Holidays to cosmopolitan Vancouver
Found on Canada’s east coast, the vibrant city of Vancouver offers the full package – sophisticated city living, spectacular natural sights and a rich offering of art and culture. With the waves of the Pacific Ocean teeming with wildlife on one side and the imposing backdrop of the majestic North Shore Mountains rising up on the other, it’s clear that a holiday to Vancouver truly offers something for every traveller.
Whether you want to embrace nature, stroll through bustling streets or explore Canada’s history and culture, Vancouver will have exactly the holiday experience you’re looking for.
Boasting just over 1000 acres, this picture-perfect park is one of North America’s largest urban green spaces, and in terms of nature, it pretty much ticks every box. With a 5-5 mile seawall that can be walked or biked, a wetland area where you can spot beavers in the lake, beautifully manicured gardens and even an aquarium, there’s no wonder Stanley Park has a constant presence on every Vancouver to-do list.
A small peninsula located south of Stanley Park and Vancouver’s West End, Granville Island is an eclectic artistic and cultural hub that hosts a number of festivals throughout the year. Here you’ll also find open artisan studios, where you can watch people make jewellery and ornaments, as well as lively street performers to keep you entertained. It’s also the home of the famous Public Market, where you’ll find over 50 independent food stalls – make sure you visit over lunchtime!
On the west coast of the city overlooking the Strait of Georgia, you’ll find Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology. The building alone is worth a visit; the dramatic glass walls of this modernist structure are designed to complement the surrounding forest and ocean views. Renowned for its recreation of First Nation villages, the museum encourages an appreciation and respect for the history and traditions of Canada’s indigenous people.
Vancouver is the major urban centre of western Canada. It is located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, in the south-western tip of British Colombia, just north the USA Oregon border.
The Canadian dollar is divided into 100 cents. You may recognise the following terms - a penny for a cent; a nickel for five cents; a dime for ten cents; and a quarter for 25 cents - but less obvious is a loonie for a dollar coin (so called for the loon depicted on them) and a twoonie for a two-dollar coin which has a gold rim around a silver centre.
Tipping is a way of life in Canada although you should only reward service that you feel warrants it. At restaurants and for taxi rides, a tip of 15% for good service is considered the norm.
Vancouver is eight hours ahead of GMT.
The flight from London to Vancouver is 9 hours 25 minutes.
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