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You're Going to Love Vancouver

Everyone who visits Vancouver seems to fall in love with this northwestern Canadian city. Why? Because Vancouver is down to earth, diverse, relaxed, and beautiful.

Some people love the food culture of the city, and it’s easy to see why. Dine on superb sushi at authentic Japanese restaurants like Miku or Toshi Sushi, sample local brews at the Craft Beer Market (85 West 1st Avenue) or shop for fresh produce on Granville Island.

For others, the great outdoors is the main attraction. During the summer, beaches like Jericho and Kitsilano are safe, family-friendly places to enjoy the sunshine. Vancouver Island offers kayaking, hiking, and climbing, and cycle paths across town make pedal-power a great way to get around.

There are festivals, shops, galleries – everything a world-class city should have. But above all else, Vancouver is welcoming. Wherever you come from, the city will offer you something to taste, see, or do.

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Summer is a fantastic time to visit Vancouver. The whale-watching season is in full swing, the beaches are inviting, the cycle paths are open, and the whole city is at it's best when the sun shines. There are also summer events like the Pacific National Exhibition (August 20-September 5) at the Playland Amusement Park, which mixes rides, food, and animal shows. Then again, winter brings the chance to hit the slopes at resorts like Whistler, free ice skating on Robson Square, and sales at the city’s fashion stores. Spring sees the suburbs erupt into a riot of pink as the cherry blossom blooms, while during the fall the city hosts its International Film Festival. So there really is no bad time to visit.

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Where to Stay in Vancouver

Vancouver offers plenty of choice for vacationers who want somewhere comfortable to stay. The Holiday Inn (711 W. Broadway) is a good, solid family option in the Downtown area, while you might try the Fairmont (900 W Georgia St) for a luxury alternative. The Victorian Hotel (514 Homer St) offers great value while the Cambie Hostel (515 Seymour Street) is a great choice for backpackers. Suburban hotels worth checking out include the Granville Island Hotel (1253 Johnston St) and Avalon Guest Suite (3015 11th Ave.), located near the beaches in Kitsilano.

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Shopping Streets

Vancouver is an excellent place for shoppers to visit. If you enjoy window shopping for leading fashion brands or exploring tiny boutiques, Robson Street should be your first destination. There are big brands like J Crew (no. 1088) along with chain retailers like BCBGMAXAZRIA (no. 1080), and stores selling artisan furniture as well. If handmade souvenirs are your thing, head to Granville Island’s marketplace, while the Punjabi Market in South Vancouver offers an intoxicating selection of food, clothing, and artisan jewelry.

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Vancouver is relatively cheap compared with major U.S. cities like New York and Los Angeles. 12 eggs cost around C$3.50, a good pair of jeans C$70, and a medium quality bottle of wine is about C$18. You can also save money during your stay by shopping at discount supermarkets like T&T, Safeway, or IGA Marketplace. If you want to shop for fresh fruit and vegetables, Granville Island is the place to go, but there are also organic stores like Whole Foods dotted around the city.

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Where to Eat in Vancouver

Vancouver is easily Canada’s number one foodie destination and one of the best places to eat out in North America. If you are staying in the center, Japadog (530 Robson St) offers an original fusion of Japanese flavors and traditional hot dogs, Kalypso (1025 Robson St) serve up big portions of great Greek food while Miku (1050 W Hastings St) specializes in Japanese aburi seafood (delicately seared on the outside, but tender inside). Banana Leaf (3005 W Broadway) in Kitsilano cook up superb Malaysian dishes while Vij’s (1480 W 11th Ave) on Granville Island is the best Indian restaurant in town. A high-end meal will cost anything from C$70 to C$200, but good medium price meals can be enjoyed for much less. That’s one of the things that makes Vancouver so great.

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