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Vancouver Hotels, Attractions, and Information

Written by Beth Garrett

The city of Vancouver is located on a peninsula opposite of Vancouver Island. Originally called Gastown after a talkative prominent citizen, the city was renamed Granville in 1870. In 1886, the city was once again renamed and this time the name would stick. Vancouver is bursting with natural beauty. The city is surrounded on three sides by water while the majestic Rocky Mountains dominate the fourth side. City, water Stanley Park in Vancouver and mountains meet to create a postcard-like picture. Because Vancouver offers everything from winter sports and water related activities in the summer to fabulous museums and phenomenal shopping, Vancouver has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in North America no matter what the time of year. There are many different ways to explore the city including walking and by boat, bus or helicopter. Vancouver is a wonderful place to spend time with family and friends. Vacationers will become so enamored with this tranquil city that they will already be planning their next trip back before they have even left.

Natural Splendor

Vancouver is bursting with numerous sightseeing opportunities and activities. For those who are afraid of heights, beware! The Capilano suspension Bridge and Park is not for the faint hearted. This 450 foot bridge sways above the canyon floor that lies Rocky Mountains Just Outside Vancouver 250 feet below. Vancouver is also home to the world's thinnest office building. This occupied business is only six feet wide and is located in Chinatown. Chinatown is the result of the influx of emigrants who came to Vancouver to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway. The food and shopping in Chinatown are out-of-this-world. The Gastown Steam Clock is another unique point of interest. Every hour the whistle can be heard and it is the only clock directed by steam in the world. The Nine O?Clock Gun fired from Stanley Park every evening is another unique aspect of Vancouver. Originally the canon was fired to remind fishermen about time limits while today it is one of Vancouver?s most beloved traditions. Vancouver is also home to many beautiful parks. At 1,000 acres Lion's Gate Bridge in Vancouver Stanley Park is the largest park in Canada. The Vancouver Aquarium, a petting zoo and public swimming pool are also located at Stanley Park. This is an ideal place to enjoy a picnic or game of Frisbee. Queen Elizabeth Park is the first Canadian park to be devoted entirely to trees. Popular outdoor activities include snowboarding and skiing at Grouse Mountain in the winter and boating during the summertime in the beautiful waters surrounding Vancouver.

Fantastic Museums

Vancouver is home to many wonderful museums. One of the most popular is the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Here, sport enthusiasts can learn all sorts of interesting facts concerning British Columbia's sports history. This is also an interactive museum. Visitors can test their skill at activities such as climbing, sprinting and roaming. Science World British Columbia is also fun for the whole family. Hands-on exhibits and the IMAX Theater will delight children of all ages. For animal and nature lovers the Greater Vancouver Zoological Centre is a must see. Beautiful landscapes and exotic animals are abundant. Granville Island draws the creative element of Vancouver. Local artists have set up their studios here and farmers sell fresh fruit and vegetables. Art lovers will be drawn to the Vancouver Art Gallery. This gallery is a testament to Canada's rich history concerning the arts. The Museum of Anthropology pays tribute to the original Vancouver residents, the indigenous people. The Marine Building is an architect?s dream come true. Once the tallest building in all of the British Commonwealth, this Art Deco-style building boasts ornate sculptures, intricate terra cotta work and unique carvings. Vancouver is a city that is ideal for people watching. Settle down at one of the city's many cafes and enjoy the surrounding sights and sounds.

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