The city of Vancouver, British Columbia is one that I believe to be highly underrated. Having spent a great deal of time there during the early part of my career, I was able to learn a lot about the city and grew to really love it. A lot of people are unaware of just how large Vancouver is and how much it really has to offer.
With a population of 2.6 million, it is the third largest metropolitan area in all of Canada. It sits between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, making it renowned for its breathtaking natural landscape. The city is divided into three sections: Westside, Eastside and city centre. These designations are based on the geography of the region- Ontario Street being the dividing line between the East and West side, while the land north of False Creek is the area known as city centre.
The city centre, having the most alluring title, is the center for a reason. This area is where all of Vancouver’s prestigious financial buildings are located, along with all of the best shopping spots and entertainment destinations. The city centre is well connected with all other areas of Vancouver, making it a convenient and quick trip to other areas of the city at large and the Lower Mainland. The city centre definitely has the most to offer in terms of places to stay, restaurants, nightlife and noteworthy sightseeing opportunities. If you’re planning to take a trip to Vancouver, the city centre should be high on your list of places to explore.
Within the city centre, some popular areas of interest include Stanley Park, Gastown-Chinatown, and Yaletown-False Creek. Stanley Park is an ideal place to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the outdoors, because of its beaches. It also offers a range of shops and little restaurants, making it a fun place to spend the day. Gastown-Chinatown is always a great place to visit, because Gastown itself is the original settlement of Vancouver. It has a very historic vibe, but has developed greatly over the years and offers a more modern, urban culture as well. Vancouver’s Chinatown, which is nearby Gastown, is one of the biggest Chinatowns in North America. Yaletown-False Creek offers breathtaking views along the creek, some great shops, and is home to Vancouver’s sports teams. It is also the site of where the Athlete’s Village was during the Winter Olympics of 2010.
Outside the city centre there is much more to see, albeit more outdoorsy activities. Vancouver has something to offer everyone. If you are looking for a getaway that has a variety of activities and will also be relaxing, try Vancouver for your next vacation.