Famous for its spectacular natural beauty, Vancouver is often celebrated as one of the best cities in the world to live in. From its snow-capped mountains to its gorgeous beaches, the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics is one of the rare places in the world where both summer and winter activities can be enjoyed simultaneously. A great place to explore the great outdoors and a scenic city in itself, it makes for a wonderful travel destination. Here, we introduce some of the top things to do in beautiful Vancouver.
Get close to nature at Stanley Park
Vancouver’s first park is visually stunning, and widely considered to be one of the best parks in the world. Sprawling over a thousand acres of land, its natural backdrop of fir trees creates a serene environment for travelers to take a leisurely stroll, or even take a mini cycling trip, Some of the highlights include family-friendly activities like the Vancouver Aquarium and the water park, immaculate horticultural displays like the lovely rose gardens, and famous landmarks such as the celebrated wetland Beaver Lake. One of the most popular attractions is the Hollow Tree – an ancient tree more than 700 years old that has been restored due to its historical significance. Its family of wildlife also adds to the experience; adorable wild squirrels, rabbits, and migratory birds fill the park with vibrancy.
Release your inner shutterbug at the Van Dusen Botanical Garden
Another place to enjoy Vancouver’s beautiful natural landscape, the stunning Van Dusen Botanical Garden features several guided walking and cart tours for travelers to enjoy the most out of its carefully sculpted greenery. What makes this garden special is its numerous educational courses and lectures that serve to increase the appreciation and awareness of nature. Featuring a variety of flowers that bloom at different times of the year, there are other several highlights, such as Mrs. Beeton’s Garden, a Victorian-era inspired vegetable garden; a collection of sculptures and fountains created by renowned artists; as well as the lovely varieties of flowering cherry trees, the host of the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.