Vancouver Honeymoon: Weather and Travel Guides

Think all those movies based in New York are really shot there? Think again. Hollywood studios have been known to use Vancouver when in need of the venerable East Coast backdrop. Now, couples looking for a multicultural, cosmopolitan getaway are taking their cue. And it’s no surprise: With a dramatic skyline backed by majestic peaks, Vancouver has become a romantic metropolis brimming with cultural attractions, shops and boutiques, world-class restaurants, and adventure.

Before You Go: Need-to-know info

Language: English
Entry requirements: Passport
Flight time: 6 hours from New York City; 3 hours from LA
Getting around: Taxi, car and ferries

When to Go: Vancouver at its best

Best weather: Spring and summer, when the temps reach a cool 70 degrees Fahrenheit
Best prices: Winter and fall

What to Do:

Festivals: Proudly nicknamed the “City of Summer Festivals,” Vancouver definitely heats up in more ways than one when the warm weather starts to arrive. Bard on the Beach presents Shakespeare plays overlooking the English Bay, while the biggest names in jazz also descend upon the city this time of year for a New Orleans–style street fest. Come fall, one of North America’s largest film festivals showcases movies from more than 70 countries.

Bird’s-eye views: If you’re not afraid of heights, try climbing Grouse Mountain, which, in the warmer months, includes Grouse Grind — known as “Mother Nature’s StairMaster” — a 2.9 km trail, a challenge worth the spectacular views at its top. You could also tackle it in the winter version, the Snowshoe Grind. Just minutes from downtown, the Capilano Suspension Bridge offers you the opportunity to walk above evergreen trees in a breathtaking rain forest setting 230 feet above the Capilano River. Back downtown, the Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre affords stunning panoramic views of the city and the surrounding North Shore Mountains.

Shopping: No matter where you’re staying, Vancouver is chock-full of cool neighborhoods for shopping. In Chinatown, check out the bustling shops for embroidered silks and linens, herbal remedies, and exotic fruits and vegetables. Retailers in historic Gastown offer souvenirs, jewelry, housewares and the latest fashions. There is also a collection of antique stores and art galleries to browse. Meanwhile, on Robson Street, you’ll find luxe designer boutiques mixed in with lots of restaurants where you can grab a seat and people watch once your shopping bags are full.

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