Universally considered to be one of North America's most spectacular cities, it's no surprise that Vancouver is a magnet for tourists and filmmakers alike. Extraordinarily beautiful with a magical setting between the mountains and the sea, Vancouver is a destination like no other.
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Consistently placed in top ten lists as one of the world's most liveable cities with an exceptional quality of life, Vancouver is a must for any visitor to the Northern Hemisphere. So whether it's skiing, hiking or kayaking, or wine tours, major sporting events or art and culture that take your fancy, Vancouver has it all.
What are the must-see attractions in Vancouver?
Not just content with a magnificent natural setting that includes stunning coastlines, majestic mountains and beautiful forests, Vancouver is a vibrant melting pot that is also one of Canada's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities. With so many must-see attractions in Vancouver, it's easy to become overwhelmed with choice, so here are some suggestions to get you started.
Whether you do it on the first day, the last day or somewhere in between, the Sea-to-Sky corridor is a must. Rated as one of the world's most beautiful drives, this 1.5 hour road trip takes you from the heart of Vancouver's downtown to the slopes of world class Whistler, and offers views you'll remember for a lifetime.
Given its location, it's no wonder that much of Vancouver's appeal comes from its natural pursuits. Want to become a local without the hassle of moving? Then become an honorary 'Vancouverite' by completing the Grouse Grind - a 850m alpine climb on the North Shore. Don't worry, your tired legs can get a cable car back down.
Alternatively, you can ski some of the planet's best slopes, cycle around Stanley Park, kayak in Deep Cove, hike Lynn Canyon or catch a ferry to the Sunshine Coast for some time out of the city - it's all well worth the effort.
Fancy a bite? You're in luck - Vancouver has something to suit all tastes. Take a foodie tour, spend the evening sourcing delights at the Richmond Night Market, grab a cocktail at the West End's Denman Street or find a quiet spot for lunch on the 'Drive', one of Vancouver's most eclectic and vibrant streets.
Of course, there's nothing more Canadian than an ice hockey game, and nothing says Vancouver more than a Canucks game. Playing between October and April, a visit to see the Canucks is a must for tourists and locals alike.