City of Vancouver Travel Information The City of Vancouver is part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), which includes 20 municipalities, e.g. Richmond, Delta, and Burnaby. Nearly two million people live in the over 2800 sq. km (1750 sq. mi.) of the GVRD. The city of Vancouver itself occupies 113 sq. km (70.6 mi.) and is bounded by the Burrard Inlet, the Georgia Strait and the Fraser River. Vancouver became more significant in the 1880s with the arrival of the transcontinental railway. Between the 1960s and 1990s, Vancouver developed non-resource based industries such as finance and tourism.
With Vancouver regularly rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it’s no surprise that there are great walks to take. Check these out: Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver This is an 8.8 km (5.5 mi.) walk around the huge Stanley Park. This is both a scenery and people-watching walk as there are bikers, walkers, joggers, inline skaters, strollers and more all taking in the beauty. The easiest way to access it is to go down Denman Ave., enter Stanley Park, bear right and follow the path and people. Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver This walk […]
For the bird enthusiast, a stroll through the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Many species of birds to be found; ducks, geese, and eagles are plentiful. For further information call 604-946-6980.
The Lighthouse at on Point Atkinson was built in 1874 and its preservation left us a legacy of trails that take you to a spectacular view of the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound. As you take the marked circular route, watch for some of the largest Douglas Firs in the Lower Mainland and, of course, the lighthouse itself. If you walk past the lighthouse, you will encounter very rocky terrain which, with care, will lead you to the ocean and its views. Lighthouse Park is off Marine Drive in the western part of West Vancouver. Look for the small […]
If you’ve been craving activity – and the winter’s day is too short for you to get out during the few hours on sunlight we’ve been getting lately – it’s time to make Mother Nature work for you. Vancouver’s local mountains offer snowboarding and skiing, but I have some fun Winter Fun ideas for you. Since 2007 Outside Magazine rates the “hottest new sport” as snowshoeing. When I was a little girl living in Switzerland we used to have to hike through deep snow on our property wearing the big old style “Trappers” snowshoes. They were awkward and took a […]
I’ll admit it to you right now, I hate winter; It’s cold, snowy, and icy. However, I really miss getting outside and being active in the winter in fear of the cold, then I discovered Vancouver. The temperature in Vancouver hovers around or just above zero, so to most Canadians, it’s lovely, balmy weather. Now we’re talking. To make that wonderful, warmer winter even more magical, I headed out to Stanley Park just on the outskirts of downtown Vancouver. Not only is it the largest city-operated park in all of Canada, making it easily accessible but it has the Bright Lights […]