Canada’s calling

And trendy, action-packed Vancouver is the latest hotspot

The surge in Irish people living and working in Canada has meant a lot more people discovering this beautiful country. With a new direct flight from Dublin to Vancouver beginning this summer, the action-packed city is set to be the new hotspot for tourists.

Vancouver is full of cool neighbourhoods, foodie markets, trendy bars and spectacular vistas.

wThe snow-capped mountains that peek between downtown Vancouver’s glass towers are less than 30 minutes away by car which means you can ski in the morning and hit the beach in the afternoon. The city’ is at the doorstep of a range of adventure activities, from snow sports to mountain biking, while the city itself is studded with sandy beaches, forest trails, kayaking routes, bike lanes and the magnificent Stanley Park.

Designated a national  historic site of Canada, Stanley Park  is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of the heavily built urban landscape of Vancouver.

Explore the 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest and enjoy scenic views of water, mountains, sky, and majestic trees along Stanley Park’s famous Seawall. Discover kilometres of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, great eats, natural, cultural and historical landmarks, along with many other adventures. The park offers a wide range of unforgettable experiences for all ages and interests, including Canada’s largest aquarium.

Exploring downtown Vancouver would not be complete without a visit to Granville Island which offers great shopping but more importantly delicious food.

It’s a public market located beneath the Granville St. Bridge and offers artisanal beer, wine, coffee, meats, cheeses, chocolates and plenty of handmade artistry such as candles, jewellery and other unique souvenirs to bring home. You can also do a food tour of the island making it easier to find and sample the best regional culinary fare.

A trip to historic Gastown should also be on your must-do list.

It can be quite touristy but in the evenings locals can be found at some of the cities trendiest bars and restaurants like L’Abattoir or The Pourhouse. Watch the city come alive when a Vancouver Canuck hockey game is on and you’ll get the quintessential experience of Hockey Night in Canada.