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About Vancouver BC

By Victoria Harding

Vancouver British Columbia

Visit the largest city in western Canada, where you can find salt-sweet air, a city surrounded by mountains, 1,000 acres of forest right in the heart of town, and of coarse that metropolitan feeling. Vancouver, Canada offers a variety of things to do and see. From walking through Vancouver's beautiful parks to shopping downtown. Start at the four blocks known as Gas Town.

Formerly and old trading center in the 1800s, Gas Town is now a home to restaurants, art galleries, souvenir shops, and upscale furniture stores. Next visit North America's third largest Chinatown. With it's colorful outdoor markets, butcher shops, and herbal remedy stores, Chinatown gives you the feeling of China itself.

Then cruse on over to Yaletown. This is where you can find trendy shopping, designer furniture and spa treatments. After exploring Yaletown, park your car or walk to the foot of Hornby Street and take a ride on the Aquabus. The Aquabus is a colorful boat resembling a tiny tugboat that will give you a relaxing ride over to Granville Island. Don't be fooled by it's name, Granville isn't an island at all, actually it is a peninsula.

If you are yearning for a relaxing picnic then a session of kayaking, then this is the place to be. If kayaking doesn't interest you, how about a pedal or a stroll? Head for Stanly Park where you can find 1,000 acres of green grass, bike and hiking trails. You can rent bikes and enjoy the 6 mile ride around the sea wall, stopping to gaze at the totem poles and statues.

For kids, visit the "must see" Vancouver Aquarium. Enjoy viewing the underwater world, fun for the whole family.

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