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Vancouver is the most expensive city in Canada and one of the most expensive in the world to live... but it is justified. The city of Vancouver is perhaps best known for its soaring mountains and breathtaking natural beauty, but it also offers a vibrant downtown, diverse ethnic communities and a lively arts scene.
Vancouver’s location on the Pacific Rim makes it an ideal gateway to Asia – a few blocks east of the pacific ocean and you’re on Asian soil. Vancouver is recognized internationally as a top business centre with highly educated residents who speak more than 100 languages; some call it “the most livable city in the world". With close proximity to nature, beaches, mountains and downtown action – this beautiful coastal city has something for everyone.
- 1) Science World is one of the city's most recognized buildings. It is a non-profit organization featuring great science and art exhibits.
- 2) Next on our list is Vancouver Maritime Museum. The museum features impressive galleries of model ships. The Museum was opened to the public in 1959.
- 3) Gastown was Vancouver's original downtown core and is located northwest of Downtown, near Waterfront Station. This is where our city began and this historic area has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2009. It is also known for its steam clock, cobblestone streets and trendy cafés.
- 4) Chinatown is located on the eastern side of downtown, near Gastown, and an attractive place to visit if you want to enjoy some authentic Asian food or shop for exotic things you can’t find anywhere else in Canada. It is the largest Chinatown in Canada.
- 5) The VanDusen Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful green oasis in the city. Located in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood of Vancouver, this attraction combines over 5500 sq. meters of formal displays with natural areas of rainforest, meadow and ponds and offers something for everyone.
- 6) The Vancouver Art Gallery founded in 1931, is located adjacent to Robson Square on Hornby Street and is one of Canada's first public art galleries. It is home to a permanent collection of over 11,000 works and also hosts exhibits by local, national and international artists throughout the year. It is also the largest museum in Western Canada.
- 7) English Bay Beach is one of Vancouver's most popular beaches located in downtown Vancouver alongside Stanley Park.
- 8) Vancouver Lookout is an absolute must if it is your first time in the city. Located atop the Harbour Centre Building, this 360-degree viewing deck offers breathtaking views of Vancouver, including English Bay Beach and downtown.
- 9) And last but not least, Stanley Park is more than 1,000 acres and is one of the most popular parks in the city. This beautiful park features lots of walking and biking trails, beaches and hiking trails. There are lots of cafes (with great food!) along with an aquarium and a children’s park as well.