Vancouver is certainly one of my favourite cities. It has so much to offer the visitor: the ocean and the beaches, the stunning snow-capped mountains at its doorstep, the immense harbour, gorgeous parks, great shopping, a multitude of excellent restaurants… there’s so much to see and do in this fantastic city both in the summer as well as in the winter. 2010 will be a big year for Vancouver as it hosts the Winter Olympics for the first time. The city is certainly a great winter destination due to the proximity of world-class ski resorts – the Grouse Mountain and Cypress Bowl slopes are within a stone’s throw of downtown Vancouver while Whistler/Blackcomb is a scenic two-hour drive away. On a clear night, the floodlit slopes of Grouse Mountain and Cypress Bowl sparkle like magical floating sleighs when viewed from the city.
The city is just as breathtaking in the summer when the seawall comes to life with thousands of joggers, skateboarders and strollers. There’s nothing I love more in this city than spending a lazy afternoon at a terrace overlooking False Creek and watching people and boats whizz by. Or renting a bike and cycling around the seawall and Stanley Park. There are also many beaches to visit: English Bay, Kitsilano, Jericho, Spanish Bank, Wreck Beach, to name a few. Oh yes, and the seafood here is absolutely mouth-watering. Head for a good Japanese restaurant and order tuna sashimi – there’s a good chance it’ll be one of the best (melt-in-your-mouth) tuna you’ll ever have!
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