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The Vancouver Lifestyle

Vancouver is situated along the Pacific coast of Canada wedged between the Rocky Mountains and the ocean. It has much to offer to the outdoor enthusiast with spectacular hiking trails, beautiful beaches and picturesque bike routes. Just outside of Vancouver, a short drive away, is some of the best rock climbing, hiking and skiing in the world. With its temperate climate, Vancouver itself rarely sees snow but the mountains have an abundant supply for skiing which lasts until May and June. Instead of winter snow Vancouver gets rain, a tremendous amount of rain. However, in the summer months Vancouver dries out and enjoys beautiful weather with the temperature usually in the low twenties.

Vancouverites appreciate a very laid back lifestyle. In addition to the outdoor activities there are many cultural and sporting events to attend. Vancouver has professional basketball, hockey and football teams. It is also the site of year-round golfing and Indycar racing in the late summer. Vancouver has strong arts backing which guarantees a wide variety of theatre, opera, dancing and music. During the summer months Vancouverites have their choice of music festivals to visit in addition to The Symphony of Fire, an international fireworks competition.

Vancouver is home to many spectacular sites. One of the most famous is Stanley Park, a 1000 acre fir and cedar park with beaches that is just blocks from downtown. Grouse Mountain, which overlooks Vancouver, is another favourite destination because of its great hiking trails and beautiful view of the city. For those not up to hiking up and down the mountain there is a gondola with a cafeteria and restaurant at the top for rest and appreciation of the view. Vancouver has various museums and galleries to enjoy but most notable is the Museum of Anthropology.  This museum displays the fascinating and intricate artwork of the Pacific Northwest Fist Nations (ex. totem poles, masks, jewellery etc.) plus aboriginal artwork from around the world.  If your are interested in classical music, you may enjoy many concerts and (free!) recitals at the UBC School of Music or in the marvelous concert hall of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.  One other popular destination is Granville Island which offers a variety of restaurants, boutiques and boating opportunities. It is most visited for its public market which has lush and extensive fresh produce, meat and seafood.

Vancouver has many more sites and attractions!
For more information visit the
Discover Vancouver site.



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