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Vancouver & Area

A gateway to the outdoors and a wonder all its own

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As British Columbia’s largest city, Vancouver is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and cosmopolitan adventurers alike.

Jogging along the Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver
The Stanley Park Seawall at sunset | Maurice Li

Framed by the Pacific Ocean and Coast Mountains, Vancouver’s meandering oceanside pathways are the perfect way to explore the city. Close to 30 kilometres of uninterrupted waterfront path surround Vancouver’s favourite neighbourhoods, including the seawall around Stanley Park.

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Vancouver's Seawall
The Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver The Stanley Park Seawall | Alex Strohl
Swimming at Kitsilano Beach | Grant Harder

The city is renowned for its natural beauty and cultural diversity. For thousands of years the Coast Salish people have called the area now known as Vancouver home, and their history and cultural traditions, deep respect for nature, and spirituality are all tightly woven into the city’s cultural fabric.

Top spots for exploration include downtown’s Stanley Park, with its old-growth cedar forests surrounded by water views and sandy beaches, and the Granville Island Public Market. Other popular neighbourhoods include the West End, Gastown, Yaletown, and Chinatown.

Vancouver: Spectacular by Nature

Discover more about Vancouver—BC’s biggest city, perched on the edge of wilderness.

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The City of Vancouver is a coastal city in south-western British Columbia, on the traditional territory of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. The downtown core of the city is on a peninsula bordered by English Bay and Burrard Inlet.

Metro Vancouver encompasses 21 municipalities in the surrounding region. The area is the delta of the mighty Fraser River, which flows into the Salish Sea.

Vancouver's Gastown neighbourhood Vancouver's Gastown neighbourhood | Tourism Vancouver/Nelson Mouellic
A city set between ocean and mountains, where urbanites play outside
False Creek at high tide | Grant Harder

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