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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Surrounding Areas

Vancouver, situated between British Columbia's Coast Mountain range and the Pacific Ocean, is known as one of the most scenic cities in the world. Mild temperatures and plentiful rain makes the city of Vancouver lush year round. Stanley Park, occupying 1000 acres north of downtown, is a prime example of how Vancouver balances its natural beauty with its urban identity. Vancouver has broad appeal for all types, from its beaches to its downtown city scene. This city's west-coast, cosmopolitan soul is reflected in areas from the urban Robson Street (Vancouver's "Rodeo Drive"), to the trendy Granville Island with its quaint cobblestone streets, artisan studios and eclectic market. No matter your taste, the city of Vancouver has something for you to enjoy.

Visiting the many different neighborhoods is essential in a trip to Vancouver. Walking through Gastown (the oldest part of Vancouver, east from Richards St. to Maple Tree Square) offers a fusion of the city's historical past with it's present day stylishness. Along with it's majestic late-Victorian architecture (housing many restaurants, shops and galleries), sights to see include The Gastown Steam Clock, which sounds the Westminster chimes at the corner of Water and Cambie streets.

The culturally diverse and hip Commercial Drive is one of Vancouver's best neighborhoods. The area boasts a vibrant art scene (including visual, music and poetry), which is showcased everywhere from galleries to cafe's. Professional theatre in Vancouver can also be found in the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.

Granville Street can be found in the center of Vancouver, a lively mix of warehouses renovated into theatres, artists’ studios, marine-supply shops and a public market known for fresh seafood and produce. The area also includes a brewery, boutique hotel and a variety of dining. The island is also family friendly, being home to Kids Market and a childrens’ water park.

Like any great city, Vancouver has a flourishing dining scene. Perhaps the pearl of the restaurant scene is Vancouver's West Restaurant and Bar, which was reported as one of "the ten best, worldwide" by the UK's Sunday Independent Newspaper. For those seeking tastes of the sea, Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House can't be missed. Bis Moreno, Vancouver MagaZine's Readers' Choice Award for Best New Restaurant in 2003, is a favorite of those seeking modern Italian fare. Diners who enjoy a view with their meal can eat high above the city by visiting Cloud 9 or Top of Vancouver, both combining delicious continental cuisine with spectacular, revolving views of Vancouver. These are just a few of the culinary experiences that can be found dining in Vancouver.

Vancouver is known as much for what lies outside the city as within it. Just outside Vancouver, a ride in the Skyride tram takes visitors 1 mile up to the chalet at the top of Grouse Mountain (the peak of Vancouver). Here, visitors are offered spectacular sites and allowed to experience nature any time of year. Summer activities include hiking and guided eco-walks, tandem paragliding, and helicopter tours. Winter offerings include skiing and snowboarding, ice-skating and sleigh rides.

The oldest attraction of Vancouver is the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Suspended above the Capilano River, visitors can cross the swaying bridge and take in the breathtaking views of a west-coast rainforest. An added highlight is the Treetop Adventure, which is comprised of 7 suspension bridges through the trees, which takes visitors high above the floor of the forest.

With its great sights, dining and entertainment, Vancouver offers year-round fun and excitement to visitors both within the city and outside of it.

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