On this page I describe some highlights of a visit to the Greater Vancouver area. I’ve written about the attractions in more detail on my blog. (The relevant posts can be found by using the search box at the top of this page.) I’ve added a contact form to the bottom of the page in case you’d like to get in touch.
Canada Place is a huge, multi-use building located by the waterfront in downtown Vancouver. A large pier with a promenade and berths for cruise ships is attached to the building. The pier and the building contain multiple attractions. Additional points of interest for tourists, business people, and other visitors are located in the area around Canada Place. A walking and cycling path known as the Seaside Greenway starts at Canada Place and travels to Stanley Park and beyond.
Stanley Park is a large and very popular park beside the ocean. It offer numerous attractions for visitors, including beaches, forest trails, cultivated plants, a totem pole display, and the Vancouver Aquarium. The park is named after Lord Frederick Stanley (1841-1908), who was Governor General of Canada from 1888-1893. In 1889, he dedicated Stanley Park to all people. He also donated a cup as a prize for a hockey tournament during his tenure as Governor General. Today the cup is known as the Stanley Cup.
Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver contains two lovely gardens created from former quarries. I discovered the animal above in one of them. The gardens are especially beautiful when the flowers are in bloom. The park also contains the Bloedel Conservatory. Some interesting plants and birds from different parts of the world live in this domed habitat.
The Kamui Mintara or Playground of the Gods sculpture is located in Burnaby Mountain Park. The sculpture depicts the gods coming to Earth to create the Ainu people of Japan. It was created by Nubuo Toko and his son Shusei, who come from Burnaby’s sister city of Kushiro. Burnaby is located next to Vancouver. Burnaby Mountain Park provides great views of Burrard Inlet and its surroundings and has other attractions besides the sculpture.
Whistler Blackcomb is a very popular resort in both summer and winter. Gondolas enable people to explore the mountains. Whistler Village is located at the base of the mountains and resembles a European ski village. The area contains many trails for pedestrians and/or bike riders. It takes about two hours to drive from Vancouver to the resort.
The Greater Vancouver region and the province of British Columbia offer many other interesting sights and activities. I love living here and exploring what the province has to offer.
Vancouver has close to 300 parks, beaches, and gardens. (Source: City of Vancouver website)