One of the world’s most livable cities, Vancouver is also among the most beloved by tourists. With shiny glass buildings juxtaposed against lush green mountains and nature, it’s like an uncongested, perpetually temperate Hong Kong in ways, with outdoor activities, bicycle culture, endless foodie delights, a unique West-meets-East population, and LGBT friendliness.
To get a handle on the musts for LGBT visitors today, one can consult with Matthew Scott, openly gay chief concierge at the 367-room Fairmont Pacific Rim (1038 Canada Pl., Tel: 604-695-5300. www.fairmont.com/pacificrim-vancouver). Embodying all that’s fabulous about Vancouver, this gorgeous, contemporary property, rich with modern art and architecture (you can take a podcast audio tour), occupies a prime location on Victoria Harbour along the scenic seawall bike and walking trail and nearby Stanley Park. There are complimentary bikes for guests on a first-come-first-serve basis, and the hotel is just a block from downtown’s bustle and commerce.