The port was the nucleus of the city and is still the heart of Vancouver. This is were you find the Canada Place, the Convention Center, the Harbour Centre and the Waterfront Station. From here the "Seabus" ferry travels to Lonsdale on the north shore of the harbour.
The Totem Poles of the First Nation of the West Coast are tribal badges. They were neither religious symbols nor used for torture of prisoners. They adjust the position of the family in the tribal community. In Stanley Park you will find colorful Totem Poles.
Construction of the neo-Gothic Cathedral started in 1889, five years later the church was completed. In 1971 the members agreed to sell the church to an investor, who planned a skyscraper on the site. In order to prevent the demolition, St. Andrew's was rated as a "Class A Heritage" in 1976.
The main shopping streets in central Vancouver are Robson Street, West Georgia Street and Burrard Street. Downtown Vancouver's business district is home to many skyscrapers, with new towers growing each year. Downtown is also home to most of Vancouver's attractions.
In Downtown Vancouver are many skyscrapers, most are residential towers. Even the tallest skyscraper in the city. The 201 m high Living Shangri-La is an apartment tower with 62 floors.
The Steam Clock was established in 1977 and was designed by drawings from 1870. It was built by the Canadian watchmaker Raymond Saunders. It is considered the first steam-powered clock in the world. Each full hour, the 5 steam pipes play a melody. The area around Water Street is also known as Gastown. The name was given to the harbor district of the bustling pub owner Gassy Jack, who operated a legendary bar in the early days of Vancouver.
The Harbor Center was built in 1977 and was designed by Toronto-based WZMH Architects. The 147-meter-high office tower is crowned by a round viewing platform from which you can see the harbor and with good weather conditions even Vancouver Island 50 km away.
The bridge over the Burrard Inlet connects Vancouver with North Vancouver. The bridge is officially called "First Narrows Bridge" but most people call it "Lion's Gate Bridge". The suspension bridge was opened in 1938, the pylons are 111 m high, the length of the bridge is about 1500 meters. The green bridge is one of the landmarks of Vancouver.
The Burrard Inlet serves the numerous seaplanes as a water airport. The Seaplanes can refuel at floating petrol stations. Fixed flight routes connect Vancouver with Victoria on Vancouver Island and the ski resort of Whistler in the Rocky Mountains. Flights to Seattle in the USA are also possible. The Seaplanes are the fastest connection between remote locations in the wild west of Canada. Since the small propeller planes fly relatively low, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Vancouver is considered to be one of the most liveable cities in the world. The slightly over 2 million inhabitants of the region have the sea and the mountains right on their doorstep. The location of the city attracts more and more residents and tourists. In a few minutes you are in the Canadian wilderness. The wild Pacific coastline with forests and bays can be explored by seaplane. A trip to Vancouver Island is highly recommended.
Best season for Vancouver
The spring is similar to northern europe, but it can snow until April. Temperatures in April are on average around 15 ° C during the day and about 5 ° C at night. The weather is mostly cool and rainy.
The summer is dry with average temperatures of 24 ° C during the day and 12 ° C during the night. Many hours of sunshine make the months from July to September the best time to visit Vancouver.
In autumn there is rain again and the temperatures in October fall to similar values as in April. There is more precipitation than in spring, but the autumn also offers a very nice foliage color.
In winter it gets really cold and there is the most rainfall of all seasons. For skiing, the Rocky Mountains offer very good conditions. But in Vancouver it is cold, wet, windy and dark.