Locals and visitors alike rave about Vancouver's diverse food scene. From award-winning fine dining, locally caught seafood wine bars, breakfast diners, to an array of authentic ethnic cuisines... there are thousands of restaurants to try in Vancouver. Even our studio itself is surrounded by hundreds of establishments within walking distance that serve up delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The foodie scene thrives here, with local farmer's markets to buy fresh produce at, cooking classes to take, and some of the best coffee shops in the world.
There's always something to do in Vancouver in the evenings, during the week, and on the weekends. Local nightlife thrives with nightclubs, dozens of concerts to attend each week, and plenty of arts and culture events to take in. The biggest names in music stop by at Rogers Arena, but you'll also find some incredible indie bands and artists performing at venues and stages around Vancouver. Stop by the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Vancouver Public Library for a day and take in Vancouver's rich culture and history. You won't want to miss exciting events like the Vancouver Jazz Festival or the Playhouse International Wine Festival.
Have a passion for shopping? Vancouver has both high-end international luxury brands and unique local designers and artisans. Popular shopping destinations in Vancouver include Robson Street, Pacific Centre Mall, Metrotown Mall and Oakridge Mall. Hidden shopping gems include Gastown and Commercial Drive, where favourite and acclaimed local designers sell their own creations like shoes, handbags and clothing. Artisan jewellers can be found on Granville Island and around the city, and you won't want to pass up the chance to take a look at local designer furniture shops as well.
Winter sports are very popular in Vancouver, especially having just hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. Snowboarders and skiers can choose from three different local mountains just 30 to 45 minutes away from downtown, with many more mountains within driving distance including the world-class Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort. Other popular snow sports around Vancouver include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, curling, and ice skating. You can also catch a National Hockey League (NHL) game at Rogers Arena with our Vancouver Canucks team. If you're interested in lacing up the skates yourself, many rinks around the city offer tournaments and drop-ins for ice hockey.
There's also a host of fun activities to do in the summer in Vancouver. When the snow melts on the local mountains you can get out your hiking boots and track up to some spectacular viewpoints of the area. If you're into mountain biking or cycling, there are numerous trails and parks for all levels. In summer months, the beaches become popular in Vancouver for sun tanning and beach volleyball. There are also a number of free public tennis courts around the city and soccer leagues you can join. Enjoy water sports? Vancouver has an active dragon boating, sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing scene. Surfing can also be found on the far west coast of Vancouver Island and kiteboarding is popular on lakes that are driving distance from the city. And don't forget about the Vancouver Sun Run, a popular 10k walk or run event that draws over 50,000 participants.
If you love travel, then consider the attraction of a "staycation" in British Columbia. There are so many places to visit in our province either for a quick weekend getaway or for a longer vacation. Consider the beautiful wine country and orchards to visit in the Okanagan Valley, not to mention they have some gorgeous golf courses too! Visit Whistler either for skiing and snowboarding, or biking in the summer, or hit up the amazing restaurants and spas. The Sunshine Coast can be reached via ferry for a peaceful relaxing getaway or for some swimming and boating. Vancouver Island is just a ferry ride away to visit Victoria with its historic buildings, English tea ceremonies, and botanical gardens. Also on the Island is the sunny beach town of Parksville, and the surf/resort town of Tofino. Want to travel further? Vancouver is a travel hub with many international flights and cruises leaving directly from the city's airport and ports.