Vancouver offers a lot for the traveler looking for great activities without wasting any time. It not only offers incredible natural beauty as it is nestled in the mountains, surrounded by the ocean and green parks. But at the same time, Vancouver is a bustling cosmopolitan city. Add to this a mild climate unlike the rest of the country, and you will see why Vancouver is an ideal getaway.
The incredible Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens offer a perfect haven in between seeing the sights of Vancouver. The first of its kind outside China, the gardens take their inspiration from the Ming Dynasty. Take one of the excellent guided tours, which is included in the cost of your admission ticket, and be sure to grab a cup of refreshing tea before you head home.
To get a good understanding of Canadian history, head to the Museum of Anthropology with its impressive array of objects from Canadian natives. Next, the Vancouver Art Gallery downtown is another great spot to see the talents of Canadian artists. It even includes the impressive photographic works of artists like Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
If you want a taste of the real Vancouver, head to Fanny Bay Oyster Bar. Here, you can feast on delicious, freshly shucked oysters as you watch fisherman at work on the bay. It does not get more tranquil and delicious than this.