Vancouver Aquarium Voted Top 10 in the World

Photo credit: Joe Robertson | Flickr

Photo credit: Joe Robertson | Flickr

You always knew there was something special about all those jellyfish, otters, wolf eels and Arctic char.  Now the world knows, too.

Vancouver Aquarium has been voted one of the ten best in the world by readers of USA Today.  The aquarium nabbed the seventh spot overall in the newspaper’s 10Best survey, just behind Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and ahead of Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.

The survey notes that the aquarium has just completed the biggest expansion in its history, nearly doubling its gallery space.  It now houses some 50,000 animals, with special new exhibits highlighting Red Sea coral reefs and Africa’s Lake Malawi.

Currently, the aquarium receives more than 1 million visitors every year.   Continue reading:
Vancouver Aquarium Voted Top 10 in the World

TripAdvisor Ranks Stanley Park #1 in the World

Photo credit: InSapphoWeTrust | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: InSapphoWeTrust | Wikimedia Commons

It’s official.  Vancouver’s Stanley Park is the best park in the world.

Vancouver’s green jewel was named top park in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards, beating out heavyweights like New York’s Central Park and Paris’ Luxembourg Gardens.  Award winners were determined using an algorithm that measured the quantity and quality of user reviews submitted worldwide over a 12-month period.

At 400 hectares (1,000 acres), Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver is North America’s third biggest park and attracts about 8 million visitors a year.  A stunning example of Pacific coastal rainforest, the park has more than 500,000 cedar, fir and hemlock trees and is almost completely surrounded by Pacific Ocean waters. Continue reading:
TripAdvisor Ranks Stanley Park #1 in the World

Vancouver Hotels to Keep the Whole Family Happy

Take it from moms and dads everywhere: Keeping the kids happy on the road isn’t always easy.  But the right hotel can make a big difference.

A new survey from TripAdvisor shows Vancouver topping the charts in family-friendly hotels.  From luxury accommodations to self-catering suites, the city has options that should please even the pickiest travelers in your clan.

Taking home the silver medal for Canada’s best family hotel is Rosellen Suites, a “home away from home” just steps away from Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium and other time-proven kid pleasers in the city. Continue reading:
Vancouver Hotels to Keep the Whole Family Happy