Vancouver is supposed to be one of the best places in the world to live but how does it fare as a holiday destination? The website 2Vancouver.com offers in depth guide to the grit, the groove, quirks and treasures of Canada’s third largest city. Francois Roux, a French national and a graduate of the University of British Columbia started developing the bi-lingual site in 2009. The site is packed with the sort of balanced, locally-sourced information that Francois couldn’t find when he first arrived in the city in 2004. “Some of the greatest places in Vancouver are free and some of the coolest Vancouver experiences aren’t on the radar of the official tourist sites,” he says. “I wanted to create a site that gives a really rounded view of what Vancouver has to offer and wasn’t just an extended advert for tourist attractions.” 2Vancouver.com, which is available in English and French, has been researched and written by a talented team of contributors who come from across Canada, Europe and Asia.
They know, live and breathe the city and are attuned to local obsessions, know where to find hidden gems and understand the practicalities of West coast life. 2Vancouver.com has something for everyone from backpackers and business travellers to hipsters and hikers. The site includes information on everything from top attractions and best kayak spots, to the quirks of the Vancouver lifestyle such as coffee culture, sushi obsession and yoga mania. 2vancouver.com so features mini sites on Vancouver Iceland, the Canadian Rockies, Whistler, Haida Gwaii and the Okanagan all popular get-away destination for vacationers Vancouver. As well as providing detailed information to help travelers plan the perfect trip, site visitors can book hotels and arrange car rental directly through 2vancouver.com. There are currently more than 1000 pages of information at 2Vancouver.com which thus incorporates comprehensive information on relocation, immigration, employment and education for long term visitors and new arrivals to the city.
The site is constantly developing and Francois has ambitions to make it the number one multilingual site for tourists and newcomers to Vancouver. “2Vancouver.com is the perfect trip-planning tool for visitors coming to the city. “We provide all the nitty gritty details of a traveller needs plus all that cool info that’s hard to track down if you are not local,” says Francois. “So we provide extensive relocation and immigration information that is essential and enlightening for people planning to settle in Metro Vancouver.”