The story of Vancouver may well be that of a tale of two cities.
On the one hand it’s a place of immense natural beauty and impossibly picturesque mountains that lend themselves to hiking, trekking, and climbing, and on the other an emerging performing arts centre, known for its dynamism and vibrancy.
Depending on your fitness levels, you can choose relaxing rambles such as a stroll around Stanley Park, or if you fancy something more challenging, then the 850 meter Grouse Mountain Grind trail will certainly give you the workout you desire. You can even go skiing in the surrounding areas and look down on the glittering city from the trail.
Aside from the great outdoors, Vancouver has a wealth of museums, art galleries, and music clubs where you can sample the local culture at its best. A lot of the arts scene is based around pop-up spaces or underground events so ask a local to point you in the right direction.
Also famous for its diversity, take advantage of this ethnic and culinary melting pot by sampling some of the city’s Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food. Chinatown in Vancouver is particularly famous for having, some would say, the best spicy chili crab dishes outside of China.
And as if all this wasn't enough, today's strong dollar makes Vancouver about 25% less expensive than it would have been just a few years ago, making it a Travelzoo "Wow Deal Destination" for 2016.