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Take advantage of warm days to splash around in the outdoor swimming pool and sip smoothies or freshly squeezed juices from Ginger juice bar. On nippier afternoons, warm up with a treatment or private yoga class in Chi, then relax in the sauna, steam room or in-room hot tub.
Vancouver rewards adventurers. Nearby, Stanley Park (vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanley-park.aspx) is one of the world's best urban parks, with 400 hectares of West Coast rainforest, with cedars, hemlocks, fir trees and wildlife. The hotel can also help guests book seaplane adventures or rafting trips. Further afield, Grouse Mountain (www.grousemountain.com) has a ski school, a zipline and plenty of hiking and biking trails in warm months.
Get a firsthand taste of British Columbia's dynamic food scene with a visit to the Public Market on Granville Island (www.granvilleisland.com). The daily market features local produce, ultra-fresh fish, including giant salmon, and steaming baked goods (best with local berries or apples).
The renowned Vancouver Art Gallery showcases contemporary art, with more than 10,000 permanent pieces, primarily from local artists (www.vanartgallery.bc.ca).
Vancouver is a fantastic dining city, with some of the best Chinese food on the continent. Taste for yourself at Kirin, a block away on Alberni Street (+1 604 682 8833; kirinrestaurant.com). The dim sum ranges from classics to truffle-infused mushroom dumplings and bitter melon with olives. A mile away on Keefer Street, hip Bao Bei (+1 604 688 0876; www.bao-bei-ca) is a Chinese brasserie, with Asian takes on tartare, flatbreads and croquettes. Adventurous diners should try the spicy beef tendons. There are no reservations, so arrive early to avoid a wait. The Pourhouse, a 20-minute walk into Gastown, serves tavern food, including a juicy burger, braised lamb and stout-enriched onion soup. Unlike many local gastropubs, the restaurant has a way with seafood, including trout with green beans (+1 604 568 7022; www.pourhousevancouver.com).
Join the queue for breakfast at quirky Sophie's Cosmic Café on West Fourth Avenue (+1 604 732 6810; www.sophiescosmiccafe.com). Packed with kitsch vintage toys, the diner serves fantastic eggs Benedict, some Mexican dishes and good coffee. Southern barbecue meets Asian food at Fat Dragon, a no-reservations spot on Powell Street that's excellent for take-out (+1 604 558 0880; www.fatdragonbbq.com). Start with the baows, which can be filled with spicy pulled pork in ma po sauce, pimento cheese with fried chicken skins, or crunchy squid with smoked chilli salt. For a mid-day caffeine break, stop by Prado Café on Commercial Drive for excellent lattes and light snacks (+1 604 255 5537; www.pradocafe.com).