"You’re gorgeous, baby, you’re sophisticated, you live well...Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains. It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling." – The New York Times. Vancouver naturally attracts over 10 million tourists a year.
My recent visit to Vancouver started downtown and on the harbor at the Convention Centre for my work group's Spring Meeting. The Convention Centre is set on the water with the majestic mountains in the background. Their walkways to nearby hotels display First Nations artwork and tributes to Aboriginal inhabitants thousands of years ago. The Spanish explored Vancouver around 1850. Logging business soon followed and then the railroad to facilitate trade.
Today, Vancouver is a melting pot for people from all over the world. It's 42% East Asian. I feasted on delicious sushi and Japanese food. Toward the end of our meeting, my husband, eight-year-old and six-year-old sons met me in Vancouver. My family and I admired the Vancouver landscape, culture, and attractions.
The last day of my meeting, my husband hit the spectacular Whistler slopes on snow board while our boys skied on fresh spring snow.
We lucked out during our visit with blue skies even though Vancouver gets more rain than Seattle. The vibrant Vancouver community bustled with fitness enthusiasts. Fun fact, in 1998 Lululemon, the yoga athletic apparel company for women and men launched in Vancouver. The Vancouver economy is prosperous, especially with Pacific Rim trading, but it started with lumber, fishing, mining, and minerals.
Trees with roots hundreds of years old pump oxygen into the fresh landscape along the ocean, bordered with mountains. Our family hiked Stanley Park, Vancouver's urban oasis of 1,000 acres or a large Central Park, New York. The cheery blossoms were in bloom, but it was naturally too soon for their rose garden to bud and bloom.
The Stanley Park totem poles again pay homage to the area's history. We toured the Vancouver Aquarium, located inside Stanley Park, for a penguin experience thanks to one of their scheduled presentations.
We journeyed across the extraordinary Capilano Suspension Bridge, which crosses the Capilano River in North Vancouver, among giant evergreens and fresh cedar air with seven suspended footbridges more than a 110 feet over the forest floor. As Robert Lois Stevenson opines, "It is now so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old tress, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit."
Our family took in more Vancouver attractions. We visited the Vancouver Art Gallery. We toured their Monet impressionist exhibit. Our boys rank the simulated ride FlyOver Canada as their favorite Vancouver adventure.
As our Vancouver visit ended, our family already looks forward to return visits. We hope to then tour the capital of British Columbia, Viktoria. We'd love to take off from Vancouver for an Alaskan cruise. If you've seen Vancouver, what do you recommend?
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