Vancouver is famous for its natural beauty and has a superb location between the Pacific Ocean and Coastal Mountains. The city is divided into three main districts namely Downtown, Westside and Eastside. Vancouver's climate is milder than other cities in Canada. The best time to visit the city is between July to October when the weather is perfect for sightseeing.
The first British to explore Vancouver is Captain James Cook who arrived in the city in 1778. After that, several explorers from Spain went to the city in 1791, but did not come ashore. A year after that, another British explorer named Captain George Vancouver sailed to Vancouver which began the real transformation of the city.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Millions of people visit Vancouver every year to be part of its festivals and celebrations, but the event that draws in the largest crowds is probably the HSBC Celebration of Light which is held between July and August and features an amazing firework display which is choreographed with music. The best place to start sightseeing is at Downtown Vancouver which has most of the city's main attractions including the world-famous Canada Place, historic Gastown, the shopper's paradise Robson Street and the beautiful Stanley Park which houses the Vancouver Aquarium. Also another must-see in Vancouver is Granville Island which is known for its variety of restaurants and shops.
Vancouver is a bike friendly city and you can even wheel your hired bike onto the local buses and the SkyTrain. Exploring the city on two wheels is good for the environment. Cross the Burrard Inlet by the seabus ferry and explore further afield. The city also has an excellent bus service for those who prefer four wheels to two.