Vancouver’s gems include its cluster of green parks, architecture and beaches adjoining the city. Bike trails lead right into suburbs with houses on steep slopes, like that of San Francisco. Trails bring fresh, new views at every turn. Bicycling along the seawall easily took us on a scenic loop around Stanley Park. We rode to the old industrial area, Granville Island Public Market, now a bustling urban hub. The Bloedel Floral (and aviary) Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park was where we met “Kramer”, the talking peach cockatoo. Our bike ride reached as far and wide as Gastown and Kitsilano, passing through the coastline of False Creek and the English Bay.
For an aerial view of Vancouver, we took a short cable-car ride to Grouse Mountain and hiked to the peak. At the summit, we were entertained by a comedic skit performed by lumberjacks and watched a couple of grizzly bears at play in the fields. We strolled along Yaletown and David Lam Park to the city center, and visited the Vancouver Public Library, which resembled Rome’s Colosseum. The library had a well-preserved collection of black-and-white photographs of Vancouver in the 1900s, including an extensive catalog of photos and children’s books.
Vancouver’s arrangement of public spaces showed how it embraced community, while offering a comfortable lifestyle for its residents and vacation spot for its visitors.
Vancouver, British Columbia Gallery
A Winter wonderland of over 1 million lights in 15 acres of botanical garden lit for the holidays. Vancouver embraces community development and engagement, while encouraging a lifestyle that revolves around its acres of green parks.