FACTS ABOUT VANCOUVER
State: British Columbia
Counties: Lower Mainland
Climate: As one of the warmest cities in Canada, Vancouver regularly enjoys a temperate climate with hot and dry summers and damp weather throughout much of the rest of the year.
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time
Vancouver Top Venues: Commodore Ballroom, BC Place, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, GM Place and The Orpheum Theatre.
Teams in Vancouver: Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
As the eighth-largest city in Canada, Vancouver, is considered a Pacific Northwest gem with beautiful scenery, world-class restaurants and plenty to see and do. Whether travelers are in town for a sporting or entertainment event, they're bound to find something they'll like at one of the city's beautiful venues.
Like most Canadian cities, hockey is a huge draw and the Vancouver Canucks are one of the most dangerous teams in the Western Conference. The team plays in the beautiful and modern GM Place, which is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The building is also home to many concerts, conventions and other large-scale events that only the large arena can accommodate.
Ever since 1953, the BC Lions have been Vancouver's representative in the Canadian Football League and have won six Grey Cups over the course of their history. The Lions play in BC place, a large domed stadium that was the site of the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics and is Canada's first domed arena.
Sports are a major part of Vancouver life, but there are plenty of attractions to check out in the city year-round. Tourists can visit the Vancouver Aquarium and meet more than 70,000 wonderful ocean creatures, and daily beluga whale, dolphin and sea otter shows. Visitors should also be sure to explore the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a 230-foot high bridge over the Capilano River that gives a spectacular view of the natural splendors of the area.
If there's a concert on the calendar, small-scale venues like the Commodore Ballroom and The Orpheum Theatre have become popular venues for musicians and concert goers alike. Those looking to see large Broadway acts and legitimate theatre products can check out the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, a triumph of modern architecture that was opened by Queen Elizabeth herself in 1959.
Last but not least, tourists should be sure to visit the Granville Island public market, which is packed to the brim with fresh produce, seafood and many other unique shops that will allow visitors to get a taste of Vancouver culture.