The city of Vancouver is not only historic and large but has repeatedly been noted for its attractions and more by major tourism sites throughout North America including Travel + Leisure’s Magazine. From Stanley Park to the Museum of Anthropology and the Capilano Suspension Bridge, this amazing city has something for everyone. Coconut Club Vacations invites you to take a closer look with us at this amazing destination for travel.
How it all began
Vancouver is an important coastal seaport on the mainland of British Columbia. Like other coastal cities, Vancouver has long been an important site when it comes to trade, shipping and travel. Diverse and massive in size, Vancouver and the surrounding metro area are home to over 2.4 million residents. While it ranks as one of the largest and most populated areas in the country, even Vancouver started with humble beginnings.
While the area now known as Vancouver has roots of habitation dating back over 10,000 years, as a European city, its roots date back to the early 1800’s. First called Gastown, the city of Vancouver was settled in 1867 and renamed Vancouver in 1886. Its growth related not only to the Gold Rush but the Railway and harbor as well.
Despite its large size and fast growth, this major tourist destination remains pleasant, welcoming and safe for millions. Top attractions range from natural to historic to cultural. Some of its top attractions include:
- Capilano Suspension Bridge – a 450 foot span across the Capilano River
- The Vancouver Lookout – one of the city’s top attractions which is over 550 feet high
- Vancouver Aquarium – home to over 70,000 creatures
- Stanley Park – a must visit park
- Grouse Mountain – an aerial tramway like no other
- Vancouver Art Gallery – filled with art throughout history, plan at least a few hours to look around
Best time to travel
The best time to travel to this great city will depend on what you like as there is always something going on. While it can be quite crowded at top attractions in summer, this is the ideal time for lovers of sun and warm weather. Fall and winter can be cool but the weather is still dryer here then in most coastal areas of British Columbia. Thanks to the Pacific Ocean, the weather is almost always perfect and when it isn’t, just wait a few minutes, there is no bad time to visit Vancouver.