Whenever the annual list of world’s most livable cities is published, you can be sure that somewhere on the list you will find Vancouver. This charming city, which lies in the south-west of Canada in the province of British Columbia, is an ideal holiday destination for families looking for a clean, safe, environment with plenty of things to do for all the family. From stunning parks, to high-class restaurants, Vancouver is a city which doesn’t disappoint.


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One of the most popular places to visit in Vancouver is Stanley Park. The park is one of the largest in North America and draws millions of visitors each year. A number of different trails run through the park, meaning you have plenty of options for selecting an enjoyable family walk. One of the best time to visit is in the spring when thousands of beautiful flowers of bursting forth into life. Tulip fans will certainly be impressed by the many different colours and varieties on offer. For those who prefer to rest their feet, it is also possible to hire a horse and cart to take you around the park. Alternatively, it is possible to hire bikes if you wish to get a little exercise while enjoying the view. A large number of other parks can also be found in Vancouver. In fact, more than 10% of the city is set aside for parkland, one of the reasons this green city is so often voted as one of the world’s most livable.

After a morning spent walking around Vancouver’s parks you are likely to have built up quite an appetite. Which is great news as Vancouver is also home to some fantastic restaurants. It is of course possible to wander around picking a restaurant at random, but for those who prefer a more structured approach, another option is to book onto one of Vancouver’s many food tours. These tours are led by food experts who guide you around the best restaurants in the city. A great way for foodies to make sure they are not missing out on any hidden gems. Beer fans can also book onto specialist beer tours where you can spend hours supping tasty locals brews with those in the know. For those less keen on the prospect of a hangover the next day, a trip to the famous Granville Island market might be a more relaxing option.

Once you have spent the afternoon eating (or drinking), there might be just enough time left to enjoy some culture before heading out to sample Vancouver’s slick nightlife scene. Local museums include the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, and the Museum of Anthropology – meaning whether you are a sea fan, a space enthusiast, or someone who likes to know what makes people tick, there is a perfect option for you.

So with a huge number of great parks, dining options, and museums on offer, why not book some time off work and take your family on a trip to the beautiful city of Vancouver?


Disclaimer: I am a freelance writer for Hipmunk and I am currently working on their #hipmunkcitylove project.

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