Located in western Canada, Vancouver is a city that has something to offer for everyone. From its stunning natural scenery to its rich cultural scene, Vancouver has gained a reputation as a world-class destination.
Whether you’re thinking about visiting for the first time or want to try something different on your next trip, Vancouver has plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts and city slickers. As we’ll see, the city borders on beautiful wilderness and there are many ways to explore its expanse.
At BeWild! Adventures & Wellness, we love sharing the beauty of British Columbia with outdoor enthusiasts from around the world on our Waterfall and Hiking Tours around Vancouver. Everyone deserves adventures and the chance to reconnect with nature through mind and body.
Our immersive tours welcome you into the wilderness with open arms on a range of guided hikes, suitable for multiple levels of experience and ability. Throughout the seasons, we explore the landscapes of Whistler, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Joffre Lakes, and more!
Get in touch with our experienced, friendly local team to find out more about the experiences we offer. But, for now, let us guide you on a virtual tour of Vancouver to share some of the sights you can enjoy on your vacation.
1. Vancouver Is Known for Its Stunning Natural Scenery
Vancouver is renowned for its natural beauty. The city is surrounded by mountains, forests, and the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the most picturesque cities in the world. You can enjoy hiking in the mountains, kayaking in the ocean, and exploring the numerous parks scattered throughout the city.
Garibaldi Park is just a 75-minute drive north of Vancouver and is a popular destination for outdoor explorers. Nestled in the heart of the Coast Mountains, the park has several lakes, glaciers, meadows, and waterfalls to explore.
Our Guided Cheakamus Lake Hike is an easy trail suitable for all levels. There is a minimal elevation on the hike, meaning you can concentrate on the alpine forest and turquoise lake rather than aching joints!
This full-day tour is available from May 1st – Oct 31st and involves 1.5 – 3 hours of walking. We stop for a leisurely lunch to enjoy the view and transport you from Canada Place or your accommodation. This is a perfect starter hike for your Vancouver vacation and a taste of nature.
2. Vancouver Is a Multicultural Hub of Arts and Culture
Vancouver is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The city’s population is made up of people from over 200 different ethnic backgrounds, meaning it is home to a vibrant mix of cultures and traditions.
Visitors can explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, sample cuisine from around the world, and attend cultural festivals and events.
Vancouver is home to the third largest Chinatown in North America open year-round for events and delicious food, plus the annual Powell Street festival celebrating Japanese culture from August 5-6 this year.
If you’re interested in Indian culture, check out the Punjabi Market — also known as Little India — on East 49th Avenue for traditional dress, vibrant silks, and, of course, delicious food!
The city is home to numerous museums, galleries, and cultural institutions, as well as a vibrant music and performing arts scene. As Western Canada’s largest public museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery has more than 12,600 works in its permanent collection, plus contemporary exhibits, and is well worth a visit.
3. Outdoor Activities Are Aplenty in Vancouver
As we mentioned, Vancouver is an outdoor lovers’ dream vacation spot! From hiking and kayaking to skiing and snowboarding, there is no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy in and around the city.
You can also enjoy cycling, swimming, and golfing, as well as several other sports and recreational activities. Whatever the season, there is plenty to enjoy! When winter comes, you can enjoy skiing, sledding, hiking, and more in the idyllic snow.
If you’re visiting in the winter months, check out our Events page for more information to explore Vancouver once it transforms into a winter wonderland.
4. Vancouver Is a Great Place for Foodies
Vancouver has gained a well-earned reputation as a foodie destination. The city’s culinary scene is diverse and eclectic, with a wide range of cuisines and dining options. Visitors can enjoy everything from fresh seafood and sushi to farm-to-table cuisine and street food.
Granville Island Public Market (pictured) is open seven days a week from 9 am – 7 pm and offers visitors an array of produce under its roof. From Mexican and fish and chips to bars and fresh bread, this is a great place to lose a few hours surrounded by delicious smells.
5. Vancouver is One of the Most Sustainable Vacation Destinations
Vancouver has been recognized as one of the most sustainable cities in the world. The city is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and promoting environmentally friendly practices.
Visitors can explore the city’s many green spaces, bike-friendly infrastructure, and sustainable transportation options. There are plenty of places to rent bicycles and the moderate climate means the city’s extensive trails are pleasant to ride all year.
As you can see, Vancouver is a city full of stunning natural scenery and thriving culture, perfect for travelers of all kinds. When you’re not enjoying one of our guided nature tours, the city provides plenty of activities for travelers to enjoy.
From new food spots to fuel your hikes and art galleries aplenty, you’ll find plenty to fill your vacation with when you visit Vancouver! Whether you’re looking for a peaceful escape into nature or a fast-paced city break, this Canadian destination is unforgettable.
If you’d like any tips on planning your vacation or to discuss our private guided tours from Vancouver, just get in touch! We’re here to help you reconnect with nature via this beautiful British Columbian city.