What is there to see on a romantic Vancouver getaway? Vancouver, the largest city on the western side of Canada, is a thriving business and culture centre. Although not, as commonly assumed, the capital of British Columbia, this city is a great place for couples to wander and enjoy together.
A romantic Vancouver getaway can include a variety of experiences from the great outdoors in Stanley Park, the calmer indoors at the Vancouver Aquarium; and from the forests of Grouse Mountain to the ships and ferries that make their way in and around the Strait of Georgia.
One of the most well known tourist areas of Vancouver is China Town. Comprising mainly of two streets, within North America this slice of China is second only in size to its equivalent in San Francisco, and is best explored on foot. Spend a romantic afternoon exploring the various stores and stalls, and of course, sampling the authentic Chinese cuisine.
Find a little tranquility from this bustling vibrant environment in the Classical China Garden located just behind Pender Street where you and your partner can discover the covered walkways, bridges, pavilions, meditation rooms and other customary Chinese structures set in a garden comprising traditional Chinese plants, trees and flowers. If you leave yourself only a short period of time to spend in this beautiful serene garden on your romantic Vancouver getaway, you’ll probably return here before your visit ends!
Another “must see” place on your romantic vacation in Vancouver is Stanley Park. This magnificent 1000 acre park has the North Shore Mountains as its backdrop, and hiking trails, activity centers, forests, horticultural areas and thousands of animals to keep you and your partner interested. British Columbia is a province that’s very much about the outdoors, with much of its land remaining wild, and in Stanley Park you can get a taste for some of this without leaving the city limits! If you want to experience nature but not to the extent of walking, there’s a car trail around the park which takes in some of the major points of interest. Plan a picnic to eat at Prospect Point, the highest part of the park, or down on one of the beautiful beaches.
If you’ve got the time, take a ferry trip up the Strait of Georgia where you will experience not only great views, but the chance to observe some of the Pacific Ocean’s marine life in its natural environment. For a special evening on your romantic Vancouver getaway head to the harbor, find a secluded place overlooking the ocean and watch the ships, ferries and private sailing boats as they work their way in and out of the Strait.
Dining out in Vancouver finds a choice of tempting restaurants offering culinary delights from around the world, but not to be beaten as an experience is a meal at the revolving restaurant situated at the top of the Harbour Centre Tower. Turning a full 360 degree circle, the restaurant offers views of the mountains, harbor, China Town, the business district, Stanley Park and everything in between. Choose a time of day where you are likely to see the sun setting over the Pacific for the ultimate romantic memory to share with your partner on your romantic Vancouver getaway.
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