In Vancouver, the urban environment coexists in harmony with nature. Whether you’re walking along the seawall, shopping in the main street, or exploring the historical centre, you can catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean or the rainforest-covered Coast Mountains from almost anywhere in the city. You can easily spend the morning shopping in the city centre and then go hiking all afternoon, through Stanley Park or for a longer hike around the city.
First Nations city
First Nations culture is prevalent throughout the city with vibrantly coloured totem poles, cultural centres, museums and contemporary art galleries. Vancouver is just two hours away by plane from the archipelago of Haida Gwaii. The local indigenous community, the Haida people, now manages a flourishing FSC-certified forest operation.
Fifty-two per cent of the Vancouver population speaks a first language other than English. It is actually one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Canada – no wonder its cuisine is so diverse! From tapas to sushi through Indian curry, you will definitely find your type of cuisine in the long list of restaurants available.