Canada's coastal pride and joy, “Saltwater City” boasts the world-class gastronomy, thriving arts scene and metropolitan mindset of a city with both firm roots and a welcoming approach to change. Progressive, friendly and always up for a good time, the people who live here, ('Vancouverites') are what make the city truly special. Set against a backdrop of stunning vistas – both coastal and mountainous – Vancouver is certainly a one-of-a-kind destination.
Marrying the elegance of the roaring twenties with modern contemporary design, The Rosewood Hotel Georgia is a true gem. First opened in 1927, the hotel has been a treasured part of the city's history, having welcomed a long list of guests from Hollywood and royalty. The rooms are designed for outstanding comfort with sleek furnishings, large beds and spa-like bathrooms. Located in the heart of Vancouver, the hotel is a stone's throw away from art galleries, museums, boutiques and restaurants and is the perfect city retreat.
Tasty, seasonal fare can be chosen from a chalkboard at hip restaurant The Mackenzie Room across the street from Oppenheimer Park. Head Chef Sean Reeve has put his creative touches on every detail of the menu, echoed by the old-timey, trendy decor that features exposed brickwork, sparkling antique chandeliers and mismatched china. The dishes have fresh ingredients and fun names like “In Cod We Trust” and “When Pigs Fly,” leaving guests with a smile on their face. Book early as there are only two sittings per night to give visitors plenty of time to enjoy their meals plus local British Columbian wines and a cocktail or two.
Equinox is arguably Canada’s most influential gallery. When owner Andy Sylvester moved to a huge new space in The Flats, a previously industrial part of Vancouver, it became one of the trendiest places to hang out. Not only does Equinox represent remarkable contemporary artists, they are incredibly generous in offering their space and expertise in supporting charities and good causes. Showcasing 10 exhibitions a year, if you’re ever in town, be sure to check out what’s on.