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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
What are your thoughts about Vancouver?
Hungry for Chinese?
January 27, 2010. Conde Nast Traveler named Vancouver's Chinese food the best in the world.
Condte Nast Travaller Says Eat Chinese in Vancouver
Conde Nast says our Chinese food is number one for three reasons: (1) We have a large Chinese population; (2) We have an abundance of resources; and (3) We have top rated chefs in the city.
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
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.
Cool Places Where The Locals Hang Out
- UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research
Beautiful gardens to explore, but that's not all. Rent a segway and enjoy a new way to explore the trails -- or for the daring, go on the canopy walkway. It's a 45 minute tour on a suspended platform high in the air. Not for the faint of heart!
- Deer Lake Park
Located in Burnaby, this delightful little park has a small lake with kayak rentals, nature trails, a museum, and nearby fine dining restaurant.
- The Tomahawk Barbeque [ Home ]
The Tomahawk Restaurant, established in 1926, has endured and succeeded in preserving its fine quality and family dining. Come for the huge breakfasts; enjoy the totem poles while you're there.
- Sophie's Cosmic Cafe | Loving our neighbourhood since 1988
This restaurant is a Vancouver tradition. Go for breakfast or brunch, and if its a weekend, prepare to wait in line.
- Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak - Vancouver sea kayaking, Rentals, Lessons, Guided Trips out of scenic Dee
Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Centre is Vancouver's premier paddling location. With one of the largest fleets in Canada, we offer rentals of high quality single and double ocean kayaks, stand up paddleboards (SUP), surf skis and canoes
- Lynn Canyon Park | Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
Visit this beautiful park with its amazing suspension bridge. This bridge is absolutely FREE to visit!
Vancouver Google Maps
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