Greater Vancouver, part of the Lower Mainland, is also referred to as Metro Vancouver. It incorporates 22 British Columbia municipalities including the cities of Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby and Surrey and the villages of Belcarr and Lions Bay. The district municipalities of Langley, Maple Bridge, and Bowen Island are also included.
Greater Vancouver has four distinct seasons, promising a diverse number of fun and exciting activities that visitors can enjoy all year round. Access to this British Columbia area is very convenient, thanks to the presence of its two major international airports in Vancouver and Abbotsford. For US visitors, it is also possible to fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and drive across the border.
Those traveling by land can take the Maple Ridge Translink route or take Amtrak, Greyhound Canada, or the Pacific Coach Line. Those who have more time to spare traveling can also take BC Ferries. Furthermore, those located in the neighboring provinces who prefer to bring their own car can simply take the Trans-Canada Highway, or Highway 1. Finding accommodations in Greater Vancouver is also very easy with OwnerDirect. Condos, apartments, vacation homes and cabin chalets are available to make vacations more convenient and enjoyable.
First stop on any tourist’s Greater Vancouver tour will be the city of Vancouver. Known to have the mildest of climates among all the major cities of Canada, Vancouver also ranked as one of the best cities to live in. Lying beautifully between the Pacific and the Coast Mountains, Vancouver is well known for its magnificent natural beauty which makes it a top destination for local and foreign visitors alike. Subdivided into three different parts, the West Side, East Side and the City Center, each part of Vancouver promises numerous treats to anyone who decides to visit this coastal area of British Columbia.
Those who love physical activities can get on their feet, jog, bike, run and explore the Seawall in Vancouver that spans from Canada Place downtown to Stanley Park, winding down to the shoreline of False Creek. During the winter, active individuals can book a cabin or chalet rentals and experience the skiing and snowboarding Vancouver-style, courtesy of the biggest and one of the highest rated snow destinations in North America: Whistler. Those who are into spectator sports are in for a treat at a Vancouver Canucks hockey game at the Rogers Arena or a BC Lions football game down at BC Place.
The Fraser Valley also has a little bit of everything to offer to every guest that wanders to this side of Greater Vancouver. Tourists can participate in vineyard tours and wine tasting activities offered by a number of its local vineyards and wineries, like Domaine de Chabeton Estate, Blackwood Lane Vineyards and Winery and The Fort Wine Company. Local and foreign tourists can also engage in numerous outdoor activities that their parks promise. Most recommended are hiking, trekking and having a picnic in Allco Park, horse riding at Aldergrove Lake Regional Park, or riding and cycling at Belcarra Regional Park. Visitors will also enjoy a tour of some of the heritage sites located in this area, starting with Fort Langley National Historic site, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site and the Port Haney Heritage Walk.
Any trip to Greater Vancouver will never be complete without paying a visit to the Othello Tunnels found at the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park in Hope.