The city Vancouver sits at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, nestled in and around the slopes of the Coast Mountains. The city of Vancouver is named after a Captain George Vancouver an English explorer. It has a population of 587891. The 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games will be held here.
Vancouver shopping is perfect for the fashion conscious. Each shopping district sets itself apart from the others and offers distinctive designer labels, kitschy retro boutiques, and specialty shops. Granville Pedestrian Mall, home to funky clothing stores and numerous used record stores. Piercing and tattoo studios cater to the urban scene while theatres, bars and live music venues keep everyone entertained. Robson St and Georgia St is the Pacific Centre, a 200 store underground mall. It houses big name department stores like The Bay and Sears, it is the perfect spot to shop away the blues on a rainy.
China Town is a cultural experience unto itself. Every nook and cranny hides something interesting, whether it is a piece of Vancouver history or a store filled with ancient herbal remedies. Mandarin and Cantonese are the mother tongues in so many Vancouver homes that Chinese has become the dominant minority ethnic group. A broad spectrum of the culture is found here.
Gastown is the oldest downtown neighbourhood and it is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for good food souvenirs, Native Arts and Crafts.
Vancouver features more than 80 nightclubs, dance clubs, and cafes and music venues. Today you can drink until 4 am at selected clubs and bars in the downtown entertainment district, though the city generally mellows after midnight.
The Vancouver nightlife has something for everyone. There is a place for those who want some jazz, comedy, dancing, or plain old drinking at a bar. As a city that is welcoming to everyone, the gay and lesbian community is also a thriving part of Vancouver’s night life scene.
Stanley Park is located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, it is one of the highlights which makes the city world renowned. There is about 15 square kilometres of freshly cut clean grass, old growth forest, and secluded lagoons. Several prominent features, include a circular mini-train ride, a zoo, and a very popular sea-wall. There is almost an endless amount of things to do in this park, and it is just a few minutes walk from the city core