Planning a vacation in Canada? Here are three can’t-miss destinations in British Columbia that will have you scoping Vancouver homes for sale so you never have to leave.

Gastown District

If you’ve ever wanted to take a trip back to the 1800s but couldn’t figure out how to generate the 1.21 gigawatts needed to power your DeLorean-built time machine, don’t fret. A visit to Vancouver’s Gastown District is like taking a stroll through history.

This downtown harbor area is the site of the original settlement that blossomed into modern-day Vancouver. Today, its beautifully preserved cobblestone streets, antique buildings, and iconic steam-powered clock gives visitors an insight into Canada’s cherished past, while the rows of artisan shops, hip nightclubs, and delectable restaurants provide the perfect fuel for shopping sprees, parties, and other decadent indulgences.

To get the most out of your trip, try to schedule it to coincide with the Vancouver International Jazz Festival or the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix bicycle race.

Vancouver Aquarium

It’s no wonder that a seaside city like Vancouver would prove itself to be an ideal destination for vacationers looking to catch a glimpse of rare and majestic marine species of all kinds.

What is a wonder are the whopping 70,000 different creatures from over 6,000 separate species that make up the Vancouver Aquarium world-class collection. With its wide range of interactive activities, dazzling displays, and entertaining live shows, there’s more than enough to impress any would-be mermaids in your family.

Luckily, if you prefer your oceanic explorations in a more outdoor setting, Vancouver has you covered with its annual whale-watching trips and miles of coastal beaches. Considering that the latter includes Canada’s first-ever nude beach, though, maybe “covered” isn’t the right word.

Capilano State Park

Canada is well-known for its natural beauty, a fact evidenced by its massive park system and acres upon acres of dense rainforests and towering mountains. Every major city in Canada has at least one famous park of its own. So what makes Vancouver’s Capilano State Park stand out from the pack?

Showing that it’s more than just a nice place to hike, Capilano State Park’s Cliffwalk provides a thrilling, gravity-defying daredevil adventure across narrow elevated pathways suspended more than 300 feet above rivers and canyons. The Treetop Adventure offers a similar but less heart-stopping bird’s eye view of the forest’s centuries-old Douglas Fir trees.

Last but not least, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of the largest bridges of its kind anywhere, stretching 460 feet long and 230 feet high and capable of holding two fully-packed 747 airplanes. Hopefully, you don’t weigh more than that.


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