Regularly voted as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Vancouver is a beautiful, inspiring and dynamic city with a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere.
August is a great time to take cheap flights to Vancouver due to the city hosting the annual Pacific National Exhibition, or “PNE”. It features outdoor concerts, art exhibitions, fairground rides and a vast array of food stalls. There’s also the Celebration of Light, a four-day firework extravaganza over English Bay. Countries from all over the world bring their firework experts to add to the fun, so hire out a boat and watch it all from the water in traditional Vancouver style.
The main part of Vancouver is referred to sometimes as the “city of glass” due to all its skyscrapers, but this area is surrounded by the waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay, and across these are lush forests and hills. The lakeside scenery from Stanley Park is particularly spectacular; there you can cycle along paths by the water, past displays of totem poles and greenery on your other side. The forests around the city are magnificent and some even feature suspension bridges over deep spectacular ravines, like the one at Lynn Canyon.
Many people get flights to Vancouver not just for the city, but also to drive up the Sea to Sky corridor just north of town. This area of stunning natural beauty includes Squamish, the so-called outdoor recreation capital of Canada, and Whistler, one of the world’s greatest ski resorts.