Beautiful city, set within easy reach of sea, mountains and woods. Plenty of going on in the centre. While I was there, there was a film festival, a fringe festival, a First Nations pow-wow and a block party. Hastings Street and Granville Island are both interesting places, with bizarre little shops and whatnot, while other districts provide high-end shopping. Plenty of activities to get your teeth into, with Grouse Mountain providing hiking opportunities, Stanley Park, paddleboarding, kayaking, bike hire,
Insider Tip:For a different kind of Saturday Night, check out the observatory in Vanier Park. Students and volunteers open the telescope to the public from 8pm. It's entry by donation - so I got to see Jupiter's moons for $2.