In many ways, Vancouver is the Sydney of Canada. It is a young, metropolitan coastal city with scenic views, a mild climate (in the summer, anyway!) and a multicultural population. Where Vancouver becomes more like Melbourne is in its layout: the streets are arranged in a grid so it’s very easy to get around.
For chic cafes, shopping and fine-dining head to the West End. A hippie hangout in the 1960s, Kitsilano is a beach-side suburb with plenty of parks and a vibe that’s urban meets indie – organic foodies should definitely make a beeline for this neighbourhood.
According to Vancouver’s official site, the city boasts the world’s longest continuous waterfront route. The best way to take some of it is to walk, job, bike or even rollerblade along the Seawall, a paved routed that wraps around 8.8 kilometres of Stanley Park.