Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia and is enormously popular with both residents and visitors thanks to its lively urban culture, ethnic diversity and beautiful scenery. In fact, in terms of quality of life, it's frequently highlighted as one of the best places to live in the world.
From a visual perspective Vancouver could almost be mistaken for a US city, and this is why it's often used as a stand-in for New York, Chicago or San Francisco in movies. So much so that it's earned itself the nickname 'Hollywood North'.
Check out the Vancouver car hire options available for the most convenient way of getting around, exploring the sights and attractions that the city has to offer. Here are just a few.
Vancouver has an active and healthy arts scene; depending on your tastes, both the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Contemporary Art Gallery are well worth a visit. The former is the largest art gallery in Western Canada and has a permanent collection of nearly 10,000 items from artists including Emily Carr, Jeff Wall and Marc Chagall. The latter gallery, which can be found in downtown Vancouver, specialises in modern art and is a great place to spot the stars of the future.
Building on its 'Hollywood North' reputation, Vancouver hosts the Vancouver International Film Festival in September and October each year. With hundreds of films screened, it's one of the largest festivals of its kind in North America attracting a large and culturally diverse audience. If your visit falls outside this period, you can still visit the Vancouver International Film Centre, with its year-round programme of exhibitions and events, or simply grab a map and take a drive around to try to spot locations from your own favourite movies.
As Vancouver enjoys a relatively mild climate and a location near to the mountains, lakes and the sea, perhaps it is not surprising that it has become such a popular destination for fans of outdoor sports. It has over 3,210 acres of public parks and several large beaches, all of which host a range of sporting events and activities including runs, cycling and fishing opportunities. For a real taste of the great outdoors, make the 30-minute drive out to the North Shore Mountains, which offer fantastic opportunities for skiing, mountain biking, hiking and even white-water rafting.
There is much to see and do in and around Vancouver so why not take a look at Alamo's car hire deals and allow yourselves the freedom to explore the treats Vancouver and its surrounding areas have to offer.
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