"Where the ocean meets the sky, that's where you'll find Vancouver."
The beautiful city of Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada, in the province of British Columbia. Famed for its natural beauty, the great outdoors are never far away. The skyline is framed by the stunning Canadian Rockies, and the skyscrapers of downtown are reflected in the calm waters of English Bay.
With so much natural beauty at their fingertips, it is no wonder Vancouverites get out as much as possible. Running, hiking, cycling and sailing; wherever you go you'll see locals engaging in these activities, especially in Stanley Park. Even the most determined couch potato will feel the urge to get outside and go for a stroll. The Coastal Mountains come right down to the water and enchanting inlets hide snug little homes, nestled in the hillside's embrace; you'll hardly realize you've been getting a workout!
Downtown Vancouver offers a unique experience for the urban explorer. With several distinct neighborhoods in close proximity, it's possible to experience the strata of society in a few blocks. The Pacific Centre Mall is the perfect starting point for an all-day shopping spree. With over 140 shops, including high-end stores like Holt Renfrew, it's a label addict's dream come true. Robson Street is another place to go for an upscale shopping experience. The very best in haute-couture fashion and international cuisine can be found on this strip.
Minutes from downtown, under the Granville Street Bridge, is the Granville Market. A popular local attraction, it features an public market, a marina, and numerous shops and restaurants. Families and the young-at-heart will delight in the Kids Market, featuring over 25 unique child-friendly shops, a giant play area, and even a water park, while adults will certainly enjoy a tour of the Granville Island Brewery, the first micro-brewery in British Columbia.