A trolley car clatters past on the cobbles as revellers emerge from the pubs. Lovers pause to kiss beneath the old clock tower. Vancouver’s Gastown area feels like it has barely changed from its early days, when its local hero ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton opened a pub and founded a city. On nearby Granville Island, venture into the colourful food and craft markets occupying old industrial buildings and slaughterhouses, their iron works replaced with sushi stations and blown-glass ornaments. Cede to modernity in central downtown, among sunny plazas and sleek shopping malls.
Vancouver is known as the ‘Hollywood of the North’ and has the third-largest output of feature films in North America.
After a retail fix on Robson Street, give in to the call of the wild: the rugged and lush 1,000 acres of Stanley Park is straight up magnificent, seductive to the core. Watch the sunset at the edge of the crashing, untamed Pacific Ocean. Wilderness wanderers apply here.