Vancouver is a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia and is one of the densest and most ethnically diverse cities in Canada. Being surrounded by mountains, it’s a popular filming location and also has thriving art, theatre and music scenes. The Vancouver Art Gallery is known for its works by regional artists, while the Museum of Anthropology houses pre-eminent First Nations collections.

Stanley Park has 1,000 acres of forest, trails, playgrounds, pools, beaches and the Vancouver Aquarium, all ringed by a pedestrian seawall. Its neighbourhoods range from vibrant ethnic centres such as Chinatown and Punjabi Market to historic Gastown, with its famous steam clock, and Granville Island, known for its shops, bars, theatres and big public market.

Across Burrard Inlet in the North Shore is the 70m-high Capilano Suspension Bridge, dating to 1889, and the ski-and-snowboard destination Grouse Mountain, whose Skyride gondola offers panoramic views of the entire region.