Vancouver, located on the Pacific coast, is known for its relaxed vibe, delicious restaurants, and incredible natural vistas. A popular filming location, it’s surrounded by mountains and has thriving art, theatre, and music scenes. Whether you're in town for an outdoor concert or ready for awe-inspiring whale watching, there's plenty of things to keep you occupied in the interim. Grab a bike and tour the city or sit back on a rooftop patio and sip a locally brewed ale -- Vancouver is welcoming, exciting, and the perfect spot for a laid-back vacation.


1. VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Nestled in the Shaugnessey neighborhood of Vancouver, the botanical gardens feature plants from all over the world, with an extensive collection of native British Columbia (Northwest Coast) plants. Over 1,200 volunteers guide guests through the lush beds, explaining the history and features of the plants and trees. Native wildlife, including songbirds, ducks, fish, and butterflies, live in the gardens, adding to the natural appeal. With a Bloom Calendar and a cycle of planning based on the seasons, you can see something new every time you visit.

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