Majestic mountains, the sparkling ocean, lush rainforests and green parks make the Lower Mainland one of the most beautiful urban regions in the world. The International Olympic Committee selected Vancouver as the host city for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games on the basis of its beauty, accessibility, services and activities. The Greater Vancouver area, with its population of almost two million people, is made up of the city of Vancouver plus the neighbouring cities of Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby, Delta, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Moody and White Rock. Here, you can enjoy world-class dining and shopping, outstanding live entertainment and sporting events, and spectacular sights and attractions. It’s also a launching point for adventure. With quick access to the Fraser Valley, the North Shore mountains or Whistler, it offers some of the best recreation in the world – including golfing, skiing, hiking and mountain biking – just minutes away. In town, you can visit the city’s parks and gardens, like Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park and the VanDusen Botanical Garden, or visit museums and galleries like the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC and the interactive Science World.
Top 5 things to do
- Enjoy world-class dining and shopping
- Visit Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium
- Ski, hike, bike or golf
- Take in the panoramic views and city life
- Go to exciting sporting and cultural events