City of Vancouver: A One-Day Travel Plan

Vancouver is a busy and flourishing city situated in the southwestern area of Canada’s Pacific coast. It is Canada’s third largest metropolitan and is considered one of the best places worldwide to reside in and to visit. It is said to comprise of a blend of different races and cultures.

There are hotels all over the city which caters for every budget, be it leisure or business. If you have plans for visiting this city, here is your one-day travel plan to enable you enjoy most part of the city.

Photo of a lagoon at Stanley Park.

Photo of a lagoon at Stanley Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Stanley Park:

· It is recognized as one of the great parks of the whole world. Vancouver’s main park and one of the city’s main tourist attractions, Stanley Park is an ever popular oasis of one thousand acres close to the downtown center.

· The park flourishes in flora and fauna and its features attract the environmentalist, the plant lover or anyone who would love nothing more than to relax in stunning surroundings.

· This park has Aquarium, Rose Garden, and Water Park for children. You can also hire a bicycle or a roller blade and ride along the dike.

2. Canada Place:

· Canada Place’s white sails of the building have made it a famous landmark for the city. This is home of the Vancouver Convention Centre, Port Metro Vancouver Corporate Offices, The Pan Pacific Hotel and Cruise Ship Terminal.

· In summer, you can see huge Alaskan cruise ships docked here. It is about ten minutes from Stanley Park by bus and about thirty minutes by foot.

3. Gastown:

· This is only a number of blocks east from Canada Place. It is the oldest part of downtown Vancouver and one of the most common tourist destinations in the city. It is well-known for its cobbled streets, outstanding restaurants and inns, and shops. You can have some rest and have lunch in one of the several restaurants.

· Remember to check out the Gastown Steam Clock, one of the city’s most common attractions. It was designed and erected by Ray Saunders in 1977. Daily travelers rush out of tourism buses, cameras flashing as the steam clock burps steam and hoots out the well-known Westminster bells theme.

4. Chinatown:

· This is only a number of blocks east and south from Gastown. Chinatown in Vancouver is North America’s second largest Chinatown, after San Francisco’s.

· Mandarin and Cantonese are the mother tongues in thirty per cent of Vancouver homes, which makes Chinese the largest alternative ethnic group.

· It is worth it to tour this famous part of town. You can go with a group of no less than ten people or get some information at the Chinese Cultural Centre and go alone.

5. Granville Island:

· From Chinatown, you can walk on the road to a ferry stop near GM Place and take a small ferry to Granville Island. This is a magical place and a must see for anyone touring this city. It is a refined home to performing arts, dining, workshops as well as artists’ studios.

· The community market is a common place even to residents. This market offers a range of fresh food in the Lower Mainland and it is also the best place for individuals to meet, eat and spend some time in a safe and tranquil setting.

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