All signs point north for your next event: Our northern neighbor is on the rise as a hot destination for your next meeting or incentive. Named the 2017 destination of the year by Travel and Leisure, Canada has many treasures to offer meeting planners, but we are going to focus on one of its hottest cities right now: Vancouver. With its spectacular natural surroundings, the second-largest west coast airport in North America and endless accommodations and experiences, Vancouver provides guests awe-inspiring scenery juxtaposed against a modern and vibrant city, all with the added convenience of accessibility from most major U.S. gateways.
Both a summer haven and a winter wonderland, Vancouver is a great option year-round. Summer offers festivals, outdoor adventure and activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, whale watching and golfing. The city comes alive with music, cultural festivals celebrating the area’s diverse population and art performances. During the winter, the mountains are capped with snow, a sparkly white backdrop to the city. With mild daytime temperatures between 40°F-50°F, guests can explore downtown and sample local delicacies. Spring and fall have their own unique experiences to offer, making this destination a fit no matter the time of year.
As one of Canada’s largest cities, Vancouver has endless corners to explore. Below are some highlights and must-sees of this enchanting city.
Vancouver is nothing short of a green paradise, representing the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty. The city offers many ways to take in the outdoors, but these are a few of our favorites. Stanley Park is a 1,000-acre park surround on three sides by water with walking and bike trails. Even though it is a city park, you will feel like you are in the middle of a forest rather than a metropolis. For a mountain experience, Grouse Mountain rises over 4,000 feet about the city with a ski area, aerial tram and uphill hikes. Suspended over the Capilano River, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is a 460-foot pedestrian bridge north of downtown Vancouver. The bridge offers beautiful views and a hint of thrill, rising 230 feet above the river below.
Unique urban spots
Shopping, art and food make up Granville Island. Built originally as an industrial and manufacturing area, the island offers hip galleries, studios and the famous Public Market with an abundance of food options. As a city surround by water, you have to visit Vancouver Harbor with views of the Georgia Straight, English Bay and Burrand Inlet that encompass the city. At the harbor, you can sail, kayak or enjoy a whale watching tour. As the largest gallery in Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery is a must-see for art enthusiasts, focusing on works from the First Nations and Asia.
Offering natural beauty and all the cultural experiences of a large city, Vancouver is rising as a top destination for meetings and events. For more information about this great city and how it could be a fit for your next group, visit www.tourismvancouver.com.