Vancouver BC Extended Stay
Vancouver, British Columbia is Western Canada's version of bright lights, big city. Metropolitan Vancouver boasts a population of 2.4 million with over half its residents speaking a first language other than English - testament to the amazing cosmopolitan nature of this sparkling metropolis. But several other factors put Vancouver on the map as a premier destination...
The city's parks are some of the finest in the world, from the quarry-turned sunken gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park to the acres and acres of lush rainforest trails that comprise Pacific Spirit Regional Park to downtown's famed Stanley Park with its zoo and aquarium. Yet they are almost outdone by the city's beaches. The secluded beauty of Wreck Beach, the stylish, suburban charm of Jericho and Kitsilano Beach, the lively buzz of the West End's English Bay... Rain or shine, this is a city that has learned to reconcile its concrete skyscrapers with the beautiful nature that surrounds them.
Vancouver is also famous for its entertainment. With the end of the rainy season comes the beginning of a festival calendar that is packed with events appealing to the whole family such as the Vancouver Children's Festival, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival... but by far the most unique are the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival and the Symphony of Fire. Bard on the Beach utilizes 2 tents in Vanier Park (yes another great city park!) to perform Shakespeare's famous plays to delighted audiences all summer. The Symphony of Fire competition sees thousands of Vancouverites packing the downtown streets and beaches as China, the USA and Canada showcase amazing firework displays to simulcast music. Another favourite is an age-old Vancouver tradition called Theatre Under the Stars, a company that has been performing favourite musicals in Stanley Park's Malkin Bowl for over 100 years.
It's Vancouver's distinct neighbourhoods that bestow upon the city its unique, eclectic charm. East of the city centre, Chinatown, the second largest of its kind in North America, is a living, breathing tribute to the vast Asian population who call this city home. Kitsilano's Broadway Street and East Vancouver's Commercial Drive are much the same for the city's Greek and Italian communities. Under the Granville Street Bridge in False Creek, sits Granville Island, a quaint hub for artists, artisans and appreciators of micro-brewed beer. Just across the creek in downtown, the uber-trendy neighbourhood of Yaletown is a favourite haunt with young professionals and the nouveau riche at large. Feel like a trip in time? Gastown is the cobbled, old town quarter crammed studios, pubs and apparently, its share of ghosts.
Shopping? The shopping in this city would impress a New Yorker. In fact, swanky Robson Street with its high-end boutiques and designer outlets can keep your party's Carrie Bradshaw happy for days. Just a few blocks over, Holt Renfrew in Pacific Centre is more of the same, but bargain-hunters need only jump on the Skytrain for a quarter of an hour to find themselves in Burnaby's Metrotown Mall, the second largest in Canada. In fact, the food court here alone is bigger than some malls...
Whatever your expectations, Vancouver will fulfill them. That's why our extended stay accommodations are just as diverse. Welcome to our favourite metropolis.