Why Vancouver is worth the trip

Snow clouds over Grouse Mountain near Vancouver

That's why Vancouver is worth a trip

Vancouver is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I wholeheartedly agree. But what is the beauty of this city on Canada's west coast? Why is Vancouver worth a trip? Why is a Canada trip without Vancouver only half as nice? It can't be the weather, because due to its proximity to the sea, the maritime climate determines the weather conditions in Vancouver - and it can happen again and again that it rains. If you want to visit Vancouver, you better be prepared and have a program of things to do in Vancouver on a rainy day.



Vancouver is between mountains and sea

The special thing about Vancouver is its location between mountains and sea - nature is only a few steps away in this city. You can see that clearly from these Viewpoints. More tips for beautiful views of Vancouver you can discover here. In fact, if you include Stanley Park, it's right in the middle of the city. Whether you want to see the totem poles, take a tour of the Seawall with wonderful views of downtown, the harbor entrance or the mountains of north Vancouver, or visit the aquarium with its animals from the northwest coast of America - the park symbolizes what a Vancouver Reise offers: a city between wilderness and civilization. The Rockies are only two days away. tips for one Route from Vancouver to the Rockies can be found at Gepackt & Los!


Vancouver in the morning mist © Copyright Ruth Hartnup
Vancouver in the morning fog © Copyright Ruth Hartnup, Flickr Attribution 2.0, Generic (CC BY 2.0)


Outdoor living is very important in Vancouver

On a Vancouver trip you can experience city and nature in equal measure. This is used by locals just as much as visitors to the city. Outdoor living is "in" in Vancouver - whether it's jogging along the Seawall around Stanley Park or around False Bay south of Downtown Vancouver, whether it's over the "Grouse Grind" - the "Schinder" - that's what the steep trail up Grouse Mountain north of Vancouver is called - climbing for a wonderful view of downtown, or whether by skiing on Grouse Mountain in the winter and floodlit with views of the city and its surrounding bays and in the summer a quick dip at one of the beaches around the city – outdoor living is as much a part of Vancouver as the air you breathe.



Shopping in Vancouver

But a Vancouver trip offers even more: shopping mecca in the city center with its large department stores and the numerous shops along Robson Street, attraction for everyone who likes to look at handicrafts and galleries - and buy - on Granville Island, but also culinary destination with everything what the Vancouver and British Columbia area has to offer: fruit and wine from the Okanagan Valley, beef from the Cariboo and raspberries and vegetables from the Vancouver area. The best way to indulge in epicurean delights is at the Public Market on Granville Island, where you can feast your eyes on the lush and colorful range of market stalls.


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Sunrise in Vancouver © Copyright tdlucas5000, Flickr Attribution 2.0, Generic (CC BY 2.0)


Enjoy a culinary trip to Vancouver

In general, Vancouver's culinary offerings are as diverse as its population: there is Asian cuisine as well as Indian, European cuisine as well as slow food or excellent modern culinary creations that testify to the quality of Vancouver's chefs. A stroll through the restaurant world of Vancouver is definitely worth a stay of several days in the city - and if you want, you can combine this with wonderful views of the bays or the surrounding mountains. Many of these restaurants not only offer excellent food, but also offer unforgettable views of the beautiful surroundings of Vancouver. The Michelin Guide has also been making awards since 2022 Vancouver restaurants with its stars.

Vancouver Travel with Culture

A trip to Vancouver can be combined with culture: musicals and shows as well as opera performances at BC Place. In the city's museums you can find out about the culture of the Northwest Coast Indians (eg in the recommended Museum of Anthropology on the university campus) or about the history of the development of the Northwest Passage in the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Anyone planning a Canada Vancouver trip should take one thing into account: plan plenty of time for your stay in the metropolis on the west coast, because there is always more and something new to discover in this incomparable city in western Canada.

Vancouver as a gateway to the national parks in Western Canada

For Europeans, Vancouver is also the perfect base for exploring Western Canada's national parks. Not only the Pacific Rim National Park can be easily reached from here. Wells Gray Provincial Park, Jasper National Park, Yoho National Park and Banff National Park are also ideal for a round trip from Vancouver. One Overview of these national parks can be found at Travelsanne.


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Why Vancouver is worth the trip

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.

4 thoughts too "Why Vancouver is worth the trip"

  1. I read this article with a permanent nod.
    Vancouver is really great and the wide choice of outdoor options makes this city so worthwhile. Even after three visits to Vancouver, I still have not enough.

    Best regards,

    1. Yes, that's right, Tanja. We really like this combination of nature and city so well in Vancouver.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Best regards,

  2. Hello Olaf,

    nice, if you like my blog posts. And thank you for your nice comment.


  3. Thank you for the great information and tips. Canada is really a dreamland that I always enjoy traveling to! Vancouver is one of the most beautiful Canadian cities (I've been there too). Nice report, thank you!

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