July 26-29, 2013
18th World Congress on Heart Disease Annual Scientific Sessions
Vancouver, BC, Canada
City Guide in Brief
Encircled by the regal Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the best cities in the world to live in and a top travel destination. The city has set its sights on becoming one of the “greenest” cities in the world, boasting numerous eco-friendly amenities, sustainable communities, farmers’ markets, and more. While you’re in town for the 18th World Congress on Heart Disease Annual Scientific Sessions, be sure to experience the wide breadth of exciting Earth-friendly activities that Vancouver has to offer. We’ve highlighted a few attractions below. For more points of interest, visit Vancouver’s official tourism Website at www.tourismvancouver.com.
Jutting out into the English Bay, Stanley Park is the beloved “thumb” of Vancouver. Founded in 1886 and designated as a historical site of Canada, Stanley Park spans 400 acres of diverse terrain from rainforest to beach. The park offers more than gardens and hiking trails—visitors should not miss the Native American totem poles and artwork; the Lost Lagoon, a natural sanctuary for many species of birds; and the Seawall, a scenic 22-km path along Vancouver’s waterfront. The park also hosts a variety of cultural, musical, and theatrical events year-round. Learn more about these and other attractions in Stanley Park at http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanley-park.aspx.
When it comes to appreciating Mother Nature, Granville Island is a shining example of how an industrial wasteland can be transformed into a beautiful and bustling public market. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Granville Island was occupied by a myriad of forest, mining, construction, and shipping factories. Today, the streets are filled with restaurants, galleries, theaters, and one of the biggest open-air markets in North America. It is easy to spend the day perusing endless aisles of local, fresh meat, fish, produce, and baked goods. Handmade crafts produced by the island’s local artisans make the best souvenirs to remember your time in Vancouver. For more information about the history and offerings of Granville Island, visit http://granvilleisland.com.
Eating organic food is good for the planet and good for your health—and in Vancouver, you don’t need to pay a fortune or sacrifice taste to enjoy the best organic cuisine. Located at 3941 Main Street, Crave on Main is just one of dozens of restaurants offering fresh, wholesome meals using local and organic ingredients. Visitors describe the restaurant as relaxed but trendy, serving up delicious comfort food at an incomparable value. Diners can’t go wrong by ordering any of their seafood dishes or their signature sundried tomato and basil meatloaf. Find more top restaurants at www.foodvancouver.com.
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