City of Vancouver

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Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city perched on nature's edge.

A city of unparalleled beauty, from the 1000-acre lush jewel known as Stanley Park, the largest city park in North America, to the hustle and bustle of fashionable Robson Street, Vancouver has it all.

A vibrant city, the pedestrian-friendly streets are filled with individuals from varied ethnic backgrounds and walks of life - professional people-watchers and shoppers, business people, university students and, of course, visitors.

As a result of its culturally diverse population, Vancouver has equally diverse neighbourhoods, all of which provide wonderful browsing and shopping opportunities: Walk through historic Gastown, Vancouver's oldest area, with its cobblestone streets, European-style street lamps and local boutiques; haggle for fresh seafood in Chinatown (the third largest in North America); experience an authentic panini sandwich in Little Italy, or escape to the other side of the world with the aroma of Indian spices and visions of bright, colourful saris at the Punjabi Market.

A playground for all ages, Vancouverites are loyal to their outdoor recreation. Activities range from rainforest walks and ocean kayaking to skiing and golfing, all done against awe-inspiring natural backdrops. Given the area's moderate climate, locals often boast it is possible "to ski, sail and golf all in the same day." Since Vancouver has three highly rated mountains only a half-hour drive from the city, locals can enjoy an active winter of skiing throughout the week.

Although the city is a year-round delight, this is especially true in the spring and summer. Music and theatre are taken outdoors in the warm months of May through September, when eye-dazzling entertainment is enjoyed and experienced on mountain tops, ocean beaches and on the streets. With its big city offerings and hometown feel, Vancouver has become a prime venue for such international events as the Vancouver International Film Festival. During this season, Vancouver also becomes a natural gateway to Alaska as a port for the Vancouver-Alaska cruiseships.

Vancouver, however, has more to offer than just concerts, clubs and sporting events. Like what? How about the opera, symphony or numerous operettas and plays offered throughout Vancouver's Entertainment Season, from October through April. In addition, many internationally acclaimed artisan works are displayed at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and downtown Vancouver's Art Gallery.

Vancouver's exotic, natural setting is also reflected in its array of flavourful offerings, which makes it almost too easy to wine and dine guests. Like any world-class city, Vancouver's multicultural cuisine continues to receive international acclaim, thanks in part to a new and exciting breed of award-winning chefs from such diverse places as Austria, Japan and Vietnam. Between its internationally praised fine-dining restaurants and trendy cafes, the city's many restaurants offer everything from original seafood fare to unique vegetarian dining.

Vancouver enjoys the best of all worlds: four distinct seasons, snow-capped mountains, ocean-side beaches, outstanding hotels and restaurants, one-of-a-kind entertainment and cleanliness and safety. Whatever your agenda may be, Vancouver is the natural choice.

For further information contact:
Tourism Vancouver
Suite 210 - 200 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6C 3L6
Tel: 604.682.2222
Fax: 604.682.1717

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