One of the world’s most beautiful destinations, Vancouver is the most populous city in British Columbia and has been voted one of the most livable places in the world. Ideally located at the heart of the city, The Westin Grand, Vancouver, puts you steps away from the exclusive shopping, scenic landscapes, and recreational hotspots of this vibrant seaport.
Revel in the retail paradise of Robson Street, where you can find the latest trends in fashion and unique local gifts. Take a short stroll to Gastown, one of the city’s first downtown centers that features a mix of boutiques as well as upscale restaurants and nightclubs. Nearby Yaletown is the Soho of Vancouver, where converted heritage buildings offer local watering holes and high-end eateries. A short, scenic ride on a False Creek water taxi takes you to Granville Island, a manufacturing area turned tourist hotspot dedicated to local art, diverse street performers, and an electrifying public market.
Vancouver is also a haven for outdoor recreation. Historic Stanley Park is a 405-hectare public park framed by the waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay. Family-friendly attractions include horse-drawn carriage rides, a miniature train, and the Vancouver Aquarium, which boasts over 60,000 animals and the rainforest fauna of the Graham Amazon Gallery. At an elevation of 553 feet, Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre affords unforgettable views of the city. A glass elevator whisks you up to the observation deck, where expert guides lead hourly tours. Meanwhile, just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain’s Skyride transports guests to a mountaintop playground for summer activities such as a zip-line course, hiking, a grizzly-bear habitat, a birds-of-prey exhibit, and a lumberjack show while winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, and ice-skating.
Vancouver is home to an energizing array of sports and cultural institutions. BC Place Stadium—the largest multipurpose venue in the province—is home to the BC Sports Hall of Fame while Rogers Arena hosts the Vancouver Canucks. The Vancouver Art Gallery houses the world’s largest collection of works by renowned Canadian artist Emily Carr. Also within blocks are the Queen Elizabeth Theatre—headquarters of the Vancouver Opera and Ballet BC—and The Orpheum, a National Heritage Site that is also home to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Bach Choir.
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