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Vancouver City Guide

Vancouver is a terrible flirt. A natural beauty and a gracious host, Canada’s third-largest city is easy to fall in love with–just ask the folks who flocked here for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Located on the West Coast near the Canada-US border, Vancouver boasts one of the mildest climates in Canada. Here, precipitation comes in the form of rain rather than snow and temperatures seldom drop below freezing. Whatever else you pack–and you won’t need many fancy duds in this casual city–include a good all-weather jacket, comfortable walking shoes and a collapsible umbrella.

Vancouver’s claim to fame is its proximity to nature. Tourism boosters like to say that you can ski and sail on the same day in Vancouver–and they’re telling the truth. The city is packed tightly between mountains and ocean, and from downtown it takes less than an hour to get to either a ski slope or a beach. Plan to spend a lot of time out of doors, no matter what time of year you visit.

Vancouver, BC

Here are some links to get your trip-planning started. I’ll be adding to it in the weeks and months ahead:

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