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Brimming with a delightful vibrancy, Granville Island is a veritable haven of shopping, entertainment and culture located only a few minutes away from Downtown Vancouver. At the crack of dawn, water taxis can be seen ferrying across False Creek, bearing local wares and fruit crates ready to be sold at the Public Market. The Island's colour, warmth and jubilant personality are fed by each of the 300 businesses and vendors that inhabit its charming stretch. Whether it is the assortment of handicrafts, Aboriginal Art and locally curated souvenirs sold at its homegrown shops and galleries or the pull of culture on display at its performing arts venues, Granville Island saves something for everyone. Notable among its many landmarks is the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the Vancouver Theatresports League and the Granville Island Brewing Company.
VanDusen Botanical Garden has 22 hectares (54 acres) of plants and trees collected from around the world harmoniously set amidst lawns, lakes and rock work. Some areas demonstrate plant relationships, such as the Rhododendron Walk, or geographical beginnings, like in the Sino-Himalayan Garden. A Christmas light display goes up every December.
Opened in 1912, the Lynn Canyon Park covers an area of about 250 hectares (617 acres). A respite from the grey jungle of the city, this park is home to century year old trees and in terms of activities, the park is covered with multiple hiking trails. The Baden-Powell Trail being the most challenging for its passage across the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. And for the more daring, cliff jumping is also organized during the summer months. So for a walk back to nature, load the car and head off to Lynn Canyon Park.
They don't call this, the grind, for nothing. This mountain trail may not be long but it's steep and rises high above the sea level. It's a challenging and sometimes grueling hike that's been dubbed, Mother Nature's Stairmaster. The payoff is a panoramic view, a restaurant and the Sky-ride down from the summit. The trail is usually busy on weekends, thick with families and athletes in training; so it's best to go during the week.
Feel the wind whip through your hair as you soar over towering trees and look out onto the mountainous landscape. The five line circuit of Grouse Mountain Zipline will take you through canyons and over peaks for a two hour outdoor adventure. See British Columbia's old growth forest in one of the most unique ways possible. The jaw-dropping scenery is worth the stomach full of butterflies!
Towering at 1,250 meters (4,100 feet), Grouse Mountain's ethereal peaks bear testament to the unspoiled beauty of British Columbia. Named after the native dusky grouse that inhabits the alpine reaches of the province, this soaring attraction forms part of the North Shore mountains of North Vancouver. The mountain's all-year-round access means that life's luxuries don't escape even this great natural landmark. Grouse Mountain is home to a stunning mountaintop cinema, a chalet and lodge built along its base, and a nifty chairlift that allows for sweeping panoramic views of the soul-stirring scenery of the region. There is also a wildlife refuge and a ski area that occupy the mountain's alpine corners.
The large rocky outcrop, just North of Vancouver is know as Quarry Rock. This expansive wilderness space features miles upon miles of trails, panoramic views, lush vegetation and plenty of outdoor activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Densely wooded trails lead hikers past sky scrapping Douglas Firs and Hemlocks while trails wind around streams and over bridges. Be sure to make it to the end of the trails, the magnificent views alone are worth the trek!