
Vancouver’s number one tourist night destination, Gastown, in winter, i. e. it’s typically pouring with rain while Grouse Mountain looming just 30 minutes away is as white as a sheet. Photo by Zzzenia.