Vancouver, eh? Image courtesy of iStockphoto/Thinkstock.

I’m so glad Vancouver is getting a lot of coverage and publicity from the Winter Olympic Games. 

It’s a beautiful city with amazing people and in my opinion, should be visited at least once in your lifetime.  Compared to other Canadian cities like Montreal, Vancouver has a much more temperate climate (i.e. it doesn’t snow 6 months out of the year) and it’s easy to get around, even if you don’t know how to speak French.

My first experience with the city was visiting a friend who lived up there for college.  Being in L.A., you never really know what clean air is like until you step foot in Vancouver.  It’s like your lungs breath real oxygen for the first time.

Everywhere you looked was a visual landscape that was a feast for your eyes.  With the majestic mountains jutting out from the blue seas to the pseudo-European/North American architecture of downtown, everything in the city seemed surreal.

The people were really friendly too – I don’t know how many times I saw someone help someone else out in the middle of the street.  My friends sometimes didn’t even lock their cars and it would be ok.

Due to the diverse cultures found in Vancouver, I also had a chance to taste fantastic food in all of the restaurants I was fortunate enough to try.  From Malaysian to French cuisine, everything I had was either an A+ or a thumbs up.  If you’re a big fan of Chinese food, I would definitely recommend to give it a go since there is a large Chinese community living in Vancouver.

Does it sound like something you are down to do?  With all the craziness going on for the Olympics, you might want to wait a little bit to buy your ticket.  The great news is after the games, there are a lot of new things to see there built specifically for the games that weren’t there before.

My recommendation would be to visit closer to the summer months, unless of course you like to ski or snowboard.  If you do like to hit that pow, you’ll know when to go anyway.

For more information about the city, please check out the official Vancouver tourism website.

ESM

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