Also to the north, gleam the often snow-covered ranges of the Coast Mountains.With its extensive parks and relatively equable climate keeping temperatures mild throughout the year, Vancouver is a paradise for leisure activities.

Once mainly industrial, Granville Island is now a thriving center of activity with a relaxed and distinctive atmosphere.

Artists and retailers have moved into converted warehouses alongside houseboats, theaters, galleries, and restaurants.

Gastown came into existence in 1867 when a man called John Deighton arrived on the scene.

Deighton had a habit of launching into lengthy stories and soon acquired the nickname "Gassy Jack." As a result, the vicinity became known as "Gassy's Town" or "Gastown".

Also nearby, Waterfront Station is a major transit hub with ferries departing for the public market at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.

Beyond the ornate Millennium Gate marking its entrance, Vancouver's exotic and interesting Chinatown features modern buildings amid many older ones dating from Victorian times.For many Vancouver visitors, Canada Place is where a trip begins.The unusual roof creates the impression of a huge sailing vessel.Inland, the park offers many things to do, and visitors can spend a full day exploring attractions ranging from the totem poles at Brockton Point to the west coast sea life at the Vancouver Aquarium.Spectacular views are a standard throughout the park.Views from Kitsilano over the city center are wonderful.