The city of Vancouver is the third largest in Canada and offers much to visitors. With a vibrant and idyllic lifestyle, resplendent oceans and mountains and other attractions, the city makes for a great vacation spot.  


The area which is today called as Vancouver used to be home to Native Americans when in 1824 the Hudson’s Bay Company began to establish trading posts, one of which was Fort Langley. The fort was later shifted to a more profitable location by Richard Moody and in its place, the town of New Westminster was established. Later in 1858 during the gold rush in Cariboo Mountains, miners migrated in droves in the area. But it was in 1886, when Granville was incorporated as the City of Vancouver under the mayor-ship of M.A. McLean. However, tragedy struck the city when in the Great Vancouver Fire, most of the city burned to the ground. The city persevered and is today a great metropolitan harbor.  

Things to See

A seaport that overlooks the mountains and the sea, the city of Vancouver allows much in the way of adventure and outdoor entertainment. Stanley Park, overlooking magnificent waterfront views, is an urban park that can be hiked through or explored on carriages and is the largest in North America. For a more signature Vancouver experience, Pan Pacific offers a delectable brunch and the city boasts the absolute best of sushi cooked in Asian and Japanese styles, which can be tasted at the Blue Water Café and Raw Bar. Bask in the sun and swim in the waves at the many beaches in the city, such as Wreck Beach, which is renowned for nudity.  

Places to Drive to  

Although Vancouver has many activities to revel in and enjoy, many are eager to drive out of the city limits to venture and explore the surrounding areas. To facilitate in such an endeavor, hire a rental car from and cruise down the roads in comfort and ease. One of the best places to drive to are the mountainous resorts of Cypress and Seymour which offer tourists a spectacular time skiing and snowboarding over the snowcapped peaks. Further out is the Mystic Beach, that offers beautiful natural vistas and rope swings for the more adventurous. Venture to the Hot Springs Loop and wile away the stress by relaxing in the warm waters. Hiking is one of the prime things to be done when in Canada and a mountaintop called Gimli in Provincial Park in Nelson with its black forest and camping grounds makes for a great adventure.  

Weather to Lookout For

The best weather to plan your trip out to Vancouver us during the warmer months such as April through to October. The cool breezes from the beaches and ocean keeps the temperature relatively mild and cool, although during this season, the city is teeming with tourists and crowds. To avoid the rush, choose the months of September and October.  

Airport to Choose From

Vancouver has three airports which are the Vancouver Coal Harbor Airport, Boundary Bay Airport and the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The YVR is the busiest in the area and caters to commercial flights at reasonable air fare.