Just a cou­ple of short hours will make you want to sack off your real life, build a cabin in the woods and live out your days

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a whiskey dis­tillery, it’s like a friend­lier ver­sion of Lon­don’s Shored­itch be­fore the hip­sters took it over and started spray-paint­ing the walls and vom­it­ing in the streets.

One of the most ex­hil­a­rat­ing ways to see Van­cou­ver, though, is on the Sea Van­cou­ver zo­diac tour (sea­van­cou­ver.com). Tak­ing around 90 min­utes and de­part­ing from the Westin Bayshore Ho­tel, the high­speed zo­diac whisks you across the placid wa­ters of Van­cou­ver’s in­ner har­bour, be­fore knock­ing it up to 55km-per-hour to cross the Bur­rard In­let. When you first ar­rive to the city, it’s one of the best ways to get to grips with its rich history, thanks to trained and knowl­edgable skip­pers, while mar­vel­ling at the splen­dour of both its ar­chi­tec­ture cock­tails. Although let’s just say we reckon the Brus­sels sprouts are a bit more of an ac­quired taste...

The city’s old­est neigh­bour­hood, Gas­town, is paved with cob­bled streets burst­ing with stylish nightspots to suit all tastes, while a short trip on a Sky­Train will take you to Com­mer­cial Drive – a bo­hemian, beatnik neigh­bour­hood of vintage shops and hip bars. Ba­si­cally, the kind of place our mum would call “stu­denty”.

Oh, and yes, there’s a gay vil­lage, too. The largest gay pop­u­la­tion in Western Canada lives in Van­cou­ver city, and un­sur­pris­ingly, the whole city is in­cred­i­bly gay-friendly. But there’s also a des­ig­nated gay neigh­bour­hood, with Rain­bow Flag cross-walks in the roads, gay-

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