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A view from Stanley Park's active sea wall trail
  Vancouver! There's little doubt that the Vancouver Coast and Mountain region (Map of the Region) is the world's premier outdoor destination.
 
With green winters in the city and huge snow accumulation in the surrounding mountains, it has it all. Go scuba diving in the morning, hiking in the afternoon and skiing in the evening, all within the greater Vancouver area. If you love to eat, Vancouver is a world of flavours. Thai, Vietnamese, Szechuan, Belgian, French, Mongolian - you name it. The city has the second largest Chinatown in North America and it's just bursting with restaurants. If Japanese is what you're looking for, there are Sushi bars everywhere. It's hard to find a bad restaurant in this city so don't hesitate to try something new.
 
Granville Island is an excellent area to visit, especially on a sunny day when you can hang out on an outdoor terrace by the water and just enjoy the view.  
Vancouver's mountainous backdrop
 
If you're looking for some great nightlife, take a stroll through Yale Town. This former warehouse district has gone up-scale and you'll find a variety of places, many with excellent local beers to sample. The area's atmosphere makes it a natural. Robson Street and Gastown are also worth a look, particularly if you're a shopper.

Vancouver also has a domed IMAX (a hold over from the World's Fair), which is much better than the flat screen versions. This is definitely worth checking out, if theatre ("Everest", perhaps) is of interest to you.

 
One of the many mountain vistas on the Sea to Sky Highway.
  Enough about the city. This region of B.C. is really all about going outside and getting into the backcountry.
 
Regardless of your direction, you don't have to go far from the city to enjoy winter sports like, backcountry / telemark or cross country skiing, snow boarding, heli-skiing & boarding and dog sledding. For sports like mountain biking & cycling you don't have to leave Greater Vancouver at all, with the best areas to the east and the north of the city on Burnaby Mountain and the world famous "North Shore".
 
Manning Prov. Park Highlight
  If hiking and backpacking are what you're looking for, there are endless numbers of trail systems in and around Vancouver, up and down the coast and east to Hope. Big wall climbing in Squamish is amongst the best in North America. Mountaineers will find challenges in Garibaldi Park, behind the mountains of Whistler, with more demanding routes along the Pemberton Icecap and further up in the coast mountains. If you love climbing but can't get into the backcountry, the areas rock gyms should keep you happy for a long time.
 
For water lovers, there is some of the best sea kayaking and diving in Canada, as well as routes and lakes for canoeing. When the mountains meet the oceans their watersheds often provide tumulus white water for paddlers and rafters.
 
The Coast and Mountain region can essentially be divided along the main highways in the region. Like most things BC, the road system is geographically constrained. In other words, roads follow lines of least resistance which translates roughly into "where ever there's a way through the mountains". This breaks down to the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley a.k.a. Hwy 1 to Hope, the Sea-to-Sky or road to Whistler also know as Hwy 99 or the only other route from Vancouver up the Sunshine Coast along the Sechelt Peninsula to Powell River and Desolation sound. The latter requires some ferry time as do many of BC's road routes.  
Whistler/Blackcomb Resort
 
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