Vancouver is a dynamic and multicultural city that is growing more and more in anticipation of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful and pleasant cities to live in the world and offers a wealth of experiences interesting for the curious visitor. Here we offer some favourite old things for travellers, as well as a place or two away from the adventurous path of a strange adventurer.
1) Place du Canada
The first stop for anyone coming to Vancouver should be to walk along the beautiful Canada Place walkway to the Waterfront station. Built like the Canadian booth of the 1986 World Fair, which now houses the city’s convention centre, strolling around Canada Place allows visitors to enjoy the magnificent port of Burrard Inlet, with a view of the snow-capped mountains, Stanley Park and the modern glass towers of a nearby Cole Harbor.
Canada Place also showcases Vancouver’s dynamic economic power and its position on the world market. The entrance flows with container ships bound for China and other parts. In summer, cruise ships dock major lines of the world along the wharf en route to Alaska. Floating planes taking off to the wild natural bays of the interior corridor and helicopters departing from Vancouver Island enhance the active landscape.
Here, the Canadian Pacific Railway completed the Transcontinental Railroad in 1889 and received in Vancouver the nickname “terminal city”. Since then, Vancouver has changed from being “the end of the line” and is now considered “the gateway to Asia” and “the far north”. It is an ideal introduction to Vancouver and should not be missed by a curious traveller.
2) Spanish banks
For another perspective on the city, you can leave the beaches of Spanish Banks, on the north shore of Point Gray. In summer, with the tides, the golden sand of beautiful beaches seems to extend endlessly. The water stays shallow and warm with the tide during the warmer months, but at any time of the year, the view remains breathtaking, with the tall modern condominium towers of Vancouver shining in the distance like fragments of light inside the green jade pot of the mountains behind.
3) Sushi in the West End
Vancouver is world-famous for its revered Chinatown and hundreds of restaurants. The city has been home to Asian immigrants since the construction of the 19th-century railway. Those who challenged the Golden Mountain trip brought with them culinary traditions that have rekindled the tastes of generations of Vancouver residents. In addition to Chinatown, Vietnamese and Korean, Vancouver was once prosperous in Japantown along with East Hastings, which is now in decline.
These days, thousands of English students from Japan and Korea have transformed the area along West Robson Street and Denman in Tokyo or Seoul. One of the best ways to savour some of the city’s delights is to visit a few restaurants that offer delicious, affordable, and delicious sushi and sashimi buffets.
4) Nightlife in Gastown
For a night on the town, Vancouver has a lot to offer adventurers. The Granville Street Strip is where partygoers dance and drink all night under the flashing neon signs of historic Orpheum and Vogue theatres in lively nightclubs such as Republic, Tonic, and Ginger 68, to name a few. some.
Gastown along Water Street is where the first European settlement was established during the days of the old lumber camps and the place saw one of the first salons in Vancouver opened by the legendary “ Gassy ” Jack Deighton in the late 1800s. On the cobblestone streets, you will find excellent sources of water that carry on the tradition established by the Vancouver pioneers.
5) Sports in town
Vancouver has several professional sports franchises and a history of excellence. In 1915, the Vancouver Millionaires hoisted the famous Stanley Cup on the ice at the old Denman Arena, the first indoor ice hockey rink in North America.
Vancouver is also experiencing a renewed interest in soccer, particularly with the resurrected Vancouver Whitecaps. The team was champion of the North American Football League in 1979 at the height of “Soccernania” in Canada and the United States, winning the Soccer Bowl in New York that year. They are currently playing at Swangard Stadium near a Skytrain station in Burnaby and there is talk of a new downtown stadium in preparation for Vancouver to host the 2007 U-20 World Cup.
Stanley Park is named after the Governor-General of Canada who donated the Stanley Cup to hockey and the city is waiting for its next championship and the eyes of the world in 2010 for the Olympic Games. With so much to do and see, a visit to Vancouver is more interesting than ever. It is an opportunity to share the excitement and enjoy the hospitality of this “city of tomorrow”.