Vancouver’s gems included its green parks, architecture and beaches next to the city. I’ve been to this city ages ago as a child with my family, but unfortunately barely remembered anything about it. Now, I got the chance to explore the city for real. On one of my first days returning to Vancouver, I biked along the seawall and Stanley Park, through the suburbs where houses stood on steep slopes, similar to San Francisco. I proceeded to take the route through the old industrial area, Granville Island Public Market, which was a bustling urban hub. From there, the next stop was the Bloedel Floral (and aviary) Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park where I met “Kramer”, the talkative cockatoo. My bike ride reached as far and wide as Gastown and Kitsilano, passing through the coastline of False Creek and the English Bay.
To get an aerial view of Vancouver, I took a short cable-car ride to Grouse Mountain, followed by a hike to the peak. At the summit, a comedic skit was performed by lumberjacks, while a couple of orphaned grizzly bears played in the nearby zoo. The day ended with a stroll along Yaletown, David Lam Park and 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 was a testament of how this city embraced community, 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.