Seven Vancouver attractions | Private jet charter
A stunning British Columbian seaport on Canada’s western seaboard, Vancouver is blessed with mountains and oceans, idyllic urban beaches, skiing and snowboarding, great restaurants and a thriving multi-cultural community. Here are seven reasons to visit Vancouver via private jet charter today.
Vancouver is one of the world’s best destinations for whale watching. Between March and October you’ll see humpbacks, orcas, gray and minke whales – as well as many seabirds such as puffins and pelicans. The coastal waters are teeming with abundant wildlife including otters, sea lions, dolphins and bird life. Join a cruise, zip along on a speedy zodiac or observe nature’s majesty from a seaplane.
Granville Island Arts and Crafts
Vancouver is renowned for its creative spirit, which is reflected in the number of independent arts and crafts businesses in the city. Granville Island is a showcase for local talent with its stalls and booths selling photography, clothing, souvenirs, jewellery and much more. Visit the Railspur district on the island’s east side for glassblowers, jewellery makers and leather artisans. Net Loft, directly opposite the public market, is home to a number of craft outlets selling First National ceramics, as well as traditional arts and crafts.
Grouse Mountain is just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Catch the Skyride aerial tramway and climb 3,700ft to the Alpine Station. Skiers and snowboarders are well served with 26 runs and terrain parks for the freestylers. Relax over a hot chocolate or something stronger at the Peak Chalet, a popular après-ski destination with gift and coffee shops and restaurants. In summer the trail and hike paths are well marked making Grouse Mountain the perfect day out.
Between East 49th and East 54th streets, visitors will find a five-block smorgasbord of Indo-Canadian shopping and eating attractions. The food on offer here is a fabulous selection of Indian savouries and sweets – and spices. Grab a box to go or take a table and order à la carte. The clothing shops sell a wide variety of silk saris and jewellery, while the home stores are a treasure trove for useful utensils.
Vancouver Art Gallery
The largest public art museum in Western Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery is home to masterpieces from luminaries such as Ansel Adams and Cartier-Bresson to contemporary stars like Emily Carr, Jeff Wall and Rodney Graham. There are regular lectures, tours and even an art museum club night hosted by DJs and artists.
Kitsilano Beach faces English Bay and has a large expanse of sand to enjoy. In addition to easy swimming, there’s also a huge heated outdoor saltwater pool. A fine example of an urban beach, English Bay Beach is at the far end of Denman Street, hang out here with the locals (it’s a great spot for picnics) or continue along the sea wall to Stanley Park, while Jericho Beach is another popular barbecue spot.
Located between Lost Lagoon and Second and Third Beaches, Stanley Park is a 404-hectare oasis of beautiful trees and walking paths, and is an ideal respite from the hectic city. The 8.8km sea wall walk, fringed by a rainforest with 150,000 trees, is a visual and spiritual feast, replete with its own totem poles. Pop in to the Teahouse Restaurant or Stanley’s Bar and Grill for regional American fayre.
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