Vancouver, located in British Columbia, Canada has the third highest population in the country, making it a great choice for your next vacation destination. With its wonderful combination of metropolitan life and beautiful park-like settings, Vancouver has something to do for everyone. If you are planning a trip to this gorgeous Canadian city, be sure to visit these top five spots!
1. Stanley Park
Stanley Park is home to an aquarium, miles of trails and an amazing waterfront. Choose to hike, bike, walk or simply relax in the lovely setting of the world famous park. Don’t worry about not having gear; the park has a bike rental shop!
While at the park, be sure to take a walk to the totem poles and then bike along the sea wall. Keep your eyes open; you may spot seals playing in the water. Pack a picnic lunch, sit back and enjoy the scenery and talk to the friendly locals. Choose a sunny day and you’re sure to enjoy a pleasant afternoon.
2. Vancouver Aquarium
If you visit Stanly Park, you simply can’t skip the Vancouver Aquarium and vice-versa. The aquarium has a variety of events throughout the year and exhibits that change often enough that you can see something new each time you visit. Different from many aquariums in North America, this one features both indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Animals on exhibit include: dolphins, whales, sharks, sea otters, seals, sea lions, octopus, frogs and even butterflies. Families with children under eight will enjoy Clownfish Cover, a special area of the aquarium filled with entertainment and crafts suitable for small children.
3. Edgewater Casino
Located in downtown Vancouver, the casino has over 60 table games, over 500 slot machines, a poker room and a high limit room. Open to anyone aged 19 or older, the casino is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon or evening. Try your hand at Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em or even Baccarat and see if you can walk away a winner.
When you’ve had enough gambling, the Stadium Club offers fabulous entertainment. Comfortably seating 430 people, the state-of-the-art sound system and 290 stadium-style seats ensure that you are entertained in style. With so many games, great entertainment and your choice of dining establishments, the Edgewater Casino is one of the best ways to spend your time in Vancouver.
4. Grouse Mountain
You can find Grouse Mountain just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver yet you’ll feel like you’re in another world. The amazing views of the surrounding mountains will give you the feeling of stepping straight into the pages of a storybook. No matter which season you visit in, you’ll have plenty to do!
Summer at Grouse Mountain is full of hiking, paragliding, lumberjack shows and zip line adventures. Travel in the winter and you’ll be privy to skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides and snowshoeing. The mountain is perfect for the nature lover in us all.
5. Vancouver Lookout
On top of Harbour Centre, one of the tallest buildings in the city, the lookout offers visitors a chance to see Vancouver in a unique way. If the day is clear, visitors can see all the way to the west end of Seattle; almost 170 kilometers away!
While looking around the city from your bird’s-eye view, it’s a good bet that you’ll spot something you want to know more about. You’re in luck! Simply ask one of the staff who will gladly tell you all they know about the building or vista that has caught your eye.
Maurice Jones is a world traveler and freelance blogger who writes advice for parents traveling with children. You can check out international auto insurance options for your European trip at carinsurance.org.uk.