Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Vancouver

Fri Mar 8, 2013 5:20am EST
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By Nicole Mordant

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - With its mild temperatures, not too hot in summer or too cold in winter, and its location on Canada's Pacific Coast, Vancouver wins accolades annually as one of the world's most livable cities.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of a short stay in the city, which is known for its natural beauty and culture.


6:30 p.m. - On arrival at the Vancouver International airport take a moment to look at the First Nations aboriginal art collection spread around the airport. It includes Canadian artist's Bill Reid's sculpture "The Jade Canoe".

Instead of taking a cab, try the Canada Line rapid transit rail link, which was built ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics and will get you downtown in just 25 minutes.

8 p.m. - After settling into your hotel there are plenty of options for dinner in downtown Vancouver. For something upmarket try chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's sleek and modern Market restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel. For a more relaxed meal a good choice would be Chambar in the hip Gastown area. Chambar is known for its Belgian beer selection and mussels.

Grab a copy of the Georgia Straight newspaper to see what music acts are in town. Shows at the Commodore Ballroom are always fun, or stroll down Robson Street, a popular retail area in the central core.

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A visitor to Capilano Park takes pictures of the pointed peaks of The Lions covered in snow in North Vancouver, British Columbia, in this December 14, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Andy Clark/Files