Vancouver's exciting downtown core
What is really special about Downtown Vancouver has to be it's proximity to so many wonderful attractions. You have the North Shore Mountains for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Stanley Park is available year round for hiking, the gardens, the forest, for events and for family fun. The Vancouver Seawall stretches from False Creek all the way around the entire Downtown area. You see, Downtown Vancouver is surrounded on 3 sides by ocean. English Bay is to the west, which features a really nice beach and views of Burrard Inlet and is host to the yearly Celebration of Light fireworks competition. Stanley Park is to the north and takes up the top half of the land mass that is Downtown Vancouver. Coal Harbour is to the east with it's views of the mountains and it's proximity to the Vancouver Harbour Airport, the Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place. You've got Davie Village, a mix of the old and the new with some of the original homes still left as well as more modern buildings, Davie Village is home to Vancouver's gay subculture. Yaletown, where many of the newest and most impressive condo accommodations are available, visit our Yaletown Vacation Rentals site for more information. All of these wonderful areas together make up Canada's most exciting, vibrant and special downtown core. Downtown Vancouver is where you want to be.
Perhaps you are looking for something to do and Downtown Vancouver is not short on attractions. To name just a few there is the Aquarium at Stanley Park, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the Pacific Mineral Museum, the Vancouver Public Library, BC Place Stadium, GM Place (also known as Canada Hockey Place), English Bay, Pacific Centre, the Vancouver Lookout, Gastown, Chinatown and Canada Place. Within walking distance you also have Granville Island Public Market, Science World, HR MacMillan Space Centre and much more. Hop in a car and you are minutes from skiing, golf, hiking and water sports of every imaginable type. Be sure to check out the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, the Pacific Coliseum, whale watching, fishing tours, and so much more. There is so much to do in and around Downtown Vancouver, you might find yourself returning several times to be able to do everything and see it all.
One of the most impressive things about Vancouver is the extent to which they promote a carless culture. If you are staying in Downtown, you really do not need to rent a vehicle. Thanks to the recent SkyTrain upgrades for the 2010 Winter Olympics, you don't even need to rent a car or take a taxi from the airport, the SkyTrain will bring you right downtown. Public transportation is available to every major attraction and Vancouver takes pride in it's ability to get you to where you want to go on a clean, safe and well maintained network of busses, elevated trains and boats.
Find what you are looking for on your next visit to Vancouver. Find it Downtown.