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The Best of Vancouver

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Vancouver is often referred to as Canada's Emerald with its rainforests, glacial fjords, soaring mountains, and mysterious islands at the city's doorstep. In the city itself, the multicultural mix of its residents helps create a relaxed but cosmopolitan vibe. Whatever your interests—fine dining, culture, scenic walks—we'll create an itinerary to match your interests. Read on for my favorite places in the city, and beyond. To book your custom itinerary, email me at john.clifford@afar.com.
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1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9, Canada
A good place to get a lay of the land before you head out and start exploring the city is at the Museum of Vancouver, in Vanier Park. The museum changed its name in 2009 from Vancouver Museum to Museum of Vancouver to emphasize a shift in its...
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750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
The Vancouver Art Gallery is always the first, or last, place I visit when I stop in the West Coast city. This image was taken during one of its best international exhibits—the Surrealism exhibit with classic works by Dali, Ernst, Breton,...
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810 Quayside Dr #122, New Westminster, BC V3M 6B9, Canada
With its large population of Asian residents, Vancouver has an astounding selection of excellent Chinese restaurants. The award-winning Wild Rice is one of the best in a city with many competitors. While their location in the heart of Vancouver...
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While British Columbia offers some of Canada's most stunning parks, you don't have to leave the city to see some breath-taking scenery. English Bay is lined with waterfront promenades while one of my favorite excursions is over to Granville...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
In Vancouver, B.C., on business this fall, I spent one morning zipping around Stanley Park on a bike I borrowed from my hotel. These totems, which were carved and painted by people from the Squamish Nation, stand to honor the original residents of...
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6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
The UBC Museum of Anthropology has an incredible collection of artifacts from all over the world. It's the most extensive collection I have ever seen, not to mention an excellent resource for the history and contemporary perspectives of the First...
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Taberna s/n, Tunuyán, MZ, Argentina
“The Uco Valley (Valle de Uco) of Argentina is what Napa was three decades ago—it still has a feeling of discovery and wide open spaces. Surrounding the new Casa de Uco Resort are vineyards that produce award-winning wines. The ultramodern resort,...
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Carrer de Saridakis, 29, 07015 Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain
One of Spain's most influential artists, Joan Miró had a long love affair with Mallorca where he moved at age 63 in 1956. His focus was on recurring themes, like landscapes, birds, stars, and the sun and moon. In his later works, his style...
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Nemesio Diez 11, Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
San Miguel de Allende is arguably the most beloved of Mexico’s colonial cities. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Miguel has a heady mix of art, music, culture, and colonial Spanish architecture from Baroque to Neo-Gothic. The city's love...