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Visit Vancouver | A World Class Canadian City

Updated on December 14, 2015
Canadian Flag Flying at Canada Place in Vancouver
Canadian Flag Flying at Canada Place in Vancouver

Why Not Visit Beautiful Vancouver, Canada?

If a visit to Vancouver, Canada is on your travel agenda, check out the tips and recommendations of things to see and do. After the usual tourist attractions, try going where the locals go to unwind.

Fifteen years ago, I moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I hope never to leave, other than on vacations. I'm proud of this beautiful city and I love to see visitors experience it -- some for the first time, some for many times.

We hosted the Winter Olympics in February, 2010. That gave a lot of people a good reason to visit -- but there are so many others. This lens shows you some of the nicest things about Metro Vancouver. Metro Vancouver, formerly known as Greater Vancouver, is located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. It includes the City of Vancouver, as well as a number of suburbs -- including Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Tsawwassen, White Rock, Coquitlam, Langley, Abbotsford and Aldergrove.

And yes, what they say is true. You can hike in the mountains in the morning and swim in the ocean in the afternoon. I live a ten minute walk from the ocean and perhaps a fifteen minute drive from the mountains

Unless otherwise noted, all photo credits are to June Campbell

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Crocuses Blossoming in February
Crocuses Blossoming in February

About the Weather

They call it Raincouver for a reason. Vancouver is situated in a rain forest. It rains frequently in the fall and winter. We may get a few days snowfall during December or January, but the rains soon come and take it away. (Skiers, don't despair. We are backed up against the North Shore Mountains, where there is always plenty of snow all winter long). As for temperature, in the wintertime, it tends to hover around the freezing point. Despite the mild temperature, visitors often find it cold in the winter because of the high humidity. "It's a DAMP cold!:"

In the spring and summer, the sun shines most of the time. Most days are beach weather. Again, we have humidity, so some visitors find the weather warmer than the temperature suggests.

Spring comes early. Most years, we see flowers blossoming before March. . I took the crocus picture in the park behind my home in mid February. Daffodils, irises and primroses blossom soon after the crocuses appear.

Introducing Vancouver by Video

A Canucks Watch for the Hockey Fan

Game Time Men's NHL-SW-VAN "Schedule" Watch - Vancouver Canucks
Game Time Men's NHL-SW-VAN "Schedule" Watch - Vancouver Canucks

You know who the Canucks are. They're our pro hockey team. What better gift for a hockey fan than this Canucks watch with all the trimmings.


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View of of False Creek from Granville Island
View of of False Creek from Granville Island

What to Wear in Vancouver

Dress in Vancouver is more casual than you will find on the East Coast. What to wear, of course, depends upon what you hope to do when you get here.

One thing to remember: Bring Layers.

Bring light sweaters and tops and heavier sweaters and tops. If its winter, you don't need a heavy winter coat, but you should have something warm and preferably water resistant. I always look for tops with a hood because its so easy to cover my head. If you're not a hood type of person, bring a scarf or hat to cover your head during the rainstorms or in the cooler winter weather.

It rains. Bring shoes that can get wet. Open toed sandals are fine when its dry, but you will hate them when it rains.

An umbrella is always a good plan. If you don't want to haul one with you, no problem. They're sold everywhere in this city.

© 2009 June Campbell


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      Johnb648 3 years ago

      Hello.This post was extremely motivating, especially because I was browsing for thoughts on this subject last Thursday. bccdededdefk

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      What an amazing city! I love Vancouver. Pinned onto my Canada board.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      What an amazing city! I love Vancouver. Pinned onto my Canada board.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was a Child when I last visited Vancouver, I would like to visit there now as an Adult; hopefully that will happen soon!

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @awakeningwellness: I hope you return!

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I have been to Vancouver twice and thought it was a beautiful city full of friendly people, hopefully I will get back there again someday. :)

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @aesta1: I come from Manitoba, and I am still in awe of our early spring. The crocuses usually bloom in late January. Awesome! Thanks for visiting.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I used to envy your green grass in March when we still had snow in Ottawa. I had been there several times and always enjoyed myself.

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @ChrisDay LM: Sorry to hear Vancouver is not on your "to do" list. It is truly a lovely city.

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      ChrisDay LM 7 years ago

      Looks amazing - I may never get there so thanks for showing it so well.

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      SandyPeaks 7 years ago

      Loved Vancouver - especially Robson Street in the evening - it's so pretty!

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      Sami4u LM 7 years ago


      9°C today it needs blessed LOL :)

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @maplesyrup59: Thank you! I have been to Montreal on one occasion, and it is equally lovely. I would love to return.

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      maplesyrup59 7 years ago

      Greetings from Montreal. I just love Vancouver have been there a few times. Some of my work colleagues were lucky enough to have been chosen as volunteers for winter olympics and kept us up to date on happenings thru Facebook. It makes me want to go back which I plan to do soon. Beautiful lens!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Perhaps some day you will make it back. Thanks for commenting.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      We went out to BC for our honeymoon, over 30 years ago and stayed for two years on Vancouver Island. I've always wanted to go back! - Kathy

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @EditPhotos: Thank you so much A Squid Angel blessing is always wonderful to receive. I hope you make it back to Vancouver one day.

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      Edit Photos 7 years ago from Earth

      21 years since I visited on my honeymoon. Once the kids are out of college, maybe I will make it back! Squidoo Angel Thumbs Up! Of course, I feel silly typing "goopsnoop" as my security word as I bless your lens.

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      BC_Mortgage_Adviser 8 years ago

      Great Squidoo page. :)

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      June Campbell 8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @jolou: Another Prairie Chicken! Thanks for commenting. I think Canada did a wonderful job of the Olympics. It was everyone's spirit that made it so great.

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      jolou 8 years ago

      I'm in Victoria, so have visited many times. They did an aweome job of the Oylmpics! I'm from Manitoba originally too! Life is wonderful on the west coast.

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      June Campbell 8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Wednesday-Elf: I hope you visit us one day. I agree that this city is beautiful. Ever since I moved here, I am stunned daily by the beautiful around me.

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      Wednesday-Elf 8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've never been to Vancouver, or even north of California, and I don't ever remember even seeing pictures of Vancouver until I watched the 2010 Winter Olympics and 'discovered' it. Vancouver is breathtakingly beautiful. The skyline seems to float above the water like a magical city. I would very much like to visit one day.

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      June Campbell 8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @PNWtravels: Great, I hope you do.Thanks for visiting this lens and leaving a comment

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      Vicki Green 8 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Great lens! I love Vancouver and hope to visit there again soon!

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      The next time I make it out to the coast I would really like to spend some time in Vancouver.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Hello There!!

      You did a beautiful job on this lens!!



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