Arrange car hire in Vancouver and you can combine a ski holiday with a harbour city break.
"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!"
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.
Its cultural diversity is such that you can mix the highbrow with the hedonistic.
Friendly. Especially to dogs. The city has dog hotels, dog parks and even a doggy food festival.
Similar to Cornwall's climate. Seriously. You won't turn berry-brown here but you're also unlikely to lose a limb to exposure.
Wild rice and buffalo meat will provide skiers and boarders with their carb and protein fix for a strenuous day on the slopes.
Vancouver has spawned oodles of actors, including Ryan Reynolds, Hayden Christensen and Seth Rogen.
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.
"Vancouver is the most wonderful place. I put it up there with San Francisco and Sydney as a magic harbour city." - actor Terence Stamp
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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.
Pay and display parking is available just a short walk away at Vinci Park Services on Canada Place.
This lush forest reserve, which is full of pretty beaches, is ideal for wholesome wandering and sultry sunbathing.
Pay and display street parking is signposted around the park
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.
Gastown has more than 2,000 covered parking spaces.
Bloedel Conservatory is a giant ecodome and aviary filled with exotic flora and 100 species of bird, flying free, in the Queen Elizabeth Park.
Pay and display parking is signposted around the park’s perimeter.
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.
Parking is available at the park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
" It's relatively safe to drive in and around Durban, as long as you take precautions. First, get a GPS so you don't need to ask for directions, and keep all valuables out of sight. It's probably best to avoid the Victoria Embankment area at night and watch out for taxis that randomly stop anywhere without indicating. You can walk from the beach to the city centre, but with the humid weather, it's better to drive and get the air-con on! "