I knew I would love Canada before I even stepped foot onto Canadian soil (or snow in this case).  And let me just say, Canada in winter is magical!

My first visit to Canada started in BC, Vancouver to be exact.  I had heard from many people that Vancouver is very similar to my home town of Brisbane Australia.  Well sorry Brissie, but Vancouver was way cooler (both figuratively and literally)!

To say Vancouver is multicultural would be an understatement.  For about 52% of Vancouverites, English is their second language, which makes it one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada.

 

Vancouver Cityscape

 

There is so much to do and see in this beautiful city.  I only had 4 days there, which included a day trip to Whistler and I didn’t even scrape the surface.

Beaches, waterfalls, ski fields, lakes, rivers, forests, skyscrapers, mountains, wildlife… To say there is something for everyone is an understatement.  I dare say you will find enough to keep you very busy and wishing you too had booked more time there.

Vancouver, and its surrounds, is one of the most picturesque places I have been to.  Everywhere you look there is another postcard perfect view.

 

Vancouver Bridge in Trees

 

I cannot wait to go back there and see more of this beauty.  When I do, you will hear all about it.

 

Stanley Park

Vancouver’s answer to Central Park does a pretty good job of standing up to its rival… Just ask the 8 million people who go there every year!  There is so much to do here, its crazy.  From walking trails to concerts to putt putt to swimming in the heated ‘beach’ pool to eating at the many eateries.  You can not miss this sensational park on your visit to Vancouver.

 

Whistler (well it’s not quite Vancouver, but close enough!)

This winter wonderland deserves a post all of its own!  I regret not spending more time here.  I would go back in a heartbeat.  If you are a skier you will LOVE Whistler.  And for those like me who are not, its so one of the most magical places I have ever seen.  Just 2 hours north of Vancouver, you could do what I did and visit Whistler as a day tour, or, and I highly recommended this, stay there for a few nights to really indulge the sensors.  And its not just skiing!  There is shopping, spas, golf, hiking, biking, bars, restaurants… and it goes on.  I cant wait to get back there and this time take my time to enjoy more of it!

 

Vancouver Mountains

 

VanDusen Botanical Garden

I am a sucker for a good botanical garden.  And VanDusen did not disappoint.  Again, so much to see and do here; totem poles, sculptures, the Kereon pavilion and a great maze for kids (and not just little kids, but big kids too)!  Treat yourself to a yummy afternoon tea with a platter of mini sandwiches, scones, shortbread, macaroons… Oh my, Im getting hungry thinking about it!

 

Have you been to Vancouver?  What did you love about this city?  What would you recommend we try next time we go?

 

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