When a city is lauded as one of the most livable, cynics raise an eyebrow, especially when the city in question is within Canada—heartily joked about by those South of the border as a mere extension of the United States. For Vancouver dwellers though, they require no convincing. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the piercing blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, densely lush forests and a temperate climate, naysayers are left sputtering for a rebuttal against these natural wonders of the city. —Ann Rivall
IF YOU GO:
The main entrance to Stanley Park is at the west end of Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver. Beaver Lake is accessible via the Stanley Park Seawall, which surrounds the perimeter of the Vancouver waterfront, 604-257-8400 (Vancouver Park Board)
3735 Capilano Road, 604-985-7474
Admission: Prices vary by season.
Hours vary by season.
Spanish Banks East is situated west of Tolmie Street on Northwest Marine Drive, 604-873-7000
(The entire stretch of the beach runs between Locarno Beach to the tip of Point Grey)
6000 Cypress Bowl Road, 604-419-7669
Early December-mid-April: Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Open Dec. 15-March 25 until 10 p.m.
Holiday hours may vary.
Entrance at Marine Drive. The park is located within the Horseshoe Bay/Glen Eagle Neighborhood in West Vancouver.
Rent a kayak and take a guided tour of Indian Arm with Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak Centre
2156 Banbury Road, 604-929-2268
Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hours may vary by season.