kski hills. It’s no exaggeration when Vancouverites say they can go snowboarding and golfing on the same day. Add a beach picnic to the mix, and it’s no won- der so many travelers here end up staying for good.
While the views from the ground are delightful
enough, the best way to appreciate Vancouver’s place
on the planet is via seaplane tour. The floatplanes
take off and land in downtown’s Coal Harbour,
near where the Olympic Cauldron blazed during
the 2010 Games. Gaze west across the Strait of
Georgia, where Bowen Island lies, to the mountains
of Vancouver Island, and south to the enormous,
perpetually snow-capped Mount Baker. Look north
beyond Howe Sound to the Pacific Coast Mountain
range (home to the ski resort Whistler Blackcomb, an
easy day trip along the Sea-to-Sky Highway).
To experience the city by sea, consider renting a
kayak or a stand-up paddleboard. Newly available at
Granville Island, an entertainment district along False
engine plus a grill and table for a DIY floating feast.