Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver

(Alex Strohl photo)

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver is made up of the municipalities surrounding the city of Vancouver on and around the Fraser River delta.

Comprised of 12 towns and cities, Metro Vancouver is best known as a modern, multicultural metropolis that showcases tastes, cultures, art and influences from around the world.

Metro Vancouver cities and towns include: Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Bowen Island, West Vancouver and Vancouver's North Shore.

Activities in Metro Vancouver

Regularly ranked as one of the best places to live in the world, Metro Vancouver enjoys a beautiful West Coast location where mountains meet the sea. A balmy climate makes the area a year-round paradise for sports and outdoors-minded people. From here, it's possible ski, golf and go sailing here all on the same day, and then catch an opera or musical back in town by night.

With more than 150 galleries, museums, theatres and clubs, visitors enjoy a mix of entertainment. Dining options are similarly vast, with more than 25 different cuisines offered in some 4,000 restaurants, bistros and cafes. Explore bold architecture and exquisite formal gardens. Or poke around North America's third largest film production centre. Shop on Robson Street or at a huge mall like Metropolis at Metrotown. Join in the many festivals, including celebrations for children, jazz, writing, dance, film, comedy, bluegrass, fireworks and folk music.

Ancient Aboriginal settlements and ultra-modern highrises collide near one of the world's most scenic and busiest harbours. City dwellers and visitors alike relax in the vast urban wilderness of Stanley Park, Pacific Spirit Park or Central Park.

Here, getting there to see the sights is half the fun. It's possible to walk or bike pretty much anywhere. And there are lots of different tours, such as neighbourhood, museum, gallery and garden tours on foot. The downtown by bike or trolley. The harbour, by boat or kayak. All of Metro Vancouver, by car or public transit. Or catch a bird's eye view of the mountains and cities by helicopter, hot air balloon or floatplane.