The third largest Canadian city, Vancouver combines a stunning natural environment with impeccable parkland before heading downtown to the modern cosmopolitan of glass fronted skyscrapers and vibrant architectural design. The journey into the cruise port itself provides a beautiful entrance and many ships just squeeze under the famous Lions Gate Bridge before passing Stanley Park.
This magnificent port of call is set in a truly wondrous location nestled deep between a gateway to the ocean and the breathtakingly beautiful snow-capped mountain ranges that provide the perfect backdrop. The waterfront is superb and one of the most serene places to capture a once in a lifetime photograph whilst the steep forest slopes provide the base for a tremendous range of outdoor activities. Whale watching, hiking, kayaking and fishing are just a few suggestions of the goings-on to be enjoyed, not to mention the opportunity to discover the indigenous wildlife here.
As well as boasting a picture perfect setting, Vancouver is also renowned for the delectably vibrant social ambience created by the brilliant diversity and range of entertainment options throughout the city. One of the best features of the city is the ease of accessibility to get around. The cities most popular points of interest are all located within a short distance from each other spanning just over two miles. The methods of transport here are also extremely well laid out and the hop on-hop off buses often prove effective or alternatively many tourists use the Sky Rail service.
Head for the north of the peninsula where history lovers can trace the discovery of Vancouver or keep on going to China Town for an amazing experience of a location on second in size to that of San Francisco. The fashionable area of Yaletown is also located nearby here and provides the chance to explore some of the boutique stores and chic bars that line the streets.
Boasting a thriving film and television production sector that is the third largest in North America after New York and Los Angeles, Vancouver has earned the nickname as the ‘Hollywood of the North’.
Excursions in Vancouver are absolutely fantastic and rival ports such as Seattle and New York. The diverse choice provides something for all ages and whether you’re looking to uncover the historical heritage of the area or explore the sensational attractions, there really is a whole world of discovery lying in wait. For starters, Vancouver was the home of the 2012 Winter Olympics and the outstanding design concepts such as the Olympic cauldron are still in place to leave a long lasting legacy. Make sure to visit the iconic Stanley Park, North America’s largest urban park, that has an area larger in size than New York’s Central Park and truly special boasting a 5½ mile long sea wall. Many passengers also opt for a trip to Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The bridge is 450-feet-long and really gives the guest the chance to experience an adrenaline rush as you look down upon Capilano River. Guests will then be transported to the infamous ‘Peak of Vancouver’ aboard the enthralling Skyride service.
For a venture into the remarkable wildlife regions then opt for a trip to Squamish Forest Reserve whilst taking in one of North America’s iconic sights at Shannon Falls. Whistler is just a short journey await to discover breath taking glaciers or even jump aboard the famous Big Pink Bus for a hop on-hop off day of adventure.
Vancouver is often used as a leading gateway to Alaska and with such extravagant beauty you can easily see why. The classical features of this enchanting destination never disappoint.