Last Updated: 13th Nov 2013

<p>by &#8211; Jordan Allen, Tour Manager, North America</p> <p><img src="" class="rightwise" title="vancouver totem poles" alt="vancouver totem poles" /></p> <p>Welcome to Vancouver! This is the 3rd largest city in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/canada">Canada</a> and the largest on its west coast. Put on your fleece jacket and grab a coffee as you head for downtown, the mountains, or the beaches!</p> <p>Located in the province of British Columbia, Vancouver&#8217;s population is a modest 580,000, but the Vancouver Metro area has 2.2 million people. With the development of unique, individual urban areas, Vancouver is known as a city of neighborhoods. Yaletown, Gastown, Davie Village, Granville Island, Chinatown, Kitsilano, Punjabi Market, North Vancouver, and Stanley Park all add something exciting to the fabric of the city.</p> <p>When looking for things to do in Vancouver, one is faced with two distinct possibilities: outdoor adventure or urban culture. Head over to North Vancouver for access to Grouse Mountain which is a ski area in the winter and top hiking destination in the summer.</p> <p>Adventurers also rave about the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the city&#8217;s oldest attraction. If you are looking to stick to the city, there are several interesting sites including the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens, <span class="caps">IMAX</span> theatre, Science World, historical Gastown with its Steam Clock, or Stanley Park.</p> <h2>Stanley Park</h2> <p>Stanley Park is an amazing urban park populated with trees of a temperate rainforest. It mixes scenic hiking and biking trails with attractions like the Vancouver Aquarium and First Nations Totem Poles.</p> <h2>Food and Drink</h2> <p>While an ethnically diverse city like Vancouver has alot to offer by way of Chinese or Indian, you can&#8217;t go wrong with the local staple of salmon, which is a major contributor the economy of British Columbia.</p> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/vancouver-international-airport-to-the-sandman-hotel-vancouver">Vancouver Airport</a></li> </ul>