Visiting Canada's capital of cultural diversity
Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada. Fifty-two percent of its residents don't speak English as their first language, and this helps explain the variety of neighborhoods and cultural events that you will find in the city.
Located on the Strait of Georgia and minutes from the U.S. border, Vancouver has an excellent climate, which also helps explain its appeal to so many nationalities. Vancouver is one of the warmest—and wettest—Canadian cities. July and August are dry and sunny with moderate temperatures, tempered by sea breezes, but rain falls on nearly half the days from November through March.
The North Shore Mountains dominate the cityscape, and on a clear day, scenic vistas include the snow-capped volcano Mount Baker in the state of Washington to the southeast.
Each year more than 1 million people pass through Vancouver on cruise ship vacations, many of them bound for Alaska.
For travelers, the variety of experiences in Vancouver is unparalleled.
A good place to start your adventure in Vancouver is at Granville Island, one of the most popular spots in the city. Located at the edge of downtown Vancouver, this 37-acre island is a charming destination for shoppers and culture seekers. The island is accessible by Aquabus, a fleet of electric ferries that transport passengers across False Creek.
Another Aquabus stop on False Creek is at Yaletown, a historic warehouse district on the edge of downtown Vancouver. The neighborhood features restaurants, boutiques and cafes.
Many consider Stanley Park the soul of the city and the envy of the world. It is the largest urban park in North America. The park features a 5½-mile-long seawall that runs the perimeter and provides a paved path for rollerblading, biking, jogging and hiking. In addition, a petting farm, the Vancouver Aquarium and recreational facilities are in the park. The aquarium is Canada's largest aquarium, covering 116,000 square feet of space and housing more than 70,000 creatures.
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