Vancouver BC Hotels
Vancouver BC Hotels
Located in the majestic Pacific Northwest, with its old British
charm, mild climate and impressive wildlife viewing, a thriving
metropolis is located: Vancouver BC Hotels range from luxurious
waterfront accommodations to casual bed and breakfasts. Prices
vary with location, season and hotel, but if you’re paying
with American dollars, you're already getting a discount!
One of the great places on the West Coast to visit, Vancouver
BC (British Columbia), is surrounded by water, and many tourist
activities are water-related. In the waters just off Vancouver,
a much-beloved population of Killer Whales (Orcas) reside. These
whales cruise through Johnstone Strait during the summer months.
Whale watching boats will take you directly into their zone, where
you can observe the largest of dolphins in wild waters. If you
prefer to stay landlocked, Vancouver Aquarium, located in Stanley
Park, offers an up-close and personal look at dolphins, beluga
whales and other marine life. The Vancouver Aquarium promotes
conservation through education. Take a look at their website,
where you can adopt one of their captive creatures, or a wild
Thar she blows! While viewing whales in an oceanarium may be a
great way to get that close look, but there is nothing more awe-inspiring
than watching wild killer whale pods hunting together for salmon.
You’ll see them breaching, spyhopping, porpoising, and lobtailing!
In other words: jumping out of the water and slapping their tail
on the surface. In Vancouver
BC hotels can arrange awesome whale
watching trips in the calm waters of the straits.
Prefer green to blue? Lush, temperate, old-growth rainforests
bestow the Pacific Northwest with great scenery. Many hiking trails
in grand parks just outside downtown Vancouver
BC give the opportunity
to walk through forests of Douglas fir, western hemlock and western
red cedar. As in most nature parks, you can find easy, level hikes
or go deeper into the woods for steeper climbs, which will take
you into more rugged country, and areas where you may find more
“wild” wildlife. If a tough 3 km (2 mile) trail to
the top of a 1200 m (4,000 foot) mountain isn’t for you,
there is always the Skyride Cable Car to take you to the summit
of Grouse Mountain. Or, if you can stomach it, try walking across
Capilano Canyon on the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The bridge,
built in 1889 (don’t worry, it’s been rebuilt 4 times
so far), attracts thousands of visitors each year to transverse
the canyon at a height of 70 m (230 feet). These great natural
attractions, located just outside of downtown, can be arranged
through many of the Vancouver, BC hotels.
Go Alaska! In Vancouver
BC hotels provide a stopover point
for folks awaiting the departure of an Alaskan Cruise. Most of
the major cruise lines offering Alaskan cruises use Vancouver
harbor as their point of departure. Shortly after leaving port,
you’ll find yourself cruising the inside passage in Alaskan
waters. The magnificent glaciers, lush green forests, grizzly
bears and whales offer much of the allure of the Alaskan cruise.
A British Columbia vacation isn’t complete without a side
trip to Vancouver Island. Take a Ferry ride on the BC Ferry
system into Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.
Quaint Victoria. The domed Parliament Building, along the waterfront,
and the Empress Hotel are major architectural landmarks not to
be missed. This quaint town maintains many British traditions,
such as afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel. If you like flowers
at all, you must visit Butchart Gardens, about 22.5 km (14 miles)
north of Victoria. The Gardens boast thousands of rare and beautiful
flowers, sunken gardens, waterfalls and dancing fountains.
BC hotels are positioned on the waterfront,
overlooking Johnstone and Georgia Straits. To experience the heart
of Vancouver, get out on the water. Rent a sea kayak, take a harbor
cruise, go whale watching, use a Seabus to get around, or spend
the afternoon at the beach.
Shari Bookstaff is a biology professor in northern California, where she lives with her two children. Shari is an avid nature lover, sports fan and photographer.