Vancouver is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. It has plentiful urban parks, the biggest being 1001-acre Stanley Park. Located on the downtown peninsula, Stanley Park is an urban oasis of nature trails and beaches. It is also home to the Vancouver Aquarium, where visitors can see whales, sea otters, and fish of every shape and size.
Other parks in the city include Queen Elizabeth Park, which is known for its beautiful, manicured gardens, and Pacific Spirit Regional Park, which encompasses 763 hectares of forest in Vancouver's west side. Vancouver also has an array of beaches, including English Bay, Second Beach, and Third Beach in downtown Vancouver, and Jericho Beach, Kitsilano Beach, Spanish Banks, and Locarno Beach on the west side of Vancouver.
The city is particularly bike-friendly and has numerous cycle paths and bike lanes. Try biking Vancouver's Sea Wall, the 22 KM path that lines the city's waterfront from Coal Harbour to Kits Beach.
Winter sports enthusiasts will love Vancouver's proximity to several mountains, including Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain, and Mount Seymour. Snowboarding, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing are all popular winter activities.
Armchair sports fans will also love Vancouver. Enjoy an NHL game at Rogers Arena and see the Vancouver Canucks in action. You can also check out the Vancouver Whitecaps, the city's MLS soccer team. Vancouver's minor league baseball team, the Vancouver Canadians, play at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Vancouver is also a great place for lovers of great music, art, and theatre. You can watch great contemporary theatre at the Arts Club Theatre, the Cultch, and the Playhouse Theatre. Musicians of every genre can be found in bars, theatres, and festivals throughout the city.
You can also enjoy excellent dining and shopping all within walking distance of the VCAD campus. Shop Pacific Centre, Robson Street, and Gastown like a local and experience a culturally diverse range of dining options just steps from the VCAD front door.