Vancouver, named after the famous Navigator, George Vancouver in 1886, is a city that has quickly become the second most visited city in Canada. It welcomes over 3.5 million tourists each year and with its amazing scenery, vibrant mix of cultures, and some of the best weather in Canada – it’s not hard to see why.
When arriving at Vancouver International Airport, the warm, friendly culture of the Canadian people is immediately felt. Filled with artwork showcasing their Indigenous Heritage, Wildlife, and Hockey, it’s not hard to miss what Canada is all about. The totem poles, running waterfalls and beautiful wood carvings distinguish it from every other airport you will find yourself in.
If you’re lucky enough to visit during Canada Day on the 1st of July, you will be welcomed by hot weather, free pop-up events around the city, and their ‘over the top’ street parades. Drop in at a local restaurant and eat some delicious pancakes topped with their famous maple syrup or head to a pub and order yourself to some gourmet burgers and craft gin.
Once you’ve had enough of the city vibe, it’s off to the beach to soak up the sun at Spanish Banks or English Bay. If the cold ocean is not your thing, you can always swim at the enormous Kits Pool for the day which has the most beautiful turquoise water and is a vacation unto itself.
Surrounded by the majestic North Shore Mountains, Vancouver offers the perfect opportunity for a day hike or bike ride to see some of the world’s best, natural, untouched views. If you like adventure in your life, then challenge yourself to the 140m long Capilano Suspension Bridge or the Grouse Mountain Ziplines to get your adrenalin pumping.
Once winter sets in and the snow begins to fall, these lush green mountains quickly turn to a beautiful, frosted backdrop behind the Vancouver Skyline which can be seen from almost every part of the city. The hiking trails begin to close for the season and the mountainside starts to fill with people skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.
By the time your layover is complete and you’re ready to hit the skies again, you will leave saying the same thing almost every person says when visiting Vancouver; The city is beautiful, the people are friendly and those Canadians really love their Hockey!
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