Cruises from Vancouver are incredibly varied in terms of where you can sail, the kind of cruise experience you want and the line you wish to sail with. Most Vancouver cruises head north to explore Alaska taking in the stunning wildlife, glaciers and national parks, although you’re also able to head to sunny Hawaii, Japan and down the western coast of North America.
This vibrant metropolis serves as a jumping point for many cruises to Alaska, often with stop overs before and after. Vancouver, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia, is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. It’s a popular filming location, surrounded by dramatic mountains and boasts a thriving arts and music scene as well as an exceptional culinary landscape.
You can spot snow-dusted peaks from downtown’s glass towers and reach the outdoor wonderland within 30 minutes by car. You really can hit the slopes in the morning and bask on the beach in the afternoon. This natural playground boasts plenty of activities, from snow sports to biking, kayaking and more leisurely rainforest trails. For a true gem within the city limits, Stanley Park is perfect no matter whether you’re young or just young at heart. It’s an ideal green space for picnics and relaxing, but also offers activities such as pitch & putt, tennis courts and water parks.
Despite being renowned for its scenic beauty and outdoor adventures, it is also packed full of cultural delights. Art exhibits, cultural sites and historic areas are an integral part of the city from art galleries in South Granville to the museums on Granville Island. Take a leisurely approach to sightseeing and spend time exploring the ethnic neighbourhoods that highlight the cultures and cuisines of Asia, India, Italy and Greece. Aboriginal culture is prevalent as can be seen with the galleries devoted to Aboriginal artwork and towering totems in the Museum of Anthropology.
There’s never any shortage of fresh ingredients in Vancouver thanks to the Pacific Ocean on one side and the fertile Fraser Valley on the other. This means this city boasts incredible food and drink. The farm-to-table movement has really taken off here and has completely revitalised West Coast cuisine; with farmers markets held almost weekly across the city you can be sure you’ve truly got the best local ingredients. It also boasts one of North America’s best Asian dining scene, offering sumptuous Chinese and authentic Japanese restaurants so be sure to try out the freshly caught seafood.
No matter what you’re looking for, whether it’s an action-packed trip, a relaxed vacation or foodies adventure you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in Vancouver.