Vancouver is the eighth largest Canadian municipality and also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada. It has also been called as the “City of Neighbourhoods” because of its diverse ethnic mix and various, distinct characteristics. Though deemed as the most populous metropolitan area in Canada, the city is included in the top five worldwide cities for liveability and quality of life.
The city's forward thinking as evidenced by its high-rise residential development and urban planning, has brought upon advantages in terms of the city's overall liveability. Through the balance of design and sustainability, the city is truly a sight to see.
Whether you want to roam the streets of the city and stay on quieter places to read and have coffee; or you want to be friskier and try out the city's nightlife, there is a place for you to have fun in Vancouver.
One look at Vancouver city and you will understand how architecture is emphasised in the place. Modern buildings surround the city including the Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Law Courts, and the Robson Square. The city's landscape also includes:
Canada Place - Vancouver's prominent ten-frame landscape. Canada Place includes part of the Convention Centre, the Pan-Pacific Hotel, and a cruise ship terminal.
City Hall and the Centennial Pavillion of Vancouver General Hospital – These are two modern buildings that define Vancouver's southern skyline. It is designed by Townley and Matheson in years 1936 and 1958, respectively.
British Empire – The city also features an array of Edwardian buildings such as this. The British Empire is the tallest commercial building in the city's old downtown.
Visiting Vancouver is also a way to enrich one's cultural interest. The city has prominent theatre companies including the Arts Club Theatre Company and Bard on the Beach. Famous major film locations can also be spotted in the city such as the Hollywood North, the place that stood in for several U.S. Cities among major films and T.V. Series. If you want a laid-back type of cultural experience, Vancouver also takes pride in their libraries and museums:
Vancouver Art Gallery – The gallery houses over 10,000 items including a number of works by Emily Carr.
Contemporary Art Gallery – The gallery showcases modern and contemporary works by up-and-coming Vancouver artists.
The fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down in Vancouver. The city is also famous for its music and nightlife. The city has an upbeat nightlife scene. If you're interested in going out at night whether to dine out or to go clubbing, there is a place for you in Vancouver!
Canada Place – This is the place to be at if you're still up at 2:00 a.m. This is where the highest concentration of bars and night clubs are found and are open until 3:00 a.m.
Gastown – This is also a popular area where upscale restaurants and nightclubs are found.
Davie Village – This is a popular nightclub area for the city's LGBT community.
How to get around within Vancouver
In terms of public transportation, travellers can use TransLink, which is responsible for roads and public transportation within Metro Vancouver. TransLink provides a bus service, including the B-Line rapid bus service, a foot passenger and bicycle ferry service (known as SeaBus), an automated rapid transit service called SkyTrain, and West Coast Express commuter rail. Vancouver's SkyTrain system is currently running on three lines which are namely the Millennium Line, the Expo Line, and the Canada Line.
How to get there
There are many airlines that serve to fly travellers to Vancouver. Among the many airlines that fly to this city includes Air Canada, Air China, Alaska Airlines, Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and United Airlines.