Vancouver sits overlooking the Pacific ocean and is the biggest city in British Columbia. With easy access to the sea, islands, rainforests and the Canadian Rocky mountains, as well as a vibrant cultural scene, Vancouver is often rated one of the best cities in the world for quality of life.

Taking a stroll around Vancouver’s oldest district is a great way to get a feel for the city. Known as “Gastown” it is a maze of cobbled streets and quirky buildings, full of independent shops and cafes. There’s even a steam whistle clock to add to the old fashioned feel.

Get out of the city with a trip to Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. In summer, Grouse Mountain offers spectacular views over the city and out to sea, with a pleasant cable car journey saving visitors from a steep hike. In winter it’s a great ski and snowboard spot. Capilano is a rainforest valley running in to North Vancouver. It’s crossed by a traditional wire and board suspension bridge that sways 70 metres above the trees. There are also zip wires, observation points and native Canadian totem poles to spot nearby.

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