Metro Vancouver is an outdoor paradise for the active-minded, with hundreds of accessible options ranging from snowshoeing to scuba diving, kayaking to rock climbing, hiking to biking and skiing to boating. Alternatively, if you prefer to sit around and watch, the city is also an ideal destination for travelling spectators. There’s an NHL hockey team, as well as professional football, soccer and baseball teams here.
This wealth of outdoor attractions and sports venues is one of the reasons Vancouver was selected as host city for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The event’s spectacular opening and closing ceremonies were staged at downtown’s landmark BC Place Stadium, which reopened in 2011 after a giant renovation that transformed it into one of Canada’s leading, state-of-the-art sports venues.