Vancouver

With over 2.4 million people populating this world-class city, you will feel like you're in one of the great urban centers on planet Earth. This port city sits at the southwestern edge of British Columbia and has every amenity and traveler could go looking for: indoor and outdoor sports, fine dining, concerts, entertainment of every variety, and thriving cultural diversity.

The city's history is steeped in labor. Mining, railroad, and shipping have given way to global businesses in every market. Growth continues at several percentage points per year, making this an active location. Don't miss out on a chance to see where the 2010 Winter Olympics or Expo 86 were held. Both of these sites speak toward the continued momentum that is city living in BC.

The outdoors even take center stage downtown Vancouver. Stanley Park is a great place to reconnect with the outdoors without leaving the city. Cultural nods to First Nations tribes, hiking trails, and wildlife are to be encountered on this island at the mouth of the Fraser River that is bridged to help connect North Vancouver to downtown. Pacific Spirit Regional Park is also a great piece of land surrounding the University of British Columbia in West Vancouver.

Also, don't miss out on the second largest Chinatown district in North America! Cultural diversity is one of the prides of British Columbia, and it is on full display here. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens is the perfect place to start a day of immersing oneself in this cultural hotspot.

Whether you are renting a charter boat from the city's port to go fishing or whale watching, cruising the streets to get a feel for the city, or immersing yourself in the cultural diversity, you're sure to find Vancouver offering everything you might want. A visit here surely takes more than a day or two to do right!