The location of Vancouver is eye popping with ocean and mountains playing together. Burrard Inlet is situated to the north of Downtown Vancouver and the Fraser River is situated to the south. In the distance are the North Shore Mountains. To the west of the city is the Strait of Georgia and Vancouver Island. While wedged in between Vancouver Island and the mainland of Vancouver are the Gulf Islands.
Popular with the travelers as a beach destination and as a centre for tourism attractions like museums, gardens, Granville Island, the Seawall and Stanley Park.
Many of the natural green space destinations in the city like Stanley Park and False Creek were once villages to the Coast Salish First Nation people.
The City of Vancouver was incorporated in 1886 with the arrival of the Trans Canada railway and the Vancouver marine seaport. The rail system and sea transportation links played a large role in developing trade between Canada and Asia and Europe. Today, the Port of Vancouver is one of the largest ports operating in North America.
The City of Vancouver is home to many large scale venues and high-end facilities. One venue which is often in the spotlight are the shops and activities of Granville Market. Because of the large scale facilities and location in the city it plays host to many events, festivals, international conferences, corporate retreats and trade shows every year.
Travel to Vancouver and enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle with many adventures to be had in the parks located in the downtown core. Some of the Vancouver activities enjoyed include; biking, hiking, kayaking, birding, picnicking, rollerblading, sightseeing, golfing, disc golf, boating, swimming, beach combing and sailing.
The City of Vancouver, BC enjoys a good number of ocean parks. Many of the more populated parks are recreational beach parks. All in all, there are over 20 kilometres of public beach coastline in Vancouver including First Beach (English Bay), Second and Third Beach (Stanley Park), Spanish Bank (Extension, East & West), Kitsilano Beach, Jericho Beach, Sunset Beach, Locarno Beach and Wreck Beach.