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Book a sunset dinner cruise; go interactive at Science World; shop for fresh, organic everything; sample world-famous ethnic cuisines.
Start your day in Vancouver with organic, fair-trade coffee, fresh, locally grown fruit and from-scratch waffles at a “cosmic cafe” in friendly, trendy Kitsilano. Ride the trolleybus to lush VanDusen Botanical Garden; after walking along paths lined with pink-blossoming cherry trees and scarlet rhododendrons, head over to Queen Elizabeth Park for more even more dazzlingly coloured gardens. Watch silent practitioners of the gentle art of Tai Chi. Stay to picnic, then play pitch-and-putt golf, tennis or disc golf. If you go at night, stargaze over the sparkling city. Walk, run or cycle around the 5.5-mile Stanley Park Seawall, enjoying spectacular views of the city, North Shore Mountains and Lions Gate Bridge. Visit the park’s famed Vancouver Aquarium to see belugas, sharks and alligators. After skimboarding at Jericho Beach, dig into fish and chips from the food concession. Go au natural at Wreck Beach, where clothing is optional and counterculture thrives. Gastown’s cobbled streets and courtyards are lined with antique shops, funky clothing stores, bistros and First Nations art galleries. In the city’s epicentre, around the neoclassical Vancouver Art Gallery, you’ll find grand hotels, luxury boutiques and quality chocolatiers. In chic Yaletown, a host of eateries vie for top spot among the city’s haute cuisine elite, which now includes the likes of Michelin-star and celebrity chefs from Europe and the US. Yet delicious, well-priced ethnic food—from sushi to tapas, noodles to crêperies—remain the backbone of Vancouver’s extraordinary culinary scene. And once you’ve eaten, there’s always the local designers to check out …