Vancouver is a classic Pacific Northwest city: liberal, diverse, cultured, and surrounded by spectacular natural beauty. Its numerous public parks, mountains, and waters in and around the city make it an excellent playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Meanwhile, its forward-thinking hotels, restaurants, and galleries have transformed this Northwest boomtown into an outdoorsy capital of cool. No matter what you want to focus on during your visit, T+L's Vancouver travel guide has it covered.
As the largest metropolitan area in Western Canada, is a bustling urban center and widely considered to be Canada's culinary and cultural capital. With four-star seafood restaurants, a lively Asian dining scene, and farm-to-table establishments, your Vancouver trip will give you the chance to sample the world of delicious eating options.
There are several neighborhoods worth exploring while you're in town. Downtown is framed by English Bay and Coal Harbour, and is full of Asian restaurants, big-name shops, and shimmering skyscrapers. Gastown is the city's oldest neighborhood, and it's home to grand historic buildings and fashion boutiques. Kitsilano is a happening area on the west side, known for the young and stylish crowd it attracts at its organic restaurants and popular Kits Beach. The city's best galleries and design stories, along with great sidewalk cafes, are in South Granville, which borders downtown. And Yaletown, a formerly run-down warehouse district, now has a thriving nightlife scene.
While Vancouver has the mildest climate of any city in Canada, winters can be rainy and gray. It's best to visit Vancouver in the summer, when the days are long and the weather is beautiful. Unlike June, July, and August in Eastern Canadian cities such as Montreal and Toronto, summers here are not muggy and humid. They are crisp and clear, with temperatures typically hovering in the high 70s to low 80s, making it a magical time of year to visit the city.