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Vancouver is located on the southwestern tip of Canada on the Pacific ocean in an area with a fertile climate for growing grapes, apricots and peaches. It is the largest city of the province of British Columbia, one of the main ports of North America and the largest port on the West coast of Canada. Vancouver stretches along the shores of English Bay, which flows into the Fraser river. From the East it is surrounded by spurs of the Coast range.
The Central Business district of Vancouver is separated from other areas by numerous arms of the Fraser river, across which bridges of. Vancouver bridges are one of the main attractions of the city. This is a great place for a walk with souvenir shops and shops. Downtown Vancouver is located on the Peninsula.
Northwest Business center is Stanley Park with pine forests. The Park’s area is 400 hectares, making it the largest urban Park in North America. The main pedestrian area of Stanley Park is the seaside promenade. It has a length of about 11 km. This is a popular place for walking residents and guests of the city. Along the seafront cycle paths. It is worth noting that the best way to explore the vast Park is a bike ride. In addition, the Park Shuttle buses. In addition to the forests and beaches with views of the ocean, the Park is home to totem poles (an iconic wooden sculpture of the first inhabitants of the canadian Pacific coast), as well as the Aquarium and the Zoo. Aquarium Stanley Park was the largest in the country. Here are about 600 species of marine life. Main rooms of the aquarium are the Arctic, the Amazon, Indonesian marine Park Bunaken and Sea lions.
To the South of downtown Vancouver is Granville island. It is located under the same bridge. On the island there are restaurants, numerous souvenir shops, shops and art galleries. On weekends it is the venue of various concerts and festivals. To reach the island on a small ferry or on a special Aqua-bus.
In Vancouver interesting the oldest quarter of the city, Gastown. It traces its history to 1867. In the area of mixed old and new buildings of the Victorian era and modern buildings, small markets and shopping centers. Vancouver is a city of immigrants, so there is the largest in Canada Chinatown with its many markets.
Be sure to visit the Botanical gardens of Queen Elizabeth, which is located on the highest city hill (167 m). The garden area is 52 hectares. Also noteworthy is one of the main shopping areas in the country – street Robson, Vancouver Botanical garden of the University, Japanese garden Nicob, Christ Cathedral(the oldest Church of Vancouver), the art Museum, the Vancouver Museum with a planetarium, an Anthropological Museum, Marine Museum and the tower of harbour Centre lookout.
Vancouver is surrounded by 18 km of sandy beaches, starting from Stanley Park and ends on the other side of English Bay. The most popular beaches are the beaches of Stanley Park, the beaches of Kitsilano, Jericho, Spanish banks, Locarno, point Bay, Acadia and tower. Even in the summer temperature of coastal waters does not rise above 18 degrees, so the beaches are mainly used for picnics. Swimming at the beach set pools, all beaches have showers and changing cabins. Northwest of Vancouver is very popular beach area sunshine coast.
Just outside of Vancouver lies the Capilano Park. Here is an interesting ancient forest with many trails, the Capilano canyon, which offers longest suspension bridge span more than 100 years, and falls on the Capilano river.
In the outskirts of Vancouver there are several ski resorts. The resort of Whistler, which is one of the most popular places for skiing in North America, is located 120 km North of Vancouver on the slopes of the Coastal range. Ski season lasts here from November to August. The resort consists of two areas – Whistler and Blackcomb. The total elevation is 1632 m, the highest point is situated at altitude 2284 m The resort has 200 trails, of which 20% for beginners, 55% of medium complexity and 25% difficult, 33 lifts (2 high speed gondolas 6 high-speed 4-chair, 2 trickrezola, 1 two-seated, 5 ski lifts). The Whistler also has all the opportunities for practicing snowboarding, and heliski well as free-ride. Infrastructure of the resort meets the highest demands, there is a ski school, equipment rental, more than 100 hotels of different levels, more than 200 restaurants serving different cuisines, bars, night clubs, skating rink, sports halls, playgrounds for Golf, rentals of snowmobiles, mountain bikes and sledges.
Near Vancouver are also located the ski resorts cypress, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour. Cypress resort has 47 ski trails, laid on the slopes of the two mountains, 19 km of cross country ski trails and 5 lifts. Cypress is located in the eponymous provincial Park, so you can relax in the summer. Resort Mount Seymour has the highest base height (the height at which are located the main infrastructure of the resort) – 930 m. the Resort offers 24 ski trails and 5 lifts. Resort Grouse Mountain has 26 trails with the possibility for riding in the dark and 7 lifts. The elevation is 384 m.