Vancouver is a young, friendly city with countless natural charms in close proximity. Shop on chic Robinson Street or explore the funky artistic hotspot of Granville Island; visit Vancouver’s array of museums, or walk or cycle around the 1000-acre Stanley Park.
Locally known as 'Mother Nature's Stairmaster', the Grouse Mountain Grind path is built largely of big wooden steps. The track takes you 850m up the mountain and is a difficult and strenuous climb. A hundred thousand people try it every year, making Grouse the most hiked mountain in world. There is an easier way to get up though, the Skyride: a giant airborne gondola that departs every 15 minutes.
Discover the surrounding peaks of the Coastal Mountains, walk evergreen forests or go whale watching on the Pacific Ocean. Vancouver Island has a wild and rugged west coast that contrasts with the rolling hills and gentle waters of the east.
No trip to Vancouver Island is complete without a day spent at Victoria. Victoria is the islands largest city and famed for its gardens and history. Beyond Victoria, you can see the crashing waves of the Pacific Rim National Park or just bathe in the gentle waters near Parksville.
For many people the Rocky Mountains are the essence of the Canadian wilderness. At first exploreres, and then prospectors, and finally tourists have all gazed in awe at the majestic peaks, raging rivers and turquoise lakes that have made the Rockies famous. Head to Banff National Park and ski the pristine slopes of Mount Norquay, shop Banff town's boutiques or hike by Lake Louise - the so called 'Jewel of the Rockies'. Jasper National Park is equally spectacular, with sights such as Maligne Lake, Athabasca Falls and the Columbia Icefields.