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VA N C O U V E R

Markedly different than the American Rockies,
the Canadian range presents another side of
this camera-worthy swath of mountains that
stretches between British Columbia and New
Mexico. In Canada, the peaks look craggier, in
part because the treeline ends well below their
summits, so the rocky tops are exposed in their
full relief. Cradled in alpine valleys, glacier-fed
alpine lakes and rivers turn a vibrant turquoise
that contrasts beautifully with the evergreens,
white ice or gray-brown rocks bordering the
shores. A getaway that originates in Vancouver
and concludes in Banff/Lake Louise showcases
the Rockies best views while also introducing
travelers to lesser-known places - Whistler,
Quesnel, Jasper and Kamloops - along the way.

As the largest city in British Columbia,
Vancouver is a logical launch for cruisers seeking to
extend their vacations, railfans boarding the Rocky
Mountaineer train bound for Jasper or Banff, or
drivers steering toward their own highway-centric
adventures. Here, the ocean meets the mountains
(the Pacific Coast Range, not the Rockies; they
come later) and the temperate climate belies the
snow-drenched massifs that surround it. The
agreeable weather and geographical position make
this diverse city popular with people who want the
buzz and cosmopolitan verve evident in the food,
history, shopping, arts and culture, plus a plethora
of outdoor recreation.
Grouse Mountain, the city's No. 1 attraction,
lies an easy 20-minute ferry-then-bus ride from
downtown and offers four-season recreation, from
skiing and winter sports through late spring to
hiking and disc golf in other seasons. Plus, the
views from the summit and the Skyride aerial tram
put the city's layout in perspective - a patchwork
of forests and parks, gleaming glass skyscrapers,
and channels of saltwater that thread around the
peninsula. When the clouds part in the distance,
the curve of the mountain range adds a stunning
backdrop. Resident Tina Fusco appreciates those
"snowcapped mountains in your backyard" as well
as the city's quiet caches: "sunsets on Jericho Beach;"
"coho and sockeye salmon in our fresh waters;" and
"wild blackberries in the bush in the back alley."
In town, the Vancouver Seawall stretches 14
miles from Coal Harbour to Kitsilano, welcoming
bicyclists, walkers and runners. According to AAA
Member Garrett Whipp, whose job brings him
to Vancouver roughly 60 days per year, travelers
benefit from "innumerable bike rental shops.
They're everywhere." So, anyone can pedal the
paved seawall path or the trails that wind through
the temperate rainforest of Stanley Park.
For Whipp, Vancouver's architecture and food
are among the distinctions he appreciates. Old
meets new in Gastown, the city's first - and now
hippest - neighborhood; the West End sparkles
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Departures
Because Someday
Transatlantic Cruises: The Only Way to Cross
Coasting the Coast
Your Story
Trip Notes
Central Perks
Napa or Sonoma?
Northern Exposure
Agent Spotlight
Mountain Expressions
Cities We Love
Postcards
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