Van­cou­ver as a sum­mer­time hotspot.

Dis­cover a dif­fer­ent side to this city in sum­mer

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Stellar - - contents -

Bri­tish Columbia may be a win­ter won­der­land, but the province shines in the warmer months, too. Around April, Van­cou­ver sheds its rain-soaked per­sona to re­veal a shim­mer­ing har­bour city that boasts breath­tak­ing scenery, out­door ad­ven­ture and clas­sic Cana­dian hospi­tal­ity.

MINTED

Van­cou­ver is nes­tled be­tween the Coast Moun­tains and Pa­cific Ocean, which makes for crisp air to com­bat jet lag. Check into the Shangri-la Ho­tel down­town and ex­plore the city by foot.the water­front is just 10 min­utes away, while his­tor­i­cal Gas­town – now a hip­ster hub filled with bars and restau­rants – is a lit­tle fur­ther along. g

MID

Make like a lo­cal and pull on some ac­tivewear be­fore head­ing to Grouse Moun­tain – a one-stop shop for out­door ad­ven­ture just 15 min­utes from down­town Van­cou­ver. You can take a ca­ble-car ride to the top ($45 in­clud­ing sea­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties) or brave The Grouse Grind and hike 2.9km up an ex­treme in­cline of 853 me­tres.

MOD­EST

It’s said that Granville Is­land is Canada’s sec­ond most-pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion af­ter Ni­a­gara Falls. Nes­tled to the south of Van­cou­ver, it’s the ul­ti­mate foodie par­adise – com­bin­ing a fresh food mar­ket with restau­rants, delis and take­away stalls, as well as con­nois­seurs of cheese, meat and choco­late (and much more).

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