GETTING AROUND: With a city surrounded on three sides by water, commuters often turn to seafaring. False Creek Ferries connect downtown with Granville Island and the south shore. Aquabus Ferries shuttle five million passengers between downtown and the north shore. SkyTrain light rail service connects all of Greater Vancouver. Bike through 14 greenways on 87 miles of bike paths, the most spectacular being a 6.2-mile loop along the seawall around Stanley Park.
COMING SOON: Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, the Asian-based luxury group, will open its first North American hotel in Vancouver in January, with a complex of hotel rooms, restaurant, live-work units, condos and penthouses.