There was a time not too long ago when Vancouver, British Columbia, was deemed the no-fun city of the West. However, it has rapidly been shedding this old label and donning a cooler vibe, and finding it’s place in the Canadian landscape.This coastal city in British Columbia is the biggest in the province (population 610,000) and has long been enamoured for it’s natural beauty. In Vancouver, you’re never far from the beach, the forest or the mountains and this has always been it’s calling card. However, there’s more to the area than its innate beauty.Find flights and start exploring VancouverLivin’ is easy in the ‘CouvMuch to the joy of young locals in the city, Vancouver has been transforming to adopt a more modern approach to food and the environment, putting money into art installations around the city, all the while still keeping its easy west coast vibe. In fact, the ‘Couv (as it’s sometimes called) has just been voted one of the world’s most liveable cities. In 2016, it was voted the third most liveable city in the world and the number one city in North America for quality of life. But what’s really so great about it?It’s a city that’s just hit its stride. It’s the youthful and alternative younger sibling to Toronto or Montreal. It’s a late bloomer and it goes at its own pace: must be that west coast energy again. There seem to be more community events going on every year, more globally inspired restaurants popping up and a cultural energy that is finally being fully embraced. Vancouverites like to drinkAlong with the surge in quality restaurants, Vancouver now has its own brewery district, with quality breweries seemingly popping up every other week. Every true Vancouverite has a plethora of growlers (a glass jug to fill with your favourite draught beer) so make sure to pick one up and fill it a few times while you’re in town. In East Van, within about a kilometer of each other, you can pop from Off the Rail to Storm Brewing to Bomber Brewing and then finish off at 49th Parallel. There are countless other breweries to visit, too, or you can just see where the fine brew takes you. Vancouverites really do love being VancouveritesVancouver is a young city, and it seems that in the last decade, it has really been working out where it belongs in the Canadian cityscape. The addition of support for artists and culture has exploded over the past few years and it has woken people up. No longer a beautiful but quiet city, Vancouver is now an energetic centre that has found its voice, and people around the world are listening.Want more travel inspiration? 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Well it’s time to find out more, as this award-winning airline is offering some incredibly cheap transatlantic flights to Canada. The Mayor is coolVancouver is often compared to Portland, Oregon and it’s easy to see why. The mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson (co-founder of the local juice company Happy Planet), has been adopting Portland-isms since he stepped into office in 2008. Not only introducing bike lanes as a major focal point on Vancity streets, but on other environmental issues as well. It’s also important to note that Mr. Mayor has DJd at Celebrities Nightclub to kick off Vancouver Pride Week more than once.Check hotel prices in VancouverIt’s colourfulIn the summer of 2016, Main Street and the Mount Pleasant area were transformed into a colourful home for local art. The Vancouver Mural Festival curated 56 murals by 53 Vancouver artists that focused on everything from censorship and community building to the Coast Salish history. The emergence of colour on the walls was like a big belly breath of new energy into the area. Locals and artists all did a collective jump for joy to see that the government was finally taking notice of the yearning for more vibrancy in the city. Another festival is slated for 2017, so it looks like this train will keep on moving forward. Read more: top 7 things to do in VancouverSo. Much. Food.Food can often define a city, and people in Vancouver certainly do love to eat. In fact,it is fast becoming a haven for blossoming foodies. Just look up #yvreats on Instagram and you’ll get the idea. A Vancouverite’s tastes may not be that of fine dining, but that’s the best part about it. Look at any restaurant that has opened in Vancouver in the last 10 years and you can bet that, for the most part, it’s farm to table, organic and locally sourced. You can spend an entire day doing a taco crawl by bicycle (Tacofino, La Taqueria, Mezcaleria and Sal y Limon are all must-trys), and you can also get cheap and delicious world-class sushi, as well as all kinds of pizza. It’s Hollywood NorthVancouver is a hot spot for film and TV, so with that comes a pool of talented actors and performers from all walks of life. When not filming for network shows, they can often be found on stage. Check out The Havana, which is home not only to a tiny little theatre that feels like the inside of a train compartment but serves up tasty meals in the front restaurant. The Firehall Arts Hall, found in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside, is where you’ll find edgy and well-produced drama. They often house out of town productions, too, so check out the listings while you’re in town. Or if you’re a movie nerd, wander through the city to see some of the spots where movies like 50 Shades of Grey, Deadpool, or Man of Steel were filmed. It’s full of natural wondersWith so much coming to life in the city, it’s easy to forget the reason that Vancouver has been long coveted: its natural beauty. But not far from the city centre, it’s like a whole other world. There are endless hikes to discover in the Vancouver area, whether you’re an all star explorer or more of a Netflix scavenger (read: not a hiker). To get away from the crowds, try Lynn Peak (pictured), and for an easy hike with a epic view, check out Quarry Rock. It gets quite busy in the middle of summer, so plan to go early morning on later on in the day. Just make sure to bring a torch. There are nude beachesOne of the best beaches in the city just happens to be a nude beach. Wreck Beach lies quite far from city centre, on the UBC campus, and it really feels like the edge of the world. It’s a beautiful place to visit in the fall or winter, but get ready for nudity if you visit in the spring or summer. But, nudity or not, it’s a serene spot and worth making the trek. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map The powder is very skiableIt’s the winter norm for city dwellers to head to one of the local mountains after work for an evening ski or snowboard. Grouse, Cypress and Seymour Mountains (pictured below) are all located within a short drive of each other, and the famous peaks of Whistler are about an hour and a half outside the city. Whistler is perfect for a day trip or better yet, a weekend getaway. Bonus: The Sea to Sky Highway (the road to Whistler) is one of the most breathtaking drives if you catch it at the right time of day, and stopping in at the Sea to Sky Gondola will garner epic views of Howe Sound. The shopping is sustainable and uniqueMain Street (between 19th and 29th) has some of the best shopping that doesn’t break the bank. Front and Company is a local favourite and has a mixture of consignment, samples and vintage pieces all alongside jewellery by local designers and cute home wares. In this area, you can also find a rare album at Red Cat Records or take home a gorgeous bouquet of flowers at the Flower Factory. If you want some more alternative keepsakes, Commercial Drive is home to the hippy community in Vancouver, and the shops reflect that. Mintage and Kali both carry funky used clothing or you can pick up a book for the plane ride home at Pulp Fiction Books. They sell both new and used, and often have the most niche titles.