I spent a few days in Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada recently to catch up with friends and attend a Metallica concert where they were filming a 3D movie (more on that in my next post). Something I really like about Vancouver is that it is a very cosmopolitan city that has integrated First Nations, British, Canadian and immigrant cultures so well. The following is a snapshot of my time there.
The diverse numbers of culture also makes Vancouver a great foodie city. While wandering around the streets of the city you have the possibility of finding anything from Japanese to Ukrainian food and everything in-between to satisfy your hunger!
Vancouver is also surrounded by beautiful scenery. You can quickly pop over to North Vancouver on the Seabus to take in a different perspective of the city and grab a meal over there or venture into the nearby mountains, or just stay downtown and enjoy all the sights and nightlife. Plus there is a chance to spot random wildlife – on this trip I saw a seal and a Blue Heron in Stanley Park right next to downtown!
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park in Chinatown is well worth a visit. It’s a beautiful and quiet little place to visit with Chinese gardens and Koi ponds. In 2010 whilst in Taipei, Taiwan I visited the memorial hall to this man who basically started the revolution that ended the reign of the Chinese Emperors.
Plus there are quirky places such as the steam-powered clock in the Gasworks district and the Jimi Hendrix shrine near Chinatown. The little building used for the shrine was once a placed called Vie’s Chicken Inn where Jimi’s Grandmother Nora cooked fried chicken and Jimi apparently used to play music there too. Back in Seattle I have previously visited Jimi’s grave so this was an interesting diversion. All in all Vancouver is a great city to visit.