British Columbia's 'Pacific Pearl', Vancouver
lies between the Rocky Mountains and the
ocean, making it one of the most scenic cities
in the world. Vancouver's mild temperatures and
bounty of rain are also owed to its location,
making even the most urban of areas lush
year round. Stanley Park, occupying 1000 acres,
just north of downtown, is a flourishing example
 of how Vancouver balances nature with its urban
identity. A quintessential west coast city,
Vancouver appeals to millions of denizens and
visitors who bask in all it offers, from its
beaches to its bustling streets. Its cosmopolitan
character is reflected in areas like the very
urban Robson Street, Canada's Rodeo Drive,
contrasted by trendy Granville Island with its
mix of cobblestone streets, artisan studios and
eclectic market.