Vancouver’s main asset is its good looks — you get views of towering mountains and calm ocean inlets from just about every street corner in Canada’s ultimate Pacific Rim outpost. Consequently, outdoor life draws many travelers to Van, and you don’t need to travel far to hit the slopes at Grouse or Cypress, be alone on hiking trails, take a swim in the ocean, or spot cool wildlife — you can see herons, seals, or even eagles mere steps from your hotel.

If you’re not into all that nature stuff, though, not a problem — the urban life is just as impressive. Check out the city’s funky neighborhoods like Mount Pleasant for independent boutiques, thrift stores, and global designers. Then, feast your soul. From cutting-edge cocktail bars and craft breweries to some of the best Chinese food outside of China, Vancouver is the best place in western Canada to put on a few delicious pounds.

The extensive public transport system and bicycle lanes make it a cinch to get around without a car, which is perfect for when you want to explore the nooks and crannies of the city without getting blisters or having to deal with traffic. Vancouver is a city that has it all, no matter what you’re looking for. Check out what Vancouver has to offer with this ultimate guide.