While living in San Francisco, I fondly remember the special winter and spring weekend packages that Tourism British Columbia promoted for residents of Northern California. The ads were aggressive and offered up to 60% savings when two people traveled to Vancouver or Victoria on one of their independent city packages. I had never been to Vancouver and the savings were just too good to pass. So for less than $300 USD per person air inclusive, I flew up to Canada with my friend and enjoyed round trip airport transfers, two nights deluxe hotel accommodations, breakfast daily and a whole bag of coupons to use on a variety of attractions in Vancouver and Victoria. We had great weather and since Vancouver is an easy city to maneuver on foot, we hit the ground hard and explored the city from Stanley Park to Gastown to Chinatown. The city has a spectacular setting on the water and with such an abundance of nature at every turn you easily forget that you are in a major metropolitan area.
I have since returned to Vancouver on numerous occasions for business and pleasure and on one occasion I attended the International Sumo Tournament which was great fun. The city hosted the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and now boasts more hotels and restaurants than ever before is one of the most livable city's in the world. Sparkling blue ocean, impressive mountains, and luxuriant rain forests also make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The great historic Canadian Pacific hotels which were built all across Canada by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) are now Fairmont Hotels and remain some of the country's best accommodations.