Vancouver is a destination of inner and outer beauty. Situated on British Columbia's Pacific Coast, the city boasts a multitude of cultural attractions and a skyline filled with modern skyscrapers. Within minutes of its urban center are outdoor playgrounds that stretch from ocean islands to the Coast Mountains. Visit Grouse Mountain or Howe Sound to experience just a taste of this beautiful area. Warm, moderate summers and mild winters offer adventure seekers the opportunity to ski down world-class slopes, kayak on pristine waters, try whale-watching, or walk high in the trees across the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Exploring the city's neighborhoods is a journey past the trendy boutiques of Yaletown, cobble streets of Gastown, and ethnic enclaves such as Chinatown and Greektown. A strong mix of international cultures has created an acclaimed culinary scene with foods that range from local Pacific Northwest dishes to exotic Asian flavors. And arts and cultural attractions abound, including the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, home of the Vancouver Opera and Ballet BC, and a number of wonderful gardens. Get a great overview of Vancouver with a sightseeing tour or a hop-on hop-off trolley tour - or get perspective on the area from above on a seaplane tour.
The city also has the distinction of being the third-largest film production center in North America, after Los Angeles and New York City. With all that Vancouver has to offer, it's no wonder that the city has been recognized as "one the world's most desirable places to live" and was chosen to host the 2010 Winter Olympics.