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Vancouver Introduction


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Vancouver, British Columbia, is known as Canada's emerald jewel for its lush rain forests. On a clear day, from downtown you can see the Strait of Georgia's blue-green waters, glacial fjords, islands, and mountains with snow caps and dense forests.   Click here to see the full Vancouver travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vancouver Geography


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With the North Shore Mountains as a reference point, finding your way around the coastal seaport city of Vancouver is pretty easy. The core of downtown radiates outward on a grid system from the intersection of Georgia Street, which runs east-west, and Granville Street, the main north-south artery.  Click here to see the full Vancouver travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vancouver History


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The original inhabitants of what is now referred to as Vancouver, were the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Unlike so many other hunting-and-gathering peoples, these inhabitants achieved a high level of cultural complexity for a food-gathering base: wild berries, game, fish, water and building materials. This system encouraged hard work, and quickly allowed for the accumulation of wealth and status. There was so much of it, in fact, that potlatches (gift-giving feasts) were a regular event among the Kwakiutl, Bella Coola, Haida and other tribes.   Click here to see the full Vancouver travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vancouver Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a cultural buff or a parent seeking family fun, you'll find plenty to do in Vancouver come rain or shine. More than 8 million visitors go there every year. Consider beginning your adventure by taking the glass elevators to the top of Harbour Centre (also known as Vancouver Lookout). From there you can get your bearings—and a breathtaking view of the city at your feet.  Click here to see the full Vancouver travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vancouver Nightlife


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Some say health-conscious Vancouverites are too tired to party after their daily jogs or bike rides. Most after-hours venues are frequented only by those young enough to burn the candle at both ends. Whatever the reason, Vancouver's nightlife past midnight is fairly tame—you'll see more people at coffee shops such as Starbucks and Blenz (there are scores of them) than in nightclubs or bars.   Click here to see the full Vancouver travel guide on Travel42 »

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Vancouver Restaurants & Dining


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Vancouver cuisine includes a long fishing tradition, mixed with Asian and other ethnic and immigrant influences, and is lately combined with the growing culinary scene emerging from the small farms of the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island as well as the wineries of the Okanagan. Best of all, the cost of quality dining in Vancouver is relatively less expensive than at comparable restaurants in other major cities.  Click here to see the full Vancouver travel guide on Travel42 »

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