Vancouver is one of the best cities in the world, period! Sure, you might criticize it for not being grungy enough, but that would be missing the whole point. Vancouver is a world-class city with its favourable climate and progressive vibes earning its credentials among the most livable cities in the world.
If not for the living environment, perhaps it’s the endless number of distractions the city will give you. Vancouver has a ribbon of beautiful sand draped on it with skiable mountains shielding from the sides. To get here, you can either catch a direct flight to Vancouver or come via other cities like Ottawa and Toronto.
Vancouver is one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada. Because of its favourable living conditions, it is estimated that close to 40,000 people moved to the city in the 12 months before the COVID-19 pandemics. These people would be joining about 2.5 million people to whom the city is home. With an area of 115 square kilometres and 5249 people per square kilometre, it is the most densely populated Canadian city and fourth overall in North America.
Vancouver started as a sawmilling settlement in the late 19th century. It was incorporated as a city and named after the navigator George Vancouver who explored the area in 1792. Just two months after it was incorporated, a fire raced down the whole city. Despite the false start it grew back as a port town, and later when the Panama Canal opened up, it became the mainstay of the region. Later in 1929, the two suburbs of South Vancouver and Point Grey joined to become Vancouver’s metropolitan area as we know it today.
Vancouver is popular among holiday makers because it is the Canadian city with the mildest weather. Snow is a rarity here and is mostly ever seen in the mountains which surround it.
That being said, when it does snow in Vancouver, life in some way could get disrupted as the city is not well-equipped to handle such weather. Another constant here is that rain is experienced for up to 170 days out of a year accumulating to 60-100 inches. Summers tend to be warm and pleasant with plenty of sunshine.
If you plan a high season visit, then summer is your best time to enjoy Vancouver in the sun. This means you probably have to reserve accommodation and pay high season rates. For cheap flights, you can check out Westjet flights to Vancouver, as the airline tends to offer great airfare deals around the year. In fact, it’s recognized as Canada’s low-cost airline.
Comparatively, you will enjoy mild weather and pocket-friendly rates for accommodation and activities if you choose to visit Vancouver between March to May or from September to November. For the winter activities fanatics, don’t let the weather dissuade you. You will probably find your bucket list activities in the mountains around Vancouver.
Whether you are in Vancouver for an overnight visit or plan to stay for a couple of days, you should probably abandon the hotel lobby and see what the city has to offer. The city is ideal for an active lifestyle, and just close to town are plenty of opportunities to hike, mountain bike, or camp.
You can admire its geographical splendor by taking the drive on the sea to sky highway, kayak at the deep cove, hike in the Lynn canyon or catch a glorious Canadian sunset in the English Bay. You can also sunbathe at Kitsilano or the Spanish Banks Beach close to town. There are also plenty of markets to roam, nightclubs to check out, must-visit eateries, and great shopping spots all across town.
If you are coming into Vancouver via air, the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is probably where you will land. It is easily one of the best airports in North America, and it’s only a 25-minute drive out of town. Many international and local carriers, including Air Canada, operate from the airport, making it easy to get plenty of international flights. They also offer safe and convenient local flights to Vancouver from Ottawa, flights from Toronto to Vancouver, and from other Canadian cities. Note that flight fees may vary depending on what time of the year it is.
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