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Canadian Flags, Whistler, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
OH CANADA: Canadian Flags Displayed Proudly at Whistler  (Nathan Borchelt)

5. Hike through Stanley Park
Look in any Vancouver travel guide and you'll likely find a section devoted to Stanley Park. And there's good reason for it. Ideal for the outdoors enthusiast, Stanley Park is the epitome of a city park with bike trails winding around the 10 km seawall, hiking trails throughout, rollerblading and walking routes, and an abundance of perfect spots to picnic. On any given day you'll find athletes, joggers, artists, photographers, families, and animal lovers taking advantage of the laid-back vibe of this famous park.

4. Try a Snow Sport
There's a reason why the Winter Olympics are being held in this Canadian city—you guessed it, they get lots of great snow! Vancouver's surrounding areas get an annual snowfall of 33.5 feet. With such an abundance of the white stuff in such close proximity, it's no wonder most Vancouverites are the active outdoorsy type. Fasten your boots and hit up famous Whistler, or try one of the closer ski resorts that are only a 30-minute drive from the city, such as Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Cypress Mountain in the North Shore. Because of the high elevation, Vancouver-area resorts have been known to see snow year-round, making "winter" sports popular even in the summer months.

3. Stay in a Chic Hotel
Vancouver is one of Canada's largest cities, with plenty of chic hotels to prove it. Each hotel manages to capture the laid-back vibe that Vancouver is known for, and many have stunning views of the city's skyline or water. For a modern, hip stay in Vancouver, check out The Opus Hotel, located in fashionable Yaletown. For the ultimate in luxury, Shangri-la Hotel is decorated with glamorous chandeliers and brings some of the distinct Asian influences of Vancouver into the hotel lobby. To mingle with the who's who of Vancouver, stay at the Century-Plaza Hotel & Spa a trendy, innovative hotel on downtown Vancouver's Burrard Street.

2. Visit Granville Island Market
By mixing traditional Canadian ingredients with fresh Pacific Ocean fish, Vancouver has carved out a name for itself among cuisine connoisseurs. If you're a foodie (and, hey, even if you're not), a jaunt to Granville Island and the public market is a must-do activity. Colorful stalls are filled to the brim with local fish, fruits and veggies, cheese and dairy, trinkets, spices, breads, and much more; it is a gastronomy heaven. Local chefs shop here for the quality and expertise of the vendors, so many Vancouver meals you will be dining on begin right here.

1. Spend time at Whistler Village
As the heart of the 2010 Winter Olympics, picturesque Whistler will host many of the snow competitions. It's a snow-lover's paradise with 8,100 acres of slopes perfect for any winter sport—boarding, skiing, tubing, glacier skiing, bungee jumping, dog sledding, heli skiing, snowmobiling, and sleigh riding—or for just viewing it all from the luxury chalets. Take advantage of the fluffy white stuff by snowshoeing and hiking through the village. And the fun doesn't end with the winter. Whistler is just as lively with attractions made for the sun—mountain biking, hiking, beaches, bear watching, golfing, fishing, and zip lining. For those who prefer to keep both feet on the ground, set your mind at ease during a relaxing spa trip at any of the world-class hotels nearby. You'll also find some of the best dining British Columbia has to offer here at Araxi Restaurant, where the latest winner of Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" is now an executive chef.

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