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Arrange car hire in Vancouver and you can combine a ski holiday with a harbour city break.

60-second guide to Vancouver

In its own head...

"This is the best place to live in the world. Don't believe us? Just ask The Economist - they've voted us into the number one spot five years in a row!"

...but more realistically

Vancouver does have great restaurants, bars, architecture, parks and even beaches. And while it might not have the edge of other great global cities, it is indeed a highly appealing destination.

The vibe

Its cultural diversity is such that you can mix the highbrow with the hedonistic.

The natives

Friendly. Especially to dogs. The city has dog hotels, dog parks and even a doggy food festival.

The weather

Similar to Cornwall's climate. Seriously. You won't turn berry-brown here but you're also unlikely to lose a limb to exposure.

The local speciality

Wild rice and buffalo meat will provide skiers and boarders with their carb and protein fix for a strenuous day on the slopes.

The celebrity

Vancouver has spawned oodles of actors, including Ryan Reynolds, Hayden Christensen and Seth Rogen.

Did you know?

Vancouver is one of few places in the world where it’s possible to play golf, ski and go sailing all in the same day.

They say...

"Vancouver is the most wonderful place. I put it up there with San Francisco and Sydney as a magic harbour city." - actor Terence Stamp

5 to see in town...

1. The Marine Building

This stately skyscraper used to be a flashy Chinese restaurant, but it's now the set for the HQ of the Daily Planet newspaper in Smallville, the US TV show about Superman's boyhood years.

Where to park:

Pay and display parking is available just a short walk away at Vinci Park Services on Canada Place.

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2. Pacific Spirit Regional Park

This lush forest reserve, which is full of pretty beaches, is ideal for wholesome wandering and sultry sunbathing.

Where to park:

Pay and display street parking is signposted around the park

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3. Gastown Steam Clock

This unusual attraction is one of few operational steam powered clocks in the world. It whistles on the quarter hour and spouts clouds of steam from its chimney which makes for some great photos.

Where to park:

Gastown has more than 2,000 covered parking spaces.

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4. Bloedel Floral Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory is a giant ecodome and aviary filled with exotic flora and 100 species of bird, flying free, in the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Where to park:

Pay and display parking is signposted around the park’s perimeter.

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5. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

This is a park like no other. Stroll about among the treetops on a series of suspension bridges that make you feel far removed from the real world and totally immersed in another, far more peaceful one.

Where to park:

Parking is available at the park.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Grouse Mountain

Enjoy a sensational view of a not-too-distant Vancouver, while pulling off a skilful skiing manoeuvre at this park. There are also skating and sleigh rides for the non-skiers.

How to get there:

Follow Stanley Park Causeway Road out of the city, crossing Lions Gate Bridge. Pick up Capilano Road and follow signs to Grouse Mountain - the journey should take 20 minutes.

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2. Whistler

A mecca of sorts for boarders and skiers, Whistler is the big boy of British Colombian ski resorts and pulls in a whopping two million visitors a year.

how to get there:

Follow Stanley Park Causeway Road out of the city, crossing Lions Gate Bridge. Pick up the BC-99/HWY-1 W, then take exit 1 for BC-99/MARINE Dr toward Whistler/Squamish. Merge onto the BC-99 N. You should reach Whistler in under two hours.

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3. Cypress Mountain

With 52 ski runs and 600 acres of terrain to navigate, as well as night skiing opportunities and cross-country areas, Cypress Mountain is a snow playground for big kids.

How to get there:

Follow Stanley Park Causeway Road out of the city, crossing Lions Gate Bridge. Pick up the HWY-1/BC-99 and take exit 8 to merge into Cypress Bowl Road. You'll be hitting the slopes within 40 minutes.

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4. Squamish

You needn't be attached to some carbon-fibre contraptions to enjoy the delights of Vancouver - head to Squamish, the so-called "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada", which offers golf, scuba diving, mountain biking and fishing.

How to get there:

Follow Stanley Park Causeway Road out of the city, crossing Lions Gate Bridge. Pick up the BC-99/HWY-1 W and take exit 1 for the BC-99. Merge into the BC-99 N and turn left at Cleveland Avenue. You'll be there in just over an hour.

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