Lori Guretzki

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An overview of a vacation in Vancouver, British Columbia.

A Trip to Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is located on the mainland of North America in the South West corner of British Columbia, Canada. Warmed by the Pacific Ocean and protected by a range of mountains, this beautiful city boasts mild temperatures year round. This is an ideal holiday destination for young and old in summer and winter.

Accommodations in Vancouver range from a royal suite at the Pan Pacific Hotel, one of the many large hotels over looking the Burrard Inlet, to a luxurious room at The Four Seasons Hotel located in the centre of the city as well as motels, hostels, B & B's, RV parks and campgrounds located in the outer areas of the city. Whatever your preference, Vancouver has it and at a price to suit every budget. Not sure where to stay? Vancouver offers a Visitor Information Centre where knowledgeable staff will provide free, all the information you will need.

Vancouver's diverse culture offers visitors an endless array of food representing countries from all over the world. For fine dining the William Tell Restaurant offers a culinary experience second to none. For casual dining pubs, bistros and small cafes will satisfy the hungriest. A large selection of fresh seafood awaits customers at restaurants like The Cannery or Bridges and for the Vegetarian visitor Habibi's on Broadway is very popular. For those with a sweet tooth, a decadent dessert at True Confections on Denman will definitely satisfy any craving. Coffee Houses like Starbucks are found on almost every street corner along the popular Beach Avenue and offer inside and outside seating and a chance to get to know some of the locals.

Feel like exercising in the fresh air? A walk around Vancouver's Sea Wall will definitely give you a much needed workout or a walk through Stanley Park's 1000 acres of gardens and forest in the middle of Vancouver is both a walker's paradise and a gardener's delight. Granville Island, popular with the locals and tourists alike will surely tempt you to purchase trinkets and souvenirs along with mouthwatering pastries, farm fresh vegetables and fruit, and unlimited fresh seafood.

My husband and I love to spend an afternoon strolling through Chinatown, window- shopping and checking out the many different kinds of dried food and produce in the markets. Then on to Gastown where we walk on cobbled streets and browse through heritage buildings that house shops selling one of a kind, hand made pottery, Native Indian clothing and artifacts and in the middle of it all, the famous steam clock. Tourists love to watch the clock as it strikes the hour and sends out puffs of steam while making sounds like an old steam engine.

Pacific Centre on Georgia street is Vancouver's premier shopping destination offering shoppers more than 140 shops to choose from; Sinclair Centre on Hastings street, a smaller shopping centre will tempt you with several fashion specialties, convenience stores and for a light lunch, they have a large food court. If you enjoy shopping at all, you will love Vancouver's famous Robson Street. Three blocks of shoe stores, clothing stores, specialty shops and restaurants. When you tire of shopping, a specialty coffee at one of the many coffee houses along the street will allow you to rest and do some serious people watching. It's a great way to spend the day, especially during the summer months.

To list all that Vancouver offers in the way of entertainment would be impossible. Live theatre, cinemas playing the latest films, opera, museums, ball room dancing, casinos or pub hopping, the list goes on. During the winter months, a short bus ride up the mountain will take you to excellent skiing, downhill and cross country as well as snow boarding. The summer months offer water sports, swimming and sun bathing - Vancouver has it all.

Whether you choose to drive to Vancouver, arrive by bus, train, plane or boat, you will be in awe of its beautiful scenery, high rise buildings and the friendliness of its residents. You won't be able to see it all in one visit so I am sure you will return.

Lori Guretzki lives in Abbotsford, B.C. with her husband of 23 years. By day, she is an Administrative Assistant in a large high school in Abbotsford, by night she has a home based business called Lori's Canine Creations and in her off times, she shares her love of traveling to all corners of the world with her husband. Lori's latest accomplishment is her book, soon to be published, The Reluctant Traveller, about holidaying in Peru, South America.

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