Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Over two million residents call Greater Vancouver home, giving it one of the largest populations in Canada. Tucked between the majestic Coast Mountains and Pacific Ocean, this scenic, ethnically-diverse city has become a magnet for the film industry in recent decades, trailing only New York and Los Angeles for most productions. Founded in 1886, Vancouver has come into its own rather quickly, and today it's one of the most desirable destinations on the Pacific coast.

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Vancouver's climate is the mildest in Canada, and as the palm trees scattered about the city will attest, you can experience the great outdoors here. Larger than New York City's Central Park and home to 1,000 acres of forest, trails and monuments, Stanley Park offers majestic views of Vancouver Harbor and English Bay, against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains; it offers a seawall around the perimeter that makes for excellent hiking, skating and cycling trails; and the Vancouver Aquarium is home to some 70,000 species, including the endangered white whale. A 90-minute drive from Whistler, Vancouver is also close to many excellent skiing and snowboarding settings.

Shop and dine in downtown Vancouver. Fine cuisine of every type — from Indian to French to Italian — can be had along with plenty of fresh seafood. If you're in the mood for Asian, the city's historic Chinatown district is worth a visit. Gastown, Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, offers a funky mix of Victorian architecture and kitschy shops.