Posted March 2, 2011 by Adam Toren in City Guides

An Introduction to Vancouver, British Columbia

<p><span>Visit the glorious coastal city of Vancouver, British   Columbia, where you can ski the slopes and hang out on the beach all in the same day. Situated in the lower mainland, this city is surrounded by the Fraser River, the Coast Mountains and the Straight of Georgia. Vancouver is the third-largest metropolitan city in Canada and its culture, nightlife, attractions, and dining encourage millions of people to visit every year. The land this tourist-loved city lies on was first discovered by Europeans in 1791 by a British explorer named Captain George Vancouver and so the city took on his name. </span><strong><span></span></strong></p><p><span>Known by film buffs as Hollywood North because of its popularity as a major film-producing city, Vancouver is fairly <em>bursting</em> with wilderness and outdoor excursion opportunities. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of outdoor fun such as kayaking, paddle boating, canoeing, rollerblading and beach volleyball, to name a few. Within the city limits you will find sidewalk caf&eacute;s, beaches, waterfront dining and busy shops and streets, as well as friendly people and historic landmarks. </span></p><p><span>Vancouver’s Chinatown is one of the largest in North America and just nearby you will find historic Gastown, which is considered to be the birthplace of this ever-growing city. When you enter trendy Yaletown you will be amazed to hear it used to be a warehouse district, as it is now considered one of the most posh neighborhoods in the city. The West End invites visitors to enjoy beautiful beaches and a friendly community of people and their furry friends. The majority of Vancouverites love animals, and you will always see someone walking their four-legged friends along the seawall. Don’t be surprised if you even see a cat being walked! Voted the number-one city in the world to live in many times throughout the years, and getting ready to host the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, this city is vibrant, confident, electric, and like no other place across the globe.</span></p><p><span>Visitors can take panoramic photos from the Harbour Centre Tower located in downtown Vancouver or head only 15 minutes out of the city to popular Grouse  Mountain and take breathtaking photos from the summit. Vancouver has much to offer where attractions are concerned and the city always presents visitors with family-friendly fun. From the Vancouver Art Gallery to Stanley Park, there is so much to explore and discover about this grand city. Watch as the float planes glide into the harbour or see massive cruise ships come into the busy Port of Vancouver. Families, students, backpackers and business travelers alike can enjoy a fun-filled visit to Vancouver, and they are always guaranteed to want to take some of the city home with them. This city is one of the &lsquo;newest’ and yet most cosmopolitan cities in existence, and tourists are bound to fall more in love with it each time they visit.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p>

Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.