Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada always seems to make an appearance on plenty “best of” lists every year. This year, the Pacific coast city came in sixth place on Travel+Leisure magazine’s annual reader’s poll of great cities to visit in the US and Canada – an improvement of three spots over last year. The city also appeals to people who are more interested in settling than traveling: Vancouver came in at number three on the Economist’s “Most Livable Cities in the World” list!
What exactly is the draw? Well, because of its picture-perfect location among mountains and forests on the Pacific coastline, Vancouver has a vibrant outdoor and cultural life. There are countless opportunities for hiking, boating, camping, and fishing throughout the region. The city itself also supports several beautiful parks, where the active locals love to walk, roller-blade, and cycle.
Vancouver is also a remarkably cosmopolitan town. Its districts include a vibrant Chinatown, Punjabi Market, Little Italy, and Greektown; as well as a range of historical zones left over from its early frontier days. The city also holds several international festivals throughout the year, making it a major cultural hub.
As it happens, fall is a great time of year to visit Vancouver. Temperatures generally drop to the 50s and 60s, and the landscape glows with autumn colors. In addition to all its wonderful sights and restaurants, there are also a number of unique events that occur between September and November: the Vancouver Fringe, a celebration of theater of all kinds; the Halloween Parade and Expo; the Vancouver International Film Festival; and several others.
Despite the draw of Vancouver’s pleasant climate and cultural events, the hordes of summer tourists have left and winter hasn’t yet attracted the snowbirds. As a result, hotel and travel prices tend to drop quite a lot this time of year. So if you’re looking to take an autumn vacation this year, consider a trip to this beautiful modern city on the Pacific.