Vancouver reads like an alluring dating profile: adventurous, outdoorsy, family-oriented, laid-back and beautiful. We'll match you with a cheap flight from Ottawa to Vancouver and you'll soon fall in love with this stunning city. Vancouver's astounding array of natural and cultural pursuits makes it a four-season destination. Read more about Vancouver
The capital of British Columbia, Vancouver is perfectly positioned on the Pacific Ocean, with a breathtaking Rocky Mountains backdrop. It is famous the world over for its outdoor activities and is a mecca for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. Its "wild" reputation isn't Vancouver's sole defining feature; while rugged, it is very much refined.
Vibrant Vancouver, one of Canada's largest cities, is multicultural and cosmopolitan. Its thriving food scene covers the globe, as well as curbs, oceans and localities, with food trucks, fresh seafood and farm-to-table fare. Vancouver's variety of victuals is the best in Canada (although Toronto and Montreal may beg to differ!) Its excellent arts, theatre and music scenes also make it a cultural hub. Neighbourhoods like Gastown are not only pretty as a picture, but rich in Vancouver history.
Vancouver's coastal location makes its climate notoriously rainy, but it also creates lush vegetation and mild winters. On a sunny day (yes, there are plenty of those, too) rent a bike to enjoy sprawling Stanley Park, one thousand acres of pristine gardens, beaches, lakes and trails. Almost entirely enveloped by the waters of English Bay and Vancouver Harbour, Stanley Park is partially bordered by its most-visited feature, the seawall. This urban oasis is also home to the Vancouver Aquarium, children's play areas, restaurants and other attractions.
Vancouver's eco-diversity means outdoor pursuits galore. It is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains and world-class ski resorts, most notably, Whistler. A quick ferry ride to Vancouver's North Shore will also reward the skier and snowboarder with local mountain resorts. Close at hand, and hiking boot, is ancient rainforest and impressive trails to observe wildlife up close and personal. For aquatic adventure, there's surfing, kayaking, canoeing, basking on beaches and much more.
Go West! Vancouver always rolls out the welcome mat (as well as the yoga mat!) Discover how a trip to Vancouver is an exciting city escape, one that is transcended by its awe-inspiring scenery, vibrant neighbourhoods and relaxed personality.