VAN­COU­VER

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As a clas­sic Pa­cific North­west city, Van­cou­ver is a play­ground for hik­ing, kayak­ing, cy­cling, and other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties with all of the nat­u­ral beauty in the city, and the sur­round­ing area. Lo­cals and vis­i­tors will agree that the warm months of the spring and sum­mer are ideal to ex­plore the des­ti­na­tion. Un­like the east, the sum­mers are not gen­er­ally muggy or hu­mid; but in­stead, crisp and clear. Stan­ley Park is a must for the views; it is a 988-acre (400-hectare) pub­lic park that bor­ders the down­town of Van­cou­ver, and is al­most com­pletely sur­rounded by the Van­cou­ver Har­bour and Eng­lish Bay. En­joy scenic views of the wa­ter, moun­tains, and ma­jes­tic trees along the fa­mous Seawall. To help cap­ture the magic of Stan­ley Park, take a guided bike ride with Cy­cle City Tours for even more de­tails about the bio­di­ver­sity of the tem­per­ate rain­for­est, the his­tory of the coastal first na­tions, as well as an abun­dance of hid­den trea­sures that the park has ac­cu­mu­lated over its 125-year his­tory.

Stay­ing in down­town will keep you close to Stan­ley Park and cen­tral Van­cou­ver. For a sense of peace, Coal Har­bour is a re­lax­ing part of down­town that is on the wa­ter’s edge in the north of the city. The world-class Fair­mont Pa­cific Rim is lo­cated here, which fea­tures 377 lux­u­ri­ous guest rooms and suites with nat­u­rally in­spired ma­te­ri­als, com­fort­able fur­nish­ings and amaz­ing views of the North Shore Moun­tains, Stan­ley Park and the en­tire neigh­bor­hood (Tip: in­quire about The Owner’s Suite Col­lec­tion for an even more amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence). When look­ing for a more ac­tive nightlife, head to the West End of down­town. Yale­town is a for­merly run-down ware­house district that now has a thriv­ing nightlife scene, and Davie Vil­lage is at the heart of the West End. Known for its LGBT com­mu­nity, come here for peo­ple watch­ing dur­ing the day, and lively clubs, pubs and street life at night. For the best of both worlds, stay at the Opus Van­cou­ver in Yale­town on Davie Street. With a con­tem­po­rary de­sign and tech-for­ward ameni­ties, the guest rooms fea­ture vi­brant col­ors, spa-style bath­rooms and five life­style-in­spired dé­cor schemes. En­joy rus­tic North­ern Ital­ian in­spired cui­sine (such as hand­made pasta and tra­di­tional nose-to-tail meat and fish dishes) at the award-win­ning La Pen­tola

della Quer­cia in­side the ho­tel.

Known for its seafood and Asian din­ing, one of Van­cou­ver’s top restau­rants to visit is Miku

Restau­rant, which of­fers sushi and sus­tain­able seafood dishes in a so­phis­ti­cated set­ting – com­plete with a pa­tio and wa­ter views. From its sig­na­ture Aburi-style sushi (lightly seared and in­fused with savory sauces), to its tan­ta­liz­ing meats (ten­der­ized by Su­miyaki grilling), and to its desserts (cre­ated by a Ky­oto-trained pas­try chef), en­joy Miku’s in­no­va­tive menu. Do as the lo­cal Van­cou­verites have done since 2008, have brunch at Café Medina, which is a quaint, bistro-styled restau­rant that serves up its sig­na­ture brand of Mediter­ranean-in­spired cui­sine (along with the city’s best Bel­gian-style waf­fles).

For an es­cape out­side of Van­cou­ver, book some time at the Sonora Re­sort, a Re­lais & Chateaux out­door re­treat in the Dis­cov­ery Is­lands. Af­ter a 50-minute pri­vate he­li­copter ride from Van­cou­ver, ar­rive in the se­cluded re­sort on Sonora Is­land, where there is an abun­dance of wildlife. Sonora wel­comes guests from May to Oc­to­ber for salt­wa­ter and fresh­wa­ter fish­ing, re­lax­ation and wilder­ness view­ing with guided griz­zly bear tours at nearby Or­ford River of­fered in part­ner­ship with the Ho­ma­lco First Na­tion from Au­gust to Oc­to­ber. Other Sonora Re­sort ameni­ties in­clude a ten­nis court, kayak­ing, he­li­copter tours and the Is­land Cur­rents Spa with five treat­ment rooms, out­door hot and cold min­eral pools, a fit­ness fa­cil­ity and a re­lax­ation room. Sonora is also cel­e­brat­ing Canada's 150th with a spe­cial travel pack­age that in­cludes an exclusive Canada 150 menu with new ex­ec­u­tive chef, Lukas Gurt­ner. With great shop­ping, amaz­ing views and end­less ac­tiv­i­ties, Van­cou­ver and the sur­round­ing ar­eas are a must-visit this year!

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Van­cou­ver Tourism

Van­cou­ver and the sur­round­ing ar­eas are a must-visit this year!

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