The gorgeous nature, mountains and waters around it give a special, earthy charm to vibrant, breathtaking, cosmopolitan Vancouver.

Unspoilt nature and mountains offer visitors as many thrills as the dynamic atmosphere and colourful goings on in the city itself. Vancouver isgreat time all year round. Whether you like to ski or hike on Grouse Mountain, the highest point in the city, go on a picnic in the enormous Stanley Park, or spend all day browsing through the many coffee houses – Vancouver has as much to offer outdoor jocks and nature fans as it does to culture freaks and city lovers.

Fantastic days of shopping away on Robson Street and South Granville Street. One thing you can't help but notice is how good looking the Vancouverites are: athletic and red-cheeked – which is not a surprise given the vastness of the recreational opportunities at their doorstep. This makes it even more fun to sit at a café, enjoy a fresh, healthy snack, and watch the people coming and going. Once you've visited, you're pretty likely to return. It's no exaggeration to say that Vancouver is a real paradise on earth.

City Facts

  • Location

    Largest city in Western Canada, on the Pacific coast.

  • Population

    About 2 million

  • Size

    About 115 km²

  • Public transport

    Excellent bus and metro network.

  • Climate

    Vancouver is one of the warmest cities in the country. Summer in particular is warm and dry.

  • Best time to visit

    April to October are the sunniest months.

  • Good to know

    Vancouver has been rated the best city in the world to live in for many years.

  • Nice to know

    The monument in Stanley Park represents the many different languages spoken in Vancouver.

  • Airport

    Vancouver International Airport, about 12 km south of the city.

  • Railway

    The Canada Line takes you to the city centre in 26 minutes.

  • Taxi

    There are taxi stands in front of the arrivals hall. A trip to the city centre takes about 30 minutes.