Over the next few months I’ll be sharing some brief memories of my favourite cities I’ve visited over the years. Where better to start than with Vancouver, possibly my favourite city of all.
I’ve had the pleasure of spending quite a bit of time in Vancouver and it just seems to get better with every visit.
So what is it? What makes it special? And why is it that whenever I fly into this city I hear people saying “wow I could live here” ?
You might think the answer is obvious. The view. The classic North American sky line, the Pacific Ocean and the backdrop of the Coast Mountains make Vancouver one of the most spectacular cities on the planet. But in order to discover the secrets of the city one must look beyond the view. On arrival in Vancouver I would recommend dumping the luggage and heading straight to the waterfront. The design of the high rise condos that overlook the harbour seem to blend seamlessly into the water and mountains beyond and don’t look at all out of place. They add something that is key to the place, the wealth and a sense of clean, healthy living.
The clean, sleek lines of the high rise condos roll out onto the sidewalks filled with people running, cycling, jogging or just enjoying a stroll. This is a city where activity and health is king. If you’re not an active person in Vancouver then you are in the minority! On a beautiful sunny day the sidewalks will be filled with people enjoying what the city has to offer. Stanley Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America. On any day it is full of Vancouverites enjoying this truly magnificent space. A 15 minute walk from downtown takes you into the park with its seawall walks, tree lined paths and numerous skating and cycling lanes.
I’ve had the pleasure of eating in some of Vancouver’s finest restaurants, my favourite being The Lift Bar and Grill. Why? I could sit their for hours just looking at the view!
Vancouver is a city that loves its sport! The Vancouver Canucks are the cities biggest sport attraction! NHL is Hockey truly is Canada’s game and to steal an old slogan “Its Vancouver’s Canucks”. You can’t avoid them in the city, pretty much everyone is a fan and when the team are on a run and when Rogers Arena is rocking then there is no better place to be in the city!
If you get the chance to take in this city then do it! It has a great atmosphere, stunning views and its just a down right great place to be!