Discover the Trend-Setting Shores of Vancouver

Where better to blend the finesse of the Canadian wilderness with boutique luxury than on the trend-setting shores of Vancouver. Snow-capped peaks provide the perfect frame for dense green forests rolling down to greet the azure waters offering a sublime kaleidoscope of colors ripe for adventure travel.

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The hip and happening city is bursting at the seams with hipster hangouts, world-famous cuisine and of course the new world of European inspired coffee shops, designer stores and lavish accommodation. Deemed as one of the finest places to live in the world, it’s no wonder that Vancouver is topping the charts when it comes to being one of the hottest destinations on earth.

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Offbeat Accommodation to Inspire

Vancouver loves to pull out all the stops when it comes to being unique and this demand to be different is certainly reflected in their upbeat accommodation offerings. The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is pristine pampering at its finest with private chartered flights touching down in the remote wilderness to indulge in a five-star eco safari stay.

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Majestic cabins boast ornate antiques and clever curiosities and with the river rushing past your doorstep you can kayak, swim and soothe all your worries with a delightful stay. Free Spirit Spheres allows guests to sleep in the trees with gentle rocking pods hanging from ropes high in the branches.

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Exclusive Independent Shopping

You can spend hours window shopping in the charming trendy downtown area and hitting the bright markets of Granville Island. Meander the sprawling stalls and sample everything from fresh rich Fair-trade coffee to boutique wines, local ripe cheeses, charcuterie meats and much more.

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For innovative art and hipster indie stores, the achingly cool area of Gastown is the place to see and be seen when it comes to splashing the cash. SoMa is another little gem boasting beautiful antique stores and designer boutiques offering every shade of Canadian chic. Shoe-lovers should head for John Fluevog to see a startling range of funky footwear just begging to be taken home.

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Fresh Seafood and Asian Delights

When it comes to food, this is truly where Vancouver is starting to turn heads in the culinary world. Surrounded by deep cold waters, dense packed forests, rich organic mountains and wild meadows, the world truly is your garden when it comes to culinary pickings in British Columbia.

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The Blue Water Café is the place to go to devour platters of glistening fresh oysters whereas the Rain City Grill serves an incredible array of exotic rich veined cheeses. Simply Thai continues to delight and inspire with its authentic vibes and the French connection is never far with restaurants like Le Bistro Chez Michel.

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Pursue the Outdoor Life in Style

Of course there is little point in being in the heart of the virginal playground of Canada without indulging in outdoor pursuits and adventure travel and Vancouver has plenty of fresh air to offer. Visitors can hit the depths of the pacific and spend a day watching whales rise and crash upon the waters, Grouse Mountain offers every last inch of challenge with its thrilling, death defying hikes and the Capilano Suspension Bridge hovering over 200 feet above the frothing and foaming river will set your pulse racing.

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Those who want to indulge in the outdoor world without setting their heart racing can strip off on Wreck Beach and enjoy sun glazing all their white bits against the pine clad forest before rushing down to dive into crystal clear waters. This is the ultimate way to embrace the freedom and fun that is the very essence of Vancouver.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
Jodie Oakes