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Vancouver Coast & Mountains
Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada and the country's chief Pacific port. It is the commercial & industrial centre of British Columbia. Some attractions and outdoor activities found in Vancouver are: The Science World, the H.R MacMillan Space Centre, the Museum of Antropology, Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Stanley Park and much more. This region embraces the cosmopolitan attractions of Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland plus the spectacular and challenging adventure opportunities available in the Sunshine Coast, renowned Whislter Resort, the fertile Fraser Valley and the mighty Fraser Canyon . Go scuba diving, river rafting, hiking, sailing, kayaking, boating, golfing, bird watching or skiing on world-famous mountains. Ride an historic steam train, take a harbour tour, browse through art galleries and unique and quaint shops. This region has it all. Come visit us and enjoy a wonderful stay!

How to get to Vancouver Coast & Mountains
Fly: To Vancouver International Airport or the Abbotsford Airport.
Drive: To Greater Vancouver via the Trans-Canada Hwy1, Hwy 3, Hwy 5, Hwy 17 or Hwy 99, and to the Sunshine Coast via the BC Ferries terminal at Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver or Comox on Vancouver Island.
Ferry: From Victoria or Nanaimo on Vancouver Island to Tsawwassen, south of Vancouver, or from Nanaimo to West Vancouver. There are also ferries from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Langdale on the Sunshine Coast.
Train: With VIA Rail's Canadian cross-country service, BC Rail from Prince George to North Vancouver or Amtrak from Seattle, Washington to downtown Vancouver.

Abbotsford: (Google Maps)
Located on Highway 1, just 65 km (40 mi) east of Vancouver, is bounded by the Fraser River on the north and the U.S. border on the south. Tucked away between majestic mountain ranges, Abbotsford is the "City in the Country", due to its varied agriculture. The city is the regional shopping centre for the Fraser Valley. Visit the Matsqui-Sumas-Abbotsford (MSA) Museum & Trethewey House and learn about the history of the community. Experience skydiving and rockclimbing. More information
Agassiz is known as the "Corn Capital of Canada". 
Located east and south of Langley, the city was named for a dense second growth of alder trees. It is well known for its raspberry and strawberry farms. Visit the Greater Vancouver Zoo with 126 species of wildlife. 
Alice Lake & Garibaldi Park:
North fo Squamish is Alice Lake provincial park offering campsites, canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching and picnicking. Halfway between Squamish and Whistler is Garibaldi Provincial Park, perfect spot for alpine hiking, mountainneering and camping. 
Big Creek:
Boston Bar:
Bowen Island:
is a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Browse the shops and galleries or relax at a cozy cafe or pub in Snug Cove or visit Crippen Regional Park and hike around Killarney Lake and enjoy watching birdlife. Enjoy kayaking, swimming, scuba diving or beachcombing. 
Bridal Falls:
Situated at the base of Mount Cheam east of Highway 1, Bridal Falls offers a panoramic view of the Fraser Valley. Stroll through Minter Garadens, a 27 acre show garden. Explore Dinotown, a Jurassic family adventure with rides and stage show. Enjoy getting wet in the Trans-Canada Waterslides. 
Located just 12 km (7.5 mi) east of downtown Vancouver, on Hwy 99A, Burnaby is bounded by Burrard Inlet on the north and the north arm of the Fraser River on the south. Today, this city is the most heavily populated district in Greater Vancouver. With the commercial and industrial development, the population has never stopped growing. Burnaby is BC's second largest employment centre, second only to Vancouver. Browse through Metrotown, BC's largest shopping, dining and entertainment complex, with 450 stores. Stroll Central Park and let the children enjoy the plaground. Visit the Gallery at Ceperley House, a 1912 heritage house, housing art work of artists from Canada and the world. Stroll Deer Lake Park in the heart of the city and canoe or paddle on the lake. Visit nearby are the Burnaby Heritage Village and Carrousel and the Burnaby Art Museum and learn about the history of the area. More information
The name comes from the First Nation people, which means "going back upstream". This community is well known for its sweet corn and other agricultural products. Enjoy playing a round of golf. Visit Cultus Lake, one of the most popular recreational areas in the Fraser Valley, offering swimming, golfing, hiking and go-carting. Visit nearby Cultus Lake Provincial Park for beachcombing. More information
Explore the Minnekhada Regional Park & Lodge, a 65-year-old hunting lodge in Coquitlam's 175-hectare nature park. More information
Cultus Lake:
Located on Hwy 10, 8 Km (5 mi) west of the junction with Hwy 99 is Delta, named for the Fraser River delta on which it lies. With a population of 97,940, Delta covers an area of 336 sq. km (130 sq.mi) and comprises three urban communities: - Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta in an oasis of farmland and wetlands accessed by both Hwy. 99. Stroll the Reifel Bird Sanctuary for bird watching. Visit Deas Island Regional Park and walk dykes, marshes and meadows and browse through some restored buildings. Enjoy the warm, clean soft-sand beaches in Centennial Beach in Tsawwassen. Visit Burns Bog, the largest undeveloped urban land area in Canada, in which the vast bog helps "scrub" the carbon dioxide from the air, providing a habitat to over 175 species of animals, including 178 species of birds and mamals. More information
Desolation Sound:
Visit and enjoy the Desolation Sound Marine Park, BC's largest and most popular marine park, with more than 60 km (66 mi) of shoreline, several small islands, numerous protected bays and coves. The park's warm waters are perfect to swim and scuba dive, while the forested upland offers trails and hidden lakes. As access to Desolation Sound is available only by water or air, is ideal to experience it by sea kayak or cruise boat. Seasonal camping is available near Lund. 
Earls Cove:
Earls Cove & Egmont are gateway communities for canoeing or kayaking to Sakinaw Lake, which opens to the salt water of the Agamemnon Channel; and for the 50 minute BC Ferries trip across Jervis Inlet and up Agamemnon Channel, which travels past Nelson Island to Saltery Bay where Highway 101 continues to the Upper Sunshine Coast and Powell River. 
Enjoy canoeing or kayaking to Sakinaw Lake and follow the route up to Ruby Lake. Hike and explore the Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park, reaching Roland Point where you can hear bubbling, boiling tidal rapids roar. Visit Hotham Sound, east of Egmont and explore the wilderness. Take the ferry for a 50 minutes cruise across Jervis Inlet and up Agamemnon Channel, past Nelson Island to Saltery Bay. 
Fort Langley:
Located just 40 minutes from Vancouver on Highway 1, was established by the Hudson's Bay Company as a trading post in 1827. Today, Fort Langley thrives as an agricultural and residential community. Visit Fort Langley National Historic Site, the original storehouse and restored buildings of the fur trading post. Browse through BC Farm Machinery and Agricultural Museum and go back in time. Enjoy the many cafes and shops in the area. 
Garden Bay:
The village of Garden Bay is located on Pender Harbour off Highway 101 (46 km - 29 mi north of Sechelt) on the Sunshine Coast, BC. The communities of Garden Bay, Madeira Park and Irvine's Landing are known collectively as Pender Harbour. About a quarter of Pender Harbour's population lives in Garden Bay, which features a general store, post office, wharve, marinas, restaurant and pub. The Sunshine Coast is accessible from the lower mainland only by water or air. Served by BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, a 45 minute ride to Langdale on the Sechelt Peninsula. Hwy 101 links Langdale with Garden Bay, 37 km north of Sechelt. 
Garibaldi Highlands:
Gibsons is a coastal community of 4,000 located in southwestern of British Columbia, on the Strait of Georgia, just a few minutes west of the Langdale ferry dock, past the small communities of Hopkins and Grantham Landing. Gibsons is the main marine gateway to the Sunshine Coast. Approximately one hour from Vancouver and accessible by water or air. The town and region are experiencing rapid growth and development. The pulp-and-paper industry, forestry and fishing are primary sources of revenue. The area is also widely recognized as a centre for Cannabis cultivation. The town was established in 1886 by George Gibson and his sons. It was incorporated in 1929 as "Gibson's Landing," and in 1947 the name was changed to "Gibsons" at the request of the residents. Visit the Elphinstone Pioneer Museum and explore the history of the Sunshine Coast and Coast Salish Life.  
Halfmoon Bay:
Continuing northwest along Hwy 101 (16 km / 10 mi from Sechelt), turn north onto Redrooffs Road to reach the tiny hamlet of Halfmoon Bay. From the Heritage General Store, a gathering place located on the waterfront, access to Redrooffs Trail provides an historical and interpretative stroll along a gently sloping, forested walkway. If you visit in July, join in the Halfmoon Bay Country Fair, a traditional community event. Visit the Sargeant Bay Provincial Park, excellent for birdwatching, Explore the Smuggler Cover Provincial Marine Park and hike into the wilderness and the Thormanby Islands which is a Provincial Marine Park area, excellent spot for canoeing and kayaking. 
Harrison Hot Springs:
Harrison Hot Springs, located 6 km (4 mi) north of Agassiz, on Hwy 9, is a health and vacation resort since 1886. Two mineral hot springs deliver water from 58 C to 62 C (145F to `155F). Several types of accommodations and numerous restaurants can be found around the area. 
Harrison Mills:
Harrison Mills, located 40 km (24 mi) east of Mission, on scenic Hwy 7, is known as the "Home of the Bald Eagle". The community is situated around the confluence of the Fraser and Harrison Rivers, providing some of nature’s most spectacular displays. Steeped in rich history, there are many remnants of the past and points of interest for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Stroll back through time at the Kilby Historic Site, still in operation today as a 1920s general store and heritage farm. There are several dairy farms, character bed and breakfast operations, fish hatcheries, a ski resort and spectacular golf course in the area. Harrison Mills is known for its many recreational places, such as the Kilby Park Campground and the surrounding dykes for bird watching, walking and hiking. A boat launch also provides a perfect spot for sports fishing.  
Located east from Harrison is Hope, where Highways 1,3,5 and 7 all meet. The city that sits on the banks of the Fraser River with the Cascade Mountains behind it, is known as "the Chainsaw Carving Capital". Experience a walking tour to sites of 20 giant wooden sculptures, all carved by a local artist. Camp at Manning Provincial Park. Discover the Fraser Canyon northeast of Hope on Hwy 1. Visit Hope Museum and learn about the history of the community. Visit Othello Quintette Tunnels and experience walking through the tunnels in the area. Browse through the Yale Museum, northeast of Hope, which was once a booming gold rush town. Gaze at St. John the Divine Church in Yale built in 1859, which still stands on its original foundations. Go hiking at Spirit Cave Trail. 
Located on the banks of the Nicomekl River the City of Langley combines the amenities of city living with the peaceful substance of a more rural lifestyle, earning the name of "The Country Side of Vancouver". Langley, where the city meets the country, offers all kind of recreational activitites: - golf courses, campsites, cycling trails, fishing, skating rink, aquatic centre, wave pool, bowling alley, water park, hiking, horseback riding, library, soccer fields, tennis courts. Stroll along downtown and enjoy the beautiful scenery and numerous shops for browsing. It is also called the "Horse Capital of BC" due to its many trail rides and events. Visit the Canadian Museum of Flight at the Langley Airport. 
Historic fishing village situated at the north end of Hwy 101, 20 minutes north of Powell Rivers. Founded by the Thulin brothers in 1889, its Swedish heritage is still visible in the distinctive charm of the Lund Hotel. The tiny township has been recently declared the "Shellfish Capital of the Sunshine Coast" and offers a boardwalk, craft shops, cafes & restaurants overlooking the harbour, and a variety of accommodation for all budgets including campgrounds, cabins, hotel rooms and resorts. Lund is the gateway to Desolation Sound, and the water taxi makes regular trips to outlying islands. Stroll the sandy beaches of Savary Island. Visit the Copeland Islands Marine Park. For more information visit www.LundBC.ca 
Located 108 km (67 mi) north of Hope, on hwy 1. While in Lytton: - go fishing, whitewater rafting, hiking, gold panning, biking, and enjoy the walking trails. Visit the "Lytton Jellyroll", a natural formation, dated back to the Ice Age, discovered in a gravel pit. Lytton offers accommodations and fine dining. 
Madeira Park:
Madeira Park is the business and population centre of Pender Harbour. The largest residential area in Pender Harbour is on Francis Peninsula. The Madeira Park government floats provide over 400 metres of moorage space. Madeira Park was named by Joe Gonsalves' daughter in honour of her father's childhood home on the Madeira Islands.  
Manning Park:
Maple Ridge:
Located on the bank of the Fraser River east of Pitt Meadows. Nine communities make up the District of Maple Ridge. Forestry and agriculture are the main industries of the community. Visit Golden Ears Provincial Park, a huge park north of Maple Ridge offering camping, biking, hiking, fishing and swimming. Stroll around Kanaka Creek Regional Park, excellent for camping, horseback riding, biking, fishing, canoeing, boating, picnicking and wildlife watching. Visit Bell Irving Fish Hatchery on Kanaka Creek and learn about conservation. Visit the Haney House, a heritage house on the Heritage River Walk. Explore the Maple Ridge Museum which displays artifacs of the First Nations people. 
Is located in the heart of the Fraser Valley. The Catholic mission that gave the city its name was founded in 1861 to spread Christianity to the local native and to control miners on their way to the gold fields. Mission has a lively cultural scene and for that reason its been named "the best city in Canada for cultural events". Mission offers all kinds of recreational activities: - golf, raceway, walking trails, baseball diamonds, horse shows, parks, beaches, boating, fishing, bird watching, horseback riding, downhill and cross country skiing. The surrounding lakes and mountains provide fishing, hiking, camping and skiing for the outdoor enthusiast. Visit Westminster Abbey, a benedictine monastery set on a hill overlooking the valley. Stroll the Fraser River Heritage Park for picnicking and hiking. Visit Mission Museum and learn about the community's history. Take an eagle viewing and fishing excursions. 
New Westminster:
A city of 48,760 residents, is located 12 km (7.5 mi) southeast of downtown Vancouver, and nestled on the banks of the Fraser River. New Westminster, known as "New West", is western Canada's oldest city and was BC's first capital. Named by Queen Victoria, New Westminster is known for its historic architecture, parks and modern urban waterfront. Visit the Irving House and Museum which was the residence of captain William Irving, "King of the River". Stroll through Westminster Quay Public Market, a popular watefront public market with shops, restaurants and entertainment. Visit the Samson V Paddlewheeler / Maritime Museum. Visit the New Westminster Museum with artifacts and displays on local history. Take a narrated river tour on the Fraser River. Enjoy The Royal City Star, New Westminster's riverboat casino sailing on the Fraser River. New Westminster offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities: - Parks, sightseeing, historical tours, river tours, lacrosse games, softball diamonds and games, walking tours, spraypool waterpark, aquatic centres, skating & curling rinks, petting zoo, and shopping. 
North Shore:
This area includes the City and District of North Vancouver and West Vancouver, offering year-round recreation, including parks, hiking, snowboarding, skiing,shopping and dining. Visit the Capilano River Park and Salmon Hatchery and stroll the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park, pedestrian bridge which stretches 137 mt (450 ft) across the canyon and 70 mt ( 230 ft) above Capilano River. Experience the Grouse Mountain Skyride which takes you up 1,100 mt (3,700 ft) above sea level for a spectacular view. Hike the popular Grouse Grind trail to the Grouse Nest. Stroll through Lonsdale Quay Market with more than 80 shops and restaurants. Tour the Salish and logging exhibits at the North Shore Museum. Visit Edgemont Village an alpine village below Grouse Mountain with unique shops. Stroll Deep Cove where local artisans show and sell their work. Visit Horseshoe Bay for shopping, seafood, boating and fishing. 
Northern Fraser Canyon:
The Fraser and Thompson River come together at Lytoon. Enjoy an amazing view as the deep blue of the Thompson mixes with the muddy brown of the Fraser. Lytton is also "the Rafting Capital of Canada". Visit the Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park, enjoy gazing at the majestic forests and excellent hiking. Experience fishing from Spences Bridge. 
Pemberton :
Located north of Whistler, is the gateway to the interior of British Columbia. Logging, ranching and farming are the main industries of the community, which it is also becoming more of a resort town with all service facilities. Pemberton Valley is the perfect destination for outdoor adventures from llama treks and golf to fishing and glider. Visit the Pemberton Museum with gold rush exhibits. Enjoy Nairn Falls Provincial Park where you can go camping, hiking and fishing. Visit east of Pemberton on Hwy 99 the Mount Currie, the bussy heart of the Mount Currie Reserve of the Lil'wat group of the Stl'atl'lmx Nation. 70 km (42 mi) past Mount Currie visit Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park and enjoy fishing and wildlife watching. 
Pender Harbour:
Pender Harbour Area:
North of Halfmoon Bay are three communities surrounding the Harbour: Madeira Park, Garden Bay and Irving's Landing. Explore the area by water. Pender Harbour's original claim to fame was for its fabulous fishing. Artists, photographers, horseback riders, paddlers and golfers have also discovered the area's allure. It is said that the Harbour is one of the world's best sites for underwater exploration. Known as the "Venice of the North" because of its complex maze of waterways and lakes, water taxis are the preferred mode of transportation in and around the area. Tour the Chatterbox Falls, a waterfall at the head of Princess Louisa Inlet. 
Pitt Meadows:
On the North Bank of the Fraser along hwy 7, this community is the start of farm and horse country, featuring green landscape and dairy farms, offering excellent bird and wildlife viewing, hiking and biking. Visit Meadows Historical Museum and learn about the history of the district's aboriginal and pioneers. Explore Wildlife Management Area and view birds from late fall to early spring. 
Porpoise Bay Provincial Park:
Located northeast of Sechelt on the east side of the Sechelt Inlet. Discover its sandy beaches. Visit the Sechelt Inlet, one of the world's best dive spot. 
Port Coquitlam:
In the North Fraser Valley, along the Pitt and Fraser Rivers, is the town of Port Coquitlam, the geographical centre of the Lower Mainland. Port Coquitlam is located north of the Lougheed Highway (Highway 7), offering easy westbound access to downtown Vancouver 30 kilometres away, west of the Pitt River, 19 miles (31 km) east of Vancouver. Neighbouring communities are Coquitlam and Port Moody to the west. 
Port Moody:
Visit the restored 1907 CPR Station in Port Moody where the annual Golden Spike Festival takes place every year. Stroll around Rocky Point Park, also in Port Moody, and enjoy the pier, outdoor pool, playgrounds and walking trails. 
Porteau Cove Provincial Park:
Located 21 km (13 mi) north of Horseshoe Bay, the park is excellent for picnicking and scuba diving. 
Powell River: (Google Maps) Video
Situated along the magnificent Malaspina Strait, 135 km (84 mi) northwest of Vancouver, Powell River is surrounded by some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world. Powell River is considered as one of the best salt and freshwater fishing and scuba diving place in Canada. Charter boats are plentiful, with captains experienced in finding the fishing hot spots. Browse through the local shops offering weaving, pottery and carving. Its history as a prosperous foresty community is honoured each year at the Powell River Loggers' Sports Competition with events such as chainsaw carving, axe throwing and tree-climbing. Visit the Powell River Historic Townsite, a national historic district where you can find 1910 & 1930's Westcoast Craftsman style homes and institutional and commercial structures. Explore the Inland Lake Site and Trail System, a 13-km, wheelchair- accessible trail. Also enjoy more than 100 regional dive sites. Visit the Sliammon Fish Hatchery ran by the Sliammon First Nation. And do not forget to visit the Powell River Historic Museum. 
Richmond: Video
Built between the north and south arms of the Fraser River directly south of Vancouver sits Richmond, called the "Island City, by Nature". Richmond is now a large bustling city. With a population of 148,900 , Richmond has 50 km (31.2 mi) of dyke trails and connecting routes in and around the city. It's home to the Vancouver International Airport, located on Sea Island, less than ten minutes away from downtown Richmond. Enjoy walking and wildlilfe viewing strolling around the expansive parkland. Walk Minoru Park's green gardens, lake and chapel. Browse through Richmond Art Gallery, Arts Centre & Museum in the heart of downtown. Explore Richmond Nature Park and Nature House, a preserved bog environment and wildlife displays. Enjoy the indoor complex facilities in Minoru Aquatic Centre and Watermania, and take a plunge in the swimming pool. Experience playing golf in the nine-hole public golf course located in Hugh Boyd Community Park. Richmond has a wide variety of recreational activities: - Aquatic centres, fitness clubs, soccer and baseball fields, lacrosse boxes, walking, cycling, nature walks. Richmond is a perfect alternative to staying in downtown Vancouver which offers a wide variety of accommodations. 
Roberts Creek:
The most unconventional community along the Sunshine Coast, Roberts Creek is full of offbeat "hippy" types, rambling gardens and talented artisans. Tee-up at one of BC's golfing jewels, the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club. Explore the Cliff Gilker Regional Park and the Robert's Creek Provincial Park. Roberts Creek Daze (August) is a celebration of sunshine and music.  
Taking its name from one of the Coast Salish Indian bands, Sechelt is the cultural centre of the Sunshine Coast, located north of Roberts Creek, where you can explore the arts community with artists, writers, musicians, galleries, theatres and museum. In this natural seaside location between Porpoise Bay and the Georgia Strait surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, creativity abounds, as do festivals, fairs and arts events throughout the year. The natural seaside beach has also created an ideal summer destination for families where camping, water activities, and golfing make for countless memories. 
Secret Cove:
Secret Cove is located on Highway 101 on the Sunshine Coast of BC, approximately 16 km (10 mi) north of Sechelt. The Sunshine Coast is accessible from the lower mainland only by water or air. BC Ferries leave Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, a 45-minute ride to Langdale on the Sechelt Peninsula. Highway 101 links Langdale with Secret Cove, 32 km (20 mi) to the north.


This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Sunshine Coast".  
Simoom Sound:
Located at the head of Howe Sound, 45 km (27 mi) north of Horseshoe Bay, is one of Canada's top recreational destinations. Squamish is known as Canada's windsurfing capital. Enjoy also rock climbing, flightseeing, hiking and birdwatching. Browse through the many shops, galleries and restaurants. Visit Britannia Beach, 12 km (7 mi) south of Squamish, and browse through one of the world's great mines of copper. Stroll through Murrin Lake Provincial Park and enjoy picnicking and climbing. Visit Shannon Falls Provincial Park and from a viewing platform, gaze at the most spectacular cascade. Experience more than 200 climbing routes at Stawamus Chief. Walk through the West Coast Rialway Heritage Park, displaying historical cars. From November through January enjoy the Annual Eagle Count, one of the largest gatherings in the world of bald eagles in the area. 
The quaint historical Village of Steveston, just south of Richmond, has preserved its architectural heritage, while evolving into a picturesque visitor destination offering attractions, unique mix of retail shops, galleries and fine international cuisine. Home to almost 1,000 commercial fishing vessels, Steveston is the largest commerical fishing harbour in Canada. Along the waterfront visitors can view the fishing boats and freighters travelling through the Strait of Georgia. Walk along the Fishermen's Wharf and watch fishermen selling fresh fish from their boats. Visit the Britannia Heritage Shipyards and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, a remaining 19th-century salmon cannery on the Fraser River. Visit the Chinese Buddhist Temple, a bonsai garden and museum, the second largest Buddhist temple in North America on the Steveston Highway.  
A city of 304,500 residents, known as "The City of Parks", with 371 sq.km, is BC's second largest city that stretches from the Fraser River to the US border. With more than 200 parks there is plenty of space for outdoor opportunities. Surrey is one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada. Located in the southwestern corner of Canada just 33 km from downtown Vancouver, very near the Vancouver Airport, Surrey is easily accessible and has many activities for the whole family. Visit the Surrey Museum & Archives and learn about the city's pioneer past. Browse through Surrey Arts Centre And Bear Creek Park, boasting excellent gallery and picnic grounds. Stroll around Redwood Park Arboretum which features trees from all over the world. Play a round of golf in any of the 16 courses which add even more green to Surrey. Visit the Rainforest Reptile Refuge with more than 50 displays of exotic reptiles in their natural habitat. Visit Cloverdale and take a self-guided tour of the historic sites and buildings depicting a bustling town at the turn of the century. 
Vancouver: (Google Maps) Video
With a population of 535,700 residents, Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city situated at the mouth of the mighty Fraser River. Vancouver is the heart of Greater Vancouver, one of the most visited cities in the world. Vancouver's downtown is surrounded by water on three sides. The best way to take in the sights and sounds of downtown is by strolling, biking, or taking tours. Upscale department stores, specialty shops and an underground mall network make for intense shopping in the heart of downtown at Georgia and Granville. For a spectacular view of the city ride to the top of the Harbour Centre tower. Stroll through Robson Street which is designer shopping heaven for fashion and gourmet fare. Stroll through Stanley Park, one of the largest city parks in North America, and visit the Vancouver Aquarium right in the park. Visit Chinatown, North America's second largest, situated just east of downtown and enjoy touring the Chinese Cultural Centre. Just north of Chinatown is Gastown that features fine dining, crafts and souvenirs, high fashion, and clubs for music and comedy . Just south and west of downtown is Yaletown, a district with stylish brick offices, lofts, boutiques, trendy eateries, clubs and pubs. Visit Granville Island on False Creek with its bookstores, studios, craft stores, restaurants, galleries and cafes. Explore the Science World which gives kids a hands-on experience of physics, chemistry, biology and zoology. Discover the Vancouver Museum, the largest civic museum in Canada. Visit the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and see a big collection of Pacific Northwest aboriginal artifacts. More information
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Whistler: (Google Maps) Video
Known as the "top-ranked destination resort in North America". The beautiful, spectacular and natural setting of Whistler / Blackcomb Mountains offers a bounty of activities that makes the resort an ideal getaway. Winter in Whistler, with incredible skiing and snowboarding at both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, and its panoramic scenery of majestic summits and deep forested valleys, is what has made the area world-renowned for and keeps a reputation as North America's #1 ski destination. But Whistler Resort is more than just world-class skiing, its Coast Mountain setting offers visitors a wide variety of both winter and summer activities.
Both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are now one resort. North's America's greatest vertical drops are found in Whistler: 1,609 vertical meters (5,280 feet) on Blackcomb Mountain, and 1,520 vertical meters (5,020 feet) on Whistler Mountain. Also provides an hourly lift capacity of 54,000 skiers, an abundance of bowls, glades, steeps, powder and over 200 ski runs are served by 28 lifts covering over 29 square kilometers (11 sq. miles) of skiable terrain. In addition to the downhill ski facilities, winter visitors enjoy swimming, cross-country skiing, dogsledding, heli-skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, ice climbing, snowmobiling, sleigh-riding, snowshoeing, paragliding, sking the Blackcomb Glacier, back country adventure tours, and rejuvenating at one of Whistler's luxurious spas.
Summer in Whistler is just as spectacular as winter. Mountaintop sightseeing, world-class golf, flightseeing, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, and even glacier skiing, just to mention a few of the opportunites the area provides. Nestled at the base of the mountains is Whislter's award-winning pedestrian-style village, where cars are strictly off-limits. Modeled after a small European village and designed in a distinctive mountain resort architecture, Whistler Village is perfectly situated for easy access to both mountains and to great shopping, world-class dining, non-stop nightlife, abundance of slopeside accommodations and a wide variety of activities.  
White Rock:
Is located just 5 km (3.1 mi) from the Peace Arch Border crossing, at the US/Canada border at Blaine, on Hwy 99. White Rock is a community of over 16,000, with 4.5 km (2.8 mi) of beach-front, and with its warm dry climate and more sunshine than any other spot in the Lower Mainland, White Rock is considered a summer seaside resort. White Rock is bordered by rural South Surrey to the north. Stroll around the waterfront trendy restaurants, cafes and browse through shops, galleries and boutiques. Visit the White Rock Museum & Archives for a piece of history. See how early settlers lived in Stewart Farm, a restored Victorian farmhouse. 
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