Vancouver – Dream in Green

Take the notion of “getting closer to nature” to heart with the truly unique aspects of Vancouver’s green scene. Quickly becoming the darling destination of the conservation-minded, British Columbia’s coastal gem has achieved top-ranking carbon neutrality among urban centers and pledged to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. Spend a few days filled with environment-friendly discovery, enjoying activities that leave a big impression while treading ever so lightly.

Big House Kia’palano at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
Photo: Tourism Vancouver/ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tourism Vancouver/ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

The Fish Counter offers more than just the daily catch — it’s Chef Robert Clark’s culinary outpost for the Ocean Wise sustainable seafood initiative, which strives to educate consumers about environmentally sound seafood. Head out on a culinary tour or hail a hybrid taxi to take you to the hip Kitsilano neighborhood for a six-course dinner at Farmer’s Apprentice. Tasting menus showcase local, seasonal ingredients such as heritage pork, goat cheese with Interlaken grapes and biodynamic wines to match.

Gain a full appreciation for the inspiration behind Vancouver’s ecological efforts with a view of the cascading glaciers and saw-toothed ridges during a seaplane tour over Vancouver Harbour, Mount Mamquam and surrounds.

Seaplane over Coal Harbour.
Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Patrick Kuschfeld /Harbour Air Seaplanes

Explore Stanley Park — or any of Vancouver’s 200-plus green spaces — by bike. You can make this bike outing even more bespoke by combining it with a craft beer tasting tour. You’ll be embracing the “Vancouverism” philosophy: half of all transit is car-free and even urban farms deliver produce on two wheels.

Cycle City Tours Burrard Inlet, Stanley Park.
Photo: Tourism Vancouver/ Cycle City Tours

Nicole Bridger’s designs outfit you in eco-chic attire without compromising your sense of style. Her boutique in historic Gastown displays dresses, totes and knits constructed from responsibly sourced materials.

2015 Eco Fashion Week Models.
Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Alfonso Arnold

Set out from English Bay or from Granville Island via sea kayak with Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres to see Vancouver’s cityscape from a waterfront vantage. A Full Moon tour reveals bioluminescence glittering beneath your paddle and the skyline aglow against the night sky.

Granville Island – Ecomarine Kayaking.
Photo: Tourism Vancouver/ Coast Mountain Photography

How would you like to explore Vancouver, B.C.?

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For more information or to book your Vancouver Trip-Of-A-Lifetime, contact Brad Martin at Anywhere Anytime Journeys.

[Cover Photo: A cyclist rides through Jericho Park. Tourism Vancouver/ Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce]


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