Vancouver: The Perfect Holiday Getaway

Photo: Albert Normandin

From the humblest of beginnings — Vancouver was founded as “Gastown,” supposedly because its first saloon was started by Englishman Jack Deighton (known as “Gassy Jack” due to his loquacious nature). Today Gastown is a historic section of this Canadian metropolis, and the area is still peppered by pubs reflective of its roots.

The awe-inspiring city is glorified by breathtaking forests, grand parks, immersive art and architecture that beckons travelers to explore. Its Olympic venues and Olympic Cauldron from the 2010 Games are still sights to behold, while strolls on the shore, visits to museums honoring indigenous peoples and dizzying skyscrapers help lazy days pass with glee.

A few things to see and do during your stay:


Visit the VanDusen Festival of Lights for a brilliant, dazzling show to remember. Perfect for the whole family, the festival typically runs from December to January.

Photo courtesy of VanDusen Botanical Gardens


At the 10th annual Vancouver Christmas Market, there are so many activities for all to enjoy! Take a photo with Santa, explore the walk-in Christmas tree, and ride on the carousel.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park boasts “towering evergreens, cedar-scented rainforest air” and more. Plus, it’s lit up for the holidays!

Residents are friendly, laid back and welcoming — beckoning visitors to come again and again.

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