Fall Vacations in Vancouver
Vancouver’s Winter Olympic Games are only a year away now so this time is very special for Vancouver residents and for neighbouring communities such as Whistler and Squamish. Hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world will converge on Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler and will discover why this is perhaps the best vacation spot in Canada.
The Olympic Games is resulting in many new construction projects and a boom in housing in the region. This new housing and new tourist attractions will make Vancouver an even better place to visit.
The fall season for Vancouver is not like other parts of Canada which can be chilly. Instead the Vancouver area enjoys very moderate temperatures right into winter. When temperatures fall in the great Canadian northwest, many see Vancouver as a nice place to get away for a break. Calgarians and those living in the British Columbia interior will drive to Vancouver for a short vacation. And when they arrive, there is plenty to do.
The fall season in Vancouver brings out the wonderful colours of nature. If you want to see them all, you can drive north on Highway 99, also known as the sea to sky highway. The views of the water with multicoloured mountain landscapes in the background is stunning. The quietness of the area is also something that will appeal to many people including seniors. However, you won’t be alone here. The North Vancouver area all the way to Whistler is well travelled by tourists. You’ll find a lot of Japanese tourists who never seem to tire of visiting Vancouver and the coastal mountains.
Vancouver Hotel Deals
Many of the hotels in the greater Vancouver area will offer hotel discounts. If you’re a US resident, you’ll enjoy the extra benefit of Canada’s weak dollar. The difference will amount to a 10 to 15% discount. Add to that deals where you get 3 nights for two, and you’re getting almost a 50% discount for your Vancouver hotel rooms. Major airlines haven’t cut their flight prices but on just about everything else including car rental, you should be able to find some bargains.
After you’ve arrived you’ll be looking to see the sites downtown. Your first venture should be to Canada place where the cruise ships dock. You’ll know you’ve found when you see the high sails that line the roof of the building. The long pier is a great walk with great views of the unique buildings in Vancouver’s business area and of English Bay. Float planes are fun to watch as they come into land and take off. There are restaurants and an Imax movie theatre.
You can wander up hill to the Gas Town area, which is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood where you’ll find more shops and boutiques than you’ll have time to walk through. The Pacific Centre is a huge downtown mall offering every kind of Canadian product you might want and the Robson Street area has quite a few shops. The Public Market area of Granville Island is just to the northwest of downtown Vancouver. Here you can find some interesting products and lots of local food including seafood. Granville Island itself is a large park. You can walk completely around the island park along a path on the waterfront. It is a very popular walk and you’ll see plenty of local people strolling and roller skating here.
The Vancouver Art Gallery offers a huge collection of art including native Canadian art and artefacts along with numerous noted contemporary and historic Canadian artist’s work. There are plenty of downtown Vancouver hotels but you’d be wise to stay on the north side of
If you have access to a car, you need to drive to North Vancouver, on the others side of English Bay. The narrow high bridges will give you quite a view of the water surrounding hill sides. Cruise ships, freighters, and tug boats are frequently spotted. Up toward Grouse Mountain, you’ll discover the Kitsilano suspension bridge. It was one of the longest suspension bridges in the world at 340 feet, and you’ll be looking down hundreds of feet to the valley floor. On the other side of the canyon it leads to, you can walk the trails. It’s a great way experience British Columbia’s beautiful nature in the fall.
The Grouse Mountain Sky Ride is a large Gondola ride that takes you from the bottom of Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver up 6,000 feet where you’ll enjoy incredible views of the lower BC coastal region. In late fall and winter, there is a sky resort in full operation.
North Vancouver offers some excellent restaurants and this village has great views of the City of Vancouver. This is where many professional photographers take their photos and you’ve probably already seen many photos of Vancouver from this location. If you’re an active person, the area known as North Shore is reputed for its mountain biking trails. You’ll need a trail map which can be obtained at the Cove Bike Shop.
There’s more to Vancouver than can be covered here, but fall is an excellent time to visit Vancouver BC. Book your flight and rooms and enjoy a fall vacation in Vancouver.